Altcoins are cryptocurrencies that are not Bitcoin. They are also known as “cryptocurrencies” because they use cryptography to make transactions secure, and they are often used to transfer money. Many of them can be used to buy or trade other cryptocurrencies; some can be used to purchase goods and services.
In this article, we’ll look at the history of altcoins, what makes an “altcoin” different from a stock or bond, and why you might want to invest in them (or not).
XRP is the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, after Bitcoin and Ethereum. It’s also the token of the Ripple network, which makes it unique in that it’s not used as an actual currency for payments or transactions like many other cryptos.
Instead, XRP is used to bridge two fiat currencies so users can transfer money around the world quickly and easily without having to exchange between fiat currencies first. For example, if someone in India wanted to send money to their friend in Australia via bitcoin or another cryptocurrency that doesn’t support sending funds across borders easily (like Ratcoin). They’d have to go through a longer process than if they just sent them XRP because it’s already linked directly with AUD at certain exchanges overseas due to its partnerships with banks around the globe.
- Stellar Lumens (XLM) is a crypto asset and the native asset of the Stellar network. It’s also known as Stellars, Lumens, or STR.
- XLM is the tenth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization ($4.5 billion), according to CoinMarketCap as of May 2019. The highest it ever reached was $1.8 billion in January 2018, when Bitcoin reached its all-time high (ATH).
The Tron mainnet launch has been delayed until June 2020 due to some bugs discovered during testing by third-party software companies such as Zebra from Zebra Consensus Protocol (ZCP). Their mainnet launch will be called Odyssey 3.0, after which they will start issuing Tronix tokens on their own blockchain instead of on Ethereum’s ETH chain while keeping all existing coins intact in their current wallets/software like MEW etcetera.
Ethereum is a decentralized application platform, which is also a programming language. The Ethereum blockchain is the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, and it’s a public blockchain.
What does this mean? It means that you can run your own dapp on the Ethereum network, making it ideal for developers who want to create their own tokens or contracts.
The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) makes this possible by providing everyone with access to Turing complete scripts through which smart contracts are executed and dapps are built. EVM removes one of the biggest barriers in building dapps: getting your own virtual machine up and running on your computer system.
EOS is a blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The coin was developed by the EOSIO open-source software project, whose first version was released in June 2018 by Block one.
The EOS platform has been designed to enable vertical and horizontal scaling of decentralized applications (the “EOSIO Software”) on the public Ethereum blockchain while providing accounts, authentication, databases, asynchronous communication, and scheduling of applications across multiple CPU cores or clusters.
TRX is a cryptocurrency that is a part of the TRON blockchain. TRON was founded by Justin Sun, who previously worked for Ripple’s Asian branch as chief representative.
Instead of focusing on decentralized storage and file sharing, TRON aims to decentralize data distribution through its own blockchain protocol. It aims to disrupt the global entertainment industry by providing users with an alternative to centralized platforms like Facebook and YouTube.
One of the main benefits of using TRON is that it allows content creators and developers access to their own data without needing third-party intermediaries like Google Play or Apple’s App Store. This means there’s no need for them to use other platforms in order to make money off their work – they can just sell directly on their own website!
NEO (formerly known as Antshares) is a smart contract platform that supports multiple programming languages such as Java, C#, Kotlin, VB.Net, and F#. It also has its own native programming language called NeoVM, which helps to run smart contracts at high speed with low execution costs.
NEO takes advantage of the Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (DBFT) consensus algorithm, which enables it to reach thousands of transactions per second and has finality in 10 minutes or less. The platform also utilizes cross-chain interoperability technology to facilitate communication between different blockchain protocols, paving the way for cross-chain transactions and exchanges among multiple cryptocurrencies on different blockchains!
Another interesting feature of NEO is its digital identity system which allows users to verify their identities by using their private keys on the NEO blockchain network, where your personal information will be stored safely in an encrypted manner so no one can access it except you yourself!
Ontology is a next-generation, high-performance public blockchain project and a distributed trust collaboration platform. Based on a high-speed dual chain structure of a unified protocol system, it supports public chains and consortium chains in the infrastructure layer to provide support for businesses based on public blockchains.
Ontology provides new high-performance public blockchains that include a series of distributed ledger systems and smart contract systems with multiple standards. It also helps businesses to quickly implement their own private blockchain through the Ontology’s clever contract web IDE (Integrated Development Environment). With these features, you can create your own blockchain project within minutes or hours instead of months or years!
USDT Tether (USDT)
Tether is a cryptocurrency that is backed by the US dollar. The idea behind Tether is to act as a stablecoin, which is a cryptocurrency whose value doesn’t change much over time. While some cryptocurrencies are volatile, they often fluctuate in value by 10 percent or 20 percent overnight. Tether offers users the ability to hold onto their money without worrying about losing it due to volatility.
USDT was created in 2014 and has since become one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in circulation, with over $2 billion worth of tokens circulating around the world today. When you buy USDT, you’re buying tokens that are valued at $1 each even though they may be trading at a higher price than that on exchanges due to supply and demand issues during times when there aren’t enough bitcoins available for purchase by traders who want them.
While cryptocurrencies may be the future, remember that they are still in their infancy. They have not been tested over time and are still very volatile. That being said, if you’re looking to invest in cryptocurrency and do so cautiously, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider becoming an early adopter.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that cryptocurrency is not a safe investment by any means and should not be treated as such — especially when compared with traditional assets like bonds or stocks (which have centuries-long track records).