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Three of the Best Crypto-Friendly Currency Accounts for 2019

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The advent of blockchain and cryptocurrency has seen several industries disrupted like never before, including finance.

Notoriously resistant to change on any real scale, finance has always been seen as a tough industry to bring new ideas into, but blockchain has changed the game in many respects.

Today we’re seeing an influx of agile digital challengers to the established names that have dominated banking for so long.

Recently a report was published by consultancy company A.T. Kearney that claims “Not all banks will survive the tide of change as customers increasingly favor digital banks and innovative products and services.

“Branch closures are a short-term fix to steady the books, but it is not enough – traditional institutions need to consider strategic transformation to improve cost and top line and also offer more innovative products and services.”

In short, the world of banking is changing, and the following three startups are among the best crypto-friendly banking options for 2019.

Wirex

Offering customers a VISA card available in three different currencies, Wirex has quickly established itself as one of the most recognized names in crypto finance.

Billed as “crypto and traditional currency accounts that put the power in your hands,” Wirex allows customers to take charge of their entire banking needs from one simple to use platform.

You can fund your account using a credit/debit card, bank transfer, or cryptocurrency, with ability to track payments.

One of Wirex’ unique selling points is the opportunity to earn ‘cryptoback’ by claiming 0.5 percent back in BTC every time you use your Wirex Visa card.

ATRONOCOM

Offering both a virtual and physical bank card, ATRONOCOM provides customers with almost 40 million contact points all over the world where the card can be used.

With five currencies available, and the ability to both buy and sell crypto, with day trading and margin trading in the pipeline, ATRONOCOM really is providing users with a ‘one stop shop’ when it comes to their financial requirements.

The wildcard of sorts for those who opt for ATRONOCOM is the addition of a high-security communication messenger, that comes with connected wallet function. In the wake of the controversy surrounding the security levels of messaging services such as WhatsApp, this function is a welcome addition.

Revolut

Offering users the opportunity to safely and efficiently buy cryptocurrencies at the touch of a button, Revolut is something of a pioneer when it comes to keeping things simple.

With five of the leading cryptocurrencies on offer, you can convert your fiat currency to Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, or XRP and receive rates and alerts in real time.

Customers can set up a bank account directly from their phone in a fraction of the time it would take to do so in-branch and can transfer money all over the world with the click of a button.

The report mentioned above suggests that we will see some pretty significant changes in how we carry out our banking within the next five years.

If those changes are anything like we’ve experienced to this point, we’re in for an exciting ride.

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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Can Sharding Fix the Limitations of Blockchain or is the Network Doomed?

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Performance and scalability issues have bottlenecked the future development and real-life application of popular mainchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Many methods have been employed to solve this problem, but all of them have their own pros and cons.

The Impossible Trinity – safety, decentralization and scalability, coined by the blockchain world, bars the way to the future and the industry has fought hard to figure out an optimized solution. Sharding, proposed by Ethereum, has been viewed as one such candidate.

What is sharding?

Sharding technology splits a network into smaller partitions called shards, which contain an independent state and transaction history. The idea behind this is to divide a huge amount of workload into smaller pieces to make life easier for every participating node.

If sharding were to be adopted, each node will only need to keep a part of the network’s information, instead of downloading the whole ledger, which can lead to a large data file. Subsets of nodes grouped into one shard will only process transactions specific to that shard. By doing this, the network will be able to process many transactions in parallel, and the performance will continue to increase with more nodes joining in, thus making the network highly scalable.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

Encrypgen is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored privately and sold (if a person wishes to do that). A person’s DNA can also be shared privately and securely with their physician for their personalized care.

Typically, people can send their DNA off to a lab to find out who they are and where they come from. As fun as that might sound, there is a significant security problem…

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

The crash that analysts are predicting right now comes as a direct consequence of all the hype that has been building up in…

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