The altcoin known as Stellar (XLM) has been among the top ten list of crypto assets by market cap for some time, but has been among the least hyped of the bunch since the bear market first began in 2018.
That all may change, soon, as the crypto asset may be poised for as much as a 50% gain against Bitcoin in the coming days, according to one prominent crypto analyst.
Stellar Launchpad Ready For Over 50% Pump Against Bitcoin
Stellar (XLM) has struggled throughout the bear market to maintain any positive momentum and is one of the few crypto assets that hasn’t yet broken out of downtrend resistance dating back as far as its previous all-time high.
At the peak of the crypto hype bubble, Stellar had reached prices of nearly $1 per token, but is currently down over 90% and is trading at just under 8 cents per token.
Things appeared bleaker for Stellar, and was trading at under 5 cents per token in September, but the Stellar Foundation recently burned half of the token supply, causing a massive pump. The Stellar Foundation burned 55 million XLM tokens, resulting in a 25% surge in asset prices.
But the pump may not completely be over, and Stellar instead may
According to prominent crypto analyst DonAlt, Stellar is showing signs that XLM/BTC trading pair is ready for an extremely strong move up, now that resistance has been breached, and could be targeting 1400 sats.
XLM Supply Burn Wasn’t Enough To Restore Bullish Momentum
XLM is currently trading at around 900 sats, and a move to 1400 sats would be a 55% increase from current prices. However, the increase is based on performance against Bitcoin on the XLM/BTC trading pair, and not the US dollar.
On XLM/USD charts, the crypto asset has yet to break out from downtrend resistance and could continue to be locked in a downtrend against the dollar, all while it outperforms Bitcoin. Such a move would suggest Bitcoin could suffer a dangerous drop, causing a divergence in performance next to Stellar.
Stellar is currently the 10th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, right behind Bitcoin for Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, and just ahead of Justin Sun’s Tron cryptocurrency.
Stellar remains down as much as 90% from its former all-time high price, and for the crypto asset to return to such prices, would require a 1,150% gain. XLM is just one of many altcoins that has underperformed Bitcoin by a large margin in 2019.
Stellar Lumens puts an end to its largest airdrop to date
The Stellar Development Foundation is shutting down its $120 million airdrop program amid fraudulent account sign-ups.
Stellar’s largest airdrop to date is canceled
In September, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF)—“a non-profit organization founded in 2014 to support the development and growth of the open-source Stellar network”—partnered up with Keybase, a free group messaging community and file transfer hub, to distribute 2 billion XLM for 20 months among the messaging platform’s user base.
The idea was to bring new users to Keybase and help expand the adoption of Lumens by getting it “into the hands of real people,” as stated by Denelle Dixon, SDF’s CEO. Dixon stated:
“All you have to do is have an authenticated Keybase account, and your XLM will appear in your wallet–automatically, every month, for as long as the airdrop continues.”
Now, the Foundation and Keybase revealed in a blog post that they would no longer continue with the giveaway. The decision comes after a massive number of fraudulent sign-ups tried to take advantage of the airdrop program overwhelming the
“Starting in the last week or so, hordes of fake people were beginning to come in, far beyond the capacity of Keybase or SDF to filter. It’s not in the Stellar network’s interest to reward those people; it is also not in Keybase’s interest to have them as Keybase users.”
Thus far, only 200 million Lumens were airdropped, worth about $10.6 million. And, SDF will distribute the final 100 million Lumens among Keybase’s verified users next week. For everyone else, registrations are closed.
This represents just 15 percent of the 2 billion XLM that were promised by the firms. But, as stated at the beginning of the program, “SDF reserves the right to end this giveaway early.” Now, it remains to be seen whether the Foundation will direct the remaining 1.7 billion Lumens to support other projects or if it will add it to the 55 billion tokens burned last month.
Stellar’s Denelle Dixon asserts Foundation is not a regulated entity
We are not a regulated entity because we are… And I don’t think the network layer should ever be regulated,” said Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation. Both Ripple and Stellar have explored ways to make cross-border payments easier. While the former has repeatedly called for an international framework for its product suite, the same cannot be said about the SDF whose main focus lies on the unbanked population and emerging markets globally.
According to the Stellar exec, if the network layer is regulated, “it’s like regulating the Internet.” On the latest edition of Money 3.0, Abra’s Bill Barhydt sat down with Dixon and addressed the regulatory environment and the Foundation’s stand regarding the same. Dixon stated,
“We’ve spent time with regulatory bodies, folks that do regulate like FinCEN and the Fed, and folks that actually do provide regulation of various different pieces, and also different areas in the DOJ [Department of Justice]. Those are traditional regulators, but we also have spent time with the policymakers, which are the domestically and extraterritorially focusing on Congress people and senators.”
She also highlighted
“Blockchain has a record, it’s open, it’s transparent. So even having those kinds of conversations really changes the dynamic. But at the outset, we’re not regulated. And also our wallet is a noncustodial wallet, and so we’re not from that standpoint from the application layer.”
Jed McCaleb, Stellar Co-founder and CTO, had previously stated that the Stellar Development Foundation [SDF] works mainly with licensed and regulated partners such as banks, fintech startups, and remittance companies. However, the Stellar protocol is a foundational and open technology usable by anyone. The Foundation’s goal is to leverage the Stellar network to increase financial access globally and in particular, to the more than 2.5 billion unbanked people in emerging markets across the world.
In a bid to improve the financial landscape and promote financial inclusion, Stellar had also announced a new initiative called the Stellar Partnership Grant Program.
Stellar’s Very Own Lightning Torch Has Been Showing Off Its Network Efficiency
- A scheme called the Lightning Trust Chain was started at the beginning of the year by a big cryptocurrency fan.
- It started to gain some traction across the industry.
- The bitcoin torch was a success and so with that, the Stellar Foundation took some ideas and has been running its own version of the “torch”.
A scheme called the Lightning Trust Chain was started at the beginning of the year by a big cryptocurrency fan nicknamed hodlonaut and it started to gain some traction across the industry. It then became known by many as the Lightning Torch. This torch was a way to test Bitcoin’s new second network layer that promised to give better scaling and quicker transactions at much lower costs.
So for those who don’t know, the “torch” was passed from one person to another, with each individual pitching in 10,000 Satoshis into the account. The funds later were
The bitcoin torch was a success and so with that, the Stellar Foundation took some ideas and has been running its own version of the “torch”. This was done as a way to show off its network efficiency with the initiative being started by a user called, Wouter Arkink back in summer.
As per ZyCrypto:
“Everyone passing the torch has to use Keybase, an end-to-end suite of apps adopted by the Stellar community. However, one doesn’t have to really be on Keybase to receive the torch. A friend can pass the torch to someone on Twitter, in which case the person can receive it once they get on Keybase. Stellar also uses the apps in its airdropping campaigns.”
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