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Are Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP) really that comparable?

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We can see how the cryptocurrency market grows every day. Steadily the offer of virtual coins is turning into a larger one, diversifying like that the wideness of the industry and each time, providing more new services that attach to the needs of the sector. However, sometimes in this amplitude of the repertory, many similarities can be found betwixt cryptocurrencies; even getting to a point where it results challenging to differentiate one from the other.

That is exactly the case of Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP), two separate tokens that are linked one to the other very often. As a matter of fact, there are significant similarities between Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP), many of which the most popular include the fact of having been founded by the same person Jed McCaleb.

But the truth is that despite the common points, these coins behave very differently, and their goals are the same way, very apart. Let’s see what the main differences between the tokens of Stellar and Ripple are!

The overall dissimilarity

The first difference has to be the purpose of each one of the cryptos. While it was supposed that Stellar was created with the intention of fixing the errors and improving what Ripple has, they actually approach different objectives.

For instance, Stellar aims to work with individuals to provide them with financial product and services at a meager price, creating an opportunity to fight against poverty and develop the full financial potential of each person.

On the other hand, Ripple works on a network with the vision of connecting bank entities, exchange platforms, and payment providers through the RippleNet. Its primary mission is to provide a safe network where transactions would be completely effective.

Similarly, while Stellar is a not-for-profit organization, Ripple is the opposite, a profit-seeking company envisioning to work on solutions to the most significant financial enterprises in the industry.

The protocols

At the beginning both Stellar and Ripple used to work under the same protocol, even sharing almost the same code. However, the story is entirely different now as currently they use different protocols and share almost nothing of the code.

At the moment, Stellar uses the Stellar Consensus Protocol (SCP) which can be considered as a big-scale evolution of the Federated Byzantine Agreement (FBA); in essence, it offers complete decentralization, flexible trust, bounded security and low latency. It all remains on decentralization, a fact that Ripple does not offer at the moment.

Ripple, on the other hand, uses the Ripple Protocol Consensus Algorithm (RPCA), which is basically based on the mechanism of Proof of Correctness (PoC).

Likewise, when it comes to the speeds of each protocol the first works at a pace of 1000 tx/s in contrast to the protocol used by Ripple, which in the lapse of each second is applied to all of the nodes.

Strategic alliances and collaborations

In this matter, Stellar is a few steps behind Ripple, which has developed the best partnership relations across the world.

Nevertheless, the Stellar Development Foundation has also created solid partnerships setting up payment platforms in some countries of the Europe continent and the Philippines, having Africa as the next target, a market potentially powerful to work with as is highly unexplored and accomplishes the vision of the company.

Ripple has developed relations all across the globe with some of the most crucial bank entities, including central banks. There remains a crucial difference between the two companies; while one is focusing on building relations with non-bank institutions, the other targets only the banking industry.

The current market differentiation

It seems somehow that even when Stellar has developed a great business model it still has so much to do to reach the level of its contender Ripple. As of today, Ripple figures at the number 3 spot in the charts of the website Coinmarketcap.com while Stellar is at the 8th position.

Both virtual currencies have decreased in value in the last 24 hours, Ripple at a 7.9% with a current price of $0.68 per unit, and Stellar with 9.5% of decrease and a total price per unit of $0.33.

To sum up, it results evident that now there are more features making both coins differ from the other than what it made them comparable at the beginning. However, both are excellent options in the market, and without any doubt, we could be seeing them exponentially growing in the near future.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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