It has been a while since cryptocurrencies first appeared, and due to their last year’s increase in price and popularity, nearly everyone with the internet connection has at least heard of them. Most people are already somewhat familiar with Bitcoin (BTC), which is the first and biggest crypto to this day. However, there are many, many more of them out there, some of which can serve as more than decent BTC alternatives. Let’s list some of them, and see what they can offer.
Litecoin is often described as silver to Bitcoin’s gold. It is a currency that first appeared in 2011, and it is among the first ones to appear after BTC. LTC was created by a former Google engineer and an MIT graduate, Charlie Lee, and it is based on an open-source network for global payments. It is decentralized, meaning that it does not have a central authority, and is known for using scrypt as its proof-of-work.
Considering the fact that it appeared so soon after BTC, it shares many similarities with this currency. What makes it different, however, is a much faster rate of block generation. This also allows for faster transactions, which is a useful feature that has inspired many to start adopting LTC as a part of their business practices. Its current value is $122.10 per coin.
Ethereum is a much younger crypto that was launched back in 2015. It is basically a decentralized software platform, and it allows for the creation of dApps and Smart Contracts. Thanks to these products, issues like fraud, downtime, interference, or control from some third party is completely eliminated.
Before ETH’s official launch, Ethereum has a pre-sale which had a much bigger response than anyone would have expected. Its token is called Ether, and it allows its holders to easily navigate Ethereum’s platform, which is why app developers who wish to use this platform make the majority of ETH holders.
Verge is yet another crypto that was inspired by Bitcoin, and it even used BTC’s original blockchain, which it improved for its own purposes. Those purposes include providing its users with an efficient and fast decentralized way to make transactions directly. Its goal is to allow the users to keep their privacy, and give them flexible options when it comes to sending and receiving payments.
To achieve such levels of privacy, Verge uses networks that provide anonymity, like 12P and Tor. That way, it can successfully hide its users’ IP addresses, and keep their transactions untraceable. As for its price, it is currently at $0.041980.
Ripple is a crypto that was developed and launched in 2012 by the Ripple company. This company has a complete ownership and control over this currency, which makes it impossible for anyone to actually mine it. The only way to get Ripple is to buy it from a trading platform. This level of control, as well as multiple products that provide its users with quick and safe payments, has made Ripple one of favorite cryptos among the banks.
Financial institutions have discovered its potential, which has inspired them to adopt it and use its technology to improve their own businesses. Ripple, of course, accepted, which allowed it to gain more exposure, influence, and users. Its price is at $0.623194.
Dash is a crypto that appeared in January 2014 under the name of Darkcoin, and is mostly described as Bitcoin’s more secretive version. Obviously, it was inspired by BTC, but it offers much more anonymity than BTC. It works on a mastercode network that is completely decentralized, and it allows for untraceable transactions.
Due to its nature, it became very popular very quickly, and it can be mined by anyone by using GPU or CPU. Its name was changed from Darkcoin to Dash in 2015, but it kept all of its original technological features. Its current price is at $338.29.
Despite the fact that BTC is the biggest and the best-known crypto within the online world, there are still many currencies that can be used as its alternatives. Most of them offer a better deal when it comes to privacy or fees, which is not surprising considering that they managed to build on the foundation that BTC itself has set.
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The low volatility of Litecoin and Bitcoin on the spotlight
Just like many other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, as well as Litecoin, currently sit in vitality as much as the market is concerned. Will Bitcoin and Litecoin recover as much as many have been speculating? Apparently, it is hard to tell how the investors will react to all these recent events.
When looking at the current trend of the volatility of Litecoin and bitcoin prices in US dollars, it is quite clear to note that there is a decrease in volatility. The price of bitcoin stands at $6,574 with a slight change (24h) of +0.06%. On the other hand, Litecoin is trading at $53.94 with a difference (24h) of -1.45% at the press time. Basically, at the moment there isn’t a significant downward movement between the two cryptocurrencies.
Spectators Never Fail to Give Reasons
As always many spectators will seek to give some reasons for the trends and some think that the downward move is just a manipulation by some small group so that they can outscore the stock market. Perhaps, it is a bear market, and with the volatility of the coins being technically low, it means it is cheaper, which is definitely better.
The Real Meaning
What the trends literally mean is that there is an accountable resistance with both Bitcoin and Litecoin contrary to the expectations of many who were anticipating at least some positive movement after the sharp market rise last week.
However, that doesn’t mean that…
If Tether crashes, will that money pour into Bitcoin?
For a long time now, the so-called stablecoin, Tether (USDT) has been a topic of discussion within the crypto community.
Tether, as a stablecoin, is said to be fully backed by the USD. This allowed it to be one of only a handful of cryptos that can avoid volatility issues, due to the fact that it is backed by a stable fiat currency. However, for as long as it was around, Tether was very secretive of its bank accounts and funds in general.
While claiming to have the ability to back each of its USDT coins, many have questioned whether or not this can be true. At the time of writing (October 16, 2018), Tether has released 2,256,421,736 USDT in circulation. This means that it needs to have at least $2,256,421,736 in order to cover its circulating supply.
At this point, three questions emerge, and answering them could very well change the future of this stablecoin. The questions are as follows:
- Are all USDT coins fully backed?
- If yes, then where did that much money come from?
- If not, what will happen when the market discovers the lie?
Tether continues to keep secrets
As mentioned, Tether has always claimed to be able to back each of its coins. However, instead of operating on transparency, the coin used different tools, mostly opaqueness, misdirection, and playing the victim whenever someone tried to unveil what is truly going…
Is Bitcoin (BTC) Better Than USD?
Despite all its recent progress, cryptocurrencies still do not inspire trust in a lot of people. Many view them as unsafe money, with its very nature being doubtful. However, a recent report by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nuclear Physics shows that situation regarding cryptocurrencies may not be as bad as it seems. In fact, the report claims that Bitcoin might even be a better currency than it looks like.
Bitcoin vs traditional money
Bitcoin, as many are already aware of, is the first cryptocurrency. It was created a decade ago and was officially launched in 2009. But, even though it has been around for around 9 years at this point, it is still largely mistrusted by a lot of investors, especially when it comes to large institutions.
However, thanks to the Cracow-based Institute of Nuclear Physics’ recent report, this common opinion might actually be wrong. The Institute has conducted a detailed statistical analysis of the BTC market and has published the results in a scientific journal called Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.
Surprisingly enough, the report portraits Bitcoin in a very positive light.
The report started by commenting on the credibility of traditional money. In the past, money that people have been using was backed by specific material commodities, such as gold. These commodities gave the money its value and served as a guarantee that the money actually has worth. This is…
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