4 Cryptocurrencies That Could Surpass Bitcoin


Could bitcoin’s prevalence as the world’s largest digital banking by marketplace top shortly come to an end?

Sean Williams

Historically, the batch marketplace has been the biggest creator of long-term wealth, with an normal annual gain, thorough of division investment and practiced for inflation, of 7%. This would indicate the event for invested supports to double in value about once every decade.

However, cryptocurrency investors have laughed their way to the bank over the past year, with practical banking valuations going through the roof. When 2017 began, the total value of all cryptocurrencies total was just $17.7 billion. By Jan. 4, 2018 (369 days later), the total marketplace top of all 1,384 investable cryptocurrencies had soared to $774 billion. That’s an boost in value of tighten to 4,300%, and it’s a lapse the broad-based batch indexes would take decades to deliver.

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Bitcoin, the world’s most profitable cryptocurrency by marketplace cap, and the digital silver supposed by more merchants than any other practical currency, is mostly credited with being the procedure for this rally. After all, bitcoin was the first to move blockchain technology — the digital, distributed, and decentralized bill that underlies cryptocurrencies — into the mainstream, and was the first actively traded digital banking on decentralized exchanges.

But, law be told, the convene in new months has been about distant more than just bitcoin. In fact, bitcoin’s prevalence in propinquity to the total cryptocurrency marketplace top is about as low as it’s ever been at 34%, suggesting that the valuations of other practical coins are flourishing at a much quicker gait than bitcoin’s. In fact, the total value of all cryptocurrencies, incompatible bitcoin, has jumped from $2.24 billion on Dec. 31, 2016 to $522 billion as of Jan. 4, 2018, according to CoinMarketCap.com. That’s a better than 23,200% boost in just over a year’s time.

The hunt for the subsequent bitcoin has investors and speculators pulling a number of digital currencies higher. However, only four, in my opinion, now have the “tools” indispensable to transcend bitcoin’s marketplace top in the middle term.

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The two likeliest possibilities to transcend bitcoin

Two of the likeliest cryptocurrencies to transcend bitcoin’s marketplace top are Ethereum and/or Ripple, which just so occur to be third and second, respectively, in cryptocurrency marketplace top at the moment.


What creates Ethereum so special is the blockchain, and the number of organizations now contrast out that blockchain record in some capacity. Ethereum’s digital bill incorporates protocols famous as “smart contracts,” which assistance to verify, facilitate, or make the traffic of a contract. Smart contracts are quite appealing from an efficiency and authorised standpoint for businesses, which is because the Ethereum Foundation has had little emanate anticipating takers to exam out the technology. Ethereum’s blockchain also moves over bitcoin’s currency-only applications, which is because so many different industries are meddlesome in what Ethereum has to offer.

In February, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance was formed, and by Oct. 18, 2017, accurately 200 organizations from a accumulation of industries were contrast a chronicle of Ethereum’s blockchain in small-scale and commander projects. This includes a number of brand-name companies, as well as governments. If we start to see wider acceptance of the Ethereum blockchain in real-world applications (i.e., over commander projects), there’s a genuine possibility it could transcend bitcoin’s marketplace cap.

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Ripple might even be a bigger hazard to bitcoin, with the second-largest cryptocurrency behind bitcoin wanting only to double once more in sequence to transcend it.

Like Ethereum, all eyes are on Ripple’s blockchain technology, which is being specifically targeted at big banks and financial institutions. Ripple’s unusually low sell fees and discerning allotment times are designed to be a vital ascent over the extensively corroboration routine payments go through with the normal banking system.

Though Ripple announced in Jun 2016 that 7 vast banks would be contrast out the blockchain record in a singular capacity, it really gained prominence in Nov 2017 when American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN) announced their goal to use Ripple’s blockchain in a real-world test. The partnership will concede U.S.-based American Express users who send non-card payments to U.K. Santander accounts to have those payments processed through Ripple’s blockchain. It’s believed that these sell will settle instantly, which is distant quicker than what happens with stream cross-border transactions, where the corroboration routine can take days. 

Ripple has also benefited from rumors surrounding the presumably unavoidable inventory on Coinbase, the world’s most renouned cryptocurrency exchange. Assuming it does get listed shortly and manages to obstacle new banking partners, it could give bitcoin a genuine run for the money.

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Two dark-horse possibilities that could really warn and transcend bitcoin

There are also two dark-horse possibilities that could do accurately what Ripple has finished and emerge from the shadows to make a run at bitcoin.


As with Ripple and Ethereum, Stellar’s blockchain record is the star. Stellar’s blockchain offers discerning estimate times on the network of between two and 5 seconds for most transactions, which again would be a vital alleviation over the extended corroboration times mostly seen in cross-border payments.

Stellar’s blockchain also incorporates the possess chronicle of intelligent contracts. Again, Stellar is creation it transparent that the blockchain is designed for craving business and targeted at cross-border scalable applications.

But distinct Ripple and the laser concentration on big banks, Stellar is coming the hunt for scalability by seeking out multinational businesses. In October, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and KlickEx partnered with Stellar to promote cheaper and quicker cross-border sell in the South Pacific region. This partnership involves a dozen ubiquitous banks, representing mixed different currencies, building and deploying Stellar’s blockchain. The thought here being that IBM, which generates tens of billions of dollars each year outward the U.S., can accept payments from business and have those remuneration routine almost instantly, instead of watchful days for them to settle. 

Assuming this plan proves cultivatable for IBM, “Big Blue” could select to enhance the focus to other tools of the world. This is Stellar’s possibility to shine, and if it does, it might have a shot at garnering new partnerships and toppling bitcoin in the process.

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Though it’s the smallest of the 4 at the moment, with a marketplace top that’s almost $250 billion behind that of bitcoin, Monero has the intensity to really spin heads and succeed bitcoin as the largest cryptocurrency.

Why Monero, you ask? Look no serve than the extensive swell in seductiveness for privacy coins of late. A remoteness silver is zero more than a practical banking that’s placed an increasing importance on the remoteness and anonymity of the sender and receivers of practical funds.

Many cryptocurrency users secretly trust that because their logged information is stored in an encrypted conform on a digital bill that it can’t be traced back to them — but this just isn’t true. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service recently won a authorised conflict opposite Coinbase that compulsory the cryptocurrency sell to spin over information on 14,355 users who’d exchanged more than $20,000 value of bitcoin between 2013 and 2015. Though the IRS’s authorised win was for the purpose of throwing capital-gain taxation evaders, the broader thesis here is that blockchain sell mostly aren’t as unknown as you’d think.

Monero employs an open-sourced custom famous as CryptoNote that uses ring signatures to problematic the sender of a payment. Ring signatures are same to carrying mixed signers on a corner bank account, but but meaningful who the central signer is. Each transaction on Monero’s blockchain generates a one-time spend pivotal famous as a secrecy residence that allows only the target to detect and spend those funds. 

If remoteness coins sojourn renouned among cryptocurrency investors, and Monero lands a vital partner, it could come out of nowhere to leapfrog bitcoin.

Sean Williams has no position in any of the bonds mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends American Express. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.