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SQ: 4 Stocks That Could Skyrocket During the Next Crypto Boom | StockNews.com

sq: 4 stocks that could skyrocket during the next crypto boom | stocknews.com

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Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have been one of the best-performing asset classes. The most well-known are bitcoin and ethereum. Another innovation is the blockchain. Some believe that crypto will have the same impact on money that the Internet has had on information.  
Even though the cryptocurrency is relatively immature, this market is all set to witness continued appreciation. According to Markets and Markets, the cryptocurrency market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.18% to $1.40 billion by 2024. Rising demand for decentralized finance and cashless payments will be the major growth drivers.
2017 saw a cryptocurrency boom as the Bitcoin prices soared about 2000% in a year. According to market experts, the burgeoning demand for Bitcoin might lead to history repeating itself. Therefore, investing in this growing industry by betting on the right stocks can be highly rewarding.
Four stocks that could be on fire during the next Crypto boom are Square, Inc. (SQ), PayPal Holdings (PYPL), Nvidia Corp (NVDA), and CME Group (CME). Let’s take a look at how these stocks are placed.
Square, Inc. (SQ)
SQ is predominantly known as a digital payment app. However, it is now well-known for its innovations in crypto and blockchain technology. SQ …

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Did… the US government just agree to start funding a cryptocurrency?

did… the us government just agree to start funding a cryptocurrency?

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More and more people are using peer-to-peer payment services, like Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo, to make purchases, handle their banking, or just to pitch in on the pizza you and your friends had delivered last night. These payment apps have been particularly useful for folks who may not be able to afford bank fees or have other barriers preventing them from accessing a bank account.
That’s because they are very easy to set up, requiring nothing more than an email address or phone number. Even folks with bank accounts are using these payment apps more as folks are trying to stay home and reduce their in-person contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of daily users on Venmo has grown 26% since last year.
While these apps bring a lot of convenience to our lives, they have also made running scams more convenient for cybercriminals. According to experts, the rate of fraud on Venmo and Cash App is three to four times higher than with credit or debit cards. While PayPal and Square don’t provide statistics about scams, there are some telling signs. The New York Times and Apptopia, a mobile services tracking firm, found …

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Cryptocurrency This Week: Crypto Ban In The Air, Crypto Scams Everywhere

cryptocurrency this week: crypto ban in the air, crypto scams everywhere

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Even as crypto stakeholders in India argue against the perceived need for an outright ban on cryptocurrencies in India, reports of crypto ponzi schemes in different parts of the country continue to puncture their cause. Since September, several reports in Indian media outlets have highlighted incidents of unsuspecting customers being allegedly duped of their money by scamsters believed to be operating crypto ponzi schemes. In Bengaluru, the police are investigating three companies — Long Reach Global, Long Reach Technologies and Morris Trading Solutions. According to the police, these companies collected at least INR 15K each from over 11 lakh people from across the country to invest in a new cryptocurrency called Morris coin. The police have also arrested a 36-year-old man from the Malappuram district of Kerala who is the CEO of all the three entities.Last month, Delhi Police was investigating an alleged cryptocurrency exchange scam, believed to have been operated by one Pluto Exchange, which marketed itself as a cryptocurrency investment firm, and had its offices in Connaught Place. One of the complainants was asked one of the company’s founders to invest in a new cryptocurrency which Pluto Exchange had launched and told him that he would receive 20-30% …

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Bitcoin trading dominance hits 2017-levels not seen since $20,000 BTC

bitcoin trading dominance hits 2017-levels not seen since $20,000 btc

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The cryptocurrency market has suddenly shifted back to Bitcoin (BTC) after several months of a decentralized finance (DeFi) frenzy. While market cap dominance remains below 60%, earlier this month, the trading dominance of BTC has spiked to levels not seen since 2017 when the price hit an all-time high at $20,000. The trading dominance of Bitcoin against other major cryptocurrencies. Source: TheTieDue to the growing dominance of Bitcoin in terms of market volume, the alternative cryptocurrency (altcoin) market is stagnating. The trading dominance of the bellwether for altcoins, Ether (ETH), for instance, did not see a similar spike in the same period. Why does the altcoin market underperform when Bitcoin is going up?As seen from July to early September, when Bitcoin is climbing upwards gradually, it can cause an “altseason” to materialize. In fact, ETH has outperformed BTC so far this year in terms of percentage, which is partially why the momentum may be returning back to Bitcoin.  Especially during August, many DeFi tokens increased between 5 to 20-fold, causing a massive altcoin craze.But when the price of Bitcoin goes up quickly in a short period, it can cause the altcoin market to slump. Profits are likely cycling in from altcoins back …

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Big Tech Is Making Cryptocurrency More Accessible Than Ever | Finance Magnates

big tech is making cryptocurrency more accessible than ever | finance magnates

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The four horsemen of the technology world — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google — have long been known as the main drivers of tech innovation, and have arguably done more to push the adoption of digital technologies than any other firm.Each has single-handedly impacted hundreds of millions or even billions of internet users, whether it be through Amazon’s massive e-commerce and cloud computing services; Apple’s trailblazing consumer electronics; Facebook’s massively successful social media platform, or Google’s game-changing search engine, most people have seen or used one of these four firm’s products.Join your industry leaders at the Finance Magnates Virtual Summit 2020: Register and vote for the FMLS awardsNow, each of these firms is arguably doing more than most to push the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, by bridging the gap between the world of traditional finance and the cryptosphere with their respective payment services: Amazon Pay, Apple Pay, Facebook Pay, and Google Pay.The Payment Gateway of BillionsFor a long time, acquiring cryptocurrencies for the first time was a daunting endeavor, that required investors to trust shady payment processors or remittance services, or purchase cryptocurrencies in person with cash using one of the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency …

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Cryptocurrency ‘mixer’ fined $60M for running an unregistered money business

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The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today imposed a $60 million penalty against the founder of two cryptocurrency “mixer” services on the grounds that they breached U.S. law.
The accused, Larry Dean Harmon, is alleged to be the operator of Helix and Coin Ninja, sites which provided mixers or “tumbler” services. Cryptocurrency mixer services are sites that are, depending on your point of view, a tool for anonymizing cryptocurrency holdings or a tool used by cybercriminals to hide their stolen cryptocurrency. Those who run cryptocurrency mixing services take a percentage cut from the cryptocurrency they mix.
Harmon was charged as running an unregistered money services business. Helix is said to have been run by Harmon between 2014 and 2017, while Crypto Ninja ran between 2017 and 2020. Putting aside the dubious nature of cryptocurrency mixing services, Harmon, in this case was charged under the Bank Secrecy Act for not registering his service with FinCEN.
According to FinCEN, Helix conducted more than 1.225 million transactions for its customers and was associated with virtual currency wallet addresses that sent or received more than $311 million in cryptocurrency. FinCEN noted that he “operated Helix as a bitcoin mixer, or tumbler, and advertised its services in the darkest spaces …

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A 4 Billion Dollar Dream – Exclusive Interview With Brendan Blumer

a 4 billion dollar dream – exclusive interview with brendan blumer

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“As a leader you have to be that bridge that brings everyone together, so that you can assemble in large numbers and scale sustainably.” – Brendan Blumer, Founder & CEO of Block.one

Brendan Blumer, Founder & CEO of Block.ONE

Block.one

Block.one and the EOS blockchain are most well known for conducting a year-long token crowd-sale between June 2018 to June 2019 resulting in a total of $4 Billion in collected revenues. While, many of the other token crowd-sales such as Kik and Telegram faced tough regulatory persecution resulting in fines, termination of activities and even refunds to investors, Block.one was able to settle the U.S. regulatory charges against it in a favorable deal with the SEC, resulting in a civil fine of $24 million dollars, or only 0.6% of the crowd-sale proceeds. 
Block.one maintains that its token sale was a revenue-generating event rather than a fundraising exercise, and that is most closely compared to selling virtual gaming digital assets. Prior to the token sale, Block.one on-boarded several brand name investors from Silicon Valley icon Peter Thiel, to Bitmain, Louis Bacon, Alan Howard, Christian Angermayer, Lansdowne Investment Company Ltd, and Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz.
This mega successful revenue-generating event …

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Why Apple Users are Diving into the Cryptocurrency Trading Business

why apple users are diving into the cryptocurrency trading business

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Last year, Apple hinted that it has been following the development of the cryptocurrency industry intently, leading some to speculate that the global electronics and payment giant was preparing to launch its own cryptocurrency or blockchain platform.
Though this prospect was quickly dismissed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been shown to be researching blockchain technologies in a recent SEC filing and operates two major platforms that have helped potentially millions of people gain exposure to cryptocurrencies — the Apple App Store and Apple Pay.
Through the App Store, hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded cryptocurrency trading apps for popular exchange platforms like Binance, KuCoin, Coinbase Pro, whereas Apple’s payment and wallet service — Apple Pay — has enabled people to directly purchase cryptocurrencies using their credit and debit card at supported brokers.
Here’s why cryptocurrency trading apps are so popular with Apple product users.
Affluence and Crypto Investments
It’s no secret that Apple products are frequently used by affluent, successful individuals that have excess capital and don’t mind paying above the odds for quality. As you might expect, a fair chunk of these users also participate in online investing and trading, using their mobile devices as …

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Dissidents Are Turning To Cryptocurrency As Protests Mount Around The World

dissidents are turning to cryptocurrency as protests mount around the world

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A pro-democracy protester gives the three-finger salute while holding up a sign on an electronic … [+] tablet during an anti-government rally on the outskirts of Bangkok on October 19, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP) (Photo by JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty Images)

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In a COVID-19 era marked by aggressive political consolidation and economic troubles, there have been sparks of protests around the world. From Hong Kong, to the United States to Nigeria, to Thailand, to Belarus and beyond no corner of the world has been untouched by a wave of fresh political protests.
Their causes are diverse: fighting against established political classes, opposing police brutality or calling for reexaminations of elections with possibly fraudulent vote counts.
Yet their concerns are common: they are aligned against powerful and entrenched politicians who largely control trust within their borders. From use of force against dissidents to regulations that control domestic banking systems to the control of state-affiliated media, political incumbents have a lot of power to wield to advance their interests. In order to create meaningful dissent, you have to work around that power.
Cryptocurrency offers one way to doing so. From the payment processor side, you can set up your …

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Payments-focused cryptocurrency Dash now has a bridge to DeFi

payments-focused cryptocurrency dash now has a bridge to defi

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Dash (DASH) holders will soon be able to access a wide range of decentralized finance, or DeFi, services through a collaboration with StakeHound.According to an announcement on Oct. 19, tokens which are deposited with StakeHound will also earn network rewards through the Dash masternode system.In order to take advantage of the burgeoning DeFi market, Dash holders must send tokens to StakeHound, who will then instantly generate and send back a wrapped ERC-20 representation called stakedDASH.StakedDASH will be tradable and usable in major DeFi platforms such as UniSwap, Aave, Curve and others, using the Ethereum or Radix networks. They will also be able to be converted back into the original Dash tokens at any point.Meanwhile, the DASH tokens held by StakeHound will be held in a Dash masternode and earn the standard rate of network rewards, which will be issued to users as additional stakedDASH.This will enable Dash holders to gain the benefits of network staking, but without needing to lock up the 1,000 DASH necessary to create their own masternode. The minimum amount required to stake through StakeHound is just 1 DASH, at publishing time worth $66.97.According to Dash marketing manager Mark Mason, the collaboration will not only …

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