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Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ripple still deserve real fondness, here is why

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April was fantastic for cryptocurrency trading. All coins went up. Things seemed just peachy. But last week was not that good as most coins lost some value against the USD. Take Bitcoin. It’s currently at $7365 against the dollar when it was beyond $8500 just a week or so ago. It is its lowest point since last April 18th when it was close to breaking the ten thousand barrier, and the market was all about rising prices. Bitcoin’s market capitalization is now at 126 billion, and it remains the biggest slice of the pie with a thirty-nine percent dominance.

Fears about Bitcoin are just identical as with all other main crypto coins such as Litecoin (LTC) or Ripple (XRP). XRP has gone down by 0.34% over the last twenty-four hours, and 13% in the last week so it’s now at $0.60. Litecoin has found itself in a similar situation as it’s lost 0.18% in the last day, and 15.29% for the week – so it’s now at $117.9 USD.

The Consensus 2018 conference a couple of weeks ago was supposed to prompt a market comeback that has not happened yet. Even as this is happening, observers are still predicting a market rally that will see Bitcoin and other digital assets reach new historical highs.

Projections, studies, and analyses all agree on that, so investors should not be worried about the current lows, but financial markets have never been driven by rationality anyway. It seems we’ll just have to wait until the wind changes again, and we can all ride the bear back to the top.

Even in the current context, there are good reasons to stay optimistic about Litecoin, Ripple, and Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC): The power of permanence

Bitcoin has the name. It was the first cryptocurrency ever and it remains the one coin that holds the greater status, value, and demand. It’s been criticized by governments and observers, it’s been at the center of most scandals in the crypto world, it’s slow, the transfer fees are too expensive and, even when you take all into account, Bitcoin is still Bitcoin. It’s been around the longest, and it’s most certainly here to stay.

Every other cryptocurrency owes its existence, at least to a point, to Bitcoin and it remains the safest option around.

Besides the fact that it can be used for payments and for storing value, BTC has shown incredible resilience, it always recovers its value back, which is why Wall Street is getting involved with it. If cryptocurrency apocalypse were to happen today, there’s a ninety percent chance that Bitcoin would stick around anyway.

So don’t bet against Bitcoin. It is going to stay around as long as there’s a crypto market. It has demand and as its network is scheduled for an upgrade. It can only become more valuable.

Litecoin (LTC): Growing quietly but steadily

Whatever else is happening with other alt-coins, LTC retains some kind of charm that is allowing it to be increasingly accepted everywhere around the planet. As Bitcoin becomes more of a means to store wealth, Litecoin is becoming a retail payment currency the world over. As more businesses accept it as a payment option and more people use it to buy goods and services, its demand and value can only increase.

Ripple’s XRP: Partnerships matter

From all three coins mentioned in this article, Ripple’s XRP is the one having the hardest time. Questions remain about Ripple Lab’s role in controlling (or not) the coin’s performance, and there’s the issue of the lawsuit (is it a security or not?) that could affect every coin in the crypto world.

But the fact remains that, even in that context, Ripple is the one cryptocurrency that has proved it has practical value in the real world as at least seventy-five banks in the world are now using it to do their international transactions. There is every chance that the financial world will radically change because of Ripple’s technology and Ripple’s coin.

Ripple’s xRapid has gained acceptance among many big players in the financial sector (Western Union is one of them). It’s shown it can make international payments quicker, cheaper and more reliable. This is making XRP entrenched in the real world. There’s demand for it and Ripple’s technology customers need it.

Last thoughts

The market is down at the moment; there’s just no doubt about that. But it will bounce back for sure and when it does these three coins will be leading the way to recovery. So don’t panic, just wait a bit.

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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.  

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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