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Bitcoin Leads Cryptocurrency Market Back Above $500 Billion

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The cryptocurrency market’s broad recovery continued on Saturday, as bitcoin inched closer to $11,000 and nearly all major altcoins reported gains.

$500 Billion Market

Cryptocurrencies achieved a combined market cap of $508 billion on Saturday, their highest since Jan. 30. The market is up 22% over the past seven days and a staggering 84% from the Feb. 6 bottom of $276 billion.

Gains were reported across most major assets on Saturday. Bitcoin led the major market rally, climbing more than 7% to a high of $10,874.24. At last check, the currency was trading at $10,813 for a total market cap of $183.4 billion.

The recent rally attempt has given bitcoin strong momentum, with RSI and MACD indicators showing the continuation of bullish upside. The coin is currently trading at more than two-week highs, having recovered 81% from its early February low. Its share of the total market is just over 36%, up from around 34% last week.

Several other major cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum, Ripple and bitcoin, were also higher on Saturday. All are part of the top-five coins by market cap.

Privacy coin Monero was among the biggest gainers percentage-wise, rising 12%. Cryptocurrency Lisk also rose by a similar amount.

Momentum Builds

Momentum has been gradually returning to the market as “fear of missing out” replaced “fear, uncertainty and doubt” as the major paradigm. South Korea also sent positive vibes throughout the market after government officials downplayed fears of an all-out ban on domestic exchanges. As Hacked reported earlier this week, Minister Hong Nam-ki says his government will focus on making digital currency exchanges more transparent.

According to a report that appeared in BusinessKorea on Monday, Seoul is exploring the possibility of a licensing system for domestic exchanges. The report indicated it would be similar to the BitLicense system currently employed in the U.S. state of New York. Under this regime, digital currency exchanges must seek regulatory approval before entering the market.

Speculators have spent most of their time on the sidelines since the market tanked earlier this month. The latest rally could draw more investors back into the fold as “FOMO” mentality takes root. The turnaround in the market has been broad-based, with only ten of the top-100 coins reporting declines on Saturday.

The market’s rebound also came as bargain hunters scooped up coins at rock-bottom prices last week. One trader reportedly purchased $400 million worth of bitcoin between Feb. 9 and Feb. 12. The identity of the so-called “bitcoin whale” remains anonymous.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Cardano Price Surges Following 96% Retracement

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After a long and brutal correction, Cardano is finally showing signs of recovery. The platform’s native token emerged as one of the biggest winners on Sunday, joining Stellar’s XLM at the top of the leader board.

ADA Price Update

Cardano’s ADA rose by as much as 12% on Sunday to reach a high of $0.093, its best in six days. At the time of writing, ADA was up 7.7% at $0.089, according to CoinMarketCap.

ADA’s daily trade volume has spiked 370% over the past seven days. On Sunday, daily turnover on digital currency exchanges reached $145.9 million. Binance was the biggest spot market for ADA trades, with roughly 40% of transactions taking place on the exchange. Upbit processed nearly a third of the daily turnover.

At current values, ADA has a market capitalization of $2.3 billion, up more than 27% from last week.

Extremely Oversold

While no asset has been spared from the yearlong market downturn, Cardano’s ADA was among the hardest hit. As Weiss Ratings highlighted last week, ADA is among four top-25 coins to have experienced a 90% retracement from its peak. ADA was down a staggering 96% from peak-to-trough, worse than XRP, NEO and IOTA.

Despite experiencing oversized losses relative to the majors, Cardano has been labeled one of the most promising blockchain projects since bitcoin. Founded by Charles Hoskinson, the influential co-founder of Ethereum, Cardano plans to use proof of stake to solve scalability and interoperability challenges. Ouroboros, the proof of stake algorithm employed by Cardano, achieved a significant security breakthrough earlier this year and is now considered “scientifically secure” by the blockchain community.

XRP Factor?

XRP’s three-fold increase since Thursday appears to have paved the way for other cryptocurrencies to follow suit. The market’s total capitalization reached a high near $229 billion on Sunday after XRP briefly overtook Ethereum as the world’s second-largest blockchain.

The market experienced another “flippening” on Sunday after Stellar’s XLM leapfrogged EOS for fifth spot in the value rankings. XLM is back in the no. 6 slot with a market cap of nearly $5.3 billion, but has gained more than 17% over the past 24 hours.

XRP’s price is sometimes considered a bellwether of institutional adoption in blockchain technology. The coin’s sharp and sudden upswing is in direct response to growing institutional adoption of Ripple’s underlying technology as well as the company’s plans to commercialize its cross-border payment platform.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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UNICEF and Goldman-Sachs Backed Investors Adopt Stellar; XLM Overtakes EOS

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Stellar (XLM) was the beneficiary of two promising pieces of news over the weekend; first that Goldman-Sachs backed financial platform, Circle, has added XLM to its array of investable assets. And secondly that world aid organization UNICEF has expanded its breadth of donatable currencies to include Stellar (XLM).

Just like with XRP a couple of days ago, two big pieces of news was enough to trigger a flurry of buys for the coin in question. While XRP’s flurry cascaded into 115% growth and an influx of $5 billion to daily trade volumes, XLM’s performance has been a little more understated, but still significant.

Stellar (XLM) Displaces EOS

As sentiment began to turn for XLM last night it’s coin price went on a run that eventually resulted in 28% growth by 10:30 UTC Sunday morning. Stellar’s market cap jumped from $4.3 billion to $5.6 billion in that time, displacing EOS as the fifth most capitalized cryptocurrency in the process.

The overnight surge saw XLM trade at a near two-month high of $0.299126 during this morning’s peak – that’s up from Saturday’s low of $0.233491. And just like we saw with the majority of altcoins during the market surge of the last few days, a significant chunk of the action is coming from the eastern markets.

Over 25% of the day’s trades have come in the form of the XLM/KRW (Korean won) pair, based on the Upbit exchange. Likewise today, Cardano (ADA) can also attribute the majority of its 13% to Upbit’s ADA/KRW pair.

Upbit and Bithumb were the source of the majority of the recent market surge, and even today as the XRP hype dies down, Upbit’s XRP/KRW trades still represent the highest concentration of daily action.

XLM Making Moves

The Circle team announced the addition of XLM to their investment platform via this blog post, in which they detail the addition of EOS (EOS), Qtum (QTUM) and Ox (ZRX) as well as Stellar. The post states:

“These 4 assets were selected specifically based on their potential to contribute powerful infrastructure to the broader crypto ecosystem.”

Details on how Circle decide which assets are beneficial to the broader ecosystem can be read here. XLM, along with the other cryptos mentioned, will be available for individual investment or as part of a pre-packaged array of assets.

Over the weekend the Stellar team also took to Twitter to announce that the French division of UNICEF will now be accepting donations in XLM. The announcement by UNICEF  (French language) details the addition of Stellar as well as XRP in the last few days, taking the organization’s list of acceptable cryptocurrencies to nine.

The current batch of cryptocurrencies is now made up of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Monero, EOS, Litecoin and Stellar.

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to RHOC

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In every industry, there is one company that tries to become so technologically superior that it can overcome all the other challenges posed by their competition. Whether the other competitors have first mover’s advantage or are just plain better marketers, one company can disrupt this by being so much more advanced where it matters.

Bitcoin is constantly criticized for its scaling ability. The speed and safety of the network has proven to be lacking, but the story and community behind it have allowed it to become massive. RChain was formulated with the core belief that by creating a solution that solved all the problems Bitcoin couldn’t, it could gain dominance.

RHOC’s Main Value Proposition

To sum up the entire goal of RChain (or RHOC), they aim to be the fastest and most efficient solution on the market. From there, it should be simple to take advantage of the core communities that have been built around media favourites like Ethereum and Bitcoin.

RChain gets its name from the mathematical innovations that are used to fuel it: Reflective High-Order Calculus. This calculus was invented by the founder, Greg Meredith, and it allows for concurrent calculations to be done in a way that will enable the continued scaling of the network.

There are 3 benefits that are constantly highlighted about RChain. Speed is first and foremost, since it is a key selling point for everyone. With the ability to process 40,000 transactions per second (and high hopes of scaling to 100,000 transactions per second), this puts it way ahead of the current capabilities of Bitcoin.

Then you have the tools provided for developers, which should greatly improve their ability to create apps and products that work well with the platform. But most of all, RChain has put a lot of work into creating their own RChain Collective. The collective is a public group composed of developers, investors, and users of RChain. By creating this inclusive collective, the RChain team has guaranteed that every member has some say in the future of the platform.

RHOC’s Recent Performance

2018 has seen a slow but consistent rollout of the features promised by the RChain Cooperative, and now many of the promises are starting to come to fruition. As more features are offered and the mainnet demonstrates its ability to handle a higher number of transactions, RChain will become much more appealing for investors and developers.

In situations like this, the first thing people usually say is that it is a pump n’ dump scheme, but there is one key reason why this doesn’t fit RChain. They are continually updating their development timeline, and have released consistent offerings along the way. Their testnet is planned to be released in September 2018, with the mainnet following sometime in Q1 2019.

Although RHOC is down 31.4% in the last month, it is well-positioned for a comeback. Its total market capitalization is $121 MM, which places it in the top 20 of ERC-20 tokens. Making a bet on RChain is really about making a bet on the team they have in place, and their ability to deliver on the massive promises they have made. Because if they do, then it could mean massive disruption in a sector that has mostly been focused on Bitcoin and Ethereum from the beginning.

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