Market clearly believes that Stellar (XLM) is the next Coinbase listing, ZEC and ADA far behind

First it was ZRX that surged in the anticipation of its listing on Coinbase, then it was BAT’s turn. Once BAT did its ritual pump and dump, buyers are parking their gains from these two altcoins into the next top candidates for Coinbase listing.

The biggest fiat on-ramp officially stated what coins are among the top candidates to be listed and that list of 5 coins is already shortened to the 3 remaining: ZEC, ADA and XLM.

The volatility-thirsty market is looking at these coins as the only ones that have some chance of serious movement up and down so they can actually make some profit in the stagnated market. If we throw a glance on the charts – it is clear where the profits are flowing right now.

Stellar Lumens are up 14.8% on the week with an upward trend and they are heavy favorites in our eyes. Here are couple of reasons why Stellar could be the next listing:

Coinbase has close business ties with Circle – investment app that offers cryptocurrency as a buying option. One of the coins offered in Circle is XLM which prompted XLM holders to see this as the advantage for Stellar to be the next Coinbase listing. The reasoning is solid – if it is already on Circle and Circle works closely with Coinbase, it is very plausible for the XLM coin to be added to the Coinbase exchange.

Based on what Coinbase have put out in their public releases about requirements to be listed on the platform, I’d say Stellar ticks the boxes. For a coin to enter Coinbase, it needs to meet the criteria in the digital asset framework released last year. The quality of the project is part of the criteria along with liquidity, legal compliance, token economy.

And third, a member of the Stellar board is the president of Y Combinator. Y Combinator owns 7% of Coinbase. That member is of course Samuel H. “Sam” Altman.

Next on the list of candidates is ZCash – ZEC that didn’t move up too much – 2.7% up on the week. This probably shows the market doesn’t see ZEC as the next coin on Coinbase although this project has its trumps in the race.

Adding ADA or XLM would just be adding another dapp platform, adding ZEC would be a first privacy coin on Coinbase.

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Note that Coinbase will only add support for transparent addresses if they do list ZEC in the future as they are a very by-the-book company.

Another argument for Zcash is that it has a company with a steady budget (founders reward) behind it. This means there will always be enough funds to help push things forward with development and education. In addition, serious crypto funds and high profile individuals from crypto space (like Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, Barry Silbert, Fred Ehrsam, Winklevoss, Fenbushi Capital, etc…) have continued to invest heavily in Zcash with things like seed rounds and the Zcash investment trust. People who lead these funds are also well connected with decision makers at Coinbase and regulatory bodies which is another plus for ZEC candidacy.

It a great combination of Tech, Team, Community and Connections that is propelling and will continue to propel Zcash forward.

Cardano didn’t move as well – 0.7% on the week which is another indicator on community’s opinion on the next Coinbase nominee.

ADA’s Coinbase chances are okay, but still lower than those of a couple of other coins that were mentioned in the Coinbase announcement. The biggest problem with it is its lack of an actually functional platform. It is however lauded as one of the more technically solid smart contract-focused projects on the market so it’s understandable why Coinbase decided to take it into consideration.

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Philipp Traugott
Philipp Traugott

Phil Traugott is a staff writer at CaptainAltcoin. As a trained marketing specialist for copywriting and creative campaigns, he has been advising top companies on the following topics: online marketing, SEO and software branding for more than 10 years. The topic of crypto currencies is becoming increasingly important for companies and investors and he found it very alluring and fitting for his skillset which prompted him to pivot his career towards blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

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