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Institutions Buying and Holding Ripple’s XRP Will Rise in Q3 this Year

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The team at Ripple have been doing a spectacular job at hosting ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) conversations with their top execs. A few weeks back, the new CTO, David Schwartz, was interviewed by Asheesh Birla, the Senior VP of Product. In the interview, we got to find out Ripple’s plans with RippleNet, XRP, xRapid and more information about the company and the underlying technology. We also found out that banks are in fear of being disrupted by new technology.

In the AMA, David Schwartz was quoted as saying:

“I talked to a lot of banks, and one of the things that I learned from banks that I didn’t really fully appreciate is that they are in fear of being disrupted by new technologies.”

Brad’s Ask Me Anything Session With Cory Johnson

It is with this background that the team at Ripple have held another AMA. This time around, it was Cory Johnson (Chief Market Strategist) having a lively discussion with the firm’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse. The duo covered a lot of topics, but one statement by Mr. Garlinghouse stood out.

In the statement, Brad Garlinghouse was answering Cory’s question about Wallstreet and institutional investors, talking about how they want to be more involved in the space as well as solving the issue of custody of digital assets. Brad’s response was as follows:

“One of the things I will tease for a future announcement within the Q3 market reports, which we always share…where we see institutional participation in buying XRP. Q3 will definitely be a record of institutional participation in buying and interest in holding XRP. “

The full AMA is now available on YouTube at the link below.

Another thing worth noting is that Brad had thought 2018 would be the year for institutional participation, but it has taken a bit longer. His new prediction of institutional participation will be in late 2018 or 2019. Brad added:

“I thought 2018 we would as an overall industry see more aggressive institutional participation. It has taken a bit longer. Now I would predict that 2019…the railroad tracks are being laid…You are seeing very interesting companies getting started to solve the institutional custody problem. That sets us up nicely for about the back half of 2018 and also 2019.”

When asked by Cory whether crypto custody solutions for institutional investors will be set up by the ‘big boys’ of Wallstreet or startups, Brad would answer that:

“I think it will start with the [startups]. Often times the big boys react to what is happening with the startups and sometimes they acquire those to bring those capabilities in house. Even as you look at the digital asset exchanges…you’ve seen players globally..and now you are seeing something Bakkt and ICE diving in. Will they at some point partner or participate with other start up players? Probably.”

In summary, Brad Garlinghouse has shared his vision and hope for XRP being bought and held by institutional investors as early as Q3 of this year. He has also seen that his prediction of 2018 where institutional investors dive in will have to wait till the end of the year or early next year.

With Bakkt in the pipeline, the stage is set for possible collaboration between Wallstreet firms and crypto startups on a level that had not been seen until now. The AMA proves that XRP is a good digital asset to consider in an investment portfolio moving forward.

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Basic Guide on How to Spend Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

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In recent years, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have entered more into the mainstream. Most people walking down the street have at least heard of Bitcoin. While a lot of people got involved in the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies to try and make a quick buck, most people who are enthusiastic about the world of blockchain are in it for the long haul. 

These are usually the people who are going to be more likely to actually use their Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a payment tool and not just as a storage of wealth or a trading tool. This guide looks at a few different ways in which you can use your Bitcoin in spending capacity. 

Crypto Debit Cards

Perhaps the easiest way for you to spend your cryptocurrency is by linking up your holdings to a debit card. 

These days, many of the leading card providers such as MasterCard and Visa have these types of crypto-linking debit cards. These cards can be used just like you would a normal debit card that is linked to your fiat currency bank account. 

Naturally, the most popular type of crypto debit card is going to be for Bitcoin, but there are other cryptocurrencies catered for also. 

Prepaid Cards

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Hybrid Bitcoin Casinos or Bitcoin-Only Casinos – Which Are Better?

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The rise of cryptocurrencies over recent years has had an impact on several industries. Gambling is one such industry, and many of the best online casinos offer Bitcoin as a payment method

Some of these casinos work exclusively with cryptocurrencies, while some are more traditional gambling sites that simply have integrated crypto on top of their fiat options.

This post will take a look at the advantages of joining a Bitcoin-exclusive casino on the web versus picking a hybrid one.

Advantages of Hybrid Bitcoin Casinos

Let’s start with the hybrid Bitcoin casinos. Usually, those are traditional gambling platforms that have been around for a long period of time. 

They offer classic payment methods such as Visa, PayPal, Skrill, and similar. At some point, they decided to add Bitcoin and potentially other cryptocurrencies to their portfolio. 

If you decide to join an online casino of this type, you will be able to enjoy the following benefits.

Lower Risks

Such online casinos often have a strong reputation and are licensed by respected gambling commissions such as the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority, and similar regulators.

They are known for protecting the customers and monitoring all actions…

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Is Bex500 an alternative to BitMEX?

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An all around review of Bex500

Bex500 is a young but rapid-growing exchange, less adversarial than BitMEX, but with higher leverage than Binance, Bex500 has enough strings to attract many crypto traders. 

Those dissatisfied with the old exchange, may find Bex500 exchange with a stable system with no manipulation or “overload”, pleasant UX, user-friendly tool kits, and around-clock customer service.

Bex500 says they are making crypto margin trading “easier” and giving you a better return. 

Can they really achieve that? We conduct a comprehensive review as below to see if it is a trustworthy exchange

Question 1. What features does Bex500 have?

Bex500 offers perpetual BTC futures as well as three other cryptos including ETH, XRP and LTC, all paired against USDT. You may find Bex500 doing a good job aggregating most important features traders need for a robust trading experience with better return.

-A fair trade with no overload

Many traders are familiar with “overload” problem, which disables placing orders in peak trading times. It is suspected to be insider manipulations by exchanges which can cost users entire portfolios.

Bex500, with its unmatched TPS (claimed to be over 10,000 orders per second), ensures that the trading…

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