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Will 2019 be the Year of XRP?

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2019 has only just started, and already, crypto investors around the world are optimistic about the future of many cryptocurrencies this year. While a lot of crypto issues are expected to be resolved, and many coins are likely going to have an eventful year, the community is very much interested in what to expect from the coins at the top, especially XRP.

XRP, for example, has been the second largest coin by market cap for almost two months, until it lost the position to Ethereum on January 2nd. However, while ETH may have made a comeback after dropping in November’s market crash, this doesn’t make XRP a bad coin.

XRP’s 2018 performance and issues

It is no secret that XRP had a lot of issues to deal with in 2018. The coin was accused of being security numerous times, not to mention several lawsuits against its parent company. XRP was also accused of being centralized, which Ripple Labs worked hard to prove wrong.

However, at one point, the situation turned. XRP became quite reputable, and while there are still those who are skeptical of its nature or future, it is currently doing rather well, considering last year’s events.

As many are aware of, XRP is the coin meant to be used with Ripple Labs’ payment products, such as it’s biggest current hit — xRapid. The company is dedicated to providing quick and cheap payment solutions that can make international payments nearly instant. Considering the dire need for upgrading current payment systems, which often take days to complete a single transaction, many banks around the world were quick to open up towards the possibility of integrating these products into their everyday businesses.

As a result, over 120 banks and financial institutions from all corners of the world have partnered up with Ripple, and this is one of the things why XRP is guaranteed to have a bright future. Without XRP, Ripple’s payment products do not work, meaning that the coin has already found one way of going mainstream, and many expect it to be the first cryptocurrency to do so.

Thanks to these possibilities, as well as Ripple Labs’ pretty good reputation, XRP has managed to make significant progress even while losing value in 2018’s bearish market. It also manages to keep competition under control, as no other coin attracts banks as much as XRP.

XRP in 2019

So, what does all of this mean for XRP’s future? Well, the first thing that should be noted is that Ripple’s and XRP’s actions in 2018 managed to set an excellent foundation for the coin’s future development. There is always room for improvement in the crypto world, and Ripple is expected to partner up with more banks, remove the potential issue, and maybe even launch new products this year.

It is currently among the fastest coins on the market, being able to complete transactions in only 4 seconds. In comparison, ETH takes over 2 minutes to do the same, while Bitcoin can take more than an hour. And, as mentioned, traditional payment systems rarely complete the process under 3-5 days. XRP’s biggest current competitor is Stellar, which can do it in 3 seconds. Also, the coin can handle around 1,500 TPS, and it can be used for making transactions at any time of day and night.

Meanwhile, Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, remains optimistic of the coin in 2019. While nothing can be claimed with certainty when it comes to crypto, many believe that this might be a true year of crypto. The hype of 2017 is now in the past, and many are hoping that the same can be said for last year’s price correction. In other words, crypto is now supposedly free to advance at a steady pace and expand truly great projects into the coins that will dominate the future of payments.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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