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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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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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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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