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Another Bank Joins Ripple! The first ever bank in Oman to be a part of RippleNet

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Of all the Blockchain companies, Ripple boasts of the most partnerships with traditional financial institutions. Its RippleNet Blockchain network is one of the most revolutionary Blockchains with solutions that include cross-border payments, instant transaction settlement and bi-directional messaging.

BankDhofar is the New member of the RippleNet

Ripple’s most recent addition is BankDhofar. With this move as it’s first-ever partnership with an Oman based bank was first announced on Tuesday. The partnership will add BankDhofar to Ripple’s portfolio of over 100 banks and financial institutions that are already on the RippleNet.

While announcing the new development, BankDhofar’s Chief Information Officer Dr. Tariq Taha said that the bank is pleased to be “the first bank in Oman to join and access more than 100 of its member banks and other financial institutions utilizing Blockchain for instant payments”.

This comes just a year after BankDhofar’s move to join ‘the leading Blockchain consortium BankChain’ in respect with the bank’s objectives towards enabling customer satisfaction and improving overall efficiency especially for customers that regularly send remittances overseas.

BankDhofar Providing More Transparency

Taha further mentioned in the announcement that BankDhofar is also looking to provide a more transparent and friction-less cross-border money transfer using Ripple’s Blockchain. In addition, Taha said that the bank will also enable ‘end to end visibility over the journey of the payment’ as one of its initiatives of improving customer experience.

With this new partnership, BankDhofar is looking to become one of the best leading banks in the Gulf area as it strives to innovate creative services and products that are custom made for the customers. Thanks to a variety of products that ripple offers , BankDhofar will have a variety of services to pick from including xCurrent (and end to end payment tracking software) and xRapid (a real-time liquidity provider for international transactions using the XRP token) which is set to be used by the global money transfer platform, Western Union.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

The crash that analysts are predicting right now comes as a direct consequence of all the hype that has been building up in…

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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