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WaltonChain (WTC) Winning Awards and Partnerships

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Possibly the most important aspect of blockchain technology is the ability to verify transactions at each step of the chain. The integrated distributed ledger platform allows for users to know where their currency is going, and where it came from. More importantly, it allows others to verify that the ledger is balanced and fair. As such, there’s a push to integrate blockchain technology with both real-world objects and the Internet of Things. Where some cryptocurrencies are aiming to provide the internal framework for the IoT, WaltonChain is one of several hoping to bring real-world objects into the distributed ledger.

Their system works by combining blockchain tech with RFID technology. Through this, they attach a one-time-use identification tag to an item. That tag then allows customers and producers to track the item through every step of the global supply chain – and validate it upon purchase. WaltonChain’s technology would help to make counterfeiting a thing of the past. The system makes it impossible for malicious third parties to create an item with a valid tag.

Global Blockchain Technology Expo 2018

The Global Blockchain Technology Expo is a major event held by the BlockTrain group in Silicon Valley. Bringing together blockchain experts and company heads from around the globe, they discuss the various developments that have occurred in the blockchain space. Alongside the expected networking potential, the expo also awards projects that they believe are the most promising in the upcoming year. WaltonChain earned the award for Most Promising IoT Solution of the Year – despite some stiff competition.

The integration of RFID technology is a game changer in the world of IoT assignment of blockchain IDs. It permanently affixes the ID to the item, rather than simply listing it in a digital ledger. While both help to combat counterfeiting and fraud, only WaltonChain’s solution does so through direct manufacturing process in the real world. Unsurprisingly, this combination of emerging technologies won WTC the award – and shows the confidence everyone has in the project.

Alibaba Group Partnership

Of course, WaltonChain isn’t going it alone. Like any proper blockchain project, they’re hard at work building strategic partnerships that will help them bring their product to market. WaltonChain recently partnered with the Alibaba group as a member of their IoT Connectivity Alliance. Alibaba is one of the largest eCommerce sites in the world, and one of the most globally well-known companies based in China. They created the alliance specifically to create standard operating procedures for IoT devices. Rather than waiting for a disparate number of differing IoT protocols, the alliance will help form easy, efficient systems that will encourage the growth of the industry.

For their part, WaltonChain provides experience in integrating digital services with physical goods. Alibaba provides tremendous capital and a far-reaching customer base. Together with the other members of the alliance, their stated goal of a standardized IoT protocol could well become a reality. However, they are aware that this is only the beginning of the industry. Standardization is only one component, with development and adoption operating alongside it.

Competition and Market Volatility

The constant flux of the cryptocurrency market took a toll on WaltonChain in the early part of this year. Their first big break out occurred just before the market correction in January. Luckily, they’ve recovered since then and now show great growth potential. While VeChain also offers digital verification of real-world goods, there are two factors to consider. VeChain uses a chipset-based validation system, and the market is easily large enough for both projects to flourish.

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

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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.

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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.

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