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Your 2018 blockchain portfolio should include Verge (XVG). This is why.

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The cryptocurrency market has no shortage of options. You can currently trade in thousands of different crypto coins. Most of them remain irrelevant, but a handful of alt-coins have found a way to carve a niche suited to their particular characteristics by targeting the industries that can benefit the most from them.

So, for instance, Tron is going for full web decentralization while Stellar and Ripple are trying to become the standard in international bank transfers. So what is Verge’s (XVG) deal? Let’s find out.

Verge’s XVG usefulness

If a cryptocurrency is going to succeed it has to be useful. Some of them are actually designed to be used in a particular way or to provide a distinct characteristic that will be attractive in a specific market. Verge’s (XVG) supply is limited, so demand creates value.

Usability, in turn, creates higher demand and drives prices up, so they become good choices for investors who are trying to profit from the trade. Verge’s XVG was created as a retail crypto coin, something you can use on an everyday basis to pay for goods and services. While it’s not confined to any specific industry, it’s more useful to make personal payments than to deal in cross-border financial transactions, for instance.

Bitcoin‘s massive rise in price has to do with the fact that it offers a safe environment in which it’s easy (if slow) to make payments of many different kinds. 

Banks have recently embraced Verge, so soon you could find your local bank offering you a Verge debit card. As Bitcoin, despite being the most prominent player, still is not fully trusted by markets and institutions, other crypto coins that offer a comparable type of functionality are rising in popularity among investors and users.

Anonymity: Verge’s hallmark

Guaranteeing security, privacy and anonymity have been Verge’s top priorities since the beginning. It combines anonymizing protocols such as TPR and I2P to ensure every user’s anonymity on every transaction by masking their IP addresses. 

That way you just cannot trace transactions back to individuals, and this is a feature that attracts many users in the world who care about their privacy but still want or need to be a part of the digital economy.

Open source technology

Some cryptocurrencies have been developed for profit by private corporations. Verge, on the other hand, is a fully open source project with a very committed community that keeps its development going on and manages the environment and functionality. Profits are not on the table for them (as developers or community members).

This means that any XVG holder can interact and work with members of the platform’s core developers and contribute to any of the different ongoing projects aimed to make the platform better. The kind of alt-coin based on a community instead of a company has become quite popular recently because it brings users to the project’s heart.

It taps into a large pool of intellectual resources and skills, and it creates incentives to join the platform. It also brings transparency and accountability to these projects and promotes innovation. This is the very same model in which projects like Mozilla, the Linux kernel, and other open source initiatives have thrived in recent decades.

Cheap transaction costs

Besides protecting privacy, speed and low cost of transactions are also core values for Verge. Low speeds and high fees have been the way to do business involving fiat currencies for a very long time, and Verge aims to tackle that problem.

The platform was released with a large number of tokens in circulation in order to promote mass adoption. The more users they have, the better the liquidity becomes. It also allows for transactions among other blockchains, so it’s even more useful that way.

Partnerships

The right partnerships give digital currencies credibility, brings them attention from outside the crypto word, and expand their user base. Verge has recently scored some that could make all the difference.

In the last few weeks, Verge has been adopted by MindGeek and TokenPay, and these new partners alone could propel the coin all the way to the top ten.

Many more cryptocurrencies continue to join the market. But only those that offer some added value in the form of utility and benefits will have a chance to compete. The value for users becomes the value for the coin and, in this regard. XVG has proven to be ready to take on the market and make itself valuable both in price and usefulness.

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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
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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.

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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.

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