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Why Investors Shouldn’t Be Concerned Over Stellar Lumens (XLM) Liquidity

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Stellar Lumens (XLM), which ranks eighth with a market capitalization of $3,947,869,328 (as of April 9, 2018), is listed in only a few exchanges. Unlike the big currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which have listed on more than 400 exchanges, Stellar is listed in only 79 exchanges. As evident from the market response of the lesser-known altcoins, Stellar, like any other altcoin, struggles with its liquidity. For many traders, the dearth of buyers/sellers of a currency is a major put-off as such currencies are difficult to trade on exchanges.

A Review of Stellar’s Liquidity

As per the definition, liquidity suggests the extent to which an asset can be rapidly bought/sold by investors without affecting the price of that asset. Consequently, the term “market liquidity” signifies the degree to which a market enables assets to be traded at a stable rate. An asset, which has little or no liquidity, is critical to trade on exchanges. This can be explained with an example: an illiquid asset like an antique artwork can be extravagant and costly, but in the absence of a steady market for such art, the owner will have to sell it at a discount if he/she wants to sell it quickly.

When compared to the major currencies in the market, such as BTC, ETH, and LTC, which are listed in more than 400 exchanges, Stellar (XLM) is listed in only 19% of the total exchanges. Quite naturally, such low liquidity is a huge concern for traders. This altcoin, which comes with several promising features, should improve its liquidity to be traded more frequently in the market. As for XLM traders, such low liquidity can be alarming. However, going by some of its features on offer, it is unjust to assess its profitability on the basis of its availability to the traders.

Why Stellar’s Low Liquidity is Not a Concern for Investors?

From its very inception, Stellar has established itself as a highly rewarding altcoin. However, a quick market analysis will reveal that it is not entirely free of limitations. For instance, a lack of alternative anchors can be regarded as a big turn-off, apart from the fact that a Stellar account can only be topped up in lumens. Besides these limitations, one of the major drawbacks of Stellar is its low liquidity. As evident from the market analysis, Stellar (XML) is listed in less than a hundred exchanges, while other contenders like Bitcoin Cash and EOS, with visibility in 262 and 116 exchanges respectively, have much greater availability.

While it’s quite natural to be alarmed as investors, the low liquidity is not a big concern for the traders, report the analysts. As a worthy competitor in the crypto-market, it boasts a number of worthwhile features, from lightning fast transactions, low transaction fees to outstanding popularity. At any rate, this promising altcoin, which is traded at $0.196834 at the time of writing, can surprise its investors in many ways.

Ways Stellar Can Enhance Its Liquidity

As discussed at length in the earlier segments, Stellar’s (XML) liquidity is a major concern at the moment. With Stellar introducing a range of exciting updates, Stellar can emerge as a formidable contender to the major currencies, provided it improves its availability to its users. Although Stellar is not listed in a large number of platforms, it is available in many prominent exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, Upbit, and Kraken. As per the trade volumes, these are the largest exchanges in the market. So, spreading the awareness can go a long way in attracting buyers/sellers to this profitable asset. Also, the regulatory body of Stellar can deploy the currency in real life transactions. Given the fact that it is recognized for its low-cost financial services, Stellar can embrace the ripe market in the developing countries to enhance its user-engagement.

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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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