Ethereum, Litecoin… Dogecoin? Inside the next big cryptocurrencies

Ethereum, Litecoin… Dogecoin? Inside the next big cryptocurrencies

Ripple has gained popularity towards the end of 2017; earlier it was only possible through the worldwide exchange by converting Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Ethereum has overtaken Ripple in the number 2 spot and it's been a meteoric rise and fall in the last few weeks for Ripple, with the moves nearly entirely attributed to the fact that Coinbase had announced that it would not be including Ripple on its exchange, with the markets having been convinced of an inclusion late in 2017.

In most cases, as these "forks" take place and the blockchain is split into a new blockchain, the preceding cryptocurrency will take a hit in value.

In this article, you will be introduced to five key aspects that digital currency investors will need to look out for in 2018. For anyone who enjoys both networking and the cryptocurrency sector, the North American Bitcoin Conference might be your cup of tea; it's just unfortunate that you can no longer pay for your ticket with bitcoin to attend a conference exclusively about the currency.

But JP Morgan's top man seems to have changed his position about the world's most popular cryptocurrency.

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The report also warned that if digital coins become a widely used form of currency, investors shouldn't expect the astronomical returns that have recently drawn unprecedented attention to the world of cryptocurrencies. While Coinbase quelled XRP-addition-rumors last week with an official statement that they would not be adding altcoins at this time (and subsequently brought about a bearish downturn in price), Brian Armstrong, Coinbase CEO, has announced previously that his company will be adding more cryptocurrencies to their selection in 2018.

Additionally, most digital currencies exist for the sole objective of providing an alternative to fiat money; Ripple was explicitly designed for low-priced, high-speed global money transfers.

If the year 2017 be named as the year of Bitcoin, it will not be an exaggeration at all. Experts have been raising concerns regarding the growth of "unrealistic" projects.

"What you're seeing with Ethereum is exponential increase in the number of projects".

Tax authorities such as the U.S. A user can also trade five popular cryptocurrencies in BTC.

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- Bitcoin trades as high as $23,000, almost $4,000 higher than its previous peak.

Managing director and head of research at venture capital firm Blockchain Capital, Spencer Bogart, predicts that regulation will be detrimental to cryptocurrency market value. In 2017, over 75 digital currency-focused hedge funds have been launched and private banks and brokerages have started to offer bitcoin as an investment.

Panigirtzoglou explained that bitcoin has started to evolve into a major asset class with the listing of bitcoin futures by leading markets like the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) and CME Group.

CoinDesk director of research Nolan Bauerle told CNBC in an email, "With the regulated futures markets going live in 2017, the stage is set for ETFs to gain approval in 2018". However, for the coming year, as more investors and members of the general public invest in cryptocurrency, total market cap is still a distinguishing honor and a simple demonstration of mutual interest and potential profit. This is the core disruption and why cryptocurrencies have risen so dramatically in the past couple years.

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