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The Resurrection of ZCash (ZEC): Analysis

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The world of cryptocurrencies can be confusing at times, with several tokens making price movements frequently over the course of one working day.  Hence, it is not at all surprising that some projects tend to get resurrected and grow in volume after an extended period of stagnation. The reasons behind this phenomenon can be attributed mostly to positive sentiment regarding the particular token, which is mostly caused by the positive industry news. One such instance was recorded recently, as Zcash (ZEC) started to perform well due to a variety of factors.

A little About Zcash

Introduced in 28th October 2016, Zcash was the product of the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company and aimed at the extensive use of cryptography to provide enhanced privacy to its users. The Zerocoin protocol was thus introduced to provide a superior degree of privacy to the token, compared to the likes of other privacy-based coins like Monero. As of 15/05/2018, Zcash has amassed a market cap of $1,411,758,583 USD with a total circulating supply of 3,919,831 ZEC tokens.

The Reasons for Zcash’s Dramatic Rise

Zcash along with several other cryptocurrencies did not have an encouraging performance over the last few months, with Zcash’s value dropping significantly after the January 08th, where it recorded a high of $780.84 USD. ZCash continued to perform poorly, dropping to a disastrous high of just $180.77 USD on April 11th. Currently, though, the situation has improved dramatically, with the recent gains propelling its value to $357.43 USD at the moment. Some major news events are behind this massive price surge, discussed in brief below.

  1. Integration By Circle: Zcash’s fortunes started to take a turn for the good on April 30th, when it was announced that Circle has added ZCash. The investment app launched back in March has already attracted a strong user-base, and would allow Zcash to attract even more users for widespread adoption.
  2. Alliance with StawkWare: On 11th May, the news regarding the alliance with Starkware industries definitely generated a high degree of positive sentiment around the coin. StawkWare Industries is a reputed developer behind the creation of Starks, a cryptographic proof system. Thus, the news of this partnership has a positive effect on Zcash’s reputation, as the team plans for a better and more secure platform for their users.
  3. Listing on Gemini Exchange: The Winklevoss Twins owned Gemini exchange, which has been in the spotlight for quite some time now, decided to add Zcash, becoming the project’s first licensed Cryptocurrency exchange. The addition to the Gemini exchange is expected to bring even more success to the Zcash project, as more users start to embrace its high degree of anonymity. Indeed the effects were noticeable shortly after the news broke out, with Zcash’s value rising from $263.03 (High) on May 13th to $349.56(high) the next day. The daily trading volume also increased dramatically, increasing from $28,585,200 to $293,688,000 overnight.

Final Thoughts:

The path to success seems clear for Zcash, as evidenced by the 55% growth it experienced on May 14th. This comes as a relief for many investors after experiencing an initial 20% decline earlier. Zcash has since reached the 0.041 BTC mark, with demand for the project expected to rise in the coming days. It is to be noted that in spite of the price surge; Zcash’s relative strength index still appears neutral at 66. With big exchanges like Bitfinex and Binance already working with Zcash, the bearish sentiment in the market seems not powerful enough to negatively affect its value. With more than 90 operational markets spread across several exchanges worldwide, Zcash is not showing any signs of slowing down and is expected to be a valuable investment option in the near future.

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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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