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Why Ethereum-Based Tokens Get Listed on Coinbase Faster?

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Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has been known for being quite picky when it comes to tokens it lists on its platform. As per user requests, this exchange decided to expand its list of tokens and has announced that it will review multiple coins on several occasions throughout 2018.

Recently, Coinbase finally started expanding the list with a new addition — 0x (ZRX). However, multiple other coins still have a chance of being chosen for getting Coinbase’s support. These include Basic Attention Token (BAT), Cardano (ADA), ZCash (ZEC), as well as Stellar Lumens (XLM).

One consequence of a coin getting listed on Coinbase includes something called the Coinbase Effect. This is a term used for coins that usually experience a significant price surge following the announcement that Coinbase will support them. It happened when BCH and ETC joined the exchange, as well as after 0x was chosen.

Ethereum-based coins have the coding advantage?

A lot of investors are still wondering what was it that allowed ZRX to gain support from Coinbase before others. Coinbase even got accused of favoritism due to its choice.

The simple reason is the fact that three out of five 0x project’s advisers have a link to the exchange. While some may consider this a matter worthy of investigation, cryptocurrency industry remains highly unregulated. In short, Coinbase did not break any rules by picking ZRX due to this reason.

While this reason is probably the most influential factor that influenced Coinbase’s decision, there are other, technical reasons why the exchange decided to go for ZRX. For example, ZRX is, as mentioned, an Ethereum-based coin. That makes it easier to integrate onto the platform that already supports not only Ethereum but Ethereum Classic as well.

With this being the case, many have speculated that BAT might be the next coin to gain support since it is also Ethereum-based. This is, of course, still only a speculation, and it will likely just happen if Coinbase keeps choosing coins based on technical point of view.

Considering that BAT experienced a price surge soon after ZRX was selected to join Coinbase, it might seem that a lot of investors managed to connect these same dots and get to the same conclusion.

Can ZCash be the next one?

Many speculate that ZCash might be the next one in line. Even though it is a privacy coin — a type of cryptocurrency that focuses on privacy and security, which is why it is often being frowned upon — ZCash has made a big breakthrough recently.

The coin has just surged by 7.5% in the last 24 hours, and in the process, it overtook the 20th spot on the list of largest cryptos, effectively replacing Dogecoin. Many believe that ZCash experienced this spike due to its future Sapling network upgrade. This is an upgrade that will bring numerous improvements to ZEC’s shielded transactions.

As a result, many expect ZCash to become more dominant among privacy coins, as well as to boost its adoption. With Sapling upgrade, transactions are to become faster but still protected. It will also bring features such as improved keys, and decoupled spend authority.

As mentioned, a recent price surge has brought ZEC to the 19th rank, which is where it currently resides. Unfortunately, the coin is currently trading in the red, with losses of almost 2%. Its current price is at $123 per coin at the time of writing.

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

The crash that analysts are predicting right now comes as a direct consequence of all the hype that has been building up in…

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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.

In the past few…

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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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