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MyBit: Invest in the Internet of Things (IoT)

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The IoT connects everyday items such as refrigerators, heating and air systems, home security systems and more to a wireless network via sensors, software, and embedded chips. According to Nasdaq, this market could reach up to $1.7 trillion by the year 2020.

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Webopedia says:

“As far as the reach of the Internet of Things, there are more than 12 billion devices that can currently connect to the Internet, and researchers at IDC estimate that by 2020 there will be 26 times more connected things than people.”

The current way to invest in this technology is a traditional exchange-traded fund (ETF). This way you can invest in many major companies as a whole such as Apple, IBM, Cisco and more. While this is great, using brokers and traditional trading brokers is expensive and cumbersome.

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Intro to MyBit

MyBit is bringing IoT investing to the blockchain by allowing people to invest via an Ethereum smart contract. This cuts out the middleman, brokers, and empowers people to invest directly into IoT driven machines of the future. MyBit is a decentralized IoT crowdfunding investment platform that will produce residual income for MyBit token holders. Also, by crowdfunding IoT items, the owner of the item incurs less financial responsibility and can purchase items they may not have been able to previously. Investors will receive a profit proportionate to their ownership stake. MyBit enables ownership of a specific IoT asset to be easily distributed among several owners (investors). This allows smaller investors to invest in IoT technology.

Examples of How MyBit Works

There are two core methods to apply the MyBit platform to IoT financing. First, there is the option to utilize the platform to fund new assets – meaning IoT devices that are currently not in production and generating revenue – such as equipping a house with solar panels. Second, there is the option of tokenizing existing IoT assets such as a Solar (PV) Farm that is already in production and generating revenue.

Funding New Assets

Solar Example

Alice wants solar panels that cost $20,000 and only has $5,000 to allocate towards them. Traditionally she would have to go to a lending institution (bank) and apply for a debt-based instrument (loan) which results in the bank actually owning the solar panels and Alice owing the bank. Since solar panels generate revenue, there is no need for debt-instruments because investors can profit from this opportunity without Alice having to owe any third-party (financially). Instead, Alice can crowdfund the remaining 75% (or $15,000) from investors all over the world. If the full amount needed ($20,000) is not raised in the set time-interval (typically 30 days) then all funds are returned via the smart contract to investors. If the funding goal is reached then the raised capital is automatically sent to the hardware installer/manufacturer which eliminates the risk of Alice misusing the funds.

Once installed, the Solar panels are connected to the MyBit platform via an oracle that pulls usage and payment data from the hardware so everything is transparent and can easily be tracked and audited by investors and third-parties. When the solar panels generate revenue (in this case, feed-in tariffs or selling back to the grid) investors receive a portion of the profits proportionate to their ownership stake. Operational and maintenance costs can either be priced into the initial funding target or be deducted from revenue as a percentage.

Tokenizing Existing Assets

PV Farm Example

Bob owns a solar farm that has been generating revenue for five years at a constant rate. Now, he wants to have more cash on hand but does not want to sell control of his farm. With MyBit, what he can do now is tokenize his farm and sell a portion of it (and resulting revenue streams) to investors.

This is much easier than traditional methods, entails less headaches and merelt requires verification of revenue. He stays in control by choosing who to sell to (like a crowdfunded acquisition almost). This is better because it is very rare for a private equity or investment group to not buy the entire farm at once, and even if they can be negotiated into a partial acquisition they will almost always want to obtain control over all the decisions. MyBit is better for Bob because he can obtain the cash he wants/needs without losing his business, and investors can invest in a safe asset with proven ROI.

The benefit of management post-acquisition is probably the biggest thing Bob gains from an operational standpoint. MyBit smart contracts enable the automated distribution of revenue, accounting, and is transparent for auditing when needed. This makes Bob’s life insanely easy because he does not have to work with an accountant and investors to aggregate money and then manually send to them.

Right now, MyBit is highly undervalued with a market cap of $5,425,439. The daily volume and overall liquidity for this coin could increase if listed on a larger exchange such as Binance or Bittrex. If and when that happens, MyBit (MYB) could potentially rise 3x – 4x its current value. Getting more traction and listed on a larger exchange will all depend on the implementation of their investment trading platform, which will be released Q1 2018. MyBit will be one of the better micro-cap coins if they can deliver what is stated in their whitepaper and roadmap.

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The Great Unwind: Cryptocurrency Prices Shed $50 Billion in Market Cap on Wednesday

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Cryptocurrency prices faced a brisk selloff Wednesday, with bitcoin threatening a bearish reversal and altcoins touching their lowest levels in over a month.

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Market Update

The cryptocurrency market touched a low of around $324 billion Wednesday following a $50 billion reversal from the previous day’s high. At press time, the market had recovered at $334.6 billion, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin touched a low near $7,450, its worst levels  in over a month. According to analyst Omkar Godbole, bitcoin faces a bear market indicator last seen about four years ago – namely, a breakdown of the five-month moving average below the 10-month MA.

Bitcoin was trading at $7,537 at press time.

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Altcoins shed as much as $36 billion on Wednesday. Excluding bitcoin, cryptocurrency values touched a low of $198.8 billion.

Most major altcoins were off their lows by the early evening, though bitcoin cash, Ethereum and EOS had booked losses of at least 9.3%.

Among the top 100 coins by market cap, 0x was the lone gainer on Wednesday, climbing more than 14%. Tether’s USDT stablecoin was little changed.

Trading volumes picked up to around $21 billion from a low near $16 billion earlier in the week. It was abundantly clear last week that the vast majority of cryptocurrency trades were sell orders, a trend that appears to have intensified in recent sessions.

As of Monday, the percentage of cryptocurrency trades ‘in the buy’ was 12.86%, according to TurtleBC. That was the lowest level since early April. At the height of the crypto market rally last month, buy orders accounted for nearly 93% of total market activity.

The Great Unwind

There was no immediate catalyst for the massive price decay on Wednesday, though some have speculated that it represents a broad consolidation following last month’s exorbitant gains.

Others have pointed to uncertainty in South Korea, a market known for being highly speculative, amid controversy surrounding digital currency exchanges Bithumb and Upbit. A new tax policy at Bitfinex may have also rattled investor sentiment.

Crypto bulls are banking on the fact that market fundamentals haven’t changed very much in recent months despite extremely volatile swings in prices. A look at major news sources reveals a more sanguine approach to digital assets compared with two or three months ago.

Coverage of cryptocurrencies has improved after several major institutions announced their intent to enter the market. Though institutional uptake remains weak overall, banks, hedge funds and other institutional players are expanding their presence in the crypto arena.

On Wednesday, Deutsche Boerse confirmed it is “deep at work” in evaluating whether to offer bitcoin futures. The marketplace is currently gauging client interest in crypto products before deciding whether to move forward.

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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Five Low Market-Cap Altcoins With Huge Potential

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With more than 1,600 altcoins in circulation, finding the appropriate balance between risk and reward isn’t always easy. Making matters more challenging is the fact that hundreds of projects have already been labelled duds by researchers who have tracked the life cycle of digital currencies beyond their initial coin offering.

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While many investors are perfectly content sticking with bitcoin, Ethereum and a couple of others, those of us in search of the next ‘diamond in the rough’ must venture beyond the ten largest cryptocurrenices by market capitalization.

Below, we look at five low market cap altcoins with significant upside potential. It’s difficult to say whether these coins will generate 100 times ROI or anything that mirrors the rapid rise of bitcoin and Ethereum. However, the project specifications suggest they are a good place to start.

DragonChain (DRGN)

The DragonChain project emerged out of Disney in 2016 and was later developed as an open source platform. In its modern form, DragonChain is a business platform that allows for the creation of a secure and scalable blockchain. Part incubator, part marketplace, DragonChain provides smart contract infrastructure with a focus on security, development and scalability.

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DRGN, the currency powering the DragonChain platform, has a total market capitalization of $185 million and a price-per-coin of less than $0.80. When measured in terms of market cap, DRGN is a top-100 cryptocurrency project. Given its potential to transform small business adoption of blockchain technology, DRGN may be considered undervalued due to its limited exchange listings. The coin has yet to make its way onto the major exchanges but can still be found on platforms such as Kucoin, IDEX and EtherDelta.

Ark (ARK)

Those of us familiar with ICON know there is huge potential in connected networks. The Ark platform is a smaller-cap alternative that connects every single cryptocurrency through a “virtual spider web of endless use cases.”

Ark employs a Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) consensus protocol that promotes decentralization and universally accessible programming language in support of wider adoption. Ark falls within the broader category of platform coins, which means it is best served as a buy-and-hold strategy.

ARK token is currently ranked 62nd in terms of market cap with a price per coin of less than $3. Its primary markets include Binance, Bittrex and Upbit.

Vertcoin (VTC)

The next cryptocurrency on our list is ranked all the way down at 153rd in terms of market cap. Vertcoin captured our attention for its outstanding development team, transparency and ASIC-resistant standard (the latter makes VTC one of the most decentralized cryptocurrencies on the market). Proponents of decentralization will therefore find plenty of upside with this coin.

Interestingly, Vertcoin is also one of the oldest cryptos on the market. Founded in 2014 as an alternative to bitcoin and Litecoin, VTC aims to become the utility coin of the future. The project is on the forefront of Lightning Network development and was even mentioned in Litecoin’s whitepaper as a candidate for cross-chain atomic swaps.

At the time of writing, VTC token is valued at over $2. It has not been immune from the recent market downturn but its long-term prospectus is as solid as they come.

Power Ledger (POWR)

The POWR token is also ranked outside the top-100 in terms of market cap, putting it alongside some of the more obscure cryptocurrencies. However, the platform’s value proposition is as tangible as it gets.

Power Ledger is headed by Jemma Green, who recently became the major of Perth, Australia. The platform allows consumers to trade electricity with one another in exchange for real-time payments facilitated through the blockchain. The company calls itself the “peer-to-peer marketplace for renewable energy” because it allows consumers to select clean energy sources and receive more money for excess power using low-cost settlement technology.

PWR experienced explosive growth during the height of the bull market. Tokens are currently valued at around $0.40.

Deepbrain Chain (DPC)

Hacked reviewed Deepbrain Chain during the ICO stage back in December. Though the results were underwhelming at the time, much of the concern stemmed from KYC implementation issues and unusual token metrics.

Valued at less than $1 a coin, Deepbrain Chain can be considered a bargain for its role in using artificial intelligence (AI) to lower the cost of computing. Deepbrain Chain is operating in one of the fastest-growing markets (AI), which partly explains its undervalued status. As the company rightly explains in its whitepaper, 5,000 AI startups came into existence between 2012 and 2016, collectively raising over $22 billion. However, unlike those companies, DPC has already established a firm partnership with Neo and is widely considered one of the leading AI projects in the blockchain space.

Deepbrain Chain has a total value of $139 million, placing it in 113th spot by market cap.

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Cryptocurrency Bull Brian Kelly Rallies Behind Bitcoin Cash

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Bitcoin vs. bitcoin cash

Cryptocurrency investor Brian Kelly believes bitcoin cash is an essential buy for digital currency holders in the wake of an important meeting of BCH miners over the weekend.

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Bitcoin Cash: A Must-Have

In a Monday interview with CNBC‘s “Fast Money,” Kelly cited the development of a new bitcoin cash development fund as the principle catalyst for the forthcoming rally.

Miners are “going to take some of the rewards they get from mining and put it in a fund to build stuff on top of bitcoin cash,” Kelly, who heads BKCM investment firm, said of the fund. “That’s how blockchains gain value.”

He added: “You’re going to be getting more use cases to the extent that usefulness translates into value. That could be a positive for bitcoin cash.”

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Bitcoin cash was among the worst performers last week following a hard fork upgrade that gave it 32MB blocks and smart contract capability. The upgrade was intended to bring new functionality to the blockchain but instead left a huge chunk of the BCH community behind. As of Friday, nearly one-in-five bitcoin cash nodes were running old software. In other words, they missed consensus.

The market’s reaction to the hard fork last week was relatively muted, which some say reflects general apathy toward bitcoin cash. Kelly’s bullish outlook shined the spotlight back on the digital currency, which continues to be one of the market’s best performers since early April in spite of its recent skid.

BCH/USD Price Levels

The value of bitcoin cash fell on Tuesday, mirroring a general decline in the cryptocurrency market. At press time, BCH was down 4% at $1,191.

Bitcoin cash has shed more than 16% over the past seven days, dragging its market cap all the way down to $26 billion. By comparison, bitcoin values have declined less than 5% over the same period.

Despite its recent skid, bitcoin cash is trading well above its April low of $608.23.

More than $617 million worth of BCH exchanged hands on Tuesday, according to data provider CoinMarkeCap. Overall trade volumes for all cryptocurrencies was roughly $16 billion.

OKEx was the largest market for BCH transactions, accounting for roughly 20% of daily turnover. LBank facilitated 12% of daily transactions and HitBTC 9%.

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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