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Ripple and Stellar Decline on Monday as Competition Intensifies

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Ripple XRP and Stellar Lumens declined on Monday, as the crypto market’s weekend rally failed to have a lasting impact ahead of U.S. Tax Day.

From a purely price perspective, XRP and Lumens don’t have much in common. However, the future of cross-border payments will likely flow through one or both of these virtual currencies.

Ripple XRP

XRP moved back above $0.50 over the weekend, but momentum was sorely lacking as prices failed to extend beyond $0.51. The combination of higher volatility and declining trade volumes pushed XRP back down toward $0.4750 on Monday. Current values give Ripple has market cap of $19.1 billion.

At the time of writing, Ripple XRP was trading at $0.4840, where it was down 3% from the previous day. Trade volumes rose to $266.4 million from a low of around $250 million on Friday. More than one-third of XRP trades were quoted in South Korean won.

Stellar Lumens

Stellar’s Lumens were dragged lower on Monday by the general downtrend in the crypto markets. The coin bottomed at $0.1932 on volumes of $32.2 million. XLM has recovered to just below $0.20, having declined nearly 5% from the previous close.

XLM is quoted against the dollar for convenience only given that the currency is  mainly traded against other crypto assets. At the time of writing, Stellar traded at 0.000029 BTC and 000494 ETH.

XLM is capitalized at $3.7 billion, putting it in the no. 8 spot on the list of active cryptocurrencies.

The Battle for Cross-Border Supremacy

Ripple and XRP are the cream of the crop of digital assets that promise to streamline cross-border payments. Where they differ is in execution.

Whereas Ripple has become known as the banker’s cryptocurrency for its easy interplay with traditional finance, Stellar aims to go around the institutions and straight to the consumer. In terms of fiat-based cross-border transactions, Lumens essentially serves as a bridge between, say, the euro and U.S. dollar. (This also requires a steady supply of XLM in circulation for liquidity purposes).

Stellar is also looking to leverage advances in Lightning Network technology to improve long-term scalability and security. Stellar’s Lightning testnet launched at the beginning of April, with a beta version expected for October.

Ripple’s XRP protocol also enables it to be a bridge payment for international finance. While the company has announced dozens of high-stakes partnerships, including a Japanese consortium that represents 80% of the country’s banking assets, XRP uptake has been limited.

That said, Ripple’s business model has plenty of upside for the company itself, which could lead to a boost in XRP adoption over the long haul. In terms of payment corridors, the company isn’t targeting transactions like Euro-USD because they are already efficient. Rather, it plans to go after corridors like Euro-INR (Indian Rupee).

At the moment, Ripple has the clear advantage in terms of price point, market cap and industry partnerships. However, Lumens isn’t far behind. For crypto purists, it has the added advantage of being decentralized and a potential launchpad for ICOs.

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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Cryptocurrencies Bounce from Intraday Lows as Bitcoin Price Stabilizes, Stellar Regains Momentum

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The crypto markets were back in positive territory Saturday, with prices rebounding from an intraday slump that saw the likes of Stellar XLM post double-digit percentage losses.

Crypto Market Update

Bitcoin and the largest altcoins were seeing green Saturday afternoon, as bullish sentiment returned to the market following an earlier slump. At the time of writing, the combined value of all cryptocurrency was $282.7 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The market bottomed closer to $272 billion at 21:00 UTC on Friday. Total trade volumes were $12.3 billion, a decline of 20% from the previous day.

The bitcoin price reached a low of $7,262 Friday before swinging sharply in the opposite direction over the next 16 hours. Bitcoin now sits at $7,411, with average daily volumes hovering near $3.9 billion.

Stellar XLM – the week’s top performer – was down 10% earlier in the day as bullish sentiment wavered. However, Lumens have bounced back sharply, and now trade more than 6% higher compared with 24 hours ago .The Stellar price currently sits at $0.291.

Stellar returned a whopping 53% for the week through Friday on reports that IBM was looking to launch a new stablecoin on the XLM network.

Ethereum was also trading in positive territory Saturday following a week of modest gains. At the time of writing, ETH/USD held near $467 for a 24-hour return of 3.8%.

Fake Volumes?

Trading volume – the amount of a security that changes hands over a given period – is a hotly debated topic in the cryptocurrency market. Last month, Hacked reported on a recent study showing that a large chunk of crypto trade volume is fabricated by exchanges.

Cryptocurrency trader and researcher Sylvain Ribes concluded that more than $3 billion in claimed trading volume was fabricated. The study, which was carried out in March, outed OKEx as the worst offender with over 90% of its order books being nonexistent.

While we have not been able to verify Ribes’ claims, data provider CoinMarketCap has announced new measures to crack down on fake volumes.

Now, data provider CoinMarketCap has announced new measures to address what it says could be fake volume figures.

In a blog post published Thursday, the site said it has already lowered a minimum volume requirement for digital currency exchanges listed on the site. The policy is intended “to filter for more popular exchanges that could be listed on CoinmarketCap.”

The blog post identified three “volume concerns” it intends to tackle, including fee-free mining models, low fee models and artificial volumes.

The post added:

“While we have a relationship with most of the exchanges listed on our site, there is no guarantee that any of them will respond or comply to any specific guidelines, but we have to continue showing users the best approximation of price and volume based on all the data we have available.

The evolution of new models such as transaction mining also means that there needs to be new ways to account for volume. Compounding it is the fact that they are, in fact, enabling greater liquidity in the way that users are trading more readily on the platforms.”

CoinMarketCap added that its volume data reflects of “best approximation of price and volume” based on available data.

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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Bitcoin Diamond Pumps Again: 106% Price Surge in Five Minutes

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Bitcoin Diamond appears to be in the midst of its third pump and dump this month after its value just jumped by 106% within the space of five minutes.

At 4.30pm UTC, just thirty minutes ago at the time of writing, BCD coins jumped from a price of $2.27 to $4.69. The surge was accompanied by a sudden boost to the daily volume of just under $1 million – all of which came between 4.30pm and 4.34pm.

In the few moments that it has taken me to write this far, the price has since dropped back down to $4.12, leaving the coin on 81% gains. The question now becomes whether or not enough people buy into the coin to push its value up enough for the dump to take place. Recent Bitcoin Diamond pumps have occurred over several days, as well as over several hours.

Third Pump This Month

Indeed, this is the third pump that BCD has experienced in the month of July. The first one on July 7th was the biggest thus far, with volumes surging by $10 million at the time of the pump. The second one, just a few days ago, saw a likely profit of around $2-3 million for the market manipulators.

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This time the volume is much lower, but could still prove ‘successful’ if enough gullible traders decide to climb on board the gravy train. One would assume that after recent events everyone would be steering clear of BCD, so the next few hours or days will reveal a lot about the mentality of the average trader on the exchanges.

For the sake of market legitimacy (a noble but far-fetched ideal, I know) it would be nice to see the market shun Bitcoin Diamond’s movements completely, and leave the pumpers holding coins with less value than when they started.

Broad Price Range

Looking at BCD’s exchange activity reveals a scattering of disparate prices spread across multiple platforms. The Huobi price on the BCD/BTC trading pair sees Bitcoin Diamond at a value of $8.96. The same trading pair on Binance meanwhile is priced at just under double that value at $16.86.

Moving down the exchanges, a $500,000 trading volume on OKEx against USDT lists BCD coins at $2.09 a piece. From there the valuation fluctuates between $1.35 and $16.93. Coinmarketcap indicates that all of the values around the sixteen dollar range have not been counted in the statistics.

From a bipartisan viewpoint, it will be interesting to see if the pumpers can really hit a trifecta within the space of two weeks. Grab the popcorn and stay tuned.

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VeChain Price Grows 12% Ahead of Binance Token Swap

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VeChain (VEN) is set to officially depart the Ethereum network in the next few days, as Binance readies for the token swap which will see VEN tokens become VET (VeChain Thor) coins.

VeChain’s price has grown in the lead up to the swap, gaining 12% over the last 24 hours and breaking into the $1 billion section of the market cap high-flyers club. Beginning the day at a price of $1.62, VEN raced to $1.86 – marking 15% growth in a day when most of the market was somewhat stagnant.

That peak for the day has since settled down at around $1.81 at the time of writing, marking 12% net gains over the day.

Many VeChain holders thought the gig was up following 23% losses between July 17th and July 20th, and while VEN’s price hasn’t recovered to its former high, its reversal over the last 24 hours has been sudden and stark.

Binance Carries Out VEN Token Swap

The departure of VeChain from the Ethereum network to its own blockchain is due to finalise tomorrow, with Binance carrying out the token swap. According to the Binance support article, VEN holders have until tomorrow to move their funds to the exchange, at which point the mainnet swap will commence.

Trades will be stopped on the 23rd, with a snapshot of the wallet balances occuring at the same time. Binance expect trades to commence on the 25th of the month, when VEN tokens shall be no longer. The upgrade to a proprietary blockchain will bring with it a new coin, namely the VET (VeChain Thor) coin – accompanied by new trading pairs. As Binance state:

“Trading will open for the new VET/BTC, VET/ETH, VET/BNB and VET/USDT trading pairs at 2018/07/25 4:00 AM (UTC). Deposits and withdrawals for VET will also be opened at this time. Please note: Once trading opens in the new VET trading pairs, all prior VEN trading pairs will be delisted from the exchange.”

VeChain Thor X-Nodes

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the VeChain launch, and to mark the emigration to their sole blockchain, the VeChain Thor team are holding a lottery for the network’s X-Node operators – details of which can be found here.

X-Nodes appear to be another variation on the masternode idea, except the VeChain Thor protocol allows node operators to also take part in the mining process. This apparently speeds up the network to a greater degree; but ultimately sacrifices some decentralization in the process.

One VEN token will be worth 100 VET, and it currently requires 15,600,000 VET to run an X-Node. That equates to an initial stake requirement of around $280,000 after the token swap. Such incentivization has been used to great effect on the likes of Dash and PivX on their masternode systems, while other versions of the same thing can be found in Tron’s super-representatives, and EOS’s block producers.

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