Ever heard of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and maybe Ether? That‘s a rather rhetorical question as you have somehow found your way to this article. Knowledge about the existence of crypto currencies, mostly about bitcoin is part of the technology mainstream. About 9 out of 10 Americans have knowledge about bitcoin as latest enquiries show. That raises two interesting questions:
1) How far along the way is the mass adoption of crypto currencies worldwide?
Everybody knowing about something should mean also everybody using it, correct? For bitcoin (and also other crytos) that does not seem to be true. There are around 35 million bitcoin wallets worldwide and around 50 million bitcoin users. That is not even 1% of our global population. Bitcoin and other cryptos are still not part of everyday life for the majority of humanity. If this feels different for you you might be living in a bubble. The adoption however is an important measure when it comes to anticipating a future price increase in the value of bitcoin. Which leads us to the second interesting question:
2) What are the crypto coins that are less well known but still show potential
Besides bitcoin there are other crypto currencies, also called alternative coins or altcoins. Bitcoin is the dominant crypto coin capturing a overall market cap of around 70% – 75%. This means that from all investments done into cryptos around 70% – 75% are placed into bitcoins. Whenever there is a bull rally in the markets, altcoins tend to outperform the market leader bitcoin. Imagine this effect similarly to the S&P 500 Index encompassing the top 500 US companies. When the S&P 500 Index value increases 1% this can mean that one index constituent actually increased by 30% in value pushing the overall index value.
Here a list of interesting altcoins you might want to follow more closely in the future (not connected to any type of investment advice whatsoever):
Waves is the coin of the Waves platform, a blockchain platform for custom tokens. Custom tokens target a mass market and allow users with limited technical knowledge to build virtually any type of use case based on the token. Waves USP is user friendliness as well that reflects in their lite wallet as well.
Vertcoin calls itself the peoples coin which refers to Vertcoin‘s goal to be so easy that everyday people with desktop computers can mine Vertcoin. Vertcoin, on the market since 2014, aimed to equal out disadvantages of bitcoin by for example applying a proof-of-work mechanism with Lyra2REv3 as underlying hash function.
PotCoin aims to become the number one currency for the constantly growing cannabis industry. The initial idea was to have a payment method in place that would facilitate transactions in the legal marijuana industry – a industry still underserved by the classical banking sector. In 2015 PotCoin moved to a proof-of-stake mechanism.
Monero‘s focus is anonymity. Unlike for example bitcoin, money in- and outflows are not publicly visible on Monero‘s blockchain. Transaction mining is also not possible as Monero is mixing transaction in such a manner that is basically impossible to reverse engineer useful information out of the data.
Komodo, in its core based on bitcoins blockchain, was launched to equal out the many disadvantages of Bitcoin. The ambition of Komodo reflects in the vast amount of features and coming features this coin is equipped with. Komodo started by allowing for real anonymity in transactions.
Dogecoin started as a joke, as a parody to Bitcoin and its skyrocking success. In its core Dogecoin is similar to bitcoin or litecoin respectively. The biggest difference however is that (unlikes bitcoins 21 million coins limit) there is no limit for mining Dogecoins.
If you feel that bitcoin is slow, insecure and bulky then DigiByte should be your coin of choice. It was created having mainly cybersecurity in mind. DigiByte is several times faster compared to Bitcoin and the coins have very favorable security features build in making it safer to use and creating use-cases in the IoT space for example.
Decred is bringing grasroot democracy to the crypto world. With Bitcoin the complete power over the blockchain is in the hand of the miners. With Decred this power is split within the stakeholders (developers, miners and investors) by a transparent reward system. In addition to that Decred has many innovative features build in.
Dash coin was designed with keeping an eye on user privacy. Transactions are not publicly accessible and mixed in a manner that it‘s impossible to reverse engineer. Dash became famous when they offered easy accessibility to their network for the inhabitants of Venezuela during their economic crisis.
BlackCoin was build with the focus to be fully working on the Proof-of-Stake principle, making it very fast in validating transactions. That not only makes it fun to use but is actually creating use-cases such as in e-commerce where a fast payment confirmation is critical.
Litecoin was build as a competitor to Bitcoin and is one of the best known altcoins. Litecoin is fast in creating blocks (2,5 minutes) making validating transactions faster as well. Mining is distributed among the miners much better than bitcoin making centralisation much harder.
The featured coins here are subject to many risk factors including full or partial loss of value. The feature is not intended to serve as investment advice.
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