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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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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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