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CRYPTO HEADLINES — April 20, 2018

1. Bitcoin Is About to Have Its First Back-to-Back Weekly Gain in 2018
Bitcoin bulls are celebrating the virtues of the biggest cryptocurrency again. The digital coin gained as much as 4 percent Friday, putting it on pace for its first back-to-back week of gains this year. The mini-rally is helping to ease the pain from the more than 50 percent loss in the first quarter that followed last year’s 1,400 percent surge. Read more at Bloomberg.
2. Bitcoin Cash is soaring as traders ready for another hard fork
Bitcoin cash was up more than 10% Friday, continuing its outperformance of other major cryptocurrencies, as a competing hard fork approaches on May 15. The fourth-largest cryptocurrency, which split from bitcoin in a similar hard fork in 2017, is now up more than 30% in the past week. Bitcoin, by comparison, is up 5% over that time. Read more at BusinessInsider.
3. South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb To Issue Own Token In Singapore
Bithumb, South Korea’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, has recently revealed plans to issue its own token, Bithumb Coin, in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). According to a report, the Bithumb token sale will be conducted in Singapore since ICOs are banned in South Korea. Read more at CoinTelegraph.
CRYPTO HEADLINES — April 21, 2018

1. Bitcoin Price is Up 13.6% Since Tax Season Came to an End
Bitcoin is performing well in the market today as it tests the $9,000. The newfound bullish momentum is not a surprise for Fundstrat Global Advisors analyst Tom Lee, who said that tax filings were bringing the cryptocurrency market down and ‘Tax Day’ would eventually trigger an upside move for the bitcoin price. The bitcoin price has been steadily rising since April 12 after being buoyed at the $6,500-$7,000 range. Read more at NewsBTC.
2. Stellar Run: XLM, IOTA, ADA Spike in Good Week for Altcoins
Alternative cryptocurrencies shone bright this week, as the wider cryptocurrency market saw continued resurgence. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies rose 25 percent week-on-week to $375 billion, according to CoinMarketCap — that’s up from below $250 billion just 10 days ago. Read more at CoinDesk.
3. Amazon Web Services Releases Blockchain Frameworks For Ethereum And Hyperledger Fabric
Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform has recently introduced its Blockchain framework for Ethereum (ETH) and Hyperledger Fabric allowing users to build and manage their own Blockchain-powered decentralized applications (DApps), AWS announced in a blog post Thursday, April 19. According to the statement, users will be able to create their own Blockchain applications via the AWS CloudFormation Templates tool to avoid the time-consuming manual setup of their Blockchain network. Read more at CoinTelegraph.
CRYPTO HEADLINES — April 23, 2018

1. Iran bans banks from cryptocurrency trading
Iran is following in the footsteps of China and South Korea, announcing a ban from its central bank on the trading and promoting of cryptocurrencies. As reported by Reuters, Iranian state news agency IRNA issued a statement on Sunday claiming that banks, credit institutions and currency exchanges “should avoid any sale or purchase of these currencies or taking any action to promote them”. Read more at Alphr.
2. Early investor in Tesla, Skype and Hotmail says bitcoin will be bigger than all those combined
Venture capitalist Tim Draper says bitcoin will be bigger than his early investments Tesla, Hotmail, and Skype combined. “This is bigger than the internet. It’s bigger than the Iron Age, the Renaissance. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution,” Draper said at Intelligence Squared U.S. debate presented in partnership with Manhattan Institute’s Adam Smith Society on Saturday. “This affects the entire world and it’s going to be affected in a faster and more prevalent way than you ever imagined.” — He said in an interview. Read more at CNBC.
3. Wikileaks Claims Coinbase Has Shut Down Its Online Store’s Bitcoin Account
Wikileaks’ official online merchandise store claims that its account with Coinbase has been suspended by the cryptocurrency exchange. Wikileaks, a leaked documents depository that was central to a long string of international scandals even before the 2016 presidential election, is now calling for a boycott of Coinbase. Read more at Fortune.
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CRYPTO HEADLINES — April 24, 2018

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1. Bitcoin Value Is On The Verge Of Another ‘Price Explosion’
Bitcoin is primed for another “price explosion” that could see the cryptocurrency’s value soar to even greater levels than it experienced in 2017, according to analysts. The price predictions come amid significant gains across cryptocurrency markets in recent weeks that have seen bitcoin rise by more than a third in value to return above $9,000 for the first time since March. Read more at Independent.
2. One in 5 finance firms are considering trading cryptocurrencies
A fifth of financial firms are considering getting into cryptocurrency trading within the next year, according to an industry poll by Thomson Reuters. A survey of over 400 Reuters clients found that one in five is considering getting into crypto, with the majority weighing a push into the market within the next six months. Read more at BusinessInsider.
3. Japan’s 16 Licensed Cryptocurrency Exchanges Launch Self-Regulatory Body
A concentrated effort among 16 licensed Japanese cryptocurrency exchange operators to ‘restore confidence’ in the sector following the $530 million Coincheck theft in January has finally seen the launch of a self-regulatory body. In a report by Japanese news outlet Asahi Shimbun on Tuesday, sixteen cryptocurrency exchanges currently registered and licensed by the Financial Services Agency (FSA), the country’s financial regulator, have launched a self-regulating body that will be known as the ‘Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Association’. Read more at CCN.
TOP CRYPTO NEWS — April 26, 2018

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1. The 17 Millionth Bitcoin Is About to Be Mined
Bitcoin’s limited supply is about to get a bit more limited. Barring an unforeseen event, the 17 millionth bitcoin is likely to be mined in the coming day, data from show, a development that would mark yet another milestone for the world’s first cryptocurrency. That’s because as per bitcoin’s current rules, only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created. Now only 4 more million Bitcoins left to be generated. Read more at CoinDesk.
2. Chilean Court Orders Banks to Re-Open Cryptocurrency Exchange Accounts
Chile’s anti-monopoly court recently ordered two major Chilean banks to re-open the accounts of one of the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Buda. Buda’s lawsuit continues against 10 Chilean banks, including the two ordered to re-open its accounts. The exchange sued the banks after its accounts were closed in a move it dubbed “arbitrary” and “unjustified.” Read more at CCN.
3. Mt. Gox moves 16,000 BTC and 16,000 BCH coins out of its wallets
You can expect some serious volatility in the cryptocurrency market over the next few days if history is any indication. Mt. Gox, one of the most controversial exchange platform which was declared bankrupt and which went down in 2014, along with 850,000 of its user's Bitcoin — has moved another huge batch of its remaining funds to consolidated wallets. Mt. Gox has moved 16000 BTC from its cold wallet addresses today. The wallet has moved 2000 BTC eight times today and has been moved to various accounts. Read more at TheNextWeb.
Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Happening on 15th May
On May 15, 2018, the Bitcoin Cash blockchain will undergo a network upgrade that will implement some drastic changes to its underlying protocols. The price of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has soared considerably in the last one week.

Table of Contents
Need for the hard fork
What this means for BCH hodlers
Additional details about the fork
Exchanges supporting the fork
In November 2017, Bitcoin ABC developers released a Bitcoin Cash roadmap representing their goals for the next 6–12 months. Keeping in mind the team’s priorities to constantly improve the Bitcoin Cash network and its functionalities, the roadmap concentrated on improving aspects of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain, a few at a time. This also included plans to reactivate some Bitcoin Opcodes (operational rules) that had been deactivated in the past. Additionally, the developers proposed protocol extension points to facilitate future upgrades — leading to developments like Colored Coins. However, all BCH protocols proposed in November were subject to further discussion, implementation and testing.
The BCH development team (Bitcoin ABC) confirmed a Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork scheduled at 12:00:00 UTC on 15th May 2018.

Need for the hard fork
The BCH development team feels it is absolutely necessary to have a hard fork every 6 months to keep the protocols upgraded regularly. Hence, a BCH hard fork is scheduled every 6 months, the next one being in May. Following a meeting of seven BCH developers in London in November 2017, the May hard fork is set to improve the functionality and operations of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain.
There are several upgrades that are expected to happen in this fork. Bitcoin Cash will become more than just a financial cryptocurrency, and offer more functionalities, like Ethereum.
The block size is to be upgraded to 32 MB. This is the largest block-size that can be implemented without altering the fundamental peer-to-peer protocols in a blockchain.
The size of certain parameters in the blocks will be increased from 40 bytes currently to 220 bytes thus, allowing users to add more data on the blockchain. This concept will find application in colored coins, wherein an investor can can track other assets which are not validated by crypto-coin miners.
Increasing this size will also facilitate time stamping of data. This will further allow users to now hash documents and add them to the blockchain, which can be later used as substantial proof of the existence of the document.
Several protocol extension points using a scripting system in the transactions have been included for the development of colored coins, and simplified smart contracts to perform automated functions. These smart contracts would not only help in the advancement of self executing programs that would revolutionise the crypto industry, but also help the crypto-investors to leave funds for someone to receive at a future date.
Additionally, existing functions that had been disabled earlier due to bugs in the protocols will be reactivated. This move was made as a few of the advanced smart contracts will use these functions.
Bitcoin Unlimited [BU] is the full node implementation for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash networks. It is reported that BU also has a vital role to play in the upcoming hard fork along with ABC developer team.
What this means for BCH hodlers
A hard fork has popularly come to be seen as an opportunity for users to get free cryptocurrencies. Since Bitcoin Cash itself was born from a fork of Bitcoin in 2017, users holding Bitcoin received an equal number of Bitcoin Cash in their wallets. But in reality, this only occurs in cases of a contentious split, where miners or node continue to run separate blockchains and not all ‘upgrade’ on the fork.
If some Bitcoin Cash nodes do not upgrade on this fork, they may end up with another chain that could operate independently, although whether this chain would gain any popularity and acceptance is unlikely. Currently, no chain split is expected.
An important user impact however, is being seen on the price. On April 18th, the price of a single BCH token was worth about $770, which increased to $1550 on 24th April, by nearly 100% following the announcement on the hard fork. Clearly, the fork is already having a positive impact on BCH’s reputation. Expect the value to increase further as the fork date approaches closer — which means now may be a good time to get yourself some Bitcoin Cash.

Additional details about the fork
The Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) dev team will increase the block size by reducing the block intervals to 1–2.5 minutes. The team has also announced a new address (along with Cashaddr suggested by Bitcoin ABC) format to allow users to send Bitcoin Cash to various Bitcoin addresses. BU along with the BCH development team, is also working to achieve more efficient and seamless mining processes.
There are also talks of recruiting development teams who can develop and integrate tokenization functions in Bitcoin Cash blockchain — much like Ethereum has ERC20 tokens that support other cryptocurrencies. These developers will work to create an interactive system that has the capability of producing secure blockchain based tokens. An audit solution for the customers, to check the validity of their tokens would also be needed.
Currently, the ABC development team is running tests on both the new rules and their activation. They have also released a testnet (an internal blockchain for testing purposes) for public groups to test the new features. The subsequent Bitcoin Cash fork is scheduled to occur in mid-November 2018, following the fundamental belief that regular upgrades are required to develop the quality of the BCH blockchain.
Exchanges supporting the fork
Given the wide support for the fork all across the community, all major exchanges — including major ones such as KuCoin, Bittrex, Cryptopia and more are expected to support the hard fork. All of these exchanges are supported on CoinSwitch as well — which means you can trade your upgraded Bitcoin Cash post the hard fork directly from CoinSwitch!
TOP CRYPTO NEWS — April 29, 2018

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1. Google’s Founder Says We Are in a “Technology Renaissance,” Ethereum a Factor in the “Boom of Computing”
Sergey Brin, co-founder of one of the most successful companies on earth, stated a boom in computing has led to an era he calls “technology renaissance.” In a letter to investors, Brin said: “Every month, there are stunning new applications and transformative new techniques. In this sense, we are truly in a technology renaissance, an exciting time where we can see applications across nearly every segment of modern society.”. Read more at TrustNodes.
2. SEC Official Offers New Hope For Utility Tokens In Congressional Testimony
A top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission offered fresh hope at a House Financial Services Committee hearing last week that the agency hasn’t completely written off the idea of a “utility token” as just another form of security couched in clever wording. Read more at Forbes.
3. Why Is EOS (EOS) On Fire In 2018?
EOS (EOS)’ strong performance in the cryptocurrency market continues as the 5th ranked project outclasses all in top 10. The series of good news for EOS began on April 6, 2018, when ( announced a strategic partnership with Michael Cao and Winnie Liu for a $200 million fund. The EOS Global would focus on expanding EOS’ presence in Asia via the platform. This was preceded by another $100 million joint venture with FinLab AG. Combining such news with a solid project sees the crypto get predictions of overtaking BCH and XRP in due course. Read more at StocksGazette.
TOP CRYPTO NEWS — May 1, 2018

1. Vitalik Releases Partial Proof-of-Concept for Ethereum ‘Sharding’ Tech
Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin said yesterday that ethereum’s in-house scaling solution, sharding, is moving closer to completion. Tweeting that “sharding is coming,” Buterin shared a new code repository that documents a partial proof-of-concept for what is called the “fork choice rule,” the code for how ethereum shards interact with the main blockchain. Buterin continued to tweet several further documents, including an early stage sharding specification, that forms an early picture of the new protocol. Read more at CoinDesk.
2. Hong Kong Report: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Have Little Impact on Organized Crime
The Hong Kong Financial Services and Treasury (FSTB) released a 132-page report entitled “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment.” According to the report, cryptocurrencies have little impact on organized crime. Hong Kong is well known for its lack of capital controls and for capturing capital outflow from China. The report notes that cryptocurrencies may be more attractive in economies where people are trying to circumvent currency controls or beat high inflation rates. Read more at DailyHodl.
3. Australia’s Securities Regulator ‘Takes Action’ Against ‘Misleading’ ICOs
Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said that it is “taking action” to protect consumers in the ICO space in a press release published today, May 1. The regulator says it will focus on investigating “deceptive” or “unlicensed” conduct from ICOs. According to the press release, on April 19 Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) delegated powers to ASIC to take action under the Australian Consumer Law relating to crypto-assets. This allows ASIC to intercede where it judges that an ICO is “misleading” investors, or else engaging in potentially unlicensed conduct, even where the ICO in question “does not involve a financial product.” Read more at CoinTelegraph
A Beginner’s Guide to Zcash (ZEC)
Zcash is the first cryptocurrency that maintains the total privacy of the sender and the recipient which is achieved by making use of the zero-knowledge cryptography.

Bitcoin, the most famous cryptocurrency, gained popularity owing to the anonymity it brought in its transactions. But this is a misconception. Bitcoin actually exposes user transaction history to the public. Remember the blockchain? Remember how it is a ‘public ledger’? It’s fairly easy to identify and trace connections between bitcoin wallets, since all the transaction information is public.
So the quest for a truly private cryptocurrency continued.
This is where Zcash came in, another cryptocurrency to our rescue! Zcash is the first cryptocurrency that is completely permission-less, and maintains anonymity.
As it has such a fascinating concept, let’s understand how it works and its features in depth.
Zcash History
Originally named Zerocash, the project started back in 2014 by the developers of an existing Zerocoin project, and a group of cryptographers from MIT. The initial aim was to improve Zerocoin. During this process, whilst the team worked on improving security, a completely independent cryptocurrency called ZEC was born. Later, the project was announced by CEO Zooko Wilcox in January 2016.

A few improvements were added to the Zerocash project, and the all new Zcash was launched in October 2016. It became so popular that by April 2017, it was in the list of top 10 cryptocurrencies of the world.
How does Zcash work?
Zcash uses a different model to conduct transactions — known as Zero-Knowledge Proofs. “Zero-knowledge” proofs allow one party (the prover) to prove to another (the verifier) that a statement is true, without giving away any information except for the validity of your statement itself.
For example, given the hash of a random number, the prover could convince the verifier that there indeed exists a number with this hash value, without revealing what it is.
Imagine you know a secret of your friend’s, and you want to prove that you know it to someone else. In this case, you will find a way by which you would be able to convince your friend that you know the secret without revealing all of its details. You could perhaps mention a parameter of the secret you would never have known otherwise.
This is exactly how this method for Zcash works! Zk-Snarks, a variant of the zero-knowledge proof method, is used by Zcash in which the two parties never communicate with each other.

If the sender or recipient wishes to reveal their identity, Zcash also enables truly transparent transactions. Such transactions are allowed for users do not mind lack of privacy and do not want to enjoy the features of private transactions.
In such cases, the user can share a ‘view key’ using which the others are able to view the transaction details. This is different from the ‘spend key’ which is used to spend the available funds. These two different keys enable the user to give selected access to their details.
Zcash Features
Apart from the private transactions, which is Zcash’s USP, the cryptocurrency also has some other important features which are explained below:
#1 — It is a fungible cryptocurrency
For equal interchangeability, the units of an ideal cryptocurrency must be substitutable with any other unit. A crypto-currency that is “fungible” means that every single coin should always remain equal in value to all other coins, this is a very key part of having a proper financial system. In simpler terms — a 10 Dollar, Euro, Pound, or Rupee note should have the same value as any other 10, Dollar, Euro, Pound or Rupee note. This unfortunately hasn’t been the case with bitcoins. Since the blockchain is a public ledger, coins can be blacklisted, and rejected by recipients if they have come from a hack, or used for some illegal purposes.
This isn’t the case with Zcash, since the value of each coin is independent of the previous transaction and any such history. The blockchain technology used in Zcash eliminates any links from the previous transactions and provides a total fungible cryptocurrency.
#2 — Confidentiality
In a traditional financial system, it is assumed that the transactions will remain public — your banking history would be available for government of law enforcement scrutiny at any point. With Zcash, you can use the public blockchain network to do transactions and never worry about reliving your identity. It truly maintains the privacy of all your transactions.
How to use Zcash
Here’s what you’ll need to get started with Zcash:
#1 — A Zcash wallet
In order to Zcash you of course, need to have a compatible wallet. If you do not have one, visit this wallet page. Choose a wallet for your platform, and generate your wallet address.
#2 — Make a transaction with sZcash
Once you own a Zcash wallet, you can do Zcash transactions — send and receive. You’ll be able to perform all your transactions with total anonymity if required, or you can go for transparent transactions as well!
Buy Zcash Using CoinSwitch
With CoinSwitch, it is possible to buy Zcash even if your regular exchange does not support the cryptocurrency. With over 275 cryptocurrencies supported on the platform, it is possible to convert any of your existing cryptos to Zcash within minutes. All of this, at the best rates, since CoinSwitch aggregates rates from all the major exchanges of the world. Get started here!

The Future of Zcash
Though Zcash is completely secure, there’s scope to innovate. For example, generating shielded transactions demands significant computer time and memory, making it a difficult for daily transactions. It also affects the fungibility of Zcash meaning that some coins are more valuable than others at a particular time. Scalability is also one the of the major issues. Further work is being carried out by the development team to eliminate these limitations and make it perfect cryptocurrency. Fans can hope!
TOP CRYPTO NEWS — May 3, 2018

1. Goldman Sachs to Begin Bitcoin Futures Trading
Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs will use its own money to trade bitcoin futures on behalf of its clients, according to the New York Times. The Times reported Wednesday that while the exact launch date of the new trading operation is not yet set, the move came after the bank’s board of directors signed off on the initiative. Goldman is also set to “create its own, more flexible version of a future, known as a non-deliverable forward, which it will offer to clients,” according to the report. Read more at CoinDesk.
2. Reddit to Reintroduce and Expand Crypto Payments to Litecoin and Ethereum
The online social news forum Reddit appear to have plans to relaunch cryptocurrency payments in the future. The news comes less than two months after the platform initially stopped supporting Bitcoin as a funding method. The Reddit platform provided an early hub for those interested in Bitcoin. The site first began accepting Bitcoin for its premium membership back in 2013. Higher tier users would benefit from a lack of adverts, personalized avatars, and access to some private subreddits. The privilege would set them back around $30. Read more at NewsBTC.
3. Telegram cancels its much-hyped initial coin offering
Secure messaging service Telegram is canceling its initial coin offering (ICO), an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal today, and it won’t be opening up its digital coins for public sale. The cancellation is a blow to public investors who hoped to get in on the ground floor of one of the largest cryptocurrency investment opportunities in history, with an estimated $1.7 billion already raised. Read more at The Verge.
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IOTA — the good, the bad, and the ugly

What is IOTA?
The main goal of the IOTA project it to create a technology to enable machine-to-machine (m2m) transactions for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.
IOTA can allow systems to share information among the IoT devices and anyone who wants to buy it, maintaining the integrity of the data by securing it in a tamper-proof decentralized ledger. And providing a fee-free exchange medium by using the “Tangle”, its own take on the blockchain.
Tangle is based on a mathematical concept called a directed acyclic graph instead of the blockchain that is used by the majority of the cryptocurrencies.
Every transaction on the IOTA platform does not require a miner for verification, but when a user issues a transaction, that user also validates two randomly selected previous transactions, each of which refers to two other previous transactions, and so on.
Using tangle, IOTA promises Fee-free transactions which make micro and nano transactions a possibility.
Current Problems with the project:
The IOTA system is built on a ternary counting system(-1,0,1), as opposed to the binary system(0,1) that is the native language of computers.
IOTA team invented its own hashing algorithm, Curl. Unfortunately, inventing an attack-proof hash function is an overly difficult task. Even Bitcoin and Ethereum rely on hash algorithms discovered by others.
Security of the tangle(IOTA network) directly depends on the number of transactions being processed as unlike blockchain-based systems, such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, the difficulty of the proof of work is not adaptive.
Although the above problems exist, the team is working hard to address the issues. They have partnered with scientists to improve the system. The Imperial College of London will partner with the IOTA foundation to bring the IOTA protocol closer to real-world adoption.
We at have recently added IOTA. You can now trade IOTA with more than 300+ currencies available at CoinSwitch.
Disclaimer: This article indicates my personal views on the project and should not be considered as an investment advice.
TOP CRYPTO NEWS — May 7, 2018
1. Bill Gates: I’d Short ‘Crazier, Speculative’ Bitcoin If I Could
Microsoft founder Bill Gates issued critical comments about Bitcoin May 7, telling CNBC it was a “greater fool” investment and he “would short it if he could.” The timing of Gates’ cautionary words is curious. In the year institutional investors can short Bitcoin using futures contracts, investment banking giant Goldman Sachs last week appeared to confirm it would not only join in on that arena, but seek to offer clients more direct exposure to Bitcoin specifically. Read more at CoinTelegraph.
2. Kenya Plans to Legitimize Land Ownership with Blockchain
Kenya is using blockchain and cryptocurrency to settle real estate sales as processing a land ownership title is a major problem due to corruption throughout the bureaucracy. Cases of ‘double ownership’ of land are common in many African and developing nations where property is an important store of wealth and officials can be easily paid to change documents. Kenyan Minister of information has been charged to investigate how Blockchain and Artificial intelligence technology can put an end to the theft of land. Read more at NewsBTC.
3. Thailand’s Top Exchange Plans Blockchain Funding Market
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has launched a crowdfunding marketplace that is built on blockchain technology in a bid to widen the access to capital funds for domestic startups. The new service uses blockchain to enable peer-to-peer trading in an effort to help startups access new capital from investors, including those drawn from the venture capital and institutional investor worlds. Read more at CoinDesk.
How to Find Your Next Cryptocurrency Investment?

If we take a glance at the financial world today, we will see that digital currency and plastic monies have created an upsurge and are giving a tough competition to the traditional fiat currencies. These virtual currencies popularly termed as Cryptocurrency are used by groups or private individuals for the digital means of exchange.
But these digital tokens are yet to be regularised by several national governments and as such these are regarded as an alternative currency that resides outside the realm of the monetary policies. Several new cryptocurrencies are evolving every month, but Bitcoin holds the largest position.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to Cryptocurrency
How Cryptocurrencies started?
Top Cryptocurrencies
Understanding how to invest in Cryptocurrencies
An Introduction to Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency is accompanied with complex code system, i.e., cryptographic protocols utilizing which encrypted sensitive data are transferred.
These protocols are built on advanced mathematics and computer engineering which protects them from duplicity or counterfeiting of currencies. Using these protocols, Cryptocurrency users make transactions, thereby allowing the funds to flow to specific groups or individuals.
Cryptocurrencies are digitally created “coins” using cryptographic techniques that most people use in security / privacy fields.
How Cryptocurrencies started?
In the year 2008, a whitepaper submitted by Satoshi Nakamoto laid down the first outline of Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency today. It is the first publicly used digital currency that uses a combination of user anonymity, decentralized control and record keeping using the blockchain technology.
Before we analyse how to pick the next Crypto winner, lets look at some Top Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin (Payments & Storer of Value)
Invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin was meant to be an alternative for central banks. Since its inception in 2009, Bitcoin has been effective in solving real-world perils. To overrule the inflations associated with the centralised ledgers, Bitcoin was invented to showcase that a decentralised currency can be created as a means of financial exchange. Moreover, Bitcoin is used as a reliable value storer, which can be preserved for ages just like gold.

2. Ethereum (Smart Contracts & dApps)
Vitalik Buterin founded Etheruem in 2014 for creating a one-stop shop for the smart contracts and decentralized applications. After three years of the struggle, the smart contract and DApps are successfully implemented in the real world.

3. Ripple (Bank’s cryptocurrency)
The cryptocurrency Ripple is especially for the banks. It is a payment mechanism which allows the banks to send real-time international payments without the requirement of clearance hub. It complies with the central banking institutions so that it can be implemented on the top of the swift infrastructure.

4. Monero (Anonymous, Private & Fungible Digital Money)
Bitcoin function on the blockchain technology where everything resides on a public forum and is transparent. Thus, Monero came into existence in 2014 with, a concept of making private, anonymous, and fungible digital currency. In 2017, Monero successfully implemented the ring signatures, stealth addresses, and ring CT technologies. But it is still left to implement the IP obfuscation.

5. Factom (Decentralized Notary)
In late 2014, Factom as an immutable universal record keeper came in the cryptocurrency market. Thus, once something is entered in the Factom platform it can’t be altered; thereby it acts like a trustable record keeper for the monetary transactions.

6. Dash (Digital Cash)
Incepted in 2014, Dash envisions studying about the best practices in the fiat world and help in the development of user-friendly products for the people. Although it is used in the backend users will not face any hassle while interacting with Dash because of the well-known traditional banking UI.

Understanding how to invest in Cryptocurrencies
First we need to understand why there are so many cryptocurrencies exist and how do you choose the winners.
As while investing in stock market one has to consider which sector(Financial, Aviation, Tech etc) the stock belongs to, in crypto you need to understand which asset class the cryptocurrency lies in. So that you can have a diversified portfolio with a better chance of good returns.
The cryptos which we explained above are just a few from the ocean of cryptocurrencies. Here are many more being developed to solve different real world problems. Following are the categories which are getting disrupted by the cryptos. We will talk about all these in details in coming posts.
1. Digital Cash (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Reddcoin)
2. Privacy Coins (Monero, Zcash, Bytecoin, Verge)
3. Smart Contracts and dApps (Ethereum, Neo, QTUM)
4. Blockchain As Service (Komodo, IO coin, FCT)
5. Entertainment (Game Credits, Funfair, ENJ, VIB, TIX)
6. Media and Communication ( TRON, Gifto, Vibe, Poet, STEEM)
7. Identity (Civic, SelfKey)
8. Infrastructure As Service (Golem, Siacoin, ELF, RLC)
9. Finance (Augur, ETHLend, Bytom, HMQ, NAGA)
10. New Tech (VOX, Vibe, MANA, Cindicator)
11. Governance (Crown, Wings, District0x)
12. Internet Of Things (IOTA, ITC, Waltonchain)
13. Exchange (Bancor, BNB, Kyber Network Token)
14. E-commerce/ Marketing (Syscoin, Bitbay, Phore, AdEx)
Picking the winners is hard, but if you invest in different crypto asset classes then the chances of your returns improve drastically. To understand more about the various crypto asset classes and the currencies we believe are the winners in that category subscribe to our investment series below.
Why is Zcash price skyrocketing today?
According to CoinMarketCap Zcash price is up 38% in last an hour and it is currently trading at $349.56.

bitfin[dot] info
Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini is going to add Zcash from May 22nd. It will begin accepting deposits of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 am EDT.
Gemini won approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services to list the token. It was approved to trade Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.
Zcash price is booming after the news
Zcash price is up more than 35% in an hour after the announcement of the news. Currently, it is trading at $349.56.

Zcash price graph
What is Zcash?
Zcash is the first cryptocurrency that maintains the total privacy of the sender and the recipient which is achieved by making use of the zero-knowledge cryptography.
A Beginner’s Guide to Zcash (ZEC)

Zcash is the first cryptocurrency that maintains the total privacy of the sender and the recipient which is achieved by…
How to Buy Zcash?
Zcash can be purchased at best rate from CoinSwitch is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange aggregator. It provides exchange service of 300+ coins and over 45,000 pairs from leading exchanges like KuCoin, Bittrex, Cryptopia, ShapeShift, Changelly, Evercoin, Changer, and KuCoin. It provides an easy way for users to trade coins across multiple exchanges based on price and reliability.
CoinSwitch Airdrop Tracker

CoinSwitch AirDrop Tracker
AirDrops are everywhere. Over the last few months, it’s popularity has grown immensely and why not? After all, who doesn’t like free stuff?
Airdrop refers to the free distribution of small amounts of a certain virtual currency token to its community members either for free or for performing small tasks. — Investopedia
We, at CoinSwitch, have built an AirDrop tracker platform. It keeps track of all the ongoing AirDrops and highlights key information like coin description, AirDrop date, and giveaway worth. It also lists the step that needs to be taken to be eligible to receive the AirDrop. We will soon include functionalities where users can track, rate and report the Airdrops and hold a community discussion.

CoinSwitch AirDrop Tracker
This is a free tool built under our community initiatives. We intend to let our community operate it with minimal moderation from our end.
Disclaimer: CoinSwitch Airdrop Tracker is a free service for the cryptocurrency community which cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information presented here.
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How to buy ParetoNetwork Token in 4 simple steps
CoinSwitch is the first cryptocurrency and altcoin exchange aggregator. We have integrated many leading exchanges across the globe to provide best exchange rates to our customers. Currently, we support over 275 cryptocurrencies and more than 45000 pairs to exchange. Here is the list of all coins which we support:
We are now supporting ParetoNetwork(PARETO) on CoinSwitch platform for purchasing!
Here is the step by step guide for beginners on how to buy ParetoNetwork(PARETO):
Select BTC on the left and PARETO on the right, enter the amount of PARETO you want to exchange. This will show the quantity of PARETO at the current exchange rate. Now you have to click ‘View All Offers’ button.(The amount displayed here may differ with the actual amount which you will receive after the conversion.)

Here you will see the list of all exchanges with ParetoNetwork(PARETO) quantity they are offering. Choose the best exchange to convert Bitcoin (BTC) to ParetoNetwork(PARETO) or choose the one recommended by us.
Provide your ParetoNetwork(PARETO) wallet address. You will receive your PARETO in that wallet after the order completes. Please double check the address and read the terms before hitting Next button.
Here it will show the Bitcoin (BTC) address of the exchange. Now you have to send BTC from your wallet to that address.
Once the exchange will receive your BTC then it will initiate the ParetoNetwork(PARETO) conversion. You can always track your transaction on the blockchain with our easy to access links, below is your transactions status.
Here you go! The transaction is completed, and now you can check your ParetoNetwork(PARETO) wallet. Note that although the transaction is finished, in some cases your wallet needs some additional confirmations to display the received funds. All you should do is to just wait until your coins are displayed.
It’s Simple and easy. As always!
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