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Binance CEO Believes Bitcoin Is ‘Still In A Good Position’

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The founder and CEO of the largest cryptocurrency exchange named Binance, Changpeng Zhao, has recently said that Bitcoin is (still) in a positive position – even considering the 70% fall since early 2018 and the strong rally towards the end of 2017.

According to Zhao, the cryptocurrency sector is in a better position than a year ago – in terms of its infrastructure, price, volume and mainstream interest. As he said:

“Just checked, btc price was $2500 a year ago, today $6800. Trading volume for btc was 780m a year ago, today is 3.4b. There you go,”

If we go backward, we can see the price of Bitcoin increasing from $890 to $20,000 which marks a growth of more than 2150%. In comparison to last year’s growth, the volume of Bitcoin has increased by five-fold which signifies a big surge in demand and interest towards cryptocurrencies as an emerging asset class.

However, Zhao believes that in mid-2017, the cryptocurrency sector was not built to this level in terms of infrastructure – especially for retail and institutional investors. As of July 2018, however, the crypto market has the institutional platform that Coinbase Custody established through which pensions, hedge funds and academic institutions can purchase digital assets in the value of millions of dollars.

Aside from this, major banks and financial institutions have publicly disclosed their desire to fill the growing demand in the traditional finance sector with cryptocurrencies – mostly by operating digital asset trading desks and exchanges in the future – once proper regulations is in place.

Last year, the CEO of Goldman Sachs said that if government-issued fiat currencies can dominate the financial system, other new currencies can also emerge as dominant mediums of exchange. As he pointed:

“If you go through that fiat currency where they say this is worth what it’s worth because I, the government, says it is, why couldn’t you have a consensus currency? And so it’s not for me, I don’t do it, I own no bitcoin. Goldman Sachs as far as I know… has no bitcoin, but if it does work out, I could give you the historical path why that could have happened. I’m not in this school of saying… because it’s uncomfortable with me, because it’s unfamiliar, this can’t happen, that’s too arrogant.”

In the end, the reality is that Bitcoin is dropping and we all need to face that – despite the recognition of cryptocurrencies as an emerging asset class by banks.

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It’s Official: Circle Adds EOS, Stellar, 0x and Qtum To Its Asset List

In the latest cryptocurrency news, the crypto giant Circle announced the addition of four new digital assets (altcoins) into the Circle Invest platform. With this, it brought the total number of listed cryptocurrencies to 11.As Circle officially announced in a blog post, the new additions include EOS, Stellar, 0x and Qtum, On top of this, the giant revealed that the four assets can be purchased through the Circle Invest platform either in an individual way or as part of a basket through the "Buy the Market" retail portfolio investment feature.According to the blog post, the four crypto assets are chosen for listing based on their suitability which was determined by the Circle Asset Framework. Each asset will be evaluated based on its own strengths, and under no circumstances are any fees to aid listing. This will help to ensure the integrity of the process and gives its customers confidence that only the best assets are listed on the Circle platform.While many are asking themselves why these altcoins were specifically chosen for the listing, the blog post mentiones that EOS promises to improve on the Ethereum framework, Stellar offers a low cost and high-speed payments solution, 0x creates a peer-to-peer crypto trading framework while Qtum offers users the best of both Bitcoin and Ethereum.The four new assets follow the previous addition of two altcoins, Zcash and Monero, which Circle listed in May this year. 
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What Made The Price Of Ripple (XRP) To Rise Up To 100% In A Week?

Ripple was in almost every post in past week's crypto news, mostly because of its meteoric rise which pushed the cryptocurrency up 100% in only a week. The supernormal rally even put Ripple to the second position, overcoming Ethereum and its silver spot for a matter of hours.If we take in the numbers between the minimum and maximum price of Ripple, the difference is around $19.8 billion - showing that Ripple surged by 184% before the price got corrected. However, the market cap of Ripple went above the market cap of Ethereum and XRP was for a short time the new silver to Bitcoin's gold.However, the main question that everyone has right now is the following...How the altcoin Ripple (XRP) managed to double its price in less than a week?The first factor is obviously the launch of the xRapid solution, which came after long anticipation and was meant for a commercial launch as soon as next month. The payment service allows financial institutions to use the XRP tokens for conducting cross-border transactions.The second factor was the announcement from Coil and PNC. According to it, XRP has linked with the biggest names in the online world such as Wikipedia, Twitch, YouTube and other, with an aim to reward their users directly in XRP.The final factor, according to us, was the fear of missing out (FOMO) which catapulted Ripple's price - solely because everyone believed that 'now is the right time to invest in XRP'. This is what finalized the bullish transformation and pushed Ripple up. 
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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Moves Closer To $7,000, Stellar (XLM) With A New Meteoric Rise

In the Sunday edition of our cryptocurrency expert analysis right here on DC Forecasts, we are seeing a lot of green on the crypto market, which is perfect considering the negative movement last week.Today, the altcoin which is in the spotlight is Stellar (XLM), which skyrocketed by 25% and reached a price of $0.297, securing the fifth position on the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap.Bitcoin, on the other hand, has established a short-term bullish trend for its continuous, yet slow rise over the past few days. The biggest cryptocurrency by market cap is now trading at $6,757 with no signs of stopping the slow-yet-bullish momentum.Among other altcoins which surged over the past few days are Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Cardano - all of which rising in terms of their value.From the $6,110 support area which was initiated last week, Bitcoin is now with around $700 in the green, trading higher and breaking new margins every new day. However, a change of this scenario is still realistic, considering the low market volatility over the past month. 
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Wikipedia, Twitch And YouTube Now Award Ripple (XRP) To Their Content Creators

There has never been a better time to be alive for content creators. In the latest news, we have such creators all around the Web, and apparently the latest cryptocurrency news also goes in their favor.From now on, content creators will be able to accept payments in Ripple (XRP), which is one of the 'top 5' altcoins. This decision has been made after Coil, which is the brainchild of the former CTO of Ripple Labs, Stefan Thomas, has launched the beta version of his browser extension app of the same name which allows users to tip content creators with XRP tokens.In fact, the concept of this transferring and token award system is arguably borrowed from Changetip, which is a now-defunct Bitcoin tipping app. With it, Coil has somewhat established its advancement by becoming an alternative to today's web full of ads.According to Thomas:
“For decades, people have discussed the potential of micropayments to support content creators that would move us away from the broken ad-supported web. Others have created subscription services that bundle content. But micropayments and subscriptions have always been built as closed systems, which fail to capture the huge variety of content on the web.”
Coil is also the first when it comes to paying out websites using Web Monetization, which is an Interledger-powered standard that enables browsers to pay websites. In that manner, Coil will now be compatible with some of the greatest online platforms such as YouTube, Wikipedia, Twitch, Internet Archive and Beat, with many other names to follow in the future.
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