What is Stellar?
Lumen (XLM) is Stellar blockchain’s native digital asset, primarily designed to fulfill certain internal and network-specific functions such as securing the chain. Over time, its role has diversified significantly, thus covering external transactions and trading.
History of Stellar
Stellar is a blockchain-based payments network, built with the vision of connecting traditional and decentralized financial systems from around the world.
Jed McCaleb—MtGox’s founder and Ripple’s co-founder —introduced the Stellar project in 2014 with Joyce Kim, a former lawyer. The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization, was established in July 2014, with Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, as a collaborator. Before Stellar’s official launch in 2015, McCaleb sought alpha testers through his ‘Secret Bitcoin Project’ website.
Stripe led Stellar’s seed funding round, investing $3 million. Out of the initial release of 100 billion Lumens (then called stellar), 25% was allotted for the ecosystem’s contemporary non-profit contributors. In 2017, the SDF founded Lightyear—Stellar’s commercial wing and announced a $2 million (in Lumens) grant. As a part of the Stellar Partnership Grant Program, the award was meant to incentivize Stellar-based project development.
What are Lumens used for?
Initially, the XLM token was “intended solely” for the network’s internal transactions, primarily as a security mechanism. While Stellar account holders have to maintain a minimum balance of 1 Lumen, every transaction costs a minimal fee in XLM. The amount is insignificant from the perspective of overhead end-user cost but is an adequate deterrent to large-scale, malicious activities.
However, Lumen’s usability has diversified over time, and it’s now usable for transactional purposes outside the Stellar network. XLM holders can use their tokens for global payments and transfers, as well as for trading of centralized and decentralized crypto-exchanges. Especially, the minimal fee makes XLM a preferable asset for making micro and cross-border transactions.
Lumens can also be leveraged as the intermediary asset for conversions between otherwise illiquid assets and between fiat. Combining these factors, Lumens emerge as a significant driving force behind Stellar’s market capitalization of $3 billion. According to CoinMarketCap, Lumen (XLM) is ranked 11 in the ever-expanding crowd of 3000+ cryptocurrencies.
How do Lumens work?
Lumens are secured using the underlying blockchain’s Stellar Consensus Protocol (SCP), a Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) alternative to Proof-of-Work (PoW). The underlying concept is known as the Federated Byzantine Agreement and was conceived before Bitcoin’s release.
Apart from incentivizing the network to use standard software for optimum interoperability, Lumen-based transactions do not involve mining. Instead, a transaction is considered valid if it achieves the predefined quorum of votes from the network’s validator nodes (Basic or Full).
Stellar has super-low transaction fees and allows anyone to transfer money almost instantly to any where in the world.Darren T
How to Get Lumens (XLM)?
How do I buy Stellar Lumen in Canada (XLM to CAD)?
Buying Stellar Luman (XLM) in Canada can be done through a cryptocurrency exchange such as NDAX, a peer-to-peer trade, or at a cryptocurrency ATM. However, using platforms such as NDAX will allow for affordable, safe, and fast transactions.
|1 XLM||0.38 CAD|
|5 XLM||1.91 CAD|
|10 XLM||3.82 CAD|
|25 XLM||9.56 CAD|
|50 XLM||19.12 CAD|
|100 XLM||38.24 CAD|
|500 XLM||191.23 CAD|
|1000 XLM||382.46 CAD|
|5000 XLM||1912.32 CAD|
|10000 XLM||3824.65 CAD|
|1 CAD||2.61 XLM|
|10 CAD||26.14 XLM|
|20 CAD||52.29 XLM|
|50 CAD||130.72 XLM|
|100 CAD||261.45 XLM|
|500 CAD||1307.3 XLM|
|1000 CAD||2614.61 XLM|
|5000 CAD||13073.09 XLM|
|10000 CAD||26146.18 XLM|
|50000 CAD||130730.91 XLM|
How do I store Stellar?
It is highly recommended that you always store Stellar (XLM) in a cryptocurrency hardware wallet. However, at NDAX we have all the security measures in place to allow you to safely store your cryptocurrency on our platform. See NDAX Security. For cold wallets, check out Ledger or Trezor for your hardware wallet needs.