In a continuation of good news for crypto asset Stellar, Coinbase recently announced the listing of XLM on its platform. Markets reacted positively to the news, with a 4% increase against the Dollar, but similar to XRP’s recent listing on the platform; investors were left feeling somewhat disappointed.Is this further confirmation of Coinbase’s diminishing influence? Or, were past pumps the result of market manipulation?To be fair, a good amount of altcoins followed similar movements…Also, the Coinbase listing pump appears basically dead. $XLM initially jumped 7%, now sitting around 5% above the announcement level. Nothing to write home about in crypto land— Crypto Bobby (@crypto_bobby) March 13, 2019Coinbase Making All The Right Moves2018 proved to be an outstanding year for Coinbase. For instance, rumors of an imminent IPO circulated when they announced a successful round of investment fundraising to the tune of $300 million – which puts a valuation of $8 billion on the company. They said the money would be spent on building out fiat to crypto infrastructure. But were quick to quash suggestions of a public offering by saying:“we would always remain a crypto-first company.”Coinbase Ventures, their investment division, also invested in several startups last year. This move brought Nomics, Securitize, Starkware, and Abacus on board, adding data and API specialism to their portfolio. But perhaps most significant was their collaboration with technology company Circle to develop the USDC stablecoin. USDC has since made great strides in a short amount of time. Circle CEO, Jeremy Allaire celebrated its achievements at the end of last year by signaling his ambition to overtake Tether. And with leading exchanges including Bitfinex, KuCoin, Binance, Poloniex, and Korbit listing the coin, 2019 holds great promise.USDC hits $250m issued in just months. Great end to 2018. Here’s to becoming the top stablecoin in 2019! @centre_io @circlepay @coinbase https://t.co/VmKHTTA79N— Jeremy Allaire (@jerallaire) December 31, 2018Retail Investors Not ForgottenAside from the corporate goings-on, retail investors can now make instant withdrawals to PayPal. Also, with the introduction of Coinbase Earn, users get rewarded for learning about crypto. This move recognizes that lack of knowledge is a significant barrier to crypto uptake. Coinbase Earn addresses this by incentivizing users. They say:“The idea is for users to understand more about an asset’s utility and its underlying technology, while getting a bit of the asset to try out.”At the same time, the expansion of their product offering has seen the addition of BAT, BSV, CVC, DAI, DNT, ETC, GNT, LOOM, MANA, MKR, XLM, XRP, USDC, ZEC, ZIL, ZRX to the lineup. With an on-going assessment to add more. Coinbase has publicized its plans to eventually incorporate almost all assets that meet its criteria for security, compliance, and vision. This brings welcome news to users, who were previously frustrated by the lack of choice on offer. In a statement, they said:” Over time, we intend to offer our customers access to greater than 90% of all compliant digital assets by market cap.”Whereas back in May 2017, when Coinbase listed Litecoin, triggering a 40% spike in price against Bitcoin, not only did fewer exchanges exist, but the average investor was merely out to make quick money in what seemed like a frenzied free-for-all.
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