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Why Decred (DCR) is the new Bitcoin

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Of the many similarities Decred (Decentralized Credit) shares with Bitcoin, its steady bullish recent price growth very similar to BTC’s last year is what probably first draws more attention. Take a look at this graph:


Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Since its inception, Decred has grown around 11600%, rising to #30 in market cap. Since the beginning of 2018, many big altcoins had huge losses in growth, including Ripple, which lost 34% of their average market cap, and Nano, which lost 64.17%, while Decred grew 23,02%

Also, this is the Rate of Change in relation to Bitcoin for Ripple:

Source: https://coinigy.com/

And this is Decred’s:

Source: https://coinigy.com/

Decred is, financially, in a really good position right now. And when saying that Decred is the new Bitcoin, it’s not as a “silver standard” like Litecoin. Decred is coming to be the Bitcoin 2.0 we need.

Besides having a relatively similar history and being developed by the team which developed the btcsuite, we could also say that DCR is a coin which serves for the same purpose like Satoshi’s does, and shares most of its good qualities, but added with some tweaks a lot of people thought were essential. Decred’s core fundamentals were actually based on an opinion piece published in 2015 outlining Bitcoin’s biggest challenges: governance, funding and powerful miners having too much influence on the blockchain. All of these three problems are solved with Decred’s clever hybrid consensus system.

That said, autonomy can be said to be the core of their mission. There is no central authority for decision making, as stakeholders are the ones who set the rules through voting, in a process which is intricated to their hybrid mining-validation system which is, yes, another main feature of Decred. We’ve seen voting before – some platforms like BitShares and Ark have a dPoS system, but the case is totally different in Decred.

Decred Tickets

Hybrid PoW/PoS system

Decred blockchain both employ miners create blocks and validators to validate them, creating a hybrid PoS/PoW ledger, though the validator staking system doesn’t work quite, in the same manner, it does in any usual PoS blockchain, like Cardano.

Blocks are mined as usual. Then, stakeholders lock some DCR to buy a “ticket” to put on some block created. 5 tickets are randomly chosen to validate each new block mined and if 3 of them are staked for the block, then it’s added to the chain. Tickets are selected to vote with an average time of 28 days. When mined and validated, 30 coins are rewarded, 60% going to miners, 30% to validators (voters) and 10% to Decred development subsidy.

Voting

Tickets can also be used to vote for or against proposed changes on the Blockchain. Votes are direct and not on delegates like on dPoS systems. They happen naturally. When a change is proposed, 95% of the 1000 new blocks created must have the latest block version (consistent with the upgrade) and 75% of the of the votes cast within a 2016 block interval must have the latest vote version. Then there’s the actual voting. After a Rule Change Interval (RCI – when 8064 blocks are created), stakeholders cast a “yes”, “no” vote or abstain. Then, the rules are: if there’s more than 90% abstentions or less than 75% majority of “yes” or “no” non-abstaining votes, the agenda will remain active for the next RCI; if 75% of the votes are positive, the change will be implemented in an RCI period; If 75% are negative, the agenda will never activate, the same happens if it the voting reaches its expiration date without a 75% “yes” or “no” majority.

A hard fork happens when a new consensus change is decided. Decred’s code is built to be prepared for several changes and additions. Implementing features necessary for the Lightning Network is an example of a voting which occurred in Decred’s voting dashboard.

Features of a hybrid Blockchain

This new mining-validation system allows profiting both from mining and staking. While still heavily ASIC-relying, sometimes staking pools or even running solo nodes will be more profitable than mining, leaving both people which can contribute with hashing capability for mining new coins and stakeholders with something to gain.

It’s evident how it solves those three fundamental problems mentioned before: in Decred, miners’ power over decisions is limited both because they share the block rewards with validators and because any changes have to be literally voted by the stakeholders. Leaving some of the block’s subsidy to Decred’s development also solves the funding problem. It’s no wonder why it’s growing so nimbly.

With all essential features which make Bitcoin the #1 coin and a similar recent history and dev team, but with a brilliant system which puts PoS in PoW, Decred is the best of both worlds. Or maybe, if time will tell, it’s the best in the world.

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3 Reasons Why WISE Token Could Be a Massive Winner in 2021

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

Cryptocurrency traders have spent the past several years searching far and wide for the next big winner.  While the market as a whole hasn’t been very bull friendly, one specific area that appears to be gaining traction is decentralized finance, more commonly known as DeFi.  This area generally refers to the digital assets and financial smart contracts, protocols, and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum.  The reason why so many crypto entrepreneurs are flocking to this space is that it allows them to create traditional financial vehicles in a decentralized network, outside the meddlesome control of foreign governments.

One extremely popular DeFi project is Chainlink (LINK) which is a decentralized oracle network that provides real-world data to smart contracts on the blockchain.  Chainlink has seen its token price increase by more than 300% year-to-date.    Another impressive project in the space is Kyber Network (KNC) which has seen its token soar from $0.20 at the start of the year to more than $1.60 at present.  Kyber Network’s on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized tokens swaps to be…

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Many facets of our lives are now digitized––money is no exception. 

Have you noticed that paper money is on its way to being obsolete because so many people receive direct deposit and love the simplicity of their debit card? 

Not to mention, cash carries germs, as we’ve heard lots about during the pandemic. Many businesses have turned to card only options in light of this. 

But what about cryptocurrency?

You probably heard everyone raving about it a few years ago, but the excitement’s calmed down quite a bit. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a viable option you should keep in mind. 

What’s Cryptocurrency? 

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These transactions are virtually impenetrable due to the combination of mathematical and technological protocols created and put in place. This aspect of cryptocurrency is what makes it safer. Also, the details of transactions are kept private. No one can see who sent what, etc., because those rigorous mathematical and technological protocols protect it.

The Pros: 

Different From Traditional Banking Transactions

One thing people hate about traditional banks is the fact that they can…

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As Global Tensions Grow, Bitcoin Price May Go Higher

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BTC Surged Again as A Safe Haven Asset During Global Tensions

  • India – China Border Conflict

After weeks of squabbling and brawling along their long-disputed border, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in a deadly clash Monday in a river valley that’s part of the region of Ladakh last week. Troops had massed on both sides of the border in recent months in the northern India region of Ladakh and the southwestern Chinese region of Aksai Chin, causing global concerns of a potential escalation between the two.

  • North and South Korea Clash

Last Tuesday, North Korea destroyed the liaison office it jointly operates with South Korea in the city of Kaesong, just north of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. 

North Korea also said it would send troops to now-shuttered joint cooperation sites on its territory, reinstall guard posts and resume military drills at front-line areas in a violation of separate 2018 deals with South Korea. Jeong said South Korea will take “immediate, swift and corresponding” steps to any North Korean provocation.

The tensions grown in Asia and the potential “second wave” of coronavirus in the United States may add more difficulties to the global economic recovery. Thus, Bitcoin, as a safe haven asset, attracts more investors to buy and hold. 

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