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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded in 2012 as ‘Opencoin,’ until it was renamed to Ripple Labs in 2015. Connecting banks, payment providers, digital asset exchanges and corporates via its sophisticated payment path software called RippleNet, it doesn’t actually rival Bitcoin as a substitute of payment for goods and services, but it does rival as the most popular cryptocurrency based on the blockchain.

Intended for banks and payment networks and having been picked up by leading banks in recent years, Ripple is a payment settling currency exchange and remittance service to aid the sector. It is used as a system where you can directly transfer assets, whether it be money, gold or property in real-time and as a result is a cheaper, more transparent and secure transfer service than what is currently used by banks today.

Zcash

The newest form of cryptocurrency we’re set to examine, Zcash was initially released in 2016 and has already amounted a total market capitalisation of $634 million. Set up with the purpose to provide enhanced security and privacy for its users compared to other cryptocurrencies, Zcash’s secure coding was based upon on the research of scientists from MIT, Tel Aviv University and UC Berkley.

Much like its counterparts, Zcash’s transaction data is posted to a public blockchain but unlike Bitcoin or Ripple, Zcash protects your personal and transaction information as well, ensuring that it remains completely confidential. It is due to this increased security that Zcash is primarily used for large sums, specifically business transactions, due to its enhanced cryptography.

Litecoin

Launched as a direct result of Bitcoin in 2011, Litecoin has been among the most popular cryptocurrency’s contemporaries for over half a decade and has often been referred to as the ‘silver to bitcoin’s gold’. Created by MIT graduate and former Google engineer Charles Lee as a peer-to-peer transaction service, it allows you to make payments to anyone around the world.

Litecoin has one of the fastest transaction speeds of any of the cryptocurrencies currently on market, with confirmations happening as quickly as two and a half minutes compared to the 10 minutes it takes its closest rival Bitcoin to complete. It is due to this speed that Litecoin is typically used as an alternative for paying for international goods and services.

DASH

Dash, otherwise known as Digital Cash, and previously named Darkcoin, is the most covert of the cryptocurrencies to appear on our list.

Offering complete anonymity, Dash works on a decentralized mastercode network which makes any transaction that occurs on the platform almost untraceable and has gained an impressive following as a result. As of October, this year Dash had a market cap of $1.51 billion and one token’s value roughly exchanged to $181.42

As you can imagine, the confidentially of the currency does mean it as any crypto platform can sometimes be exploited for some unsavoury means, but it is generally used as another alternative to Bitcoin and Litecoin for peer to peer transactions.

As you know Bitcoin undoubtedly leads the cryptocurrency market as the main provider for any number of services including sports betting, collateral for investments and direct debit for subscription services providing us with a very bright future to look forward to. However, this doesn’t mean that the other forms of cryptocurrency should be disregarded as a result, they all have plaudits of their own that make them impressive in their own right, so next time you come to use cryptocurrency, consider each of them.

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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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)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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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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