The Stablecoins: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular Now?

Cryptocurrencies and increased volatility are almost synonymous. The digital coins market can easily fall or grow up in price by 10% -15% in a day. But along with unstable coins in the industry there are also so-called stablecoins, which will be discussed in this article.

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1. What is the stablecoins?

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

3. Advantages and disadvantages

4. Further prospects

5. Conclusion

1. What is the stablecoins?

The main idea of ​​cryptocurrencies is creation of the absolutely decentralized payment instrument, which will not have any relations with usual valuable assets. But at this stage of cryptocurrencies development it is not possible to completely abandon fiat yet. In any case, currency of digital coins is counted in dollars, euros and other fiat currencies for convenience.

In order to popularize cryptocurrencies, it is necessary to create a bridge between traditional and digital financial sectors. Therefore, in 2015, for the first time, the best qualities of cryptocurrency and fiat money were combined, and so the stablecoins appeared.

The first stable cryptocurrency was Tether, it is still the most popular stable digital coin. Tether is backed up by the US dollar. This coin takes 8th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating , with total capitalization almost $2.5 billion.

But it is worth noting, that there are already enough of such stablecoins on the market. Each of them is reinforced by a certain physical asset:

  • other fiat currencies (the euro, the pound, the yen, etc.);
  • the gold and other precious metals;
  • the minerals;
  • the property;
  • etc.

It is only beginning, since it is already obvious that a digital coin can be pegged to absolutely any physical product. Thus, it is possible to maximally protect assets from cryptocurrency volatility, and at the same time to enjoy all the benefits of decentralization.

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

So, as it was mentioned before, the very first stable USD Coin was Tether. Its rate is backed up 1:1 to the US dollar. This project was started in 2015. Literally a year later, its euro equivalent  EURT was represented to wide audience. After some time, the Japanese yen cryptocurrency appeared. As many analysts had suggested, these two coins were not widely spread.

At the beginning of  2016, DigixDAO coin was started, its rate was pegged to the gold: 1 token equals the cost of 1 gram of gold. It should be noted, that there were quite many projects, which tried to peg their coins to the gold (OneGram, GoldMint, HelloGold, AutumCoin, etc.). The silver was not forgotten either (EthereumLink, Silvercoin, Silver Back Coin, etc.). In Israel, the group of developers released stablecoin Carat, the currency of which, as the name implies, was pegged to the diamonds.

As you might have guessed, there is a huge amount of coins on the market, which are somehow backed up by physical assets, but let’s take a closer look at two more sensational dollar projects.

Gemini Dollar is the world’s first regulated stable digital coin, which is pegged to the US dollar. This project is still too young and it is not clear how it will show itself in future. Now the coin took a 1723th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating.

TrustToken is another project whose developers want to connect real and digital economy. They themselves estimate it in 256 trillion dollars. Within of this platform, the TrueUSD token was issued, it`s rate was pegged to the US dollar. Soon the developers promise to release tokens, which will be pegged to other popular fiat currencies. On the one hand, this project has many advantages (ability to implement blockchain into real sectors of economy, introduction of smart contracts, strong team), and on the other hand, there are many disadvantages (lack of roadmap, centralization, possible vulnerabilities of smart contracts, etc. ).

3. Advantages and disadvantages

First of all, let`s list the main advantages of stablecoins, there are quite a lot of them:

  • Holders of such coins can use all benefits of the digital economy, and at the same time be relatively calm about their capital`s safety. As a rule, cryptocurrency exchanges do not work with fiat currencies. And with stablecoins help it is possible to operate with dollar (or any other currency) right on an exchange. It substantially simplifies a digital coins trading process.
  • Thus people, who have no confidence in banks, can secure their capital without contact with traditional financial structures.
  • Stablecoins can be effectively used in trade and business, because their price does not change with time. A seller can safely accept $1,000 in coin equivalent, since its value will not fall down, even in conditions of market fluctuations.

Unfortunately, stablecoins are not without flaws, and now let’s take a closer look at them:

  • Such coins are absolutely useless as an investment asset. After all, 1,000 coins purchased for 1,000 dollars today, will cost the same 1,000 dollars in a few years (and it is, at best, if the project does not close).
  • Pegging to the value of a particular physical product does not protect against fluctuation of the asset itself.
  • There is a risk of freezing company’s reserve accounts, which will lead to impossibility of fulfilling debt obligations to tokens holders.
  • Stablecoins can be stolen at once in two ways (digital and physical).
  • Storing of a physical asset entails additional expenses, which often fall on its owner’s shoulders.

4. Future prospects

Because of several factors, today stablecoins are only a good concept, which is still far from widespread use. To a large extent, this direction has good prospects in future. Financial transactions which will be made through stable cryptocurrencies, will be able to bring the real economy to a qualitatively new level. With their help, bureaucratic procedures can be avoided, and due to smart contract technology, it will be possible to do without intermediaries.

5. Conclusion

The stablecoins are digital coins, whose currency is not exposed to increased volatility, because it is pegged to the value of a certain physical asset. With such coins it is possible to connect real and digital economy. But at this point, stablecoins have a number of problems which need to be solved, only after that it will be possible to talk about their widespread use.

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Malware From The Pirate Bay May Hijack Website To Steal Crypto

The movies downloaded from The Pirate Bay bring a malware to the user’s computer. That was the conclusion reached by a security researcher, with the nickname  0xffff0800 in Twitter. He told that when he downloaded a movie ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ from TPB, a .LNK shortcut with CozyBear malware got to his computer.

However, the Cozy Bear malware is just a decoy, the real thing that brings damages is Powershell commands. Once the malware reaches the computer, it carries out malicious actions, like disabling Windows Defender and installing viral extensions in Firefox and Chrome browsers. Moreover, it edits the appearance of the website on the user’s computer.

The movie is an application itself which links the computer to the external malicious servers.

Source: Bleeping Computer

Moreover, the newly installed viral extensions can modify the JavaScript code and add some advertisements to the main page, like it is shown below.

Source: Bleeping Computer

What is the most dangerous is that the malware can edit the appearance of the web page and add or change the information without the user’s awareness, this ability allows the malware to steal the crypto. For example, if the user open Wikipedia page on a compromised system, he/she is likely to see the message saying “Wikipedia now accepts donations in form of bitcoin” and a ‘DONATE’ sign. All the donations will go to the hacker.

Source: Bleeping Computer

In addition, the malware is able to change crypto wallet addresses provided on the pages. Unfortunately, you will not even notice how the hacker stole your money.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 18: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

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

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3611 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are demonstrating both slight increase and decrease:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.61% over the past 24 hours and costs $129 per coin;

Ripple grew by 0.21% and costs $0.32;

EOS increased by 2.72%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin gained 1.1%, and its value is $31;

Cardano added 1.62%, and its cost is $0.046;

Stellar gained 2.44% and costs $0.10;

IOTA increased by 5.41%, and its cost is $0.31;

Dash grew by 2.21%, and its price $72;

Monero became more expensive by 0.35% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.66%. The rate of the coin is $123.

The total market capitalization is $122 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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BitPay Transactions Surpasses $1B in 2018, B2B Payments Records 225% Increase

BitPay is a US-based bitcoin payment provider which has recently announced its financial results of the past year. The company has processed over $1 billion in transactions alone. Moreover, its B2B payments record 225% increase in compare to 2017.

The main reason of such a lift-off is that Bitpay added a lot of new clients, like Dish Networks, HackerOne, and the State of Ohio, as well as many other law firms, data center providers, and IT vendors.

The CEO of BitPay, Stephen Pair, commented on this development:

“BitPay’s B2B business continues to grow rapidly as our solution is cheaper and quicker than a bank wire from most regions of the world. To process over a $1 Billion for the second year in a row despite Bitcoin’s large price drop shows that Bitcoin is being used to solve real pain points around the world.”

BitPay mostly supports Bitcoin transactions, however, it also supports payments with Bitcoin Cash, Gemini, and Paxos. During that year a lot of companies had to lay off their employees due to the market situation, yet, Bitpay conversely increased its manpower by 78 percent in the past year.

In addition, BitPay is attractive to the investors, in 2018, it raised $40 million in Series B funding round taking the total raised capital to $70 million.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 17: Cryptocurrencies Are on the Border of the Red and Green Zones

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

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3582 per coin.

Some cryptocurrencies slightly decreased, others added in price a little:

Bitcoin Cash lost 2.6% over the past 24 hours and costs $126 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 1.1% and is $0.32 in rate;

EOS added 0.34%, and its price is $2.44;

Litecoin decreased by 2.66%, and its value is $30;

Cardano grew by 1.3%, and its cost is $0.044;

Stellar fell by 1.73% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 3.42%, and its value is $0.29;

Dash dropped by 0.52,% and its price is $71;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 2.17%. The exchange rate of the coin is $121.

The total market capitalization rose to $121 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $63 billion.

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Crypto Exchange Bittrex Partners With Bitsdaq To Conquer Asia Market

One of the biggest US-based cryptocurrency exchanges, Bittrex, announced that it was partnering with Bitsdaq to open a special trading platform in Asia. This platform will provide different digital assets to the Asian investors.

Moreover, Bitsdaq will operate on Bittrex technology and will be built based on Bittrex’s experience in the blockchain.The platform will allow users to trade various digital tokens, including tokens a available on the Bittrex exchange.

The Chairman and CEO of Bitsdaq, Ricky Ng, said:

“We are honored to bring Bittrex’s extensive cryptocurrency options to the Asia market.….It takes a unique combination of advanced technology and financial expertise to launch an efficient, reliable and secure platform for trading digital assets in Asia. We found the ideal partner to help provide a safe environment for our customers and the entire community.”

In accordance with the statement, the Bitsdaq platform will control a lot of things connected to the management of the platform, such as customer support, marketing, sales and customised development. In addition, it will take care of customer operations.

The day of the launch is yet to be announced, though customers can pre-register for an account on Bitsdaq’s website.

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Coingecko Publishes Its Annual Crypto Report for 2018

The online platform Coingecko published it crypto report for the passed year of 2018, where it analyzed the most important events in the crypto industry, including the market trends, crypto thefts, ICO news, stablecoins, Bitcoin Cash wars etc.

As for the market tendencies, there is no doubt that 2018 was the year of collapse. The total market capitalization decreased by whopping 78.85%, with the main period of decrease falling onto Q4. Meanwhile, the trading volumes remained quite stable.

Regarding the top-5 coins in the rating, they decreased as follows:

  • BTC – by 73%;
  • XRP – by 82%;
  • ETH – by 84%;
  • BCH – by 93%;
  • EOS – by 66%

The largest crypto exchange by the end of 2018, according to the trading volumes, turned out to be Bithumb, followed closely by ZB.com and Binance.

As for stealing cryptocurrency, the estimated money loss from criminals and scammers amounted to around $867.45 million. The biggest crypto theft was Zaif hack which took place in September and resulted in the theft of $23.5 million.

The most popular blockchain platforms for creating decentralized apps became Ethereum, EOS, Steem and Tron.

The synopsis of the stablecoin development in 2018 looks the following way:

Thus, we can definitely see that though 2018 was a hard year for crypto and there were much more downs than ups, the industry is still afloat and developing. Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year.

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