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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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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.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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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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