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The battle between Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Ripple (XRP)

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Stellar Lumens (XLM) have not been having a good time. Their coin went down until last week when it recovered as the Mobile currency used the Stellar Consensus to raise money; they got $30 million which brought attention and traffic in Stellar Lumen’s way.

Stellar’s recovery went all the way through last Friday, with their cryptocurrency on the lead. They even enjoyed gains. Their market value is now at $415.5 billion with a volume worth 27.4 billion.

Mobilecoin’s choice for quick transactions is Stellar Consensus. This coin allows for mobile payments to come together with messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal. Mobilecoin is still a Canadian startup but enjoys the support of prominent players like Binance Labs. So, the initial ICO has done well, selling tokens through Ethereum.

The partnership between Stellar and Mobilecoin benefits the cryptocurrency a great deal, as shown by the way the pice has increased recently. Stellar will also benefit by being the coin that goes along with messaging apps. This will be a first outside China: an altcoin that works for money transfers in instant messaging apps.

According to Coinmarketcap, Stellar Lumens has been the best performer recently. It’s had a 16% increase in price, which is unparalleled by other coins right now. It went from $0.36 to $0.43 in a matter of days (10% growth in last 24 hours alone). Mobilecoin integration prompted this but experts expect even more. Here is why.

Reasons why Stellar Lumens will continue perming well

Stellar Lumens does not grow by earnings but by inflation. This means it makes the unavoidable laws of economics work in favor of users. The firm proclaimed that 100,000 new coins would be given out to coin users every week. That is distributed according to inflation rates and Lumen’s user members. No charges at all.

Then there’s usability. Stellars is about to join Lobster, and this means that users can get an account and become instantly able to trade Smartlands, KIN, Mobiu, and Terino at the touch of a smartphone’s click. It works on iOS and Android. It’s simple and easy to use. And, the e-wallet is safe because it allows for fingerprint and Pin verification.

Then, there’s the Repo’s coin airdrop, which has also made fans out of neutrals. Repo’s platform uses Lumen Consensus to get rid of the traditional ERC20 protocol. It solves non-payment issues, and the same technology solves the problem concerning securities by debtors.

A user would need to own at least 3 XLM to qualify for an airdrop, but every user who does could get $100 worth of coins in their wallet. This attracts new users and investors.

Ripple vs. Stellar Lumens

Both Ripple and Stellar have been in the top 25 always. They hold great potential which is not surprising when you realize they were both created by Jed McCaleb. But each answer to different questions, which is why they compete with each other (for the market share, and not the services provided). They are both performing well, but it would pay off to understand how they came to life.

The point in Ripple was to create faster, cheaper international transactions among institutions. Stellar was built using Ripple as a foundation. Actually, the point in Stellar was to improve Ripple and fix the problems it had. It eventually became a cryptocurrency on its own.

But Ripple has become quite successful, and many institutions have adopted it to do payments and transfers using it. It’s slowly becoming the means for international money transfers. Stellar’s coin also allows for that, so it’s been undermining Ripple’s markets slowly.

Ripple remains a lot more popular as institutions all over the world adopt it for transactions, internal or international. But Stellar performs better, especially over the last week. And chances are it will do even better as Lobster wallet integration and the Repo airdrop becomes real.

Still, be alert. Ripple could make a bold move that changes everything.

Keep an eye on the market because Ripple could seriously challenge stellar Lumen’s superior performance. If you are looking to invest in either currency, do your proper research first.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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