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On January 3, Monero officially overtook Litecoin and Ripple, solidifying its position as one of the leading cryptocurrencies in the market. There exists several major factors that pushed the market cap of Monero this past weekend including the Alphabay userbase, active development and integration.
Experts Praise Monero
Over the past 12 months, Monero and its development team received positive and optimistic recognition from leading cryptocurrency experts and cryptographers, due to its legitimate cryptography and technology.
It is one of the very few cryptocurrencies in the market that has an actual consumer
base and commercial application. Monero is used by large-
“ Without a doubt I’d choose Monero over Dash – the latter is snake oil, The former genuine cryptocurrency.”
Monero is also developed on top of Bitcoin Core developer Greg Maxwell’s confidential transactions scheme, which allows the cryptocurrency’s ring signatures to hide amounts in Monero transactions.
“Monero’s invention of RingCT, which allows for Greg Maxwell’s Confidential Transactions scheme to work with Monero’s ring signatures, effectively hiding all amounts in Monero transactions,” said Monero developer Riccardo Spagni.
Importance of Applicability, Commercialization & Integration
The applicability of a cryptocurrency is crucial for long-
At the moment, the majority of cryptocurrencies and assets in the market have little
or no commercial application. Assets like Ripple, Augur and MaidSafeCoin that are
worth tens of millions of dollars in market cap have had significant hype to supplement
their increasing value but overtime, their lack of applicability is affecting long-
For instance, Ripple is currently worth US$230 million in market cap and is the third largest cryptocurrency in the market. However, it is difficult to even consider Ripple as a cryptocurrency because any amount of Ripple can be generated at any given time. Such system poses no difference to corrupt financial systems that make up traditional monetary systems developed around cash.
As time passed, more investors and traders began to realize the actual user base of Monero, which accounts for nearly 2% of global darknet users.
Another important factor that is driving the price of Monero is the integration of the currency by digital asset exchanges. This week, Kraken, a leading bitcoin exchange, announced the integration of Monero to allow users to trade bitcoin, cash and ether for the anonymous cryptocurrency.
In a statement, the Kraken development team stated:
Monero is one of the leading cryptocurrencies that has seen huge 40x market cap growth in 2016 and trades with high volume and liquidity.
If Monero continues to demonstrate high liquidity, increasing user base and trading
activity, it is highly likely that the privacy-