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Cryptodiplomat: Sweden is the Next Country Where Enthusiasts Will be Doing Their Crypto Business

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The standard IPO could be done faster and cheaper with all the benefits of ICO: George #Cryptodiplomat Paliani
Cryptodiplomat: Sweden is the Next Country Where Enthusiasts Will be Doing Their Crypto Business

 

 

George #Cryptodiplomat Paliani is a private Blockchain consultant, advisor for several startups and speaker in many international conferences.

A former diplomat, he’s advising Zeus.exchange and Swiss Smart Valley and has his own crypto channel called Crypto Diplomat. We speak with Mr. Paliani about the future of ICOs, why they happen to fail or succeed.

CG: The ICO is becoming more like VC financing and of course VC financing also learn from ICOs, so these two currents are merging in a way. Also, one can notice that ICOs are becoming more and more expensive, so what do you think of the future of ICO at all? Would the whole approach be replaced by something else, some other type of tokenization?

GP: To my mind, there is going to be some kind of a collision, cooperation. Right now big companies are watching small startups closing their ICOs and raising funds in a more efficient and easy, fast way. Getting $10 mln in 10 seconds is not a joke right now– it is the new reality.

I am not going to argue with the fact that maybe there are only VCs mainly investing in ICOs and this new ICO wave is turning into a classical market one. ICO and IPO could be done in a hybrid way like a digitalized IPO or something similar. From my point of view, this is the nearest future, we will see that happening in just two to three years.

The standard IPO could be done in a faster, cheaper, and, what is important, legal way with the use of all the benefits that ICO has.

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CG: But that would render ICOs useless if the IPOs take over in such a way.

GP: I wouldn’t say that the ICO will become useless. This could show us the third path, just as Sweden had its own original way between communism, socialism and capitalism.

The same goes here: it could be a whole new option. We have ICO from the one side, IPO from the other, and there is a third way- collaboration between these two worlds, the crypto and the classical financial one. Still, I wouldn’t say the ICO will become useless.

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CG: But one of the issues with ICOs, of course, is lack of accountability before investors. So what are the ways of solving these problems? Some talk of smart money or community regulation when the community has the world, or what is your take?

GP: I think the main question you are posing here is the lack of trust, lack of escrow and some fundamentals that are in the process of building. We see this right now at the conference, in different countries and legislations, companies, etc. It is just a matter of time, first of all. The second thing is that there are already some platforms addressing these problems.

Let’s take the Smart Valley team as an example. What they do is selecting the most perspective startups and filtering off scam by getting the opinion of experienced investors and qualified business experts, checking with their analysts, gathering the information from all the accessible sources, and, finally, using so-called ‘wisdom of the crowd’. Everything is being done transparently on the platform built on Blockchain. Thus the lack of trust fades away.

It is just one of the solutions, though. Other guys are doing something like a community based on trust and a public Blockchain where people vote for ICOs. Well, it is a more complicated product, but could be an extra option too.

These institutions are forming right now, and everything is being structured. The crypto market itself is currently at the stage of formation.

Some governments are facilitating this process, others are just overcomplicating it because they cannot figure out what is Bitcoin, ICO, or whatever else that is dedicated to the cryptocurrencies. This all is just a matter of time, believe me.

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CG: Another reason why ICOs fail is the internal fighting. Take the case of Tezos where the foundation and the owners of the code are at odds. What can be done with it?  

GP: Nobody can be 100 percent sure that money gathered from an ICO will be distributed or managed properly.

Here is a nice Swiss example- they have a financial regulatory body which is now creating a protocol for crypto sphere and ICOs that says that after submitting and signing a certain plan it should be realized- this reminds me the core idea of smart contracts, by the way. Abu Dhabi is moving in the same direction in the regulatory aspect.

I can give you several examples of big businesses that also had such problems with the owners, investors or founders. We can recall the case of Facebook, when Mr. Zuckerberg thought he would be the only owner of the idea and later he got all those lawsuits from Winklevoss brothers. He had many more problems, but, well, that guy survived.

The main idea I wanted to share is that you cannot be 100 percent confident that any business, be it an ICO or the one functioning on the classical market will be 100 percent secure and that your investments will be safe. You know, it is business, after all. But, some people say that if you are buying Bitcoin, it is already an investment. Basically, if you are keeping some of your money in euros, this is also a type of risk hedging, it just depends on the approach you choose.  

You will probably agree that a multiple signature wallet gives you a really nice opportunity to gain more security as an investor. This way cryptocurrency funds cannot be spent with only one man’s decision. But, of course, there are pros and cons here as well.

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CG: But if they are locked, no one can use them.

GP: I understand this, but still, for instance, let’s talk about the corporate structure, but with Blockchain, so that any decision made by the CEO or any member of the board of directors is kept transparent and cannot be approved by CEO’s signature alone. Basically, this gives us a more secure way of building a new era- era of trust, possibilities and businesses where everything is 100 percent transparent and secure. Don’t you think it sounds really good? We are all living in that exact transition period right now.

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CG: I think these problems arise because of the whole crypto industry is still under-regulated. That’s why it lacks trust and it lacks the ways of enforcement. Besides of how can we make people share the tokens properly even if in the eyes of law enforcement they don’t exist, or they exist as some strange thing, they still have a problem to deal with. But if governments will be persuaded to introduce some really strict regulations that would kill the whole idea. Or you don’t think that this perspective is possible?

GP: Frankly speaking, I am moved by the idea of anarchy inspired by a concept of free will. Although, as a guy who has studied at Humboldt University in Berlin and lived in Germany for a long time, I like everything being structured, planned and regulated. So, to my mind, there has to be decent regulation, because we cannot live in a society where business grows without any rules or laws.

My favorite concepts include balance and opportunities. As does, for example, the idea of American capitalism where a state gives you the rules and if you abide by them, everything is fine. It may not be the best example in the cryptocurrency sphere, but Switzerland, Japan or Singapore, maybe Gibraltar, Malta and Lichtenstein are good examples of countries for doing crypto business.

I think there is a high potential in Sweden. Sweden is moving towards crypto sphere at a fast pace- they are studying the experience of other governments. There is a nice guy from Swedish Parliament named Mathias Sundin who is moving the crypto idea and Blockchain business forward in a progressive manner. Sweden is the next country that young enthusiasts will be doing their crypto business. Mark my words.

CG: Well, we all hope that normal governments will find a way to thread between these two paths very unpleasant for us.

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Bearish Ripple Chart Analysis Pointing Towards Short Term Price Losses: Is It Time to Sell XRP?

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After a week or so of good price growth, Ripple looks as if it could be in for a short bear run, so maybe it's time to take profit
Bearish Ripple Chart Analysis Pointing Towards Short Term Price Losses: Is It Time to Sell XRP?

A look over the charts for XRP shows some good growth since last week. However, there has been a bit of a flattening out, and even an inability to hold key support levels. This is key in trying to predict the next steps of XRP’s price, and technical analysis suggests that a small bear run could be imminent.

Ripple’s price failed to stay above the $0.3250 and $0.3200 support levels and declined against the US dollar. The price also failed to hold gains and declined recently against Bitcoin. XRP/USD could slide towards the $0.3050 support before starting a fresh upward move.

Because of these predictions, it might be time for some smart trading, selling some tokens for profit taking before looking for the bottom again and buying back in.

A look at the charts

Over the last five days, XRP peaked at $0.354 on Wednesday before correcting down and rebounding to $0.352; however, it has since fallen back to $0.342. There was some fight back from the XRP token to try and pick up those gains again over the last few days, but overall it has fallen twice, unable to maintain those support numbers.

Bearish Ripple Chart Analysis Pointing Towards Short Term Price Losses: Is It Time to Sell XRP?

After a period of trading relatively flat, and with indications showing it is struggling to hold its gains, the prediction would be that the price of the coin will face bearish tendencies in the short term.

More small drops can be expected, with undulating rises that fail to stick. It is not gloom and doom for the cryptocurrency, rather a period of correction after a good rise that set off the market growth earlier in the week.

For investors or traders, this is actually good news given that if the prediction is correct, there will be a chance for profit taking as people sell off tokens after the bull run, only to ride out the bearish run in order to buy back.

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Litecoin Price Forecast 2019: Set Sail to Break the $50 Iceberg and Swim as Far as $230

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Litecoin price forecast 2019: The coin has the chance to reach the value of $230. What are the factors contributing to LTC growth?
Litecoin Price Forecast 2019: Set Sail to Break the $50 Iceberg and Swim as Far as $230

Following Bitcoin’s path, Litecoin seems to be on the rise: it’s becoming quite popular among investors and is slowly gaining in price. There’s a very high probability that it will trade higher than $30 all year long, but what about its highest points?

Litecoin Price Forecast 2019: Set Sail to Break the $50 Iceberg and Swim as Far as $230

Focus on numbers: Litecoin’s future in 2019

Although the bearish period seems to be over, the crypto market is still highly volatile. That’s why making any short-term predictions is quite hard. However, it doesn’t discourage analytical websites and people from making their own forecasts.

Thus, according to publications on various crypto websites, Litecoin has enough potential to reach the $1,000 edge. Some articles mention the number $2,000 – it seems to be far from reality. What are these suggestions based on? It’s not clear.

However, these forecasts are on par with predictions from some experts. For example, George Tung, a cryptocurrency analyst, claims that Litecoin will reach $1,500 towards the end of 2019. Brian Kelly, the head of BK Capital Management (LLC), is sure we might witness an LTC price of $500 or even $600 by the end of this year. Though conservative, this approach seems to be close to reality.

In November 2017, Litecoin was traded at $100 and investors managed to enjoy 25x ROI. If the market is hit by the bullish wave again, the scenario can repeat: LTC might jump from its current $48 to $1,200. But what if that won’t happen?

Our guess is that Litecoin can reach the range of $150-$230 by the end of 2019. How can it crawl to such numbers? First, in August 2019, the block reward for miners will be cut by 50%, which might provoke the growth of demand for LTC.

What will kick-start Litecoin growth?

Here’s the whole gamut of factors that can make Litecoin soar separately or altogether:

  • The rate of accepting Litecoin on exchanges and online websites will gradually increase. One of the adoption examples is the Surf Air store that started accepting LTC payments.

  • Of course, Litecoin’s growth is partially defined by Bitcoin’s performance. At the moment, BTC is on the rise. However, Litecoin seems to recover from the bearish period much faster and better.

  • At the same time, while Bitcoin’s gaining in traffic, users start complaining about growing transaction fees and slow performance. That’s when their attention switches to Litecoin, with its lower commissions and better speed.

  • A big influx of traffic on Coinbase is expected – it backs three major crypto assets, including LTC.

Thus, Litecoin is getting more and more media attention, which only contributes to its growth. Some Internet users are sure that it has to reach the $50 mark to get back on track and start gaining in value. This event is definitely around the corner!

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

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EOS Price Expected to Keep Rising After Doubling in Value Since December Lows

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EOS is one coin that has shrugged off its lows to double in value since December, with more growth expected
EOS Price Expected to Keep Rising After Doubling in Value Since December Lows

In the current climate, there is optimism returning to the market with Bitcoin pushing the $4,000 mark. However, a lot of this positivity has come from an altcoin rush of late. Coins such as Tron, Ethereum, Ripple and Stellar have played their part in boosting the market, but one particular coin has been striving since its lows in December last year.

EOS, a cryptocurrency that is currently ranked fourth by market cap, has quietly been going about its business, growing not only in price but also value as a blockchain company. It is showing some medium to long term bullish tendencies, outperforming many others.

The coin reached a low of $1.54 on December 7th, 2018, but at the moment, it is heading beyond the $4 mark, having doubled in value since that late last year low. It currently sits at $3.38.

Many are expecting the coin to keep growing, with its highest point touching $4.05. This move represents a 161% gain in only 74 trading days. If the bullish tendencies can continue across the markets, there is no doubt that EOS will cash in.

EOS Charts

More to come

EOS is seen as a rival to Ethereum, and because its intention is to improve upon the original smart contract blockchain, it will feel it has an edge in terms of adoption in the coming months.

It is a double-edged sword, as added adoption of the blockchain platform will help increase its reputation, which in turn will boost its price. Then, because EOS’ price is already starting to grow substantially, it will bring the platform to the fore for future blockchain applications.

If EOS can continue to offer a good blockchain service and the market keeps positive, there is every reason to believe that the coin’s price will continue to grow — and also outperform many of its rivals and other altcoins.

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Ripple XRP Price Prediction: Major Financial Services Group Sees XRP Exceeding Bitcoin’s Market Cap

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The president of SBI Holdings in Japan believes that Ripple will dominate global expansion and soon have a bigger market cap than Bitcoin
Ripple XRP Price Prediction: Major Financial Services Group Sees XRP Exceeding Bitcoin’s Market Cap

The SBI Group, a Japan-based financial services giant as well as a keen partner with Ripple for their bank settlement cryptocurrency, are bullish on the XRP token overtaking the current head of the market cap standings, Bitcoin.

The President and Representative Director of SBI Holdings, Yoshitaka Kitao, has come out and said XRP is dominating international expansion and will become global in the future. This global domination, based on XRP’s propensity to partner with major financial institutions across the globe, means Kitao sees it overtaking Bitcoin.

Bitcoin has stood at the head of the market cap standings in relation to cryptocurrency ever since it was invented some 10 years ago. Other coins have come close to knocking it off, but the decentralised coin has stood firm. But, if Kitao is right, XRP could overtake the market cap with a huge growth in price from global adoption.

International adoption

Ripple’s XRP token is as a cryptocurrency global and borderless, just as Bitcoin, because of its decentralised nature. However, Ripple has been looking to run XRP like a business with its xRapid product.

Thus, its growth is based on its adoption by financial institutions around the globe, and as this adoption grows, the worth and interest in XRP will increase, and thus its market cap will begin to rise.

“Because XRP is already beginning to become international, xRapid will be used for fund transfers in 2019. By increasing the so-called XRP’s plastic use, we anticipate that the [Ripple] market capitalization will easily exceed the market capitalization of Bitcoin,” Kiato said.

Ripple has already shown its power in growth as opposed to other major cryptocurrencies, often stealing second spot from Ethereum in the recent past. Ethereum was once a coin that was almost overtaking Bitcoin, but it is now under threat by a much more compliant and potential-full XRP token.

Better use cases

Because Ripple is trying to build XRP’s use cases for financial institutions, it has an advantage over other tokens in that it will be useful rather than just a cryptocurrency experiment. It is highly believed that once crypto finds its killer application, the price of it will skyrocket as people flock in demand.

If XRP does become more globally adopted, there will be an influx of interest in the coin and thus its price will shoot up, allowing it to overtake Bitcoin’s market cap in no time.

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EOS Price Jumps 25% as Market Flattens Out: Is There More to Come?

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The cryptocurrency market’s best performer in the last 24 hours has been EOS as the rest of the growth plateaus – what’s next?
EOS Price Jumps 25% as Market Flattens Out: Is There More to Come?

Ever since last week Friday, where there were small indications that a rally could happen, the cryptocurrency market has shown some good growth, with Bitcoin, the head of the market, topping off at just under $4,000.

What has been typical of this small rally has been the effect of some of the major altcoins in pushing the cryptocurrency market. It began with the likes of Binance Coin, Stellar and Tron, and then saw Ethereum take over, but now EOS has shown a huge 25% growth spike in the last 24 hours.

It would seem that this rally has flattened out for the moment, with a lot of the coins levelling out. It is now important to see what comes next as another rally following this levelling could be massive for the medium to long term growth of the entire market.

EOS Drive

The now-fourth biggest cryptocurrency based on market cap has advanced nearly 25 percent in the last day to reach $3.47 and is currently neck-and-neck with Litecoin, whose own value has also ballooned 11 percent since year-end 2018.

Today’s gains reflect support from the EOS community and could have something to do with Block.one, the creator of EOS, recently providing greater clarity on the roadmap.

Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer addressed some of the community concerns on social media, reminding them in a message entitled “Great Things Take Time” that there is more ahead than meets the eye.

Of course what is important to note in regards to this kind of reaction is that these altcoin projects are putting out positive news, and that is having an effect not only on the coin, but the market in general.

There is positive news being met with results which are driving the market, and this has not been seen for a long period. The bullish market tendencies being seen could be indicative of a change in the sentiment.

What next?

It is still early to call, and quite tentative, but it certainly feels like a bull run could be developing. It may be based off the altcoin news and sentiment, but Bitcoin will play a important role. The major cryptocurrency came $30 short of cracking the $4,000 mark.

If Bitcoin is able to breach that resistance, even if it is through the drive of another altcoin, it could open up a whole new level of potential gains across the market and could possibly start a new bull run.

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