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From Russia with Love: How Cryptocurrency and Blockchain are Finding Their Feet

· May 23, 2018 · 9:00 pm

In the West, crypto markets continue to battle with the regulatory uncertainty as the SEC and other regulatory bodies take their time to decide which camp they sit on. At the same time, things are not much rosier in the East either where China is yet to warm up to cryptocurrencies.


Blockchain has been around “long” enough to show the proof of concept in that by utilizing blockchain it is possible to streamline a number of processes, both on the governmental and also corporate levels. This then has prompted an exponential rise in fintech start-ups looking to challenge the status quo and disrupt the standard ways of storing, organizing, and extracting data sets. However, the actual implementation of blockchain technologies across much of Western Europe and even the US has been constrained by the regulatory uncertainty.

On the one hand, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are yet to put a fundamental framework forward to appease concerns surrounding utility vs security token model. While in Europe, an introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is perfectly suitable for blockchain applications, is being rushed through by compliance and HR departments with such haste that blockchain is far away on their radar.

In Blockchain We Trust

In Blockchain We Trust

Russia is an interesting case when it comes to the world of ICOs. On the one hand, it is a great place to source technical experts for your blockchain related ventures. The price tag might be astronomical but at least you know what you are getting for the labor and that is quality, reliability and of course security. So, with one piece of the puzzle sorted comes the tricky bit, finding a suitable business partner and this is where things go wrong… really wrong.

One of the most depressing and worrying statistics that has come out of the Russian Association of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain (RACIB) is that around half of the ICO funds in the country that were raised in the past year – amounting to $300 million – have gone to pyramid schemes.

Economic and political uncertainty, together with numerous corruption scandals has really dented investor appetite for projects in the country. It is very much high-risk, high-reward based game when it comes to investing in Russia and when combined with the volatile nature of the currency, this perception is unlikely to change anytime soon. The regulation and oversight by the government can help alleviate some of the concerns relating to fraudulent activities but at least for now, the crypto community is yet to “sanction” Russian projects altogether.

In the meantime, the likes of Blackmoon (BMC) will remind budding entrepreneurs and investors of the success stories and there is, of course, hope that the government, which is actively looking at ways to promote and integrate digital economy, will not be overly involved in regulation aspect.

On the subject of regulation, it was reported that the Russian State Duma’s Committee for Legislative Work will support the first reading of an initiative that will add the basic norms of digital economy to the Russian Federation Civil Code. The initiative itself does not mean that digital currencies will now become a legitimate means of payment and instead, a separate law developed by other regulatory bodies, will outline conditions for using digital currencies as a payment method. The initiative will also look to treat a digital confirmation by a user in a smart contract is equal to his written consent.

What Does Russia’s Future Hold?

Over the course of 19-20 May 2018, Moscow hosted one of the largest cryptocurrency summits of 2018, with over 200 speakers and over 3000 participants taking part in the event. While the event may not carry the same weight as Consensus, which took place earlier this month, or d10e, it was an important event for the country that stands at a crossroads with the technology. The decisions that will be made by the government need to be made in the spirit of blockchain and with the aim to further technological, as well as economical, advancement as opposed to being the means to destabilize the Dollar.

The commissioning of the crypto-rouble is not far-reaching enough. Anyone looking for inspiration should turn to Dubai and their smart-city plans. According to Smart Dubai, which is conducting government and private organization workshops to identify areas that will benefit from the overhaul, the strategy could save 25.1million man hours, equivalent to $1.5 billion in savings per year for the emirate. It has been noted that the fast majority of improved efficiency will come from moving to paperless government.

What do you think of the latest developments in Russia and can it reform and lead the way in providing a sound base for crypto projects? 


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3 Altcoins to Outperform Bitcoin For The Week of May 5

· May 5, 2018 · 5:00 pm

To title this week dramatic in the cryptocurrency space would be an understatement. BTC has seen a price surge with renewed interest from big names like Goldman Sachs while altcoins have major events on the horizon. This is a very exciting period for altcoins like BTC, ZCL, ENJ, and DGB.


What a Week It Has Been, What a Week It Will Be 

The cryptocurrency markets have finally broken out of a multi-month bear slump in brute force. BTC is up more than 50% from recent lows with altcoins trading significantly higher. With positive momentum in the cryptocurrency markets, teams from across the world are announcing major cryptocurrency projects, deadlines are being hit, and milestones are being reached.

Bitcoin price

The bearish markets in the past week have begun to seem increasingly bullish with a major forking announcement from ZClassic; a security break-through for DigiByte, and the Unite world tour for Enjin.

BTC- Goldman Sachs Futures Trading and Possible Trading Desk

The most important name in cryptocurrency trading at $9,952 per coin with a market cap of $170 billion is Bitcoin. This week has been exciting and the near future should also be exuberant as Bitcoin bulls have retaken the reigns and it once again is pressing the $10,000 mark. BTC was trading as low as $6,000 during this recent bear raid and looks to have built significant momentum heading into May.

There are a few main reasons BTC has once again accelerated forward in value: renewed interest from the world’s wealthiest via OTC (over the counter deals) and trading platforms/operations opening up to institutional investors such as Goldman Sachs.

So Long, All-Time Highs? Goldman Sachs Says Crypto Peaks Have Been And Gone

Goldman Sachs announced earlier this week they would begin futures trading of BTC and also were considering a trading desk. This was confirmed on Thursday, May 3, 2018, with the likely pursuit of similar operations by other Wall Street Banks. As more money pours into the cryptocurrency space BTC will obviously be the first big winner with institutional money likely trickling off to other altcoins as well.

A recent announcement by the Anonymous Bitcoin team revealed that BTC and ZCL will both be receiving a forked coin on September 10, 2018. Allowing those that enjoy the BTC bull run to have a nice ‘dividend’ at the end of summer.

ZCL – A Real Forking Announcement (FUD, Upcoming Announcements)

ZClassic (ZCL) is trading at $21.50 with a market cap of $83.6 million. This past week a new dev team announced on CNBC they would be forking ZCL with BTC, creating Anonymous Bitcoin. This was the first televised fork announcement by a major broadcaster like CNBC. The technology behind Anonymous Bitcoin WILL include zkSNARKs anonymity features plus masternode staking ability.

ZCL – A Big Forking Announcement (Anonymous Bitcoin)

This would allow individuals to be incentivized to hold their Anonymous Bitcoin vs actively trade it. This fork was officially announced April 28, 2018. ZCL quickly rose to over $40 before conflicting news was announced by prior ZCL dev teams regarding the inauthenticity of the fork.

The Anonymous Bitcoin team has defended their position and remained completely transparent regarding their methods for forking ZCL while being present and doing interviews at the last two cryptocurrency conventions in Miami and Los Angeles.

The Anonymous Bitcoin lead developer, Sam Abbassi, proudly has a speaking engagement coming up at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The Founder of the project, Jake Greenbaum, will be going to Consensus to continue to network, interview, and share the philosophy behind why forks create better technology at little to no cost to the crypto community. The Anonymous Bitcoin team is not hiding behind the veil of a fork but instead attempting to create a new cryptocurrency with a vibrant community behind it.

In the months leading up to ZCL’s prior fork, ZCL was trading as high as $220 per coin with a market cap of almost $700 million. Currently, ZCL is trading under $22 with new advisors to be announced in the near future, the executive summary to be released in the next week, and the white paper to be released by June 1st. At a bare minimum, the next few weeks will be exciting to watch the charts of ZCL.

Enjin Unite Tokyo: May 7-9; Unite Beijing May 11-13 

Enjin (“ENJ”) is currently on the “conference tour” at Unity events. For those that are not big gamers or developers “Unity” may not be a familiar term. Unity is a cross-platform game engine that is used to develop video games for all consoles and mobile devices. The unity platform now includes over 15 platforms and hosts major conferences regarding gaming, app development, and technology all over the world.

This week is important for ENJ because they are speaking and having booths at Unity’s event in Tokyo and next week’s event in Beijing. ENJ is attempting to integrate its currency into multiple gaming platforms and where better to demonstrate their capabilities than at Unite Tokyo and Unite Beijing?

ENJ currently is trading at $.17 with a market cap of $127 million. If ENJ’s presentations and exposure in Asia is viewed positively this numbers should trend upward. As an altcoin ENJ is well suited to enter the gaming market as they are already partnered with Unity for “True in Game Ownership of Digital Assets.” Having a partner like Unity while being on their conference tour should provide ENJ the perfect amount of momentum to build their user base and continue to excel as a cryptocurrency. 

DigiByte (DGB) – Blockchain Based Open Authentication Protocol Service May 11

One of the biggest concerns of individuals actively participating in the cryptocurrency space is the possibility of being hacked. Managing a handful of passwords that conceal what could amount to thousands of dollars is a frightening prospect. May 11, 2018, maybe a revolutionary day for passwords and that irritating 2FA authentication.

A highly secure, DigiByte blockchain-base open authentication protocol service is claiming it can be used to replace usernames, passwords, and even 2FA. If this is correct this will relieve much of the irritation associated with logging into an exchange or accessing a wallet. However, if a hack occurs their entire platform could come crumbling down.

DGB is trading at $0.048 with a market cap of $492 million. DGB was trading over $0.12 January 7, 2018. With one of their biggest developments to date being released May 11, this should be a very exciting week for DGB. The price of DGB will gauge the market’s reaction. DGB’s focus is their security, “by putting security first, our decisions help make sure that transactions, mining, and the blockchain distribution are as decentralized as possible.

DGB blocks occur on the network every 15 seconds making DGB the fastest UTXO blockchain in the world.” DGB has focused on security and speed and this week releases their authentication protocol that very well may revolutionize how passwords and usernames are used as a means of verification.

Bulls Retaking the Reigns 

This has been an exciting week for many as their portfolios have risen nicely and major projects have started back up in the crypto space. Summer should be a period where enthusiasm is rebuilt and the BTC train begins to build major momentum again. With such excitement on the horizon, it is important to look at coins this week like BTC, ZCL, DGB, and ENJ.

[Full disclosure: Jakethecryptoking has a stake in and is the founder of Anonymous Bitcoin. To get in contact directly with the Crypto King, you can on Twitter (@JbtheCryptoKing) or Reddit (ICO updates and Daily Reports)]

Do you agree with this week’s picks? Share your thoughts below.


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Can Buyouts Help Solve the Cryptocurrency Marketplace’s Clutter?

· April 24, 2018 · 5:00 pm

As is the case in traditional business, the cryptocurrency marketplace is a dog-eat-dog competition where only the strong survive. Unfortunately, this creates hundreds of failed projects and millions of dollars in lost value. Can buyouts help transfer that value back into Bitcoin and other major market players?


The Benefits of Buyouts

Not every start-up business can find the success it needs to stay afloat, and even well-established companies go bankrupt. When this happens, buyouts from other companies may help salvage remaining assets for future use and provide many benefits. The same applies to the cryptocurrency space, as well.

For starters, sometimes a company has begun development on a very promising new product or piece of technology, only to have it languish away as the team dwindles and the well runs dry. If a larger business comes in and incorporates the new product or technology into its existing business model, both parties benefit — as does the consumer.

Likewise, some cryptocurrency projects have interesting ideas, but internal issues or a lack of funding prevents its dream from coming to fruition. If another blockchain company could buy out the failed project, the benefits would not be lost to the jungle that is the cryptocurrency marketplace.

Another advantage is the reduction of competition in a space which is supersaturated with the same ideas — and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the cryptocurrency space, where literally thousands of companies are vying for dominance in the same handful of categories. In this case, having a smaller company get bought out by a larger company provides the latter with advantages due to economies of scale, while nullifying the need for a price war and allowing more time and effort to go towards expansion.

Furthermore, successful buyouts do away with duplicate products and businesses offering essentially the same service — effectively cleaning up the clutter. Again, the cryptocurrency marketplace today is the very definition of clutter, especially once one ventures outside the 50 largest projects by market capitalization. Buyouts in cluttered environments, in turn, work to increase profits, as the dominant company is able to offer their products at better price points.

Can Buyouts Work in Crypto?

Buyouts aren’t really a thing in the cryptocurrency space — until now.

One company, in particular, is looking to clean up the clutter and revolutionize the way business is done in the blockchain marketplace. Called CoinJanitor, the project purportedly aims to reduce cryptocurrency market dilution and restore lost value to broader cryptocurrency economy by buying out dead coin holders, community members, and creators.

In essence, CoinJanitor offers everyone involved in a failed project the opportunity to join a successful project with a network effect that the projects they created or supported failed to achieve by implementing a subsequent systematic burn of the coins being bought out.

With a CoinJanitor buyout, everyone wins. Users receive the chance to get value back from the failed coins that can no longer be sold while joining a growing community. Project creators get the chance to help lead a newly created community and put their failed efforts to good use, while the cryptocurrency market as a whole benefits from both an effective culling and the transfer of otherwise-lost value into Bitcoin and other viable cryptocurrencies.

To learn more about CoinJanitor or participate in the upcoming ICO, check out the project’s official website here.

What do you think of buyouts in the cryptocurrency space? Do you think CoinJanitor can help clean up the mess that is the blockchain market? Let us know in the comments below!


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Home Run or Swing and a Miss? Cryptocurrency Winners and Losers for the Week Ending April 22, 2018

· April 22, 2018 · 5:15 pm

As John F. Kennedy was wont to say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Essentially, what benefits one, benefits all. When Kennedy first uttered those words, it was in 1963 and he was talking about the economy. Flash forward 55 years and – as the cryptocurrency market appears to be recovering from a depressing Q1 2018 bear run – the same sentiment is applicable once again.


This past week has been extremely gratifying for crypto community members who weathered Q1 2018’s bear market and made the choice to ‘hodl’ when others were panic-selling. At press time, the total cryptocurrency market cap was just over $394.9 billion – a more than 18% increase from the same time last week.

With the total crypto market cap on the rise, how have Bitcoin and its altcoin brethren fared over the past week? Well, Bitcoin is up roughly 8% – landing at a respectable $8957.95, up from its 7-day low of $8286.88. As to the altcoins? Let’s take a look…

Top 3 Cryptocurrency Winners…

Top 3 Cryptocurrency Winners…

These are the top three best performing cryptocurrencies based on 7-day market activity and with a 24-hour volume of at least $750,000.

Game.com (GTC)

24-Hour Volume: $252,617,000
Gain: 592.80%

Game.com is an ambitious project that combines several elements into a total blockchain-based gaming environment. A combination gaming platform, digital asset wallet, crowdfunding platform, and instant messenger, Game.com is riding high on a rising swell of popularity.

This time last week, GTC was trading at around $0.05 and has climbed to just under $0.35 per token. The sudden spike in value is no doubt due in large part to their partnership with Tron and this week’s announcement that Game.com would be running for a super delegate position in Tron’s upcoming Super Representative vote. A win in this election could not only push GTC prices even higher, but it would give Game.com a seat at the table and a voice in deciding Tron’s future.

Pundi X (NPXS)

Volume: $7,257,560
Gain: 234.72%

Pundi X is a project that aims to make every day crypto usage “as easy as getting bottled water.” It is a POS (point of sale) solution for retail businesses that will make it easy for brick-and-mortar businesses to accept cryptocurrencies in-store.

Earlier in the week, Pundi X’s token (NPXS) was trading at just over $0.0014. On Friday it peaked at an all-time high of $0.0054 before settling down to around $0.0048.

So why the sudden rise in price?

First, the token was recently added to Korea’s Coinrail exchange, which currently accounts for more than 25% of the token’s trade volume. Next was a favorable review of Pundi X’s new POS terminal in this month’s issue of The Nilson Report. Finally – and probably most significantly of all – Pundi X executed its first NPXS token buyback of roughly 200 ETH worth of tokens at a price more than triple that of the then-current market value.

Prices continued to climb in the wake of the buyback but are slowly starting to settle back down. Whether it settles in at a price higher than that of its 7-day low remains to be seen.

XinFin Network (XDCE)

Volume: $899.141
Gain: 201.51%

XinFin is a hybrid blockchain network that combines the power and transparency of public blockchains with the security and speed of private networks. Designed primarily to serve the global trade and finance industries, XinFin has been met with enthusiastic response and successfully concluded their ICO last month.

Since being listed on CoinMarketCap in mid-April, XDCE has been holding steady at around $0.003 per token. Last week, however, things started looking moonish for the cryptocurrency. Trading at $0.0034 this time last week, XDCE reached an all-time high of $0.0168 on Saturday before settling down to around $0.0115 at press time.

The sudden spike in price is most likely largely attributed to XDCE’s upcoming listing on Singapore’s largest crypto exchange – COSS – as well as a 12.5 million XDCE trading promotion. That, coupled with growing interest in XinFin as well as project team that is absolutely doing everything right, could spell continued gains in XDCE’s future.

…and the Top 3 Cryptocurrency Losers

…and the Top 3 Cryptocurrency Losers

Unfortunately, not all altcoins were watching the crypto market through green-tinted glasses this week. These are three worst performing cryptocurrencies based on 7-day market activity and with a 24-hour volume of at least $750,000.

Octoin Coin (OCC)

Volume: $878,826
Loss: -28.96%

Octoin combines crypto trading, mining, p2p exchange, and multi-cryptocurrency wallet functionality into one easy to use platform. The platform’s token, OCC, has been steadily declining ever since peaking at an all-time high of $19.02 in mid-March, however, this past week saw a bit sharper of a decline than in previous weeks. Trading at $3.21 just one week ago, the price has dropped by nearly a third to $2.26 at press time.

As far as what factors could be influencing the price drop, there isn’t much out there that is concrete. The Octoin team are hyping the hell out their platform through a series of mini-conferences and meetups, but there is also a lot of speculation as to the legitimacy of the project. A quick search on Google turns up numerous ‘Octoin: Legit or Scam?’ type articles and their BitcoinTalk thread is rife with investor complaints as well.

Mind you, none of this has been proven, but if I were a betting woman, I’d bet against a recovery for Octoin.

Ormeus Coin (ORME)

Volume: $8,212,730
Loss: -27.56%

Ormeus Coin is a digital money system that is backed by a $250 million crypto mining operation that – according to a February press release – is one of the largest industrial crypto mining operations in the world.

Prices for ORME have been all over the map, ranging from a low of $0.56 in September of 2017 to an all-time high of $3.62 in December that same year. Presently, however, things look quite different. Last Sunday saw ORME trading at $2.58, followed by a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spike to $3.38 ahead of Ormeus’ global launch party and subsequent Ormeus Cash airdrop. Since then, however, ORME has resumed its downward slide and currently sits at $1.90.

Considering that Ormeus’ crypto operation is reported to be pulling in $6.7 million per month, what gives with the poor token performance?

The decline could be FUD-related. There were allegations on Reddit about market manipulation, but nothing was proven. The more likely scenario, however, is that we’re looking at a selloff in the wake of last week’s airdrop.

Will it recover? Given the team’s active participation within the community and that the mining operation does appear to be legit, I can see this one going back up.

Dragon Coins (DRG)

Volume: $8,404,190
Loss: -26.80%

Dragon Coin (DRG) is the native cryptocurrency of the Dragon Platform, which connects VIP gamer with “junkets”, casino VIP rooms across the globe that host private games and have a system of transferring funds via junket agents.

DRG has slowly been declining since it first started trading in late March of this year and that downward trend appears to be continuing. At this time last week, DRG was trading at $0.975 and it just kept meandering downward to a price of around $0.704.

I honestly can’t pinpoint any one single reason for the decline. The Dragon Coin team seems to be doing everything right, so perhaps it is just post-launch malaise and/or whales dumping.

One of Dragon’s milestones is to launch their own branded junket in Macau. If that happens, I can absolutely see prices going back up to previous highs – and higher.

Do you think that these tokens will continue their current price trends? Let us know in the comments below!


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Is CoinJanitor an ICO or a Community Project?

· April 11, 2018 · 3:30 pm

With more than 4,500 cryptocurrencies currently in circulation, many are bound to be functionally dead. This poses insurmountable challenges for users of such currencies, who are holding coins and tokens that cannot be used or traded. CoinJanitor – a community-driven project with high hopes of restoring the lost value for these users – has a solution that will benefit both dead coin holders and supporters across the space.


What is CoinJanitor Anyway?

CoinJanitor is a community-driven project which attempts to unlock the inaccessible value of so-called ‘dead coins’. While there is no commonly accepted definition for what a dead coin is, significant value remains trapped in projects which are not functioning, are not being maintained, or have a zero hash rate, producing no blocks in a couple of years, for example.

The plan is to generate a convertible asset that users who are in possession of failed cryptocurrencies can obtain in exchange for their ‘dead coins’. This would be the first and only asset in the market that was designed for the sole purpose of buying dead coins out.

The asset in question is the CoinJanitor (JAN) token. By exchanging dead coins for JAN tokens, users will be able to restore value previously locked within the blockchain. JAN tokens will be traded on several crypto exchanges and users will be able to obtain other crypto assets or fiat in exchange for them. This plays a central role to the project itself since it prevents dead coins from gaining any kind of liquidity in the open markets.

Consolidating dead coin communities under the umbrella of CoinJanitor will allow the project to take its very first step towards sanitizing the entire crypto economy while creating a network effect. Naturally, the next step will be to effectively eliminate all the coins which were exchanged for JAN tokens and deliver a proven, actionable mechanism for ‘coin recycling’. This would enable a future where no value would be trapped within the blockchain.

Identifying Dead Coins

The CoinJanitor project has already set forth differentiating criteria and basic requirements which need to be fulfilled for a coin to be deemed dead or failed, in light of the lack of consensus around the definition of what a dead coin is. The profiling of such coins is absolutely central to the project and, as such some of the parameters which are being emphasized on are:

  • Date of inception
  • Trade volume
  • Hashrate
  • Status of exchange listing
  • Social Activity
  • Forum Activity
  • Development commits
  • Others of the kind

Needless to say, a project having its date of inception a year ago with no functioning website, delisted crypto asset, no notable social activity and lack of development commits could be deemed as ‘dead’ or ‘failed’.

More Than Your Regular ICO

There is a certain dichotomy within the project itself. On one hand itis a community-driven project which is aiming to restore and add value to users holding ‘dead coins’, contributors and the market as a whole through positive externalities. Nevertheless, the project is issuing a token on a public sale – ICO.

The project plans to include its supporters and contributors in the way the initiative operates in the future. Community members will be able to make suggestions as to the new ways and tools which need to be developed so that the project can better carry out its mission in the future, making it a community-driven effort.

As the community grows, the network effect, as well as the overall market reach of the project, will have a beneficial impact on all of its members. What is more, the crypto community at large shall benefit from the subsequent reduction in resource dilution that cryptocurrency markets are facing now. This makes it a unique project that on one hand will seek support via an ICO and on the other hand is seeking to build a community around it in a way that no other ICO has in the past, achieving goals that will deliver a wide range of benefits to all cryptocurrency enthusiasts..

Bringing Back the Balance Is An Expensive Endeavor

Bringing Back the Balance Is An Expensive Endeavor

Restoring value and bringing back the balance within the crypto economy is not a cheap undertaking. At the end of the day, this is a challenging endeavor which has already consumed thousands of hours and dollars.

Widespread media coverage, as well as serious funding, is needed to achieve the ambitious goals the venture has set forth. Hence, the ICO. The value proposition for everyone involved in the project is clear, which makes this a special community-drive endeavor as well.

The ICO is the most effective and appropriate model to introduce CoinJanitor to the market as it allows the project to achieve its mission. Through the ICO, the project shall attempt to acquire supporters and contributors who would later on fuel the initiative and support the much needed cleansing of the crypto economy as it stands right now.

The CoinJanitor project makes a prominent attempt to provide a lot of added value for those who support it and the community as a whole, while cleansing the entire crypto economy in the process.

You can find out more about the CoinJanitor project as well as follow recent announcements and its current state of progress on the project’s website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or follow the live discussions held on Telegram.

Can CoinJanitor effectively carry out its stated mission while it creates value for everyone involved? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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Weiss Ratings to List Cryptocurrencies

· January 20, 2018 · 7:00 am

As the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry moves into the mainstream, more companies and organizations will need to start taking notice to keep up with the latest technology. The latest to acknowledge the ever-growing presence of digital currencies is Weiss Ratings.


In a notice on their website, the independent financial ratings agency announced that they were going to issue letter grades on cryptocurrencies. The company, founded in 1971, claims to be America’s only 100% independent ratings agency covering stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, credit unions, and now virtual currencies. It currently rates over 55,000 institutions and investments.

Altcoins Rated

According to the announcement, the crypto ratings will be released on January 24th and include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, NEM, Litecoin, Stellar, EOS, IOTA, Dash, NEO, TRON, Monero, Bitcoin Gold, and many others.

It is a first for a financial ratings agency which claims that ratings are based on a “groundbreaking model that analyzes thousands of data points on each coin’s technology, usage, and trading patterns.

Weiss Ratings founder Martin D. Weiss stated:

Many cryptocurrencies are murky, overhyped and vulnerable to crashes. The market desperately needs the clarity that only robust, impartial ratings can provide. We’re proud to be the first to bring that benefit to investors — to help them cut through the hype and identify the few truly solid cryptocurrencies. Our ratings are based on hard data and objective analysis. But they’re bound to create controversy, including some grades that may come as a surprise to some people.

Business technology

Fair and Balanced

According to the blurb on its website, Weiss claims to be unlike other rating agencies that focus mostly on larger companies that can afford to pay them large fees. The agency covers all companies, large or small, as long as they report sufficient data for them to analyze. Its independence and accuracy has been noted by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others.

Financial ratings for cryptocurrencies will bring more legitimacy to the top performing ones. It is a very positive development in a market that has been shrouded in FUD in recent weeks. With bankers, politicians, and even mainstream media still labeling Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as “a bubble,” “a Ponzi scheme,” “criminal,” and “fraudulent,” this move is another step towards mainstream acceptance for the industry in general.

Will other financial ratings companies follow Weiss and accept crypto? Add your comments below.


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Japanese Crypto Girls Coining It In

· January 8, 2018 · 7:00 am

Many countries have shied away from cryptocurrencies and even clamped down on trading and using them. These tend to be the more authoritarian nations such as Russia, China, and Indonesia. Japan, conversely, is embracing the blockchain revolution with open arms and even has a group known as the Virtual Currency Girls who are attempting to bring more awareness to the masses.


Bitcoin is considered legal tender in Japan, the world’s third largest economy. According to JPBitcoin.com, almost a third of all BTC transactions during December were denominated in Yen. In complete contrast to China and South Korea that want more regulation Japan passed a law in April last year legalizing and legitimizing digital currencies and underscoring the need for transparency and financial stability.

Miss Bitcoin

According to India’s Economic Times, Japanese social media icon Mai Fujimoto, aka ‘Miss Bitcoin’, says she invests all of her savings in the digital currency. In a recent interview she told AFP:

I convert all my disposable income into cryptocurrency, I’ve been doing this for nearly a year now. I convert all my savings into cryptocurrency instead of putting them in a bank.

Miss Bitcoin has done very well out of her investments starting out in 2012 when she got her first BTC for 1,200 Yen (about $10);

At the time, I was working with children and creating an online donation platform. And for the first time, I learned how expensive it is to send money abroad. So, I was really impressed when I heard that I don’t have to go through banks if I use bitcoin payment.

Crypto Girl Power

Japanese culture can be quirky, to say the least. An all-girl idol group called the Virtual Currency Girls (Kaso Tsuka Shoju) have also made it big in crypto and strives to extoll its virtues across the country. The group, managed by Cinderella Academy Inc, intends to capitalize on the current wave of crypto mania by offering all tickets to their live performances and fan goods exclusively through digital currencies.

The eight-member team, ranging in age from 15 to 22, each has her own crypto coin persona and, in true Japanese fashion, uses cosplay to promote them. Characters such as Neo, Nem, Ethereum and even Cardano have their own merchandise and are wildly popular with Japanese youth.

Japan always finds its own idiosyncratic way of doing things and promoting crypto through girl groups seems to be the latest craze.

Are internet idols a good way to promote crypto? Add your thoughts below.


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