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Stellar’s (XLM) network is a real-world app. Here’s why.

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The digital ledger notion, also known as the blockchain, has been adopted at exponential rates over the last few years. It all started with Bitcoin, of course.

But Bitcoin has some limitations (purposeful ones), so other projects have created new blockchain networks that address those limitations and make the same technology more versatile, faster and more available.

Stellar (XLM) is one of those relatively new cryptocurrencies (it was released in 2014) that are changing the game for the crypto world, and they are very successful. Firms like Delloite Co. have adopted Stellar to do their work, and they’ve gained efficiency in their businesses in both time and bottom line.

Stellar (XLM) was conceived as a currency to make transactions quick, reliable and easy. But it’s built in a way that every purchase enhances the network’s security as well. You need a minimum 0.5 tokens in your account’s balance to be active in the network, that ensures that every active member is contributing. It also charges a small fee for every transaction which makes DoS attacks either impossible or just too expensive.

When you transact internationally, the risks inherent to foreign currency exchanges play a role and make things more expensive. Stellar (XLM) was designed precisely to reduce those risks thus reducing costs. 

It’s a bridge between currencies that would otherwise be very difficult to exchange due to low international demand. XLM solves this problem as long as there is enough liquidity between each currency in question and XLM.

Stellar is also versatile. Stellar’s apps can be customized so that every customer gets what it needs from them and still gets benefits. This versatility eases the integration for businesses which, in turn, makes adoption more probable. These are some companies that have adopted Stellar just so you get an idea of how useful this network can be.

Parkway project

Mobile transfers are a reality now, and they’re here to stay. But transfers among different providers have been a problem from the start. 

Parkway is solving this problem by using Stellar‘s tech to do transactions that were previously unsupported and keeping costs down for everybody. It now offers transfers between the country’s five major players, and it’s still cheap.

Delloite

Delloite adopted Stellar so that it could manage retail payments (smaller ones) and it’s worked for them. Every transaction takes five seconds or less to be validated, and transaction costs have gone down by 40%. Adopting stellar and customizing it to meet every client’s requirements is relatively straightforward. 

Making Stellar fit into the Delloite ecosystem took only a month’s time (if you have any experience in software development, you’ll know that’s nothing short of a miracle). 

In Deloitte’s industry, this rather straightforward and short effort has reported meaningful increases in profitability, efficiency and potential customer base. It’s made them more competitive in an industry where competition is fierce.

Tempo Money

Transactions across borders have a reputation for being both expensive and slow, which limits their appeal. Tempo’s specialty has been to make remittances available from Europe to the rest of the world. 

Fees went from 4 to 150 euros, depending on the amount. Stellar has reduced those costs a lot. Now they can do 600,000 transfers at the cost of one single USD cent. 

That expands their market significantly. But besides international transfers, this works for payments for health insurance and utility bills at the local level, so it makes things better for clients and Tempo Money at the same time.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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