What Cryptocurrency is Worth Making Investments in 2018?

2017 became the year of cryptocurrencies. The cryptocurrency market gathered energy and made a real crypto-boom. Is there more to come? Well, it looks like. This year began with a market recession, however, it’s not the end of the cryptocurrency era, it’s only a beginning.
The Coin Shark will briefly tell about top cryptocurrencies and market dark horses that may worth making investments this year. However, we are not offering to invest in particular virtual currencies and remind that everybody is responsible for their own capital.

Bitcoin
We have already posted an article about world`s first and most expensive cryptocurrency rates in 2018. Despite some ups and downs these coins demonstrate sustained tendency to grow. It might be reasonable to invest in BTC when its price decrease because it is anyway likely to grow again sooner or later. Today Bitcoin has a good liquidity – you can sell it, withdraw, trade on cryptocurrency exchanges and even pay for goods or services.

Ethereum
This blockchain platform is a distributed software. Many startups have been implemented on this platform. Besides, hundreds of ICOs use it. Ether is much more affordable for purchase and mining (so far), smart-contracts became a revolution in commercial relations and many financial instruments are based on Ethereum solutions. As we can see, ETH has a number of advantages and is probably the most popular alternative to BTC.

Ripple
Ripple is a payment system that enables users to make transactions in any currency. There is an “agent” currency called XRP – world`s 3rd digital coin (by market capitalization) that currently costs less than a dollar. There are 100 billion XRP issued. They are gradually becoming available and today nearly the whole supply is already on the market. Ripple also negotiates with traditional financial institutions and companies to introduce company`s solutions.

TenX
This digital currency hardly enters the top-100 coins by market capitalization ($ 125 million), but the project itself is rather interesting. TenX, a company from Singapore, develops a service that allows to use plastic or virtual cards and spend cryptocurrency as easy as fiat money. You can use it to pay in stores or withdraw digital assets from any ATM. Moreover, the developers are creating a protocol that will connect the blockchains of different services into a single network. Today PAY coins cost a little more than a dollar.

IOTA
This promising cryptocurrency is created to provide the secure joint operation of different devices, from gadgets to smart houses. IOTA develops a unified network secured with the blockchain technology. In addition, IOTA aims to integrate with the so-called “Internet of Things”. Market capitalization of the cryptocurrency is more than $ 3 billion, and the cost of one coin is a bit higher than one dollar.

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The Schoolboy Bitcoin Millionaire Believes that Bitcoin Is Pretty Much Dead

As it has been reported by the Marketwatch, Erik Finman, a teenager who became a millionaire back in the times when Bitcoin cost 20 thousand dollars, gave a very negative outlook for BTC in the future.

Bitcoin is dead, it’s too fragmented, there’s tons of infighting I just don’t think it will last. It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, its dead,” said Finman.

As for Litecoin, here the teenager is sure that this coin “has been dead for a while”. He also mentioned those coins that, in his opinion, still have a chance at the market, such as Ethereum, ZCash and, surprisingly, Bitcoin Cash.

Although Eric is still very young and not that experienced, the fact that he owned 4 million dollars in BTC in 2011 make his predictions quite reasonable.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 18: BTC and the Rest of Cryptocurrencies Are in the Green Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 5.7% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3453 per coin.

The remaining cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 6.69% over the past 24 hours and costs $86 per coin;

Ripple grew by 13.39% and costs $0.33;

EOS increased by 21.76%, and its price is $2.45;

Litecoin gained 4.28%, and its cost is $28;

Cardano added 9.69%, and its value is $0.031;

Stellar became more expensive by 10.69% and costs $0.10;

IOTA grew by 11.83%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash gained 8.82%, and its price is $69;

Monero added 6.58% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 7.80%. The coin rate is $93, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $112 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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A Stablecoin Breakthrough: A Token Pegged to Gold

Stablecoins are still rather a novelty at the cryptocurrency market, so its developers are coming up with new approaches to its main concept – being tied to something physical or fiat. Most stablecoins, like Tether and Gemini Dollar, chose an easy way – they just have a 1:1 exchange ratio with different fiat currencies, mostly USD.

However, a Singapore-based company Digix Global has created something brand new. They pegged its stablecoin DGX to gold. The official site claims:

Using blockchain technology, we represent physical gold with DGX tokens, where 1 DGX represents 1 gram of gold on Ethereum.”

The company has only started developing, but it already has 88100 grams of gold available. The management though is planning to expand the supplies of the platform in the nearest future.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 17: Cryptocurrencies Are Trying to Recover in Price

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3266 per coin.

The rest of cryptocurrencies tend to fix in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 1.98% over the past 24 hours and costs $81 per coin;

Ripple lost 0.03% and is $0.29 in value;

EOS grew by 2.62%, and its price is $2.01;

Litecoin increased by 6.03%, and its cost is $27;

Cardano added 1.47%, and its rate is $0.029;

Stellar grew by 0.10% and costs $0.097;

IOTA dropped by 1.05%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash lost 1.32%, and its price is $64;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $41.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.49%. The coin rate is $87, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization of $104 billion. The share of Bitcoin is 54.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $57 billion.

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Money Evolution: From Appearance to Cryptocurrency

The money is the most genius invention of mankind. During its long history, it has repeatedly changed its conceptual design. And each stage was accompanied by a qualitative leap in the development of human civilization. In this article we will talk in detail about money, its history and future prospects.

1. The main functions of money

The Money is fairly universal tool with the help of which you can perform many tasks.

  • Circulation tool. In turnover, money is a mediator. In order to effectively perform this function, money should be easy to deal with, and its transfer from one person to another should be fulfilled as soon as possible.
  • Payment tool. Each product has its own price, money allows to simplify the process of exchange of goods and services significantly.
  • Accumulation tool. Some of the unused funds can be accumulated for the future, but it is very important to diversify risks and not to keep money in one currency, because, in terms of inflation, its purchasing power in future may significantly decrease.

2. The origin of money and its evolution

The money origin is rooted to the times of primitive people. The development of money can be divided into several stages.

  • The first money. The money did not exist as such in human civilization at an early stage of its formation, at that time primitive people had barter. The first elementary monetary funds began to appear at the time of the division of labor. Different tribes used the various goods which were available to them  as the money. For example, cocoa beans in Mexico, animal skins in Siberia, pearls in South America were used as currency, etc. Salt was another valuable resource.
  • Metal money. With the development of civilization, money acquires a metallic form. In the VII century B.C. the first coinage appeared. This format of monetary funds becomes very popular all over the world. The primary materials of which were gold, silver, copper and bronze. This type of money significantly increased the sales turnover between people and brought human civilization to a fundamentally new level. During this period begins the accumulation of large capitals.
  • Paper money. In 910 A.D, in China, the first paper money appeared. The appearance of banks marked the beginning of a new era of market relations. Banks have become major custodians of values. People handed them their money, and received paper certificates in return. This format have become so popular that over the time these certificates began to be considered as money, which we can observe nowadays.
  • Electronic money. A year of 1991 becomes a critical point in history, this is the year when the Internet begins to function. Banks actively pick up this technology and begin to use it after a couple of years. Digital money is much faster and more secure than paper analogues. They are still the most common type of monetary funds.
  • Bank cards. The world’s first plastic card was issued back in 1950, it was  used in order to pay for dinner in certain restaurants. And only in two years after that, the first bank credit card was issued  in the USA.
  • Digital coins. The history of cryptocurrencies begins in the end of 2008, it was the first time when people heard the word Bitcoin. The main feature of cryptocurrency is the lack of a single center that controls emissions and acts as an intermediary in the course of transactions, digital coins also can be mined, i.e., engaged in mining.

3. Prospects of cryptocurrencies

Some experts predict a total collapse of cryptocurrencies, other experts predict the world recognition and almost the transfer of all the wealth of mankind into blockchain. What does really awaits the cryptocurrency industry in the future? In fact, there is not a single person who will be able to predict its further development by 100%. We can only assume certain scenarios based on certain facts.

  • It should be noted that a very technological and a universal technology such as  blockchain lies at the roots of cryptocurrencies. Potentially, it can be used in almost any field of activity.
  • Cryptocurrencies have altered the very essence of the money: no one controls them, they can not be banned or blocked.
  • Even against the background of the deep correction of 2018, large companies, funds and private investors are beginning to be interested in cryptocurrencies.
  • The governments of the largest countries are developing a legal framework for the market. This will allow to promote cryptocurrencies  massively.

Along with that, the mass media is overloaded by bad news which is one of the reasons for the protracted correction. If you look at the cryptocurrency chart in longer term, you can clearly see the liquidity of cryptocurrency assets (20x growth), even taking into account their rollback from peak values by 70-90%.

Source: CoinMarketCap

4. Conclusion

Money is the greatest invention of mankind, they became the catalyst of the progress of human civilization. We are witnessing the formation of a new type of money such as digital coins. Only time will tell whether cryptocurrencies will be able to take a palm of victory and push out paper and electronic money. But it is worth noting that in the long run they have all the chances to do that.

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The Safest “Cold” Wallet or Review of Bittrex Exchange

The growing popularity of digital coins, as well as the cryptocurrency trading, was the reason of emergence for the large number of exchanges. There is huge competition on this market segment now. New projects are trying to lure as many users as possible. But there are also time-tested sites that can guarantee a high security level. In this article we will talk about the most secure cryptocurrency exchange, which has been successfully operating for more than 4 years and has a fairly large user base.

Content:
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  1. Briefly about Bittrex Exchange
  2. Trade and order types
  3. Deposit and withdrawal of funds
  4. Bittrex Exchange commissions
  5. Advantages and disadvantages of Bittrex exchange
  6. Conclusion

1. Briefly about the Bittrex Exchange

Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange was registered in the United States in 2014. Activity of this site is more designed for the American market. But this does not mean that the user base of the project is limited only by traders from USA, Bittrex is also quite popular in Europe and the CIS.

The functionality of the exchange can satisfy not only a novice, but also an experienced trader. The platform have integrates tools, with the help of which you can conduct a deep technical analysis. More than 250 currency pairs are traded on this exchange, which provides ample opportunities for trading. It is also worth noting that there is no possibility of trading with leverage and lending on Bittrex exchange.

2. Trade and order types

At the site, traders have the opportunity to trade both limit and market orders. Market order is intended to buy and sell assets at the current price. Suppose that the BTC rate is $4,200, if this price suits the trader, he opens a market order and makes a deal at the current rate almost immediately.

The limit order is designed to buy or sell an asset at desired, rather than actual rate. For example, the BTC rate is still equal to $4,200, but the trader wants to make a purchase only when the BTC price drops to $4,000. In order to avoid sitting at the trading terminal following the BTC rate, trader can open a limit order. When the asset`s actual price matches the value indicated by the trader, the limit order will automatically close.

3. Deposit and withdrawal of funds

It is important to know that this platform works exclusively with cryptocurrencies and it is impossible to replenish your account with fiat. But nowadays this is not a particular problem, because it is possible to buy Bitcoin on a huge number of exchangers now. One may replenish deposit on Bittrex exchange without any special problems, but in order to use the full functionality, it`s necessary to pass the verification procedure. And this is two kinds:

  • Elementary. The user is required to provide with his full name, date of birth and address of residence. Reliability of information is verified by using social media accounts or other open sources.
  • Advanced. In order to withdraw more than 4 BTC per day (or the dollar equivalent in any other coin), one must provide copies of official documents and selfie with the passport. For residents of the CIS countries, this can be a problem, because only an international passport suitable for verification, and not all possess it.

4. Bittrex Exchange Commissions

This site cannot boast with very low commissions, but it is also impossible to call them high.Bittrex charges 0.25% of the total amount for each transaction. The exchange may set a special terms for regular traders, but these figures are individual and depends on turnover and single user’s trading time.

5. Advantages and disadvantages of Bittrex exchange

Bittrex has its strengths and weaknesses as well as any service. In order to objectively evaluate this site, let’s talk more about its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Bittrex activity is officially regulated in the United States. This means that traders are fully protected from the possible misconduct from owners of the exchange. But for residents of other countries (except the US), the official regulation, basically, does not give anything.
  • The ability to go through the verification procedure by using a minimum set of documents (compared to other exchanges).
  • Simple and clear system of fees (0.25% of transaction amount, which is average in the market).
  • Support for a large number of altcoins (including very rare ones), which opens a broad opportunities for users.
  • Enhanced security. The creators of the exchange as a loke call themselves paranoid, as they store about 90% of client funds exclusively in cold wallets.
  • The absence of any restrictions and limits on account replenishment.

Disadvantages:

  • Inability to trade with leverage, as well as lending.
  • Lack of referral programs, as well as motivation systems for new users.
  • Very slow customer service. Some questions may remain unanswered for several weeks.

6. Conclusion

Bittrex is the safest cryptocurrency exchange in the industry. For all the years of its work this site has not been subjected to a single attack. Almost 90% of user funds are stored in cold wallets. This level of security is the main advantage of this site. Another undoubted advantage of Bittrex is its official status in the United States.

The fact is, that the activity of the exchange is regulated by authorities, which legally protects users from possible illegal actions of the site owners. But it should be said that the other countries residents will have to go to the United States to resolve any issues in a court, which requires substantial financial expenses.

Bittrex charges a fixed commission, which is equal to 0.25% of transaction`s amount, this is the average for the market. This exchange is a good tool for conducting balanced trading, as it does not support margin trading. Bittrex cannot boast with quality customer support.

Based on the foregoing, we can say that this project certainly deserves attention. All the minor flaws of Bittrex are compensated by its merits, especially the security level.

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