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Stellar Lumens, with its market cap of $6,964,414,973 retains its 8th rank in a market and has seen drastic changes in the last couple of days. With the likes of EOS, Bitcoin Cash experiencing massive growth, it is quite an achievement for Stellar to retain its position and a positive volume percentage in the market.


Even though the volume percentage growth has declined from its previous mark of 70.66% to 31.86% over the period of last 7 days, the achievement that Stellar Lumens is still bragging about is that it retains a high positive volume percentage in the last 7 days figures.



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Stellar is currently valued at $0.375043 which shows a 0.27% surge in the price of stellar. Stellar.org is not holding back on its market activities to promote blockchain and its cryptocurrency. It is to host an event in Dubai for blockchain enthusiasts, the event will include a fireside chat with Mr. Marwan Alzarouni, Founder of OTC Supply, as well as presentations by Stellar ecosystem partners NEC Payments and Mobius.



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Stellar is not alone in the volume percentage increase at this rate in the past 7 days, other cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum [ETH], Ripple [XRP], Cardano [ADA], IOTA [MIOTA], Dash [DASH], and Tron [TRX] also show similar numbers on the last 7 days volume scale. 


Ethereum’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 24.77%, Ripple’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 33.06%, Cardano’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 25.91%, IOTA’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 32.75%, Dash’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 29.76%, Tron’s volume percentage increase in the last 7 days is 29.38%.


But there are other currencies that have outrun Stellar and do not fall in the same bracket as the other altcoins. Bitcoin Cash [BCH] is currently valued at $1,383.96 and has seen a 19.10% surge in the last 24 hours in its price. Bitcoin Cash over the period of last 7 days has seen a volume percentage increase of 84%, leaving all its competition behind by a mile.


EOS has also shown a 43.78% volume percentage increase in the last 7 days and people are showing great interest in the technology and according to its makers have the ability to change the world that we perceive today.


Stellar Lumen’s growth rate has been affected by its competition, with rising transactions in altcoins like EOS and BCH, but it possesses great potential and a rigor to maintain its current positive numbers.

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Undoubtedly, besides IOTA which is gaining due to Hannover Messe events, most coins like NEO, Litecoin, Stellar Lumens and EOS are stagnant and trading within narrow ranges. They are actually retesting the middle BB and should bears overcome support, we anticipate corrections especially in NEO and Litecoin trading pairs.


Let’s have a look at these charts:


XLM/USD (Stellar Lumens)


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Recent development is that you can now manage your XLM wallet from Stellar’s DEX. This means you can keep control of your wallet all courtesy of the distribution that DEX rides on. Besides this, prices are tepid and in the past 24 hours, Stellar Lumens is up 2.37 percent.

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Technically and from our [url=https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/04/21/neo-eos-litecoin-iota-stellar-analysis-10/]Stellar Lumens technical analysis, prices are moving horizontally. Following the double bar bear reversal pattern in the daily chart, there is a likelihood of bears pushing prices lower according to our previous price forecast. So, unless prices breach 40 cents in the coming session, I recommend short term selling with immediate targets at 30 cents or whenever a stochastic buy signal prints.


IOT/USD (IOTA)


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More and more companies are joining the IOTA band wagon and for good reasons. In the future where everything is denominated by interconnection, IOTA shall be king. That’s not because of the strong foundation they are laying but because the Tangle has demonstrated that it solves scalability. So, whenever we see two presidents in an industrial fair where IOTA team members and affiliates are making presentations, then there are positives to be taken out of it.


From the chart, buyers are in the driving seat and fading our previous recommendation. Now that prices are at $2, I urge patience until after there is a stochastic buy signal in the 4HR chart or when prices are trending above yesterday’s highs of $2.15. Before then, early buyers can move their stops to break even and wait for their initial bull targets at $3 to be hit.


EOS/USD (EOS)

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It’s no doubt that EOS was a top performer last week and despite everything else-development, shills and FUD, odds are this coin shall correct in the coming days. Well, I mean, prices remain pretty much stuck within a two dollar range within the last 24 hours as EOS buyers find resistance at $12.



I will still hold on to my previous suggestion and wait for a stochastic buy signal to print before loading. In my view, buying on dips shall be a good strategy if you plan on ramping up before EOSIO launch in June 2018. Ideal buying zones lies at $8 on the lower side and $9.5 or the recent support as visible in the 4HR chart.


LTC/USD (Litecoin)

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Of all the coins under our focus, Litecoin gains are modest to say the least. In the last 24 hours, it is up two percent helping push its weekly gains to 15 percent and in the process amassing $8.45 Billion in market cap. As we have seen in recent weeks, the Litecoin Foundation and Charlie Lee have been on the forefront pitching Litecoin as a suitable coin for merchants and the response has been good. Several merchants and payment providers are now using the coin and this is good for investors as it draws demand and improves liquidity.



When it comes to prices though, price action is trending within a bullish break out and $140. That was our buy trigger. However,  at the moment, prices might slow down and even retest that previous resistance now support if prices break below $145 or the middle BB in the 4HR chart. If that happens buyers should load up on these dips especially if there is a stochastic buy signal printing in our entry chart.


NEO/USD (NEO)

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Judging from recent announcement, NEO is relentless on their effort to create a smart economy. On April 22, NEX said that their next Smart Economy Expo will be held at the EU parliament where Dang Hong Fei and other high ranking officials from NEO familiar shall deliver their key notes in a closed session to parliamentarians only. According to reports, the main purpose of this session is to help educate regulators n the benefits of blockchain technology and why they should develop support policy by 2022.


From price action, NEO is still oscillating within April 21 bear candlestick. As it is, chances are prices might break below the 20 period MA as the 4HR shows now that stochastics are bearish and we have a bearish diverging pattern. Unless prices break past April 20 highs of $80, I’m net bearish and project prices to reverse anywhere between $65 and $70.



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PayPal was an innovator in digital payment services but as they introduce a new, costlier fee structure more people may find using Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies an easier, cheaper alternative.
PayPal Increases Base Fees

PayPal is a name recognized worldwide as a merchant payment system that has been allowing people to transfer money digitally at a lower rate than banks or Western Union style companies for twenty years. But, as they implement new base fees, using cryptocurrency becomes the obvious better choice.

The company has announced a new fee structure which includes $4.99 for sending any amount out of the United States. Add to this an additional 2.9% if the transaction is even partially made with a credit or debit card, and another 2.5% margin to the wholesale foreign exchange rate PayPal gets from banks and users may end up wondering where their money is actually going.

One Paypal user posted a statement on Reddit showing 17 Euros in fees deducted from 60 Euros worth of sales using Ebay, which of course owns PayPal.

Fees at that rate won’t be tolerated by many and with the options that using cryptocurrency provides, users may soon start abandoning their PayPal accounts for digital wallets as a way to save money and speed up transfer times.


Sending money with PayPal internationally takes 3-5 business days, add to that bank processing time and it can take 5-7 business days. It doesn’t actually take that much time to make the digital transfer but both PayPal and the banks that handle the transactions make interest on money as they process it, so holding on to it is in their interest. Because of it’s decentralized structure and that nobody profits from slowing the transaction down, Bitcoin and it’s ilk can be transferred around the world in minutes or even seconds in some cases.

John Donahoe, CEO of Ebay (PayPal) has recognized that PayPal is outdated and even said publicly that they will have to integrate digital currencies sometime in the near future.

Bitcoin is Decentralized, Inclusive and Egalitarian

Why bother though? Why use an outdated and expensive platform like PayPal that relies on the even more outdated structure of the international banking system in order to facilitate new technology that was created to bypass those systems.

One of the greatest advantages of using cryptocurrency is the freedom and privacy options available with blockchain technology. This is the tech that allows the over 2 billion people in the world who don’t have bank accounts to complete transactions even without internet access via SMS.

In order to become a verified user on PayPal a bank account and credit card details must be provided. This leaves both senders and receivers of funds open to scrutiny from banks and governmental agencies. Although using Bitcoin may not be 100% anonymous, it is as close as possible, which allows users to transfer as much of their own money anywhere to anyone.

For most, the benefits of using the egalitarian technology of cryptocurrency to transfer funds becomes overwhelmingly obvious when the basic facts are weighed. For those who don’t, the banks and the likes of PayPal will continue thank them and fill their coffers.


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Since the start of March, various companies have shown their interest in launching their projects on Stellar (XLM). This April has seen two companies join the platform with their sights set on reaping benefits from the Stellar platform. These two companies went a step further to give reasons as to why they chose Stellar over Ethereum blockchain for their initial coin offerings. Irene Energy and Kava Coin both joined the Stellar community this month.


Ethereum (ETH) is still the go to platform for most of the upcoming tokens due to the high liquidity of Ether. ICOs carried out on Ethereum have easier access to capital from investors as ETH is easily obtainable.


However, the system has had complains in the recent past as users complained of slower transaction times, lack of scalability and the long term problem of having an infinite number of tokens. Stellar (XLM), which was originally forked from Ripple (XRP), solves these problems associated with Ethereum but faces a low liquidity problem.


Stellar over Ethereum

Irene Energy, ticker symbol Tellus (TLU), is a French company aiming at providing the world with a clean and green source of renewable electricity. The company is a renewable electricity supplier in France and looks to expand its market globally using blockchain technology.


The platform will enable users to buy electricity directly from the producer and even choose the production asset they wish to get their electricity from. The direct connection between the users and producers is trustless as customers can view their transaction on the public blockchain. The ICO start date started on 12TH March and runs till 6th May 2018.


Reasons why they switched to Stellar


As much as Ethereum remains the most popular smart contract platform, with most investors preferring the platform to others, Irene Energy CEO and founder, Guillaume Marchand, seem to think that would not have been the perfect option for its niche.


The major complain about Ethereum blockchain is the high transaction fees associated with the platform. Given the nature of Tellus as a micropayment system, high fees would decrease the adoption rate of the Irene Energy blockchain. Stellar on the other hand is almost free with transactions happening almost instantly as compared to Ethereum.


Guillaume said, “So we want to do micro-payments and Stellar blockchain was designed to do micro-payments. So, a transaction on Stellar costs virtually nothing, it takes, like, 4 seconds. Whereas on Ethereum, as is, it costs a lot of money by comparison, and it can take from 3 minutes to 3 hours, to actually register the transaction.”


Parting Shot

Stellar has had a promising Q2 so far with the price soaring past the $0.3 mark representing a 100% rise in price since April began. The hourly technical analysis shows a bullish momentum on the coin. With the SDEX coming up this quarter the coin seems to be headed towards the dollar mark in 2018. The increasing number of platforms selecting Stellar (XLM) over Ethereum has had an impact in the price as adoption increases.

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Daniel Masters, who previously led JPMorgan’s global energy trading desk, says cryptocurrencies are fueling a financial revolution.
Masters is now chairman of digital investment bank Coinshares and chief investment officer at Global Advisors, and he explained in an interview with Bloomberg how distributed ledger technology is doing for the democratization of peer-to-peer transactions what the internet did for the democratization of news.

“That’s at the core of what makes this a revolution,” Masters told Blooomberg.

Leakage Problem

He was asked by Bloomberg about the potential for the problem of “leakage” in the fractional reserve monetary system, where only some of a bank’s deposits are backed by assets. Masters said no, cryptocurrencies aren’t creating leakage in that leverage, at least not yet.

Masters described a “regulatory sandbox” environment where digital assets resided for the past five years or so through the end of 2017. 

He said an ecosystem that’s $1 billion – $10 billion in size “is almost experimental in the scope of the main financial system.”

But with the market roaring near $1 trillion combined with all of the crypto-fueled headlines, cryptocurrencies “suddenly became something regulators, banks … central banks and governments decided could no longer be ignored,” said Masters. “I don’t think there’s any concern from that community at the moment that there’s leakage .. but I think they’re beginning to realize that there is potential for that in the future,” he added.

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde said in a blog post today that cryptocurrencies “pose no immediate danger” to the economy.

‘Crypto Market Will Be Much Bigger’

The way that Masters sees the world has never been a “fight to the death between crypto and the USD/GBP legacy financial system.” Instead, he says it’s about “what portion of the total financial ecosystem accrues to cryptocurrencies,” adding: “I think even if it’s only 5% at the end of the day, that market will then still be much bigger than it is today.”

Masters manages more than $800 million in cryptocurrency assets across both passive and active strategies for both leading coins such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and Monero down to ICOs. As for staying away from the scam ICOs, Masters pointed to a “multi-stage screening process” by which fewer than 3% of small ICOs that come to them make it through their filter.

Masters recently touted bitcoin as “the play” of 2018 before the cryptocurrency market had begun to turn around. He said then that he liked ICO issuers with “non-forkable/blockchain specific ideas.” Masters has reportedly owned bitcoin since 2012 when it was trading at $100.

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I am a college freshman and I got interested in cryptocurrency around January 2018. I saw bitcoin first and was going to invest in that, however I kept researching more and me and my friends decided to invest in stellar and Ethereum because I thought those two coins were very profitable in the long term.

I originally started trading at coinbase for ethereum but then I realized stellar and I really wanted to invest in the coin. I moved to binance and have put my money in Binance for Stellar (around $2.5k -- 5,259XLM) because Coinbase does not support it. I really enjoyed my money fluctuating since I could check live with my phone.

Then, there came a crash in Binance for 48 hours, and me and my friend got really frantic about it. We then moved the money to stellar desktop wallet (I am a Mac user by the way). I set up my portfolio in an app (a very simple one) to track my money fluctuating.

I didn't really care about it until when the real big drop happened (When Stellar went down to like 28 cents). I then started that maybe I should pull out like 1/3rd of it because maybe other altcoins are better. But, I realized that my secret key was gone with my wallet file in my computer. I have done all kinds of things to recover my wallet. Going through all my computer, trash recovery files, apple store customer service, but I couldn't find it.

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ElaadNL has unveiled the world’s first electric charging station in which charging and paying can be done through IOTA’s Tangle technology. ElaadNL announced the charging station in a blog post, indicating that it’s part of its new test site located in the Arnhems Buiten business park in the Netherlands.

IOTA WAS A PERFECT FIT


In announcing the new station, ElaadNL described IOTA’s Tangle as being a perfect fit for the sector, stating that it could have a great impact on other sectors as well.

" This technology might be a perfect fit in the future connected and fully digitalized world. The exploration of this technology in the e-mobility domain could also provide insight for other (connected) sectors like the energy sector."


IOTA’s Tangle is a distributed ledger protocol that is designed to cater to the very rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) sector. It is open source and facilitates machine-to-machine interactions including feeless payments in real time and the secure transfer of data.
The post further detailed IOTA’s effectiveness, noting that it eliminates the need for an intermediary and makes the entire process autonomous.


" No back office and no communication protocol is required to operate the charging station: the transactions are exchanged directly without the use of a charge card or subscription. The IOTA charging station operates completely autonomously and takes care of communication and payment with the end ‘user’. The meter values are stored every 15 minutes in the Tangle, which ensures reliable and irrefutable administration."


The charger sets up a TCP/IP connection with the car through pre-installed hardware, and the connection facilitates machine-to-machine payment and data exchange. The charger is available to the public, and those cars that lack the necessary hardware or software for the autonomous machine-to-machine transactions will be given the option to send IOTA tokens using the normal IOTA wallet.


THE BACKBONE OF THE MACHINE ECONOMY


Speaking about the partnership, IOTA’s Head of Mobility, Alisa Maas, described the solution as showcasing IOTA’s potential to become the backbone of the machine economy.

" This solution demystifies IOTA’s potential to become the backbone for the Machine Economy. Thanks to ElaadNL’s cutting edge innovation, seamless e-mobility is taking one big leap forward and we look forward to sharing this achievement with the rest of our growing ecosystem, at the crossroads of mobility, energy and smart cities sectors."


ElaadNL is a joint initiative of Dutch grid operators that researches the charging of electric cars in ways that are reliable and sustainable. Its managing director, Onoph Caron, expressed optimism that distributed ledger technology would become widespread in the future.

" This charger shows the ability of using real machine to machine communications and micropayments, with the use of IOTA as a secure layer for these payments and data. ElaadNL researches all kinds of innovative and smart technologies with regard to charging electric cars. DLT-technology might become a widespread thing in the near future."

The announcement comes at a time when the cryptocurrency market is bouncing back from a long slump, and will add to IOTA’s momentum as it seeks to reclaim its record price.

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China’s crackdown on ICOs and cryptocurrency exchanges might lead those of us in the West to conclude that it isn’t the most “crypto-friendly” jurisdiction at the moment. But as with most Western opinions about China, such a conclusion is almost certainly an oversimplification and most likely wrong. China still has an enormous amount of influence on the global cryptocurrency marketplace, and it’s not a country that is known for voluntarily handing over its global influence.

So how can Westerners find out what’s really going on in the Chinese crypto space? In this article we cover that topic from the perspective of an American expat who has been living in China for the greater part of four years, and who goes by the pseudonym “Jiami shushu” (“Uncle Crypto”) since becoming an active crypto trader and investor in China two years ago.


First things first, for our readers in the West, how did you end up in China?

I first came to China about four years ago as an international transfer student and started working here shortly thereafter.

How did you get involved in cryptocurrency?

I was living in Silicon Valley in 2011 when I first heard about Bitcoin, but I didn’t start actively trading cryptocurrency until 2015. So pretty much my entire exposure to cryptocurrency trading was from within China.

In general, how difficult is it for foreigners to trade and invest crypto while in China?

Even prior to the bans on Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges, most of them were still quite difficult for foreigners to use. That’s because you needed a Chinese ID number to set up a trading account. After the bans, the only way to access any exchanges was by using a VPN to connect to foreign exchanges. But for most expats, that’s something we are already familiar with, so it never presented much of an issue.

Is that because things like Facebook, Google, etc. are all banned in China?

Exactly. So firing up a VPN is just part of the regular daily online routine for all the expats I know.

Besides using a VPN, what other steps should expats take to avoid getting into trouble in China?

The most important thing is to be careful how you’re actually getting the funds into your account. My best advice is to use Tether or another proxy from a non-Chinese exchange, or another coin already in an outside wallet, to fund your account and start trading. I wouldn’t recommend foreigners trying to use RMB (Chinese fiat currency) to directly fund an account.

Why is that?

Because whenever you convert fiat currency to crypto, you have to comply with KYC/AML requirements, which in China is the equivalent of notifying the Chinese government that you are getting ready to do some illegal crypto trading and also providing them with your wallet address so they can trace all of your transactions. If your objective is to stay out of trouble then I really wouldn’t encourage doing that.

Are there any other special tools you might recommend to help expats stay secure in China?


Shadowsocks is an alternative to using a VPN. It is one of the more foolproof systems I’ve used for getting access to things that you’re not supposed to be able to get access to.


Once all the necessary software and security protocols are in place, what sort of crypto trading/investing is accessible and safe?
The most popular exchange in China right now is Huobi. It has been around since 2013 and is now very diverse. Also, because it has much larger international use, some of the access requirements like a Chinese ID number are no longer necessary. Binance is another popular exchange with Chinese traders because it has more available coins and trading options than Huobi.

But, with any exchange, there are always risks involved: maybe it will get hacked, maybe the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) will investigate the owners or operators of the exchange and shut it down. These are all calculated risks, however, so I try not to keep any more crypto than what I’m going to trade with over the next 48-72 hours on any exchange — the rest I keep in one of several wallets.

Are there any crypto-related sites or services in the West that are inaccessible from China?

Without a VPN, pretty much all of it is inaccessible.

How about any crypto-related sites or services in China that might be of interest to the west?

Huobi is definitely worth checking out. There are several other great resources, especially some of the forums, that are really interesting and useful, but unless you can read Chinese, most of them aren’t going to be of much practical use.

Since you can read Chinese, have you picked up any significant differences between how Chinese crypto traders invest compared to Western traders?

I feel like when it comes to investing, a lot of it is quite similar. In fact, I think in many ways, Western crypto investors are starting to act more like Chinese crypto investors.

How do you mean?

In the past I always felt that Chinese investors tended to rely too heavily on what their favorite mentors, influencers, etc., were saying instead of doing their own due diligence and research. But after seeing all the hype in the West last fall, especially surrounding ICOs, I realized that people in the West were just as susceptible to FOMO and throwing common sense and due diligence out the window.

Any other differences worth mentioning?

I think one important difference is how traders in China view cryptocurrency from a philosophical perspective compared to their counterparts in the West. In China, it’s more about cryptocurrency being used as a commodity for trading, and much less about its potential of a long term new age decentralized currency.

And when it comes to mining that’s a completely different beast. Anyone getting into mining in China right now typically goes all in, spending enormous sums of money to buy as many of the latest bleeding edge hardware rigs they can afford. That’s to ensure they’ll have a quick return on their investment in case the Chinese government decides to shut them down.

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IOTA is a revolutionary cryptocurrency and platform, created specifically for the concept of the Internet of Things. It does not resemble any other project or coin, which makes it unique and very promising. IOTA is able to become that transactional fuel that will ensure the implementation of smart enterprises with the participation of machines integrated into one network.


Think about the self-service checkouts at supermarkets. You must agree that these are at times more efficient, and economically more profitable, than using the cashier. Imagine further that in this supermarket you can use tablets to make your choice of goods, and that the supermarket has installed conveyer belts that would feed these products directly into your hands, or into your car. It is these solutions that underlie the Internet of Things (IoT) – and IOTA’s function within it should perform a connecting role between the nodes of the entire system, covering the payment element of such shopping.


WHAT IS IOTA?


IOTA is both a cryptocurrency and a system for instant micropayments without any commission. In this way, it is significantly different from other coins, since a transaction of 1 coin or, roughly speaking, 0.001 cents in dollar terms, is possible. What does it give? For example, with IOTA, you can ensure the fulfilment of the smallest tasks in the unified network; turning off the tap in the bathroom, sticking on a tag, or at least blowing away a speck of dust. And thanks to these features, IOTA can be integrated into the Internet of Things by performing transactions between points.


The history of this project began in 2015 with the ICO. During crowadding, the IOTA team managed to collect 1,337 Bitcoins, which at that time was a very small amount. Yet ICOs were not held as frequently in 2015 as they are today, and all of the new ICOs were in the shadow of Ethereum’s. Almost all ICOs held in 2016 went to beta tests, and by 2017 the innovative project got off its feet. A substantial amount of money was allocated for development, marketing, and new projects – and by June, IOTA (or rather MIOTA) made its debut at one of the world’s largest exchanges, Bitfinex. In the autumn of 2017, a number of strategic deals were concluded between large consortiums: Samsung, Fujitsu, Volkswagen, Microsoft, and Deutsche Telekom.


HOW DOES IT WORK?


IOTA does not look like Bitcoin or Ether, because it does not actually use blockchain. This platform uses a special Tangle log, based on the DAG-directed acyclic graph. In the Bitcoin or Ethereum blockbuster, everything is kept on the blocks, where the transaction information is recorded. There are no blocks in Tangle IOTA, and transactions there are related in their own special scheme: every new transaction that has arisen (let’s call it A) confirms the two old ones (B and C). Verification can also happen indirectly – for instance transaction D, which confirmed A and conditional Z. But it indirectly confirmed B and C.


Such a system forms a whole web of verification, which protects the network from double expenditure and makes it work with higher efficiency. That is, the more transactions on the network, the faster they will be processed. Note that IOTA mining is impossible; all the coins were issued immediately. Their number is about 2.8 trillion, and to be more precise, this value is described by the value MAX_SAFE_INTEGER in JavaScript. On exchange trading, MIOTA is used – equal to 1,000,000 IOTA.


IOTA AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS


IOTA’s prospects are measured by the prospects of the sphere that this platform is designed to serve. Initially, the concept of the Internet of Things meant a global network in which physical objects interact with each other through built-in technologies. Right now, there is no fully-fledged network – there are, rather, autonomous pockets.


Take for example a smart apartment, where light, electricity and heating are automatically regulated. But after all, apartments can be united in houses, houses in cities, and cities into a whole network.


IOTA is able to tie together virtually all processes in the IoT ecosystem by configuring transaction chains and the ability to conduct micro-transactions in huge quantities. Problems with scalability in Tangle, unlike for blockchain, do not occur. What’s more, the platform is implemented so that the device for interaction with other nodes should not have uninterrupted access to the Internet. For some ‘machines’, it will be enough to connect once a month, or even a year – it all depends on the functionality. This will save battery power, or even electricity.


ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF IOTA


IOTA as a cryptocurrency has its advantages. The main advantages are the absence of commissions, the possibility of conducting micro-transactions, and the high speed of operations. All these advantages are provided by Tangle. From the point of view of the IOTA platform, it is still difficult to assess its future trends. It’s akin to Ethereum in 2015 or 2016 – everyone understood its huge potential, but there was not yet a tangible example that would show Ethereum in a practical way.


The fact that the project is actively developing and cooperating with the world’s largest consortia suggests that it has prospects. The idea that it will become a driving force in such an innovative direction as the Internet of Things is a definite plus of IOTA. This means that coins really have some weight behind them. After all, they must fulfil the role of ‘fuel’ in a rapidly developing sphere. But the unique IOTA platform, and the unusual proof of work without mining as such, potentially creates a situation in which a powerful transaction will disrupt network security. If it comes from a node that has collected 51% of the total capacity, then the so-called 51% attack will occur. The node will gain control over the network, which will allow it to double expenditure. This is like a Bitcoin mine with 51% of the processing power.


Security is another point that needs to be worked out. At the forum of the IOTA project and other crypto-exchange sites, complaints have repeatedly been received about the loss of coins from a wallet. So far, no normal software purse has been implemented – and this is one of the main goals of the project for 2018.


FORECAST AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE


IOTA debuted at the cryptocurrency market in June 2017. It took it only six months to corner about 3% of the capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market. If the cryptocurrency market retains the current (for 2017) growth trend, then the total market capitalisation for IOTA at the end of 2018 will be $12 trillion. This means that if IOTA retains its market share, its rate will be $150 (for MIOTA). If IOTA takes 10% of the market, as Ethereum did, then the rate will approach $500 for a MIOTA.


This is a very optimistic expectation for development – however, it is not a fantastical one. In our opinion IOTA really has something to offer. In addition to the high profile headlines in the press around cooperation with Bosch, Samsung, Fujitsu and others, underneath all this is a strong foundation. For example, a site was created for the monetisation of data generation, in which sellers could conduct transactions with customers. This was for those interested in Bosch, Microsoft, Cisco, Fujitsu, and Airbus.


In September, IOTA was announced as a payment instrument on the CognIOTA processor platform (CPU). In 2018, the release of a new generation purse with Flash channels for instant transactions, the function of private transfers, and optimisation mechanisms like MAM (masked authenticated messages) is planned.photo

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Gibraltar has set itself at the forefront of the regulation of businesses that use Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). On 12th October 2017, Gibraltar introduced a comprehensive set of new laws to regulate DLT businesses, making it the first country in Europe to take this bold step it also launched the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange.

The new laws came into force on 1st January 2018 and are being introduced as amendments to regulations under the Financial Services (Investment and Fiduciary Services) Act 1989 (the 1989 Act).

The new laws have been widely welcomed within Gibraltar and are seen as sending a symbolic message that Gibraltar understands DLT business, embraces innovation and is willing and able to license good quality firms.

Independent advisor Trent Challis recently said that, “Ethereum projects and Ethereum ICOs have to fear no more grey areas or to worry, Gibraltar is set to be the first regulated Ethereum/DLT business-friendly jurisdiction.”

The introduction of these laws is monumental for the British overseas territory, as other jurisdictions are working towards similar aims but have been outrun by Gibraltar. This means Gibraltar has an advantage over other jurisdictions to benefit as many DLT firms which have been unable to become regulated elsewhere and which will now find a home there.

Ellul & Co law firm are particularly proud of their achievements in making this new legislation possible.

What is DLT?

DLT is a system for recording transactions carried out electronically, whereby details of transactions are recorded in a distribution ledger that makes up a large electronic database which can be shared across multiple sites and jurisdictions.

DLT derived from blockchain, which was a similar technology that supported digital cash systems like Bitcoin. However, DLT is a more advanced system as it can be used by various industries from Government bodies and law enforcement agencies to the private sector for many purposes rather than solely for digital cash payments.
Rationale for DLT regulation

The Government of Gibraltar recognises the opportunities that DLT presents to both the public and private sectors and decided to create a regulatory framework underpinned by three fundamental objectives.

These objectives are set out as follows in the Government’s May 2017 consultation document, “Proposals for a DLT regulatory framework”:

Consumer Protection

Consumers of products and services provided by DLT firms operating in or from Gibraltar can have faith in the integrity of the owners and managers of those firms ensuring an appropriate degree of protection for consumers.

Protecting the Reputation of Gibraltar

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) facilitates and provides a progressive, well-regulated and safe environment for firms using DLT to grow whilst preserving (and without endangering) the good reputation of the jurisdiction.

Economic Benefit

Gibraltar prospers from the use and growth of new financial technology, expands its standing as a progressive and safe global financial centre, and attracts and retains world-class businesses and talent.

Outcomes-focused and principles-based regulation

The Government has adopted a risk-based and proportionate approach to the regulation of DLT businesses which is reflected in the new provisions. The new regime is also predicated on an outcomes- and principles-based regulation which recognises that new technologies cannot be governed by strict, rigid and prescriptive laws.

Rather than impose a list of dos and don’ts, the new laws set out nine regulatory principles that businesses must achieve.

These are:

  1. A DLT firm must conduct its business with honesty and integrity.

  2. This requirement will form part of the licensing criteria which applicant firms will need to show before they are issued a licence to become a DLT firm. The GFSC will be assessing the firm’s financial position, technical skills and reputation.

  3. A DLT firm must pay due regard to the interests and needs of each and all its customers and must communicate with its customers in a way which is fair, clear and not misleading.Customer protection is at the heart of this second principle. DLT firms will need to ensure that they have risk assessed their businesses and mitigated any risks posed to consumers, name appropriate disclosure of risks to customers and have an adequate complaints process in place.

  4. A DLT firm must maintain adequate financial and non-financial resources.

  5. This seeks to achieve prudential regulation of DLT firms, to ensure that they have the resources to run soundly.

  6. DLT firms must manage and control their business effectively, and conduct its business with due skill, care and diligence, including having proper regard to risks to its business and customers.

  7. They must have effective arrangements in place for the protection of customer assets and money when they are responsible for them.

  8. They must have effective corporate governance arrangements.

  9. They must ensure that all of their systems and security access protocols are maintained to appropriate high standards.

  10. They must have systems in place to prevent, detect and disclose financial crime risks such as money laundering and terrorist financing.

  11. They must be resilient and have contingency arrangements for the orderly and solvent wind down of its business.

  12. Contact us today to discuss any queries you may have about the new DLT regime.

The question remains however will it beat Malta in becoming the crypto haven with Binanceand other exchanges moving to Malta?

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