Multicurrency Wallet Jaxx: Installation, Configuration and Use

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Proper storage of digital assets is a very important issue for every trader. Today we will analyze one of its decisions, namely, the multicurrency wallet Jaxx. How to register in the service, and what are its strengths and weaknesses?

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  1. History of the wallet‘s creation
  2. What coins can be stored in Jaxx?
  3. How to get your own wallet?
  4. Advantages
  5. Disadvantages
  6. Conclusion

1. History of the wallet’s creation

The start of the project can be considered 2013, it is when Decentral company has a subsidiary that receives the name Jaxx. The developers had been working hard with the product for more than two years, and only in the first quarter of 2016 the first beta version of the application was launched. And from that moment the project began to gain popularity all over the world, as one of the most convenient solutions on the market.

2. What coins can be stored in Jaxx?

It should be noted that at the very beginning the wallet supported only a few cryptocurrencies and, as the project developed, this list grew. At the moment (August 2018), the official Jaxx wallet supports 65 different coins and tokens. There are absolutely all popular cryptocurrencies in the list, as well as many less common coins (Cofoindit, Maecenas, Storm and Swarm, Sonm, Wax, Viberate, Ten X, Basic Attention Token, iExec, etc.).

3. How to get your own wallet?

It is absolutely not difficult to create a new wallet in the service and any average user can cope with this. To begin with, Jaxx is a cross-platform solution and can be installed both on a computer and on a smartphone (MacOs, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android). If you want to use the desktop version, it is strongly recommended to download the installation file only from the official website of the project. To download to your smartphone, you can use the Play Market or the App Store.

When you first start, you will need to review the user agreement and other standard information. After that the program will offer two options:

  1. to create a new wallet;
  2. to restore the existing one.

You can create a new wallet in two ways:

– fast;

– complete.

The first method involves setting the majority of the default settings; in fairness it should be noted that in the future they can be edited. If you choose a full variant of creating a new wallet, then all the parameters can be set initially.

The next very important point is a security issue, so that not to kick yourself, at the registration you must immediately do the following:

  1. copy the recovery phrase to an external medium (or better to several);
  2. put the protection of the entrance with a pin-code;
  3. make a backup copy.

After that, you will only have to choose the necessary coins from the offered list.

4. Advantages

Many users call Jaxx the best wallet for cryptocurrencies in the market as it has a fairly large list of strengths. Let’s talk about them:

  • Simultaneous use on different devices (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.).
  • Fast technical support, which responds to users’ requests quite quickly, usually in a couple of hours.
  • User-oriented interface in which all controls are in place.
  • Ability to recover data with the generated phrase (consists of 12 words).
  • The data backup function is located directly inside the interface.
  • Increased safety. It is worth noting that private information (keys and codes) are not on the server, but on the user’s hard drive. Of course, Jaxx cannot be called a full-fledged cold multicurrency store, but the security level of this wallet is quite high.
  • Ability to install additional protection (PIN-code).

5. Disadvantages

Unfortunately, there is no ideal product, which would not have any flaws. Let’s look at the weaknesses of the cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx:

  • High commission fees for currency exchange inside the wallet. In the application you can exchange coins, it is certainly convenient, but it is more expensive than using third-party services.
  • Transaction hanging. This bug is traced only when transferring little-known tokens. There are times when money from one wallet leaves, and does not reach addressee. In fairness, it’s worth noting that when you contact support, in 99% of cases the funds are returned, but it’s still a pretty unpleasant moment, which is better to know in advance.
  • Slow solution of contentious issues. Although the agents of technical support respond quickly, but sometimes, the solution to the problem can drag on not for one week.

6. Conclusion

Jaxx is a very popular wallet in the cryptocurrency community. It has a lot of advantages, but it is not devoid of shortcomings. At the moment it supports 65 coins, it can be used on different devices simultaneously. It has an increased level of security, and also has a fairly convenient interface. If the developers solve the problem with suspending transactions of lesser known coins and can achieve a more rapid solution of problems, then Jaxx can be called an almost ideal cryptocurrency wallet.

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New Useful Gadget or Promotional Trick: What Is the WT2 Plus Earphone Translator?

A language barrier is the main cause of disagreements and the reason why people of different nationalities cannot fully communicate. But, besides, a language barrier complicates the lives of many travel lovers. Soon this problem will fall into oblivion, as its solution was suggested by Timekettle company in the form of a new gadget WT2 Plus. Now this device is presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show CES-2019 in Las Vegas.

What is WT2 Plus?

This is a wireless earphone translator, which will become an integral gadget when traveling to foreign countries. The novelty caused a huge interest and made many people wonder: “What is the price of WT2 Plus?”. You can breathe a sigh of relief, because the answer is already there! The cost of WT2 Plus is $ 219.

Source: http://www.timekettle.co/

How does WT2 Plus work?

The earphones support Android and iOS operating platforms. They connect with a mobile device via Bluetooth using the application that allows users to set a language. At the moment, the application supports 20 languages, but in the near future the developers will add another 15.

The feature of the application for WT2 Plus is recognition of various accents. For example, the application supports 5 accents of English, including Australian English.

Direct use of portable earphones occurs as follows: in order both interlocutors can talk and hear each other, each puts one earphone from the kit on. When talking, the earphones transmit the sound to the smartphone for translation and transferring the translation back to the earphones. The delay in processing and transferring sound takes only 3-5 seconds, depending on a sentence size.

Even though the manufacturer emphasized the possibility of real-time translation as its main advantage, in fact the device is capable of translating only short phrases, the duration of which do not exceed 15 seconds. For example, the gadget can not be used for continuous translation of a film in a foreign language.

Regardless of the headphones’ being wireless, they will not catch environing phrases and translate them due to the built-in “Touch” mode, which allows you to use WT2 Plus in crowded places.

The earphones themselves are stored in a pocket-case that resembles Apple’s AirPods case. The earphones are charged from the case. Each earphone has a 110 mA battery, and the case battery capacity is 320 mA. Full charge of the earphones takes 90 minutes. The case works for two weeks without recharging, it is enough for two recharges of each earphone.

The manufacturer plans to increase the accuracy of the WT2 Plus translation to 95%. The translation requires access to the Internet, since it is carried out through Google and Microsoft cloud servers.

Gadget Hits and Misses of 2018

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25 Celebrities Who Support Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is a favourite of all news portals. It becomes the most discussed currency of the XXI century, everyone is interested in it, buys it, even celebrities make their own business with the help of it. Who? Let’s find out with The Coin Shark.

Ashton Kutcher

In 2010, American actor became the originator of A-Grade Investments company, which successfully invested money in the projects such as: Uber, Airbnb and BitPay.

Kutcher left a positive feedback about Bitcoin in Twitter:

Snoop Dogg

In 2013, Snoop Dogg’s albums were sold by 0.3 BTC. The exact number of albums sold is still unknown. But if he had sold the albums at the current rate of 3,5 thousand dollars, then the rapper might have earned about 1,05 thousand dollars per album.

Also, the rapper popped up on a XRP Community Night party.

Hugh Laurie

The actor became a hodler of the Bitcoins, amounting to 5,000 dollars, by his best friend’s advice.

Kim Kardashian

Matthew Roszak the founder of Bloq and various cryptocurrency projects, presented Bitcoin to an American star Kim Kardashian. He shared this news with his subscribers on Twitter:

A Bitcoin Was Gifted to Kim Kardashian

Mike Tyson

Famous actor contributed greatly to the cryptocurrencies development. In 2015, he launched the Bitcoin ATM system, after 6 months his team announced the launch of a mobile application for trading:

Donald Glover

In 2013, during an interview with “Time” the rapper expressed his admiration of Bitcoin.

I know a lot of people are skeptical, but I feel like if everything’s going to live online, why not bitcoins? Being backed by gold seems very old and nostalgic to me. Being backed to a bitcoin, which takes time to actually make and there’s this equation that has to be done, that feels realer to me and makes more sense.”

Bill Gates

Co-founder of Microsoft doesn’t hide his interest about Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”, said Gates during an interview.

However, later Bill Gates expressed his negative attitude towards cryptocurrency.

Elon Musk

Former CEO of Tesla, the chief executive and the chief engineer of SpaceX denies that he owns Bitcoin, except of those 0,25 BTC which is a gift from a friend.  You can find this on his Twitter:

Pitbull

Armando Christian Perez, a hip-hop artist, aka “Pitbull” said that in 2012 he started investing in Bitcoin. Today he is constantly tracking the rate of cryptocurrency, however he is no longer investing in it.

Jamie Foxx

A member of Stand-UP Comedy, an american actor and singer became interested in cryptocurrency back in 2017. He was promoting a Bitcoin exchange Cobinhood on his Twitter account.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and DJ Khaled

Floyd, the undefeated American boxer, more than anyone else is engaged in various ICO advertising. In 2017 he became an ambassador of Stox cryptocurrency project, which specializes in the markets analysis. Boxing star was also engaged in advertising Hubii Network marketplace.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not the only one among celebrities who was advertising aforementioned Centra project. DJ Khaled joined the boxer.  In 2017, the producer was overwhelmed with comments under an Instagram photo, where he was posing with a Centra card. Unfortunately, later, it became known that the project was a scam.

Jessica VerSteeg and The Game

No one could imagine that the model can tie her career with innovations. However, in 2017, Jessica VerSteeg Miss-Iowa 2014 launched the ParagonCoin Bitcoin-platform. We note that the project is quite specific, since it was created for marijuana industry.

Jayceon Taylor, a hip-hop artist, more known as “The Game”, supported Jessica VerSteeg. He made a video about promoting the Paragon platform.

Mel B

A british singer and a former member of Spice Girls back in 2014, she was selling her christmas single for a Bitcoin. After partnership with a London cloud mining service CloudHashing, she became the first performer in history who was selling music for BTC.

Madonna,Lady Gaga,Jennifer Lopez,Kelly Joyce

Well-known singers, they were the first ones who accepted payment in BTC. The amount of fee depends on singer’s popularity. The advantages of such payment are that celebrities gain their net profit without taxes, which are not charged from cryptocurrency and fans do not overpay for the performance.

Madonna

This celebrity should  be pointed out of all four divas. In 2018, Madonna supported Ripple’s social action, during which they were collecting funds for the orphans from an African Republic of Malawi.

Ghostface Killah

In October,2017, Ghostface Killah a member of a hardcore hip hop band called Wu-Tang Clan, became a founder of Cream Capital company, which specializes in promotion and funding services for cryptocurrency startups. During the ICO the company earned $30 million.

The name of the company is identical to a Wu-Tang Clan hit – C.R.E.A.M. ( Cash Rules Everything Around Me ).

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman, a player of the american football team “Seattle Seahawks”, have invested in several cryptocurrencies. Even his family cannot stop his bigotry.

Sherman managed to earn on the rate growth when it was at $20,000.

Later, Sherman cashed his Bitcoin and managed to earn while it cost $20 thousand per coin. Moreover,  he is a representative and an investor of Cobinhood crypto exchange.

Johnny Depp

In the fall of 2018, the actor became a partner with TaTaTu blockchain startup, which deals with film-making.

Infinitum Nihil Film Company, which belongs to Johnny Depp will produce documentaries and digital content according to the agreement with the crypto project.

Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally, as we make strides to embrace disruptiveness, Johnny will be a key collaborator with us and we are tremendously excited to back his visions and instincts on stories to bring to life.”, said Andrea Iervolino the founder of TaTaTu.

Mark Cuban

An american entrepreneur, a billionaire had his own rule for investment in cryptocurrency, which he shared with the crypto community.  He is sure that any funds that don’t have the exact purpose should be invested in the digital currency.

Lionel Messi

In the winter of 2017, the legend of the Barcelona football club became an official global ambassador of Sirin Labs Israeli company, which is developing the world first crypto smartphone called Finney. Messi shared this news on his Instagram.

Sirin Labs advertising slogan is:


Let’s kick some goals together and bring Blockchain technology to the mass market.”

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What is STO and Why Is It Going to Replace ICO in a Near Future

During the last couple years the crowdfunding market began to develop rapidly. ICO or initial coin offering – is not only a very convenient way of raising capital for further project’s development, but also a very profitable investment tool. But there are many troubles on this market, which need a solution. In this article we will talk about a new type of crowdfunding on the cryptocurrency market (STO), find out how it differs from the ICO and what is its future.

1. The main problems of ICO

So as it was mentioned before, the ICO reputation suffered during 2017 – 2018 years. The sad statistics indicates that the vast majority of cryptocurrency startups that conducted public ICO, failed. There are many scammers on this market, whose activities are aimed only at personal enrichment. In 2018 general investments in ICO amounted to more than 18 billion dollars, and by the end of the year all projects brought only losses and frustration to their investors. Because of this, the regulators began to actively monitor start-ups that raise their capital through crowdfunding.

Users can purchase two types of digital assets in a process of participation during initial coin offering:

  • Payment Tokens. They can be used to pay for different goods and services, offered by a company- issuer.
  • Utility Tokens (or useful tokens). They allow using some specific services, offered by an issuing company.

It is very important to understand, that possession of the above mentioned types of assets does not provide an investor neither with influence on the destiny of the company (for example to participate in the voting of shareholders), nor with protection of his rights. The fact is that payment and utility tokens are not equal to securities or stocks.

2. What is STO?

It worth noting, that there is one more type of tokens – Security Token. This variant of assets is very similar to traditional stocks, to which everyone has already managed to get used on stock markets. The main feature of this type is that their owners, in fact, have the right of ownership of a certain share of a company. Such kind of investment is fully protected by regulators. It means that company’s failure to fulfill financial obligations to its investors will entail legal proceedings.

Many experts note, that STO will replace ICO on the crowdfunding market. The matter is the best features of ICO and IPO were united in this investment tool. STO got that level of security, which IPO has, and also the relative simplicity and accessibility that is inherent to ICO.

3. Who can work with STO

SEC has developed rules for investors who wish to participate in STO.

  • An investor must have net worth of $1 million. It is worth noting that this amount does not include the market value of the investor`s real estate in which he lives.
  • The investor should have net income of 200 thousand dollars a year. If we are talking about a married couple, their total annual income must be at least 300 thousand dollars a year.
  • If we talk about an organization, its net assets must be at least $5 million in order to participate in STO. Also, all members of the company must be accredited investors.

It worth noticing, that an investor does not have to comply with all the above mentioned points, one is enough.

4. Forecast for the future

It is early to talk about the future that expects for STO yet. The main indicator of success, which is worth paying attention to is the number of companies that do not work on the blockchain technology market, who wants to conduct an STO in the near future. This type of attracting investment should interest middle class companies, for which to conduct a classic IPO is too expensive. If this scenario becomes a reality, then it will be possible to assert with confidence that STO has a great future. It worth noticing, that this is not a fast process. It will take at least 1-2 years to set all the mechanisms and launch STO for a wide audience. It is quite possible with the right approach of investors and regulators. Now there is another obstacle on the way to massive implementation of STO – the general decline of the cryptocurrency market. The matter is that people`s interest to investments in blockchain is decreased at the moment. But the fall cannot last forever, that is why many experts still have optimism and believe in better future of both STO and the cryptocurrency industry.

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How To Spend Bitcoin in Real Life?

Bitcoin has had a pretty serious way to recognition of a wider audience in its not very long history. Everyone must have heard the story about two pizzas, which were bought on May 22, 2010 for 10000 BTC. By the way, that was the first official purchase, which was committed with Bitcoin. In these 8 years, a lot has changed. In this article we will tell you about where you can spend Bitcoin, and what can be purchased for it.

Contents:

  1. Real estate
  2. Cars
  3. Travelling
  4. Education
  5. Other goods and services
  6. Conclusion

1. Real estate

Nowadays it is possible to buy property for Bitcoin in many countries of the world.

  • A building company from the United Arab Emirates, Knox Group began accepting BTC as payment in 2017.
  • One of the largest real estate agencies in New York, Magnum Real Estate accepts Bitcoins from its customers. According to the company’s board of directors, their main goal is not to popularize cryptocurrencies, but to diversify their own assets.

It is worth noting that there are still not many companies on the real estate market that officially accept cryptocurrency as payment. It is connected with uncertain policies on the part of regulators. It is noteworthy that the opposite situation is observed among individuals – every day an increasing number of property owners are ready to sell their property for Bitcoin. Such deals attract people with their speed, reliability and minimal bureaucracy issues.

2. Cars

An increasing number of people are willing to receive payment in Bitcoins in the car industry. And we are talking not only about individuals, but also about large car dealerships. The first official car purchase with Bitcoins occurred in California in the dealer center of Lamborghini. After few weeks a similar deal happened at the Finnish auto show Auto-outlet Helsinki Oy. Elon Musk`s car brainchild also keeps up with current trends. There is an option to make an application on tesla.com, and then pay for an electric car with the help of Bitcoins without any problems.

The majority of all car dealers that accept payment for cryptocurrency are located in the Czech Republic. Of course, there are much more similar offers on the secondary car market than on the primary. And the reasons for this phenomenon here are absolutely the same as on the real estate market.

3. Travelling

Many people, who are interested in cryptocurrencies, have a question: “Where can I use Bitcoin in real life?” Travel agencies, airlines, hotels accept cryptocurrencies most often. The Lithuanian airline Air Lituanica has become a pioneer in this area. It started to accept BTC in 2014 and completely removed the commission in order to popularize such a payment method. The Latvian AirBaltic and the Polish airline LOT followed this example after a while.

Of course, most of the airlines that accept payments in BTC are located in the United States. There is an airline company GuestLogix in Canada, which offers to buy not only tickets, but also other additional services like Wi-Fi, food, drinks for BTC.

But the travelling market is not limited with transportations only; therefore, an increasing number of travel companies that offer a full range of services for BTC, began to appear in this industry.

4. Education

How to spend Bitcoins in educational field? Honestly, there are not so many educational institutions that are ready to accept BTC as a payment, but this list is constantly growing.

The first university, what began to accept cryptocurrency, was one of the largest educational institutions in Cyprus. After that two quiet large educational institutions: King’s College (USA) and University of Cumbria (Great Britain) joined to the digital economy. Just last year, one of the largest universities in Switzerland was added to this list.

5. Other goods and services

As part of this article, it is simply physically impossible to list all the goods and services that can be bought with cryptocurrency now. The matter is that retailers that accept Bitcoin exist probably in any field. Today it is possible to buy anything with Bitcoin: food, entertainment, household goods, hairdresser services etc. Certainly not all cafes or beauty salons accept Bitcoins, but this is not an obstacle. The matter is there are many intermediaries on the market, who are happy to conduct such deals. With the help of such services like gyft.com it is possible to obtain any goods from any seller for BTC, but it is worth noticing that such kind of deals are not always profitable for the buyer.

6. Conclusion

Nowadays Bitcoin is not considered a toy in the hands of a geek. With it, you can buy an apartment, a car, a smartphone, a laptop, a plane ticket, book a hotel room, pay for a dinner, a haircut, a manicure and much more. In 2018, the United States government officially began accepting Bitcoins as a tax payment (in some states).

All of this suggests that the digital economy is getting closer to widespread adoption every day.

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The “Fatal 2018” or The Most Important Events Of The Year

The digital coins market shows a negative trend throughout the year 2018. Compared to the historical maximum, the total cryptocurrency market cap has decreased by almost 8 times. The cryptocurrency market shows a negative trend throughout 2018. During the year, news of the cryptocurrency market that are actively discussed in media, have a negative meaning. Let us recall the most important events that occurred on the cryptocurrency market.

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  1. Banking system against digital coins
  2. Internet restrictions
  3. Bitcoin ETF
  4. Formation of legislation
  5. Attracting of institutional investors
  6. Active development of the OTC market
  7. ICO Market Growth
  8. Cryptocurrency companies entering the IPO market
  9. Integration of financial conglomerates
  10. Integration with Internet companies
  11. Conclusion

1. Banking system against digital coins

At the very beginning of 2018, traditional financial institutions began to limit the capabilities of participants in the cryptocurrency market. A large number of fairly large banks around the world began to close the accounts of companies whose activities are related to cryptocurrency. We may also recall the decision of Visa to terminate cooperation with major European companies. All this adversely affected cryptocurrency companies. But it is worth noting that the restrictions of banks affected not only legal entities, along with this ordinary customers also lost an opportunity to buy cryptocurrency through their credit and debit cards.

A similar policy of the Reserve Bank of India led to the fact that local cryptocurrency platforms closed crypto-fiat trade. In the middle of autumn, Zebpay cryptocurrency exchange was forced to close the cryptocurrency exchange service. A similar situation happened in Zimbabwe, but cryptocurrency companies were able to challenge this decision with the help of the Supreme Court of the country.

Such policy of traditional financial sector representatives speaks only of their concern and desire to get rid of a potential competitor. If to analyze the cryptocurrency market, it becomes obvious that this industry is developing too fast. This makes the financial giants to tremble with fear and uncertainty about the future. This event played a big role in crypto market cap lowering.

2. Internet restrictions

Another damage to the cryptocurrency industry in 2018 was caused by the largest Internet companies: Google, Twitter, Facebook, Baidu, Alibaba, WeChat, Yandex, etc. All of the above mentioned information giants banned the promotion of cryptocurrency and ICO on their sites. This decision caused corresponding consequences, namely, undermined confidence towards the industry, and also cryptocurrency market capitalization decrease. Mining applications were blocked in App Store.

The Internet giant’s representatives explained their decision by the fact that there is a huge number of scammers in the cryptocurrency industry, which trusting users should be protected from. However, just a few months later, Facebook and Google reconsidered their decision and partially canceled it.

3. Bitcoin ETF

One of the most discussed topics in the industry since mid-summer of 2018 is the possible launch of Bitcoin ETF. The fact is that the situation in the cryptocurrency market strongly depends on the SEC decision. We remind you that cryptocurrency market value growth, which occurred in November-December, was caused by the launch of futures at CBOE and CME. Many experts believe that the launch of ETF will be a much more powerful event than the last year’s futures.

But the situation that has developed around this issue is quite controversial. On the one hand, the SEC does not deny the possibility of giving permission to launch Bitcoin ETF. But on the other hand, The United States Securities and Exchange Commission rejects all applicants (or postpones the date of consideration) who submitted the application during the year. The staff of the SEC explain their reasons quite uncertainty.

It is worth mentioning that during 2018 a lot of funds and exchanges have submitted their applications: ITS, Direxion, VanEck, Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, ProShares, SolidX, etc.

Based on the latest data, the Securities Commission must make a final decision on the ETF before February 27, 2019.

We want to remind you:

SEC Will Release the Decision on Bitcoin ETF in February

4. Formation of legislation

The cryptocurrency market`s fall, which began in early 2018, was caused by many reasons, one of them is the lack of a legislative base. In other words, at the moment the cryptocurrency market is not regulated at all. Just this year, a large number of changes were to occur in this matter. But, unfortunately, everything happened not the way it was expected.

It is worth noting that this year many countries of the world drafted bills, that in one way or another dealt with cryptocurrencies. Some states limited the presence of digital coins on their territory due to the complexity of regulation. Others, on the contrary, encouraged and developed this direction in every way. For example, on July 4, 2018, blockchain technology was officially legalized in Malta for the first time in the world.

At the end of the winter, the German authorities signed a law under which Bitcoin equated to legal means of payment and was thus released from taxation.

This year was the first time in the history of the industry, when the regulation of cryptocurrency was discussed at the highest international level. For example, the mechanisms for regulating the industry became an agenda at the G20 meeting. It was decided to postpone this topic till October, but no one has returned to it thoroughly so far. This also had a negative effect on the cryptocurrency ranking.

5. Attracting of institutional investors

This year, for the first time the entry of large players into the market was seriously discussed. The interest of institutional investors in cryptocurrency assets is confirmed by a survey of an independent consulting company Capgemini:

  • 44% of the surveyed large capital owners are interested in cryptocurrency investments;
  • 29% of the surveyed large capital owners showed high interest;
  • 27% of the surveyed large capital owners expressed moderate interest.

Another interview, which was conducted by an independent consulting company DeVere Group, says that almost 40% of large business owners want to see a list of cryptocurrencies by market cap in their investment portfolios.

6. Active development of the OTC market

The situation on the cryptocurrency market today is as follows (according to CoinMarketCap):

  • market capitalization of 130 billion dollars;
  • 24h trading volume is about 16 billion dollars.

The situation is not the best, to say the least of it. But it is worth noting that the second mark is not entirely correct. The fact is that we see only turnovers that relate to stock trading. According to the company TABB Group, the UTS trading market is approximately 2-3 times higher than the stock index. It should be noted that such transactions cannot be traced when dealing with blockchain, since private keys from wallets are transferred more often than coins.

There is a sufficient number of large players in the cryptocurrency market (large miners, investors, ICO organizers, etc.), who cannot satisfy their demand with the help of exchanges. More and more OTC platforms began to appear due to the growing demand in the industry.

7. ICO Market Growth

Even regardless of depressing mood on the cryptocurrency market, the number of ICO held in 2018 is much more than in 2017: more precisely, 741 vs 514. The amount of raised funds also grew: $18.16 billion vs $6.89 billion.

The most discussed project of this year was undoubtedly TON from Pavel Durov, who managed to attract $1.7 billion. These funds were obtained even without public ICO, and Durov had to refuse from the overwhelming majority of those who wanted to invest in his brainchild.

But if to consider the amount of collected money, the undoubted leader is the EOS project, which managed to raise about 4.2 billion dollars. This mark is the best not only in this year, but also in the entire history of the industry as a whole.

But even such major events as EOS or TON could not help a fading interest of people to invest in cryptocurrency at the stage of the initial coin offering. The situation is caused by a general decrease in the capitalization of the cryptocurrency market in 2018. Because of the downtrend on the market, the vast majority of coins now cost less than at the ICO stage.

8. Cryptocurrency companies entering the IPO market

ICO is certainly a rather convenient way to raise capital, but despite this, many cryptocurrency companies expressed their interest in entering the more traditional IPO market. The initial public offering or IPO is regulated by the SEC. Investors are more protected there and this fact attracts people with large capital.

As of the beginning of December 2018, only one company successfully conducted its own IPO, all the others did not go further than applications or plans announcement for the future so far. In August of this year, there was an initial public offering of Argo Mining Company. It works in a cloud mining field. The company’s results are quite good, it managed to raise $32.5 million during IPO.

9. Integration of financial conglomerates

As we wrote above, some large financial institutions have limited the cryptocurrency industry development by their policies. But it does not concern absolutely all financial conglomerates of the planet. In parallel with the collapse of the cryptocurrency market (financially), we can observe the world’s largest banks integration into the industry (Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barklays, etc.).

At the very beginning of the year, Goldman Sachs, with the help of a startup Circle, bought one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges Poloniex. The official sum of this transaction was not disclosed, but according to analysts’ estimates, such a purchase costed them about $400 million. It is worth noting that, Goldman Sachs invested $136 million in a startup Circle before acquiring Poloniex.

In early autumn the largest financial conglomerate of the land of the rising sun (Japan) Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group started its own MUFG coin in a test mode. If the test is successful, then the representatives of MUFG promise to introduce it into their own payment system.

The Bank of America and other major financial institutions owners in the world got curious in Technology Ripple (xCurrent), which helps banks to save about $3 on each transaction. This year, a number of major banks and the Ripple company signed cooperation agreement. It was highly expected, because xCurrent technology allows banks to save tens of millions dollar a year.

10. Integration with Internet companies

Along with the negative news background that accompanies the cryptocurrency industry throughout the year, an increasing number of Internet companies are trying to integrate digital coins into their product. For example, a few months ago, the Opera browser for Android released support for a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. At the moment, this wallet supports only ERC-20 and ERC-271 tokens, but the developers promise to add support for new types of digital coins in the near future. If to follow the news, it is easy to notice how the above mentioned  event is connected with Bitmain Company`s purchase of 3% of Opera Ltd in the amount of about $50 million (Bitmain Company is the largest manufacturer of network equipment for mining).

The cryptocurrency browser Brave shows good download dynamics: more than 5 million installations over the past six months. This number can be explained by a good program to attract new users, which was launched by the Brave developers. The browser charges 25 BAT for every 2 months of use. That is, for 1 year, you can accumulate 150 BAT, and for 2 years, 300 BAT. At today’s prices, it costs approximately $25 a year, but BAT is rated as one of the most promising coins of the next bull market. According to various estimates, it will enterTOP-10 and grow by from 30 to 50 times. That means, by using this browser it is possible to get from 1,000 to 2,000 dollars in a couple of years.

11. Conclusion

The cryptocurrency market today is experiencing a downtrend. Market capitalization has decreased by almost 8 times, compared with the peak values ​​of this year. As you can see, the general news background is negative this year. But it is worth noting that along with this, the infrastructure in the industry is actively developing, and new institutional investors are coming to the market. The forecast of the cryptocurrency market is not quite clear, but major experts believe that there are still many ups and falls ahead of us.

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Cryptocurrency Rate Dynamics 2018

The cryptocurrency market is so volatile, that the changes of a rate of separate currencies may reach tens or even thousands percents during a year. The investors and especially the traders should look closely at the rate dynamics of separate coins, as well as the market itself. In this article we will run through such term as cryptocurrency rate dynamics and will take a closer look at the yearly graph of the market and at TOP-3 coins:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Ripple

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  1. General market dynamics of the year
  2. Bitcoin dynamics
  3. Ethereum dynamics
  4. Ripple dynamics
  5. The main reasons of the cryptocurrency market volatility
  6. Expert’s opinion for 2019
  7. Conclusion

1. General market dynamics of the year

If we go back in time and take a closer look at the general capitalization of the cryptocurrency market we may notice a the great difference between cryptocurrency rates in January and December in 2018.

The beginning of 2018 shocked everybody with its maximum volume of the crypto market capitalization which almost reached 828 billion dollars. After which decreased to  330 billion dollars, which is almost 3 times lower than the historical record. Apparently, that was only the beginning, but first things first.

The first week of 2018 showed the most rapid growth for the entire history. The capitalization grew up by 200 billion dollars for a week, on the 7th January there was a historical maximum of 828,6 billion dollars.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Such high growth was caused by the altcoins’ rapid growth, after what Bitcoin showed its maximum on the 17th of December and then began to fall. For the next three days (till the 10th of December ) the market awfully decreased and reached the mark of 672,6 million dollars . During the period from 10th till 13th January the capitalization grew up to 744 billion dollars.

But after that, a prolonged correction started, which unfortunately continues up to date.

The 31st of January 2018 the capitalization decreased to 515 billion dollars.

In the first week of February the mark showed a rapid decrease and on the 6th of February the capitalization decreased to 283,6 billion dollars.

This event was followed by a two week period, which made many investors believe that the correction was over and on the 20th of February the capitalization was almost 510 billion dollars. The spring was followed by bad news:

– ban of cryptocurrency advertisement in Google and Facebook

– ban of ICO in China

That was the beginning of the second loop of correction which lasted till the 11th of April 2018 at that day the capitalization was 266 billion dollars.

On the 12th of April the market started to go up. As many experts thinks that the main reason was the filing tax returns in USA. This tendency remains marked till the 5th of May 2018 at that day the capitalization was 464,7 billion dollars.   

The summer was a relatively calm period for cryptocurrency. In the first two months the capitalization was between 200-300 billion dollars, but on the 14th of August it fell to 194 billion dollars.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

However, the fall of 2018 became the point of return for the whole market. The capitalization fell from 228 billion dollars to 138 billion dollars for three months. If in September the rate was more or less stable, then the November has been marked by a loud fall. From the 14th of November the market began to crash and on the 16th of November the capitalization was 102 billion dollars.

2. Bitcoin dynamics

The first cryptocurrency started 2018 with the rate of 14 thousand dollars and the total capitalization of 235 billion dollars

After that the winter rate raised twice:

  • on the 3rd of January $15 331 (the capitalization is 260 billion dollars)
  • on the 6th of January $17 010 (the capitalization is 285 billion dollars)
Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

This year it was the highest rate which was followed by a prolonged correction, which is still going on.

Till the end of January the coin decreased to $10 255 with the total capitalization of 172,6 billion dollars. Till that moment the vast majority of investors fixed the income at least partially (those who bought at the end of November or December, fixed the loss). Many experts expected the nearly 50% correction to be the maximum and waited for reborn of positive trend in the near future, but the first week of February was marked by a rapid fall of the rate till $6 226.

After that the growth started which made many participants of the market believed in a trend reversal. Looking at the chart until the 5th of  March 2018 we might think that the correction was over since the rate of the coin raised by almost 2 times and amounted $11 452 with the capitalization of $193,5 billion. On the 18th of March the rate was $7 633 (the capitalization $129 billion.).

After that the rate remained in stagnation and from time to time it went up to the $8 500 and falls till $5 900. The minimum rate of the summer 2018 was fixed on the 29th of June and was $5 914.

The period from mid September till mid November was stable and was marked by neither ups nor downs. However, since the 14th of November the total collapse of the market started which affected the capitalization of the first cryptocurrency. On the 17th of December the well-known Bitcoin set a negative record of 2018. The amount of its capitalization was $57 billion. In the outcome, the rate difference of the beginning of 2018 was bigger by 4 times than the end rate of the year and the difference between the max. and the min. rate value equaled 5.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

3. Ethereum dynamics

After the New Year, the price of Ethereum reached dramatic heights. The historical maximum was fixed on the 13th of January with the rate of $1 371.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Until the 6th of February the rate fell to $719. After that there was a period of growth and the coin reached the $1000 mark. On the 17th of February the rate of ETH was close to $973.

It was followed  by a two month period of contraction, which stopped on the 6th of April on the mark of $367. The ethereum chart for the whole month was positive, on the 5th of May 2018 the coin rate was $820.

But after that the chart went down and on the 15th of August 2018 the ETH rate was $284.

Many people have decided that Ethereum couldn’t go lower. However they were mistaken. Since the 7th of December fixed not only a yearly negative record but a historical one. The capitalization of digital currency was equal to $9 billion and a coin was traded for $87,53 or 0,025 BTC.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

The end of the year was not that successful for Ethereum. The difference between the rate of the beginning of 2018 is almost 6 times more than the final rate of the year and the difference between the max. and min. rate is 11.

4. Ripple dynamics

On the 4th January 2018 the historical maximum was fixed on the $3,81 mark.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

After that the rapid rate correction followed, since many investors wanted to fix their huge profits.

On the 6th of February the coin rate was $0,67. After that the rate of Ripple in 2018 crossed the mark of $1 for a few days. Thus on 17th of February the rate grew to $1,22. Furthermore the downward trend followed, which lasted till the 10th of April when the rate fell to the mark of 48 cents.

Then the rate of the coin (as well as with the rest of the market) was growing for the whole month and on the 5th of May it reached the $0,91 mark.

The rate of Ripple for the whole summer was slowly decreasing and only on the 20th of September began to grow rapidly and on the 22nd of September the price per one coin was $0,59.

The collapse of the cryptocurrency market didn’t hurt much the rate of Ripple unlike the other cryptocurrencies. In contrast, Ripple during not the best period for the market won the second place by total capitalization. And apparently will finish this year taking the second position without giving way to Ethereum.

5. The main reasons of the cryptocurrency market volatility

As you may see, the rate dynamics of 2018 is negative. There are many reasons for volatility of the crypto market, but the major are few:

  • the lack of government regulation;
  • the instability and small capitalization (in compare to traditional financial markets);
  • the lack of binding to the physical goods, which has material value;
  • the lack of the real market value;
  • the human factor (a large number of non-professional investors who by their actions discredit the situation on the market).

6. Expert’s opinion for the 2019

It is actually difficult to predict in the industry of cryptocurrency. We will tell the experts opinion on the rate dynamics in 2019-2020.John – – McAfee believes that Bitcoin will become a new financial standard and everyone should accept that. His forecast about the rate of Bitcoin is the most bravest above all, McAfee believes that 1 BTC till the December of 2020 will cost more than $1 million.

– The Fundstrat analytics team believes that the rate of Bitcoin in 2019 will be equal to $25 thousand.

– Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, believes that the start of Bakkt and Fidelity Digital Assets platforms will affect the entry of new investors into the cryptocurrency market. According to Mike`s opinion, now the most important point of resistance is the mark of $ 3,880. If we overcome it, then the rate may reach $ 9,000 till the New Year.

7. Conclusion

The rate cryptocurrency dynamics is so changing, the industry is still young and volatile. The last 12 months were filled with a lot of events: the historical maximum was recorded, almost 80% throwback, the ban of advertisement,the regulators, for the first time cryptocurrencies become an agenda at G20. A number of respected experts predicts the great future for the industry and an early resumption of bull trend on the market. So we’ll see and we will provide you only with verified news and with useful information from the crypto world.

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