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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Integrates Ripple (XRP) Interledger Technology

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Apple may not live on the bleeding edge of emerging technology, but they are known for introducing it to the mainstream. Their integration of near field communication (NFC) into the iPhone series allowed them to bring Apple Pay to life. While several competitors now exist, Apple Pay was undeniably the first major mobile phone payment service. In the time since the technology struggled to gain market traction. Disparate payment systems, coupled with a lack of merchant incentive, prevent wide-scale adoption. Apple’s recent update to the Apple Pay system introduces the Payment Request API – and more noteworthy, Ripple’s Interledger Protocol.

While a footnote for Apple, this is major news for the Ripple payment protocol. A huge market share of the mainstream public uses Apple products, and now by default Ripple. If the new Payment Request API gains traction, Ripple could become the first cryptocurrency in widespread use. This depends on the continuing simplification of the payment process. There is a high barrier to entry to the cryptocurrency sphere at the moment, and even then the learning curve is sharp. Users still need a high level of technological literacy, something that Apple may be able to help mitigate.

What is the Interledger Protocol?

Everyone is all too familiar with the traditional banking transfer process. Created in-house, banking networks rarely communicate well with other institutions. Payment processing agencies, including credit cards, don’t benefit from allowing merchants to easily use other options. This creates an environment where transfers can take days. In the case of international transfers, it can be even longer – with a large amount of potential fraud.

Ripple’s Interledger Protocol introduces a solution this problem. Interledger creates a network of different blockchain protocols and traditional digital ledgers. Each ledger that wants to gain access to the Interledger network must create an end-point that uses common Interledger addresses. This effectively creates a network of networks, integrating all of the disparate networks into a single protocol. So long as the origin sending institution can easily communicate with their own Interledger module, sending payments to the network is simple. Similarly, the end-point module only needs to communicate with two locations; the institution itself, and the Interledger protocol.

Ripple on the Move

This is only one of many triumphs accomplished by Ripple so far this year. Major bank Santander recently announced that they would be using Ripple’s xCurrent payment service. Their mobile app will be the first international transfer service that uses Ripple’s payment protocol. This is alongside the shocking donation of $29 million USD worth of XRP to DonorsChoose.org. Ripple completely funded every project on the charity site, an action announced later on Stephen Colbert’s late night show.

While Ripple suffered in the wake of the market correction alongside all other coins, they’ve remained relatively stable in the short term. Their focus on gaining real-world partnerships with major financial institutions is paying off. Unlike many blockchain projects, Ripple boasts an entire suite of functional products. When we reenter a bull market, Ripple is primed to lead the charge.

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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