LTC Price Predicted to Keep Rising After Sparking Crypto Spring — Five Positives from Litecoin
LTC Price Predicted to Keep Rising After Sparking Crypto Spring — Five Positives from Litecoin

The Weird Connection Between Bitcoin and Tobacco

  • Thomas Hughes

    France is taking serious steps towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption as recently authorized the Federation of Tobacco Shops to sell Bitcoin at the beginning of 2019

The Weird Connection Between Bitcoin and Tobacco
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France is taking serious steps towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption as the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority recently authorized the Federation of Tobacco Shops to sell Bitcoin at the beginning of 2019.

What this means is that thousands of retail tobacco shops will offer the option to buy BTC in the easiest way possible: just buy a pack of cigarettes (or don’t) and add a BTC purchase of 50, 100, or 250 Euros. No exchange account needed, no hassle, no complicated procedures, and no regulatory hurdles. This will surely increase the number of cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin) users and could generate a price rise, but, even if it doesn’t, it is still another notable step towards mainstream adoption.

Charts at a Glance – BTC/USD

Charts at a Glance – BTC/USD

The crypto markets continue to bleed out as the total market cap dropped below 140 billion USD within the last week. Bitcoin is down almost 22% over the last 7 days and almost 4% during the last 24 hours, so things are not looking too bright now. The good news, at least for the time being, is that Bitcoin has found support in the 4200 area.

After dropping very close to our predicted target ($4,000), BTC/USD bounced higher and is stabilizing around the 4200 mark. The downtrend is still going strong, but the pair needs some bullish retracement or at least more of this sideways movement before attempting to break below the 4000-key level. If in the meantime, it manages to create a higher high and to break 4600 resistance, we may see a stronger recovery.

Support zone: 4220 - 4030

Resistance zone: 4600

Most likely scenario: choppy movement between 4200 and 4600

Alternative scenario: rise above 4600 resistance

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Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?

  • Yuri Molchan

    Stablecoins show hardly any volatility compared to Bitcoin and altcoins, many are hoping that they will be able to bridge new crypto economy and regular fiat money

Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?
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Bitcoin, the father cryptocurrency, emerged in hope that it will remove all intermediaries in electronic commerce that cut off their share of payments. BTC was perceived as a P2P way to replace fiat cash in an electronic format, which would enable one party to pay another without any financial institution or payment platform which would demand its share of a transaction as a reward for its services.

What is wrong with Bitcoin

For quite a while Bitcoin was performing the way the crypto community expected. But the situation changed later – BTC rate became weaker, thus bringing down its financial and economic reliability, when it gets to be used as a regular means of payment.

You cannot have a currency that would cost like a British castle today, a gram of gold – tomorrow and a pack of French fries the day after.

At that point practical fintech minds came up with an idea of creating something which would become a breakthrough in the universe of crypto – a so-called stablecoin.

Will stablecoins solve the volatility problem?

Technically, stablecoins are protected from the volatility roller-coaster that Bitcoin and other cryptos love to ride. They are programmed to keep their prices stable and investors now are largely attracted to this new type of digital assets.

Stablecoin does not show any volatility in its monetary value, since it has a fixed connection to an asset it is pegged to. The major goal of using stablecoins is taking the best from decentralized crypto coins and combining it with a constant value. Thanks to it, stablecoins can be used as a reliable means of trade.

Asset-pegged stablecoins

Asset-backed ones get their value from an asset as can be understood from the name. An asset provides the necessary value to a coin, as well as the necessary legitimacy.

A great example of an asset-pegged stablecoin is Tether (USDT). In spite of a series of scandals at the end of last year, it remains the most popular stablecoin in the crypto market.

Recently, it has partnered with the Tron Foundation to launch a Tron-based stablecoin.

Other examples are TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), the Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and the Paxos Standard (PAX). They are all pegged to the USD.

Crypto-backed stablecoins

Some digital coins work in a similar way to fiat-backed ones, however, they are pegged to collateral crypto. That means that crypto assets that ensure the value of such stablecoins are stored in a wallet similar to escrow.

A good example of a crypto-pegged token is Maker, which is ranked 16 on CMC.

Algorithmic stablecoins

Even though, stablecoin can be interesting at first thought but the way they are built goes against the principle of decentralization that crypto coins have as a foundation. Thus, many crypto fans and evangelists are positive that stablecoins must be linked towards not a centralized asset but a computer algorithm which takes value from a balance between supply and demand.

Basis is now considered the most promising algorithmic stablecoin of all.

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Can stablecoin ensure smooth future for the crypto industry?

The primary goal of all crypto assets was and remains to come up with virtual asset that would be liquid enough and not vulnerable to market volatility. From this point of view, stablecoins are a dream of all crypto fans and evangelists of a decentralized economy.

Apart from the potential to conduct crypto transactions smoothly, experts believe it can bridge the two worlds – fiat and crypto, bringing them a mutually beneficial coexistence. However, that may take time.

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