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Altcoin Exchange Performs First Atomic Swap Between Bitcoin …

On October 7, 2017, the decentralized cryptocurrency trading platform Altcoin Exchange announced the team performed the first atomic swap between the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains. The exchange says this is the startups first step towards creating a trustless exchange process.

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In the cryptocurrency space, atomic swaps are a pretty hot topic, and there are only a few blockchains that have exchanged this way. Atomic swaps allow two parties to transact between two blockchains in a trustless manner without counterparty risk. So far only a few altcoins have performed this function with bitcoin; including currencies like litecoin, decred, and vertcoin. On October 7th the Altcoin Exchange development team processed a swap between both bitcoin and ethereum networks.

We have completed the very first Ethereum Bitcoin atomic swap! More details coming soon, the Altcoin Exchange team announced this week.

The Altcoin Exchange team transferred 0.12345 ETH for 0.12345 BTC using an on-chain open source process. Altcoin Exchange plans to launch the projects Github repository this Tuesday, the companys CEO Andrew Gazdecki told news.Bitcoin.com.

Gazdecki tells us that decentralized exchanges are the future of cryptocurrency trading and atomic swaps will be a big part of the business model. Altcoin Exchange believes the teams demonstration of an atomic swap between ethereum and bitcoin means the centralized trading model is soon to be a memory of the past. Gazdecki explains that atomic swaps will replace traditional exchange transactions with a more secure method and just as speedy.

The team at Altcoin Exchange says they still has some work to do with the code as far as privacy and order matching comes. The group says they are also thankful for the decred development team and Litecoins Charlie Lee for help pioneering the atomic swap effort.

Since June of 2011, 26 exchanges have been compromised, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars worth of coins. To prevent more of these types of hacks, decentralized exchanges are needed, and atomic swaps bring us one step closer to achieving this goal, Gazdecki explains to news.Bitcoin.com.

What makes the technology behind Atomic Swaps so exciting is it allows for nearly instant direct trades between cryptocurrencies. We believe this to be a critical component for creating a truly decentralized exchange that executes transactions at the same speed in which centralized exchanges are able to but without the risk of hacking and theft.

The atomic swaps performed by Altcoin Exchange between the bitcoin and ethereum blockchains can be viewed here with the swap initiation, the participation, and redeem A and redeem B.

What do you think about the first atomic swap between bitcoin and ethereum? Let us know in the comments below.

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GitHub – ander7agar/altcoin-rpc: A modern Bitcoin Core REST …

A modern Altcoin Core REST and RPC client to execute administrative tasks, wallet operations and queries about network and the blockchain.

Install the package via npm:

The network will automatically determine the port to connect to, just like the bitcoind and bitcoin-cli commands.

By default, when ssl is enabled, strict checking is implicitly enabled.

For compatibility with other Altcoin Core clients.

Since version v0.14.0, it is possible to send commands via the JSON-RPC interface using named parameters instead of positional ones. This comes with the advantage of making the order of arguments irrelevant. It also helps improving the readability of certain function calls when leaving out arguments for their default value.

For instance, take the getBalance() call written using positional arguments:

It is functionally equivalent to using the named arguments account and minconf, leaving out include_watchonly (defaults to false):

This feature is available to all JSON-RPC methods that accept arguments.

Due to JavaScript’s limited floating point precision, all big numbers (numbers with more than 15 significant digits) are returned as strings to prevent precision loss. This includes both the RPC and REST APIs.

By default, all methods are exposed on the client independently of the version it is connecting to. This is the most flexible option as defining methods for unavailable RPC calls does not cause any harm and the library is capable of handling a Method not found response error correctly.

However, if you prefer to be on the safe side, you can enable strict version checking. This will validate all method calls before executing the actual RPC request:

If you want to enable strict version checking for the bleeding edge version, you may set a very high version number to exclude recently deprecated calls:

To avoid potential issues with prototype references, all methods are still enumerable on the library client prototype.

Start the bitcoind with the RPC server enabled and optionally configure a username and password:

These configuration values may also be set on the bitcoin.conf file of your platform installation.

By default, port 8332 is used to listen for requests in mainnet mode, or 18332 in testnet or regtest modes. Use the network property to initialize the client on the desired mode and automatically set the respective default port. You can optionally set a custom port of your choice too.

The RPC services binds to the localhost loopback network interface, so use rpcbind to change where to bind to and rpcallowip to whitelist source IP access.

All RPC methods are exposed on the client interface as a camelcase’d version of those available on bitcoind.

For a more complete reference about which methods are available, check the RPC documentation on the Altcoin Core Developer Reference website.

Batched requests are support by passing an array to the command method with a method and optionally, parameters. The return value will be an array with all the responses.

Note that batched requests will only throw an error if the batch request itself cannot be processed. However, each individual response may contain an error akin to an individual request.

Support for the REST interface is still experimental and the API is still subject to change. These endpoints are also unauthenticated so there are certain risks which you should be aware, specifically of leaking sensitive data of the node if not correctly protected.

Error handling is still fragile so avoid passing user input.

Start the bitcoind with the REST server enabled:

These configuration values may also be set on the bitcoin.conf file of your platform installation. Use txindex=1 if you’d like to enable full transaction query support (note: this will take a considerable amount of time on the first run).

Given a block hash, returns a block, in binary, hex-encoded binary or JSON formats.

Given a block hash, returns amount of block headers in upward direction.

Returns various state info regarding block chain processing.

Returns transactions in the transaction memory pool.

Returns various information about the transaction memory pool. Only supports JSON as output format.

Given a transaction hash, returns a transaction in binary, hex-encoded binary, or JSON formats.

Query unspent transaction outputs (UTXO) for a given set of outpoints. See BIP64 for input and output serialisation.

This client supports SSL out of the box. Simply pass the SSL public certificate to the client and optionally disable strict SSL checking which will bypass SSL validation (the connection is still encrypted but the server it is connecting to may not be trusted). This is, of course, discouraged unless for testing purposes when using something like self-signed certificates.

Please note that the following procedure should only be used for testing purposes.

Generate an self-signed certificate together with an unprotected private key:

On Altcoin Core

On Altcoin Core >0.12, use must use stunnel (brew install stunnel or sudo apt-get install stunnel4) or an HTTPS reverse proxy to configure SSL since the built-in support for SSL has been removed. The trade off with stunnel is performance and simplicity versus features, as it lacks more powerful capacities such as Basic Authentication and caching which are standard in reverse proxies.

You can use stunnel by configuring stunnel.conf with the following service requirements:

The key option may be omitted if you concatenating your private and public certificates into a single stunnel.pem file.

On some versions of stunnel it is also possible to start a service using command line arguments. The equivalent would be:

Then pass the public certificate to the client:

By default, all requests made with altcoin-rpc are logged using uphold/debugnyan with altcoin-rpc as the logging namespace.

Please note that all sensitive data is obfuscated before calling the logger.

Example output defining the environment variable DEBUG=altcoin-rpc:

A custom logger can be passed via the logger option and it should implement bunyan’s log levels.

Currently the test suite is tailored for Docker (including docker-compose) due to the multitude of different bitcoind configurations that are required in order to get the test suite passing.

To test using a local installation of node.js but with dependencies (e.g. bitcoind) running inside Docker:

To test using Docker exclusively (similarly to what is done in Travis CI):

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (PhSEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have been conducting conversations which may lead to the legalization of cryptocurrencies. Following similar moves towards legislation and regulation in the US, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Thailand, the Philippines is now seeking to declare cryptocurrencies as securities and put them under the supervision of the PhSEC.

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Mining, News

For many years now, Bitcoin mining has been dominated by the Application-specific Integrated Chip (ASIC), and long gone are the days of mining Bitcoin for profit with a central processing unit (CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU), or even a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). However, thanks to increasingly popular altcoins such as Ethereum (ETH), Zcash (ZEC) and the recently forked

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At the time of publication, the following warning appears on bitcoingold.org welcome page: According to the associated Critical Warning description, Bitcoin Golds (BTG) official GitHub repository served unsigned wallet software for almost five days: Anyone who downloaded the Windows Wallet file between November 21, 2017, 09:39 UTC, and November 25, 2017, 22:30 UTC, should not use the file in any

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to sign a decree which will legalize bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Belarus. Once this new law is passed, citizens of Belarus will be able to circulate and mine cryptocurrencies, as well as engage with ICO (initial coin offering) tokens. As large bitcoin and altcoin mining companies are on the horizon; many investors are planning

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Finance, News

BillDesk, one of Indias largest payment gateways, announced the release of their own cryptocurrency exchange on November 24, named Coinome. Touted as the countrys first open order book exchange, BillDesk aims to combine its expertise in online payments with the digital currency market. At the time of its release, Coinome will only support bitcoin and bitcoin cash trading. BillDesk is

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, Roman Trotsenko, and Igor Rybakov are among the many Russian billionaires who are jumping on the crypto-train, prior to the upcoming introduction of the first state-backed cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble. This should not come as a surprise. To date, Russia has consistently taken a rather hardline on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin in particular: 2015 Russian authorities impose

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Ripple, the blockchain focused company, has announced the addition of Benjamin Lawsky to its Board of Directors and the appointment of Ron Will as the companys Chief Financial Officer (CFO). So far, Ripples popularity has been mainly due to their payment protocol, which is essentially a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system that leverages blockchain technology and is based around an

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Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, News

2017 may go down as the year of the eight times return bitcoin has delivered, but it will also likely be remembered as the year of the hard fork. First, we had Bitcoin Cash, then Bitcoin Gold, and even Bitcoin Clashic but the forks are not quite finished yet. Say hello to Bitcoin Diamond. Bitcoin Fork #4 Bitcoin Diamond

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Category: Altcoins, Mining, News

November 20 witnessed the release of a new miner allows you to mine both aeon and monero (XMR), two altcoins based on the Cryptonote protocol. The XMR-Stak 2.0.0 update makes it easier for users to become accustomed to the two privacy-focused altcoins and kill two birds with one stone. The combined AEON-XMR miner is the fruit of fireice_uk and psychocrypts

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The Russian government is considering Siberia and other Far East regions to lure large-scale cryptocurrency mining companies. With time, the country hopes to base an entire town or city around this economic model. Cryptocurrency mining is the process that involves performing trillions of calculations per second using a relatively powerful computer. In exchange for these calculations, miners receive a reward

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Markets Update: Bitcoin Bull-Run Primes Altcoin Markets for …

With bitcoin currently consolidating above $8000 USD after establishing an all-time high of nearly $8400 USD, some liquidity has shifted towards the altcoin markets. This has resulted in several major altcoins setting record dollar-value highs despite holding relatively modest prices when paired with bitcoin. Today, Ethereum set a new all-time high of approximately $420 USD, with prices surpassing $400 USD. Dash and Monero also set a new all-time high today, with Dash testing $600 USD for the first time before retracing to approximately $570 USD, and XMR currently trading for approximately $170 USD.

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As of this writing, the price of a single bitcoin is approximately $8130 USD, following the establishment of a new all-time high of roughly $8380 USD earlier this week. The total market capitalization of bitcoin is over $136 billion USD, with 24-hour trading volume exceeding $4 billion USD.

Bitcoin experienced a dramatic November, with the markets falling by roughly 28% after setting the preceding high of $7890 USD at the beginning of the month. The dip comprised the largest red weekly candle in bitcoins history. However, after making a low of approximately $5450 USD, bitcoin quickly recovered to break above $8000 USD and produce its largest ever green weekly candle.

With Bitcoins price movements calming in recent days, some liquidity has shifted into the altcoin markets triggering the establishment of new all-time dollar highs in several major markets. Bitcoins market dominance is currently 53.1% down approximately 5% from one week ago.

Ethereum gained approximately 13% to establish a new record dollar high today. The total market cap of Ethereum now exceeds $40 billion USD, with ETH currently trading at approximately $420 USD up more than 30% since the start of the month. Earlier this week, Ethereum published the initial version of its Casperprotocol update, which was first presented at Devcon3 earlier this month.

Dash set a new record high today, currently trading at roughly $570 USD after testing $600 for the first time. Dash has rallied since breaking its preceding all-time high of approximately $400 USD on the 12th of November, after the release of Dash Core version 12.2 four days prior. Dash now has the fifth largest market capitalization with nearly $4.4 billion USD.

Monero also established a new all-time high today, with XMR currently trading at nearly $170. Monero is currently the 7th largest crypto market with a total capitalization of over $2.5 billion.

Bitcoin Cash made gains of over 20% today, with BCH currently trading for $1550. The move comes after several days of consolidation between approximately $900 $1300, which followed a more than 60% retrace from BCHs all-time high of nearly $3000 USD earlier this month. Bitcoin Cash currently boasts the third largest cryptocurrency total capitalization with $26.5 billion USD.

Dogecoin was among the top performing markets today, gaining approximately 40% to trade at over $0.0021 USD. As of this writing, Dogecoins total market capitalization is $235 million USD.

Zcash performed well during November and is currently trading at approximately $320 after increasing by over 50% this month. Grayscale Investments announced the launch of its Zcash Investment Trust towards the start of November which, following Edward Snowdens recent praise of Zcash, has likely contributed to the bullish sentiment. Zcash is 15th largest cryptocurrency market with a total capitalization of almost $880,000. Litecoin also performed well this month, gaining by approximately 25% to trade at around $75 USD. Litecoins $4.1 billion USD market cap makes it the 6th largest cryptocurrency by total capitalization.

Despite several major cryptocurrencies establishing new record highs against the dollar, the majority of altcoins have experienced sustained downtrends since midway through 2017 when paired against bitcoin. Although many altcoin/bitcoin markets have seen significant price increases in recent days, whether or not the altcoin markets can sustain dollar gains independent of a rising bitcoin remains to be seen, with some analysts speculating that the recent Tether hack may have contributed to the recent rise in altcoin prices, arguing that traders may have been purchasing cryptocurrencies to reduce USDT exposure.

Do you think the altcoin markets are heating up for another boom, or will the current momentum quickly fizzle out? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Altcoin Exchange, the Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange …

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Altcoin Exchange, the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, is changing its name to Altcoin.io. This marks the beginning of a new era of altcoin trading that promises the cryptocurrency community complete security of their coins and a safer way to trade.

Altcoin.io wants to empower everyone, regardless of market knowledge, to trade altcoins securely and with confidence. This currently isn’t possible with centralized exchanges. They’re vulnerable to theft, and require you to relinquish control of your coins in order to trade.

Since June 2011, there have been 26 known centralized exchange hacks involving the loss of nearly $1,000,000,000 in user funds. Until now, the market has failed to respond with a robust solution, and Altcoin.io’s goal is to solve this problem.

Altcoin.io aims to be the first decentralized exchange with an unparalleled focus on user experience, security, customer support, and design. By collaborating with the trading community, Altcoin.io will create a safe, trustless platform that enables users to make fast trades without worrying if they’re exposing themselves to risk.

Andrew Gazdecki, CEO and founder of Altcoin.io, says, “Our new name is about setting the standard for how we move forward. With this company rebranding, we make it clear our goal is going beyond what already exists to make something bettera decentralized altcoin exchange where you can trade anonymously, securely, and stay in complete control of your funds.”

By eschewing the centralized model, Altcoin.io lets traders retain full control of their coins so they can exchange with confidence. There’s no single point of failure, no central repository for hackers to exploit, and full transparency in every transaction.

“The centralized exchange model is broken,” says Andrew. “As altcoins continue their meteoric rise in popularity, it’s more important than ever to establish a secure and trustless exchange but with the trading community involved. Altcoin.io is being built by traders, for traders.”

Last week, Altcoin.io completed the world’s =”https://medium.com/@altcoinexchnge/the-first-ethereum-bitcoin-atomic-swap-79befb8373a8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>first Atomic Swap between the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains. Building on Decred’s successful swap of Decred for Litecoin, Altcoin.io transferred 0.1245 Ethereum to 0.12345 Bitcoinswithout first passing ownership to a third party. Atomic Swaps are the key to creating secure decentralized trades that transact as quickly as centralized ones, and this milestone puts Altcoin.io on track for a community release in early 2018.

News of the swap has buoyed Altcoin.io’s growing community and was enthusiastically covered by Bitcoin.com, CoinDesk, The Merkle, Cryptovestand others. While there are still some kinks to iron outsuch as privacy, options, and order matchingAltcoin.io is confident this is just the beginning of better things in the cryptocurrency community: Altcoin.io hopes to shake up this dynamic market by giving traders what they’ve always wanteda safe way to exchange and trade digital assets.

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Altcoin Watchlist | Meet & Learn Cryptocurrencies

Beside Bitcoin, there are more than 3000 cryptocurrencies existing currently. To give you an easy overview, we got our Altcoin Watchlist (Alternative Cryptocurrencies so all but Bitcoin). We monitor and support the currencies listed. So in our view these currencies have to biggest longterm potencial of them all but as there are so many of them, theres no garantuee this list is complete. Please note that we are NOT an investment information source if you are loocking for a safe or insanly fast investment opportunity, theirs lots of other sources. We focus on the economic and social value of a currency, not its ROI for investors.

The criterias for currencies beeing on our Watchlist are (subject to change) :* Sourcecode for Node must be Opensource* No unreasonable Premine or concentration of Coins from the beginning / for founders (richlist)* CPU/GPU friendly algos that are ASIC-resistant as good as possible and force decentralization.* Innovative Technology that differs it from bitcoin* Does not have to be a currency, but has to have a defined purpose (e.G ETH or DCR)

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CryptoCurrency Investing: Research and Due-Diligence …

How to perform your own due-diligencebefore investing in CryptoCurrencies?

One key lesson from Jim Rogers on investing is to do your own thinking. This article will help you understand cryptocurrencies. If you are an altcoin investor (An Altcoin is a cryptocurrency which is not Bitcoin), fundamental analysis will help you choose the ones with long-term potential.

All investments have pros and cons. A Cryptocurrency investor needs to look for the cons first, as some are definite deal breakers. If they exist, it is not worth investing more time in researching the crypto-currency.

Finding the right information about Crypto-Currencies is challenging because:

What are the core reasons to invest in an Altcoin?

The fundamental reason for a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or an Altcoin to exist is to serve its users, the only reason why users will engage with an altcoin is, if it is solving a problem they have. Some Altcoins promise to solve problems we did not know we had, for example, LBRY is creating a pay-to-view content system, while others such as Crown Coin, Dash and deCRED are variants of Bitcoin. They are solving the same key problemin different ways. An investor needs to predict who will be the best at it.

Others like EDC and iEx.ec are bringing blockchain or decentralisation to problems which have been addressed by centralised solutions. For an Altcoin to have the wind blowing in its sails, it needs to get the very basic core mission both right the functionally, the context and the timing right.

Branding, Marketing and Visibility:

If they do not know about you, you do not exist.

Marketing is everything. Without knowing about a solution, how can that solution be applied to a users problems? Marketing is about informing the market of the solution.

Branding is about the trust between the Cryptocurrency and its potential investors first; actual users usually will come in later. A hyperinflation ultimately occurs because the users of a currency lose trust in it, but the inverse is also true. Hyper re-valuations (Manias?) occur when many new investors want to buy in the belief that the actual users will come in later.

Re-branding is not an uncommon thing in the crypto space, as an altcoin goes through periods of maturation so does its brand image. Frequent re-brandings are a sign of frequent changes of strategy (or trying to hide something). Frequentand recent re-brands throughout an Altcoins life are not a good indication of future strategic decisions.

Media Coverage

Positive mentions in crypto-media outlets such as Cointelegraph.com, CryptoCoinsNews.com and Altcoin Reviews all add credibility to Altcoin when discussed in positive terms.

More street cred is accumulated when the media mentions are outside of the crypto universe. Editorials and articles in Forbes, Bloomberg, Nasdaq add more authority and credibility to an Altcoin. Coverage in general newspapers and news media are indicators of mainstream interest.

Altcoin Social ProofHow many other investors/users believe in the project?

This is one of the most important metrics to evaluate a cryptocurrency as it is the results of all the other metrics combined.

Coin market cap or the total value of a crypto-coin is also a form of social proof. The total value of a coin is the result of investors voting with their wallets for the coin or against.

Cult Factor

Cryptocurrency developers and spoke persons, give a face to the project, they consolidate information and can be the champions and evangelists. Spreading the idea and solution to the masses. Any U-turn by these coin champions can have serious adverse effects on the coins value. These spokespeople become key influencers because naive investors delegate their thinking to them.

When high profile coin spokespersons jump from one bandwagon to other many investors could follow and the results could be cataclysmic.

Altcoin development team and technology

The core value of any project is the functionality of the coin. (and how many people know about it and trust it)

Bitcoin has proven itself over and over again, although many have sung to its obituary. Most Altcoins have either modified the Bitcoins block chain code or created an entirely new blockchain tech.

New technologies bring new risks. For example, the now famous DAO hack was the product of a bug in a new smart contract technology. Such breakages in the technology can have different impacts. The DAO was destroyed, but in other instances, it serves as a resilience exercise.

In general when something in the cryptocurrency ecosystem breaks down it does not help the cryptocurrency investor as mainstream adoption is postponed with each of these negative events.

Price, Market and Exchanges

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Altcoin pumping and dumping:

Altcoins usually have a core following which are true believers in the project. These believers are a mix of the founders, developers and those with a vested interested in seeing this coin flourish either ideologically, or for monetary reasons. These groups will promote the pros and try to find solutions to the cons.

There will be other groups who market more the disadvantages of a specific coin over the advantages. This group will be made up of believers in the competing coins and those who missed out on the ICO or buying the coin at lower prices.

Some pumps are focused around a certain new feature being released others can be more structural such as regulation changes, a breakdown or an increase in the competition.

Trying to follow the pumps and dumps is the job of the market makers and the day traders. Other investors choose, not to roll with that roller coaster and focus on the long term fundamentals of the cryptos.

Malicious market makers, pump and dump coins while they skim money from both the greedy investor and the fearful investor. The pumps take placethrough a hype, promises and fear of losing out.

Some pumps are phenomenal for example between Jan and Feb 2017 Dash doubled in price. Such a rise in price needs to be sustained to be of any value to the buy and hold crypto investor. If the prices go up and then comes crashing down, investor confidence erodes each time this takes place.

Can the price of a crypto-currency be manipulated easily by external agents intent on causing harm? This question is more important in the future than today, when investors will be able to invest in cryptocurrency ETFs. When these are approved by the SEC, these ETFs can be used to do naked short selling. This system allows speculators to bet on the downside of a coin, this is done without owning any of the actual coins hence the term naked.

Altcoin Economics

The economics of an altcoin, determine the supply side of the coin. Coin founders amount to the FED of that specific coin, their behaviour needs to be scrutinised as much as that of any central banker!

Altcoin History

Within the history of an altcoin, investors can potentially find the virtues, tantrums and the seeds of greatness or otherwise. To go into an Altcoins history,investors need to define what is an Altcoin first.

To me, an Altcoin encompasses the mindset of the founders, the whitepaper, the connection and interaction between the market and the Altcoin developers.

Some Altcoins are scam coins by design, others have good intentions but are implemented badly or too weakly, or the competition is too overwhelming. The past is no guarantee of the future, but the futures foundations are laid down in the past.

Crypto-Currency Regulation challenges

Regulators have the power to destroy the viability of a cryptocurrency overnight, at least within their own borders. Indeed cryptocurrencies are somewhat resilient to such an attack because of their decentralised design. However, the owners of such cryptocurrencies are not. Probably 99% of cryptocurrency holders are good, law abiding citizens.

If a cryptocurrency is declared, investors holding it will probably dump it. The risk to themselves and families will be too high and impossible to mitigate. There are some variables which increase the power of the regulators and the likelihood of being targeted, for example:

Does an altcoin:

Regulation can also ake an altcoin stronger:

Regulators of particular jurisdictions which maintain the status quo or openly accept BlockChain technology push cryptocurrencies more in the mainstream.

Private forms of public blockchain oversight such as companies which monitor blockchains for illicit activities help regulators and discourage illegal use of cryptos. Others firms rank ICOs (Wings.ai, IcoRating ) and this helps private investors make informed decisions.

Another school of thought considers that all forms of impediments thrown at a cryptocurrency only serve to make it stronger. Cryptocurrencies will evolve and change shape to either outsmart, evade or adopt to regulators. Regulations will act like natural forces which will take the weak out and make the stronger more resilient to outside influences.

Regulators have issues with anonymity, and not privacy, blockchains by default provide privacy, and some cryptos build layers of anonymity on top, this is where regulators are most likely to clash with altcoins. If Altcoins are the new Panama, Governments will do everything in their power to stop their use as illegal tax avoidance vehicles.

Scam Warnings from regulators and rating agencies.

Some governments have issued notices concerning particular cryptocurrencies; this is a sign for investors that such coins need closer scrutiny especially when such announcements target a specific Altcoin rather than the who crypto space.

Investors should take a much deeper look at this altcoin, both because of the regulatory threat itself and the possibility that the altcoin is an outright scam or has MLM (multi-level marketing) or scam like tactics/mechanics.

Centralised / Decentralised Network and Governance

Centralised / Decentralised are attributes not adjectives. Some attribute centralised, to bad and decentralised to good. Given the spirit of liberty and autonomy in the crypto space, this is a common misconception.

These two attributes have both their pros and cons.

Centralization brings the perils of cult figures and centralised points of attack, but they also bring the benefits of better coordination, deployment of resources and central points of contact for support and media.

Centralisation of development could be a threat to currency. For Example, Monero an anonymous crypto-currency has a public spokesperson. In a recent podcast, he statedthat he was worried at times being too much in the limelight. If someone wants to lash out at a certain crypto, the people who are the face of that crypto make prime targets.

deCRED has a decentralised development structure, and this gives it strength regarding towards expanding its functionality, but it is more challenging to integrate code coming from different developers.

Most of Crown Coins developers are anonymous; this gives potential entities who would like to disturb the coin network much less of a clear target. However, it also brings a question mark about the reputation and expertise of the devs. Having said that, they are very accessible through their slack channel.

Centralised / Decentralised Infrastructure.

A lot of Bitcoin mining power is located in China. Miners swarm around cheap sources of electricity. These mining clusters can create weak links in the blockchain as it opens the hashing power up to attack. Especially within jurisdictions vulnerable to state interference and failures of infrastructure points.

Other points of failure include service nodes, master nodes, super nodes, exchanges and other critical infrastructure points which maintain the coins value and the ability of users to exchange the coin or use it.

The Future of Bitcoin or the Altcoin

Conclusion:

Investing in cryptocurrency can be done by following the momentum and technical analysis of charts. Does this work? Different people have different levels of success with such strategies, the fundamentals approach to investing has worked for Warren Buffet andthere is no reason why it should not work in for cryptocurrency investors. In addition to fundamental analysis dollar cost averaging is alsoan important investing strategy. Buy low and Sell High!

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ATC Coin Review: ATCC altcoin with massively inflated …

ATC Coin provide no information about who owns or runs the business on the company website.

The ATC Coin website domain (atccoin.com) was privately registered on March 1st, 2017.

A page on the ATC Coin website titled legends involvement claims Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Eric Schmidt, Richard Branson and Peter Thiel are involved in the company.

No proof of any involvement by any of the individuals listed is provided.

An UK incorporation document for ATC Coin LTD is provided on the ATC Coin website.

ATC Coin LTD was incorporated in the UK on May 11th, 2017.

Subhash Jewria(right) is listed as the sole Director of the company, through a virtual mailing address owned by Garden Studios.

On his Facebook profile, Jewriacites his location as Mumbai, India. This is likely where ATC Coin is actually being operated from.

Prior to launching ATC Coin in March Jewria was promoting My Money Seva. He was also promoting payment solutions to MLM companies:

My Money Seva appears to be a local e-commerce discount platform. As far as I can tell, ATC Coin is Jewrias first MLM launch as an executive.

Read on for a full review of the ATC Coin MLM opportunity.

ATC Coin has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market ATC Coin affiliate membership itself.

ATC Coin affiliates invest in ATC Coin on the expectation theyll be able to later sell the coins at an increased value.

ATC Coin affiliates invest 100,000 INR ($1544 USD) and receive 50,000 ATCC upfront, plus 4500 ATCC a month for 18 months.

Residual commissions on funds invested by recruited affiliates are paid out via a unilevel compensation structure.

A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):

If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliates unilevel team.

If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.

ATC Coin pay a percentage of funds invested by affiliates in a unilevel team, based on what level of the unilevel team the affiliate is on:

ATC Coin affiliates can increase the percentage paid out on levels 7, 9 and 11 if they meet the following qualification criteria:

A residual commission is also paid on cashback payments, again based on what level of the unilevel team the cashback was generated on:

Note that the ATC Coin website does not provide any information on how affiliates generate cashback.

ATC Coin reward affiliates who recruit downlines as follows:

ATC Coin affiliate membership is tied to an investment of 100,000 INR ($1544 USD).

ATC Coin was launched in late April and is currently publicly tradeable on the Nova Exchange.

ATC Coin is also listed on Coin Market Cap, with a current value of 9.2 cents.

As at the time of publication, the actual value of ATCC is lagging behind projections used to market the opportunity:

According to Nova Exchange, on July 1st the value of ATCC was 0.00035 BTC (5.92 INR).

Coin Market Cap began tracking ATCC in late June. Today ATCC has a value of 8.7 cents USD (5.64 INR).

As far as I can tell ATCC has no real world application as of yet, leaving a question mark over whether the coin will achieve projections going forward.

ATCC presents itself as yet another MLM pump and dump coin. Affiliate presentations claim the coin can be used for e-commerce, but as of yet there is no evidence of this being possible.

In line with other MLM pump and dump altcoins, all ATC Coin affiliates can do is invest in the coins, trade them (among themselves as theres no public interest) or hold onto the coins and hope the price rises.

Interest in ATC Coin at the moment appears to be exclusive to India. The UK incorporation is a shell listing, with ATC Coin not appearing to be registered in India to offer securities.

The company also has no retailable products or services, meaning its operating as a pyramid scheme.

At the moment ATC Coin is being marketed as Indias answer to bitcoin. This might generate some initial investment hype, but without a real world application ATC Coins value is going to eventually plummet.

Its also worth pointing out that ATC Coin is undercutting the public market, offloading premined ATCC for 0.76 INR.

This suggests ATCCs current public price of 8.7 INR is massively inflated (to the tune of 1144%).

Subhash Jewria can either raise the price hes selling premined ATCC for through ATC Coin, which in turn will cool affiliate recruitment, likely collapsing the MLM opportunity.

Or he keeps massively undercutting the current public value of ATCC, which will stifle public trading of the coin.

Jewria is unlikely to kill off his golden goose (selling ATCC at a huge discount to gullible investors).

As such when ATCCs public value eventually aligns with what Jewria is selling his premined ATCC for, investors get screwed.

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Bitcoin Cash Statistics Confirm BCH is Just Another Altcoin – Live Bitcoin News

With almost 6,000 blocks mined on the Bitcoin Cash network, now is a good time to check some statistics. It is still less profitable to mine than Bitcoin, which is not surprising. Bitcoin Cash has around 8% of the value of Bitcoin itself right now. The blockchain operates at 13% of the original chains difficulty as well. Moreover, the BCH is no longer the longest blockchain either. All of these developments are pretty interesting and somewhat surprising.

One could argue Bitcoin Cash has not achieved all that much. That would be a rather shortsighted statement, though. After all, no one expected this project to stick around for as long as it has. It still has a fair bit of support from mining pools and miners alike, which is good to see. Moreover, the BCH value has somewhat stabilized around $550 as well. Unfortunately, it is inferior to Bitcoin in all other aspects one can think of right now.

First of all, the Bitcoin Cash mining difficulty is still extremely low. The mining difficulty adjustment has always been subject to some wild speculation. Some people feel miners can effectively trick the EDA into allowing them to mine more coins accordingly. Whether or not this is effectively the case, will always remain a bit of mystery. It is certainly true the mining difficulty adjustment algorithm shakes things up a bit.

Despite this lower difficulty, Bitcoin Cash is still pretty unprofitable to mine. It has been more profitable than BTC mining on two occasions so far. For the majority of the time, however, it wont net you any major income. Unless you believe BCH will double or triple in value, that is. Should that be the case, the people mining BCH right now will have a big payday to look forward to. It is unclear what the future holds for this altcoin in this regard.

Additionally, it appears the BCH blockchain is no longer the longest chain. Although it is only a minor title to obtain, it would give Bitcoin Cash some advantage over Bitcoin. With this factor out of reach as well, there is no reason to consider BCH is superior in any regard. It has all of the traits of an altcoin and not much is changing in this regard. That doesnt mean its not worth paying attention to. However, it will not rival Bitcoin in any significant manner any time soon.

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