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ETC 2018 price prediction: Will Ethereum Classic reach $40 this year (again)?

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In a market that’s been going steadily down for months, Ethereum Classic’s recent behavior is remarkable. The digital asset had some excellent days recently, at the time every other coin was losing value. 

It reached the eleventh place by market capitalization, leaving Tronix (TRX) and Monero behind and surpassing the 2 billion capitalization barrier. Then, it went down again, and it’s currently seemingly stable at the 13th spot.

However transitory that peak was, it’s made optimists out of Ethereum Classic‘s holders and even some neutral observers. They expect ETC to increase in value significantly before the year’s end (most predictions are for next November). This optimism is not just about that recent fluctuation in price but also because of some recent favorable developments that point to an increase in the token’s demand and value sometime very soon.

Not too long ago, Robinhood, a cryptocurrency trade mobile platform announced the adoption of Ethereum Classic in its platform which is now available in almost twenty states in the USA.

The app allows users to buy the supported cryptocurrencies in their mobile phone using credit cards as means of payment. Because of its portability and friendly user interface, Robinhood has access to many users that would otherwise avoid the crypto markets due to lack of expertise.

Then, there’s the Coinbase Pro listing. It’s happening. Ethereum Classic was scheduled to go live at Coinbase about a couple of days ago already. It is a massive development as it will give the cryptocurrency access to thirteen million new users. That’s a lot of new demand. Also, as ETC joins the Californian platform’s services, it will be the cheapest token available, which is probably going to make it attractive (or, at least, less intimidating) to new holders.

Both events make it so much easier to use fiat currency (USD in this case) to buy Ethereum Classic for so many new users in just a matter of days that the ETC market can only change for good because of the expansion. There is no doubt it’s a new room for growth.

Ethereum Classic at $40 by the end of 2018 looks realistic (but)

The most enthusiastic observers predict a bullish run so strong on ETC that it will reach a value of around 62 USD (which is roughly fourth of the current value). While this is, indeed, possible, it seems a little too optimistic, even in the light of ETC’s recent triumphs.

Other, more neutral observers, predict a more conservative (and more feasible) price of 40 USD (roughly a little over twice of its current value) and they also point out that this increase will bring ETC into the world’s top five by market capitalization. 

And that’s why it seems that they are overenthusiastic. While it’s true that, in the current market, such increment in price will put ETC in the top five, that prediction forgets an elementary fact: if it’s possible for ETC to grow that much that quickly, it can only be possible if the rest of the market is growing as well. 

The top five coins are not going to hold their value down as they wait for ETC to surpass them. That’s the problem with these predictions; they are predicated on the assumption that ETC lives in a void, which it doesn’t. 

But that’s not to say that Ethereum Classic (ETC) won’t perform well for the rest of the year. The Coinbase listing has eluded some of the most significant projects in Crypto such as Ripple, so while increases of 100-300% are a hard buy, there’s no doubt that ETC will probably do better than most other digital assets as the year concludes.

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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
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

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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