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Top 5 Blockchain Companies to Watch in 2019

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With Q4 already upon us, 2018 is drawing to a close. Some would say that the bear market, regulatory clampdown, and nosedive in industry size would make this a year to forget. But the reality is that a lot of work gets done during bear markets. HODLers and traders may bemoan the tanking price of ETH and XLM. But there are plenty of blockchain companies working hard to launch their platforms for the coming year.

We can expect some eye-opening developments in the months ahead across the board. But let’s check out these top five blockchain companies worth keeping an eye on in 2019.

1. Polymath

With the charismatic CEO Trevor Koverko at the helm, Polymath is causing quite a stir on the circuit lately. Known for his smart investment choices (he went big on Ethereum back in the day and has a large stake in ShapeShift and EOS), Koverko’s also done time on both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And the advisory board includes names like Partick Byrne of Overstock, Ethereum co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio, and ShapeShift’s Erik Vorhees.

What’s so special about Polymath? In the changing regulatory landscape, 2018 has seen a major shift toward security tokens in the USA. Polymath is creating the ST-20 that aims to be the “Ethereum of Security Tokens.” By offering the next standard in security tokens, the platform will provide companies with the technology layer they need to create their own security token effortlessly. And help trillions of dollars of securities to migrate to the blockchain at the same time.  

2. Digitex Futures

Digitex Futures is looking to set the futures trading industry on fire in 2019. With the launch date for the completed exchange set for later this year, the company is rolling out the platform to its first 5,000 waitlist users. It’s then airdropping them 1,000 DGTX (its native token) to experiment with before final roll out. This provides the perfect testing environment for its developers, and also allows keen futures traders to get started faster.

There are a few features that set this crypto exchange apart. Mainly that it offers a commission-free trading model and decentralized accounts. Ex-pit trader CEO Adam Todd frequently saw profitable days turn into losses due to crippling commission fees. Now he’s finding a way to produce a highly liquid exchange that should be the answer to futures traders’ prayers.

3. OST

OST as its own blockchain is amassing a growing number of DApps building on top of its technology. From token design and staking to airdrops and analytics, OST has plenty to offer businesses wanting a native token. Some OST partner companies already include PassKit, LytePay, LGBT Token, and Unsplash.

Continually growing their developer community has already gotten OST a name within the crypto space but their latest news is hot off the press. Revealed during an Ethereum hackathon at ETHBerlin, OST claims to have found the solution to Ethereum’s scalability issues: OpenST Mosaic, a consensus protocol that will run meta-blockchains on top of Ethereum, allowing for tens of thousands of transactions per second.

4. SMART VALOR

Swiss-based SMART VALOR is launching a decentralized global marketplace for tokenized alternative investments, including digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, and tokenized assets, like private equity and real estate. The company recently announced that it had received regulatory approval to act as a financial intermediary in Switzerland. This is important since the majority of cryptocurrency exchanges currently fail to comply with AML/KYC practices and offer investors little security.

With the VALOR platform set to launch in Q4 this year, SMART VALOR has a history of working with regulators. CEO Olga Feldmeier was dubbed by the media as the “Bitcoin Queen” of Switzerland’s Crypto Valley. She was instrumental in leading the legislative case for Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians out there. Focused on democratizing access to wealth, the company aims to open up investment in previously off-limit assets to a far wider investor pool, causing a “revolution in global investment.”

5. Lucidium Health

Lucidium Health is bringing Blockchain to clinical trials. According to industry reports, over 70 percent of clinical trial participants drop out of the trial midway. This makes the trial conductors, the CROs, pick larger sample sizes to meet the trial requirements. Lucidium Health uses smart AI and ML to match the most suitable trial participants with the clinical trials.

To ensure adherence to the trial protocols, Lucidium Health will use the Stellar Blockchain and its unique feature of trust lines. The team comprises veteran clinicians who understand the industry inside out and have partnered with Turing Labs, a Blockchain development company, to build this well-planned project.

Wrapping It Up

With a heavy focus on regulation and compliance, as well as innovation, 2019 promises a ton of new developments in the blockchain world. As companies start to deliver on their promises and provide the platforms their investors expect, and new solutions are discovered to improve existing infrastructure, 2019 could be the year we cross the chasm to mass adoption after all.

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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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