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Can Ripple (XRP) replace the dollar?

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When the CEO and founder of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse was asked by her mother (who lives in Kansas) that what he does, he was at pains to go in detail what he and Ripple (XRP) sell. He simply answered that he sells software to financial institutions and banks. Simple, right? Well, not as put. Most financial services startups fall into one of the two sides: those who want to save themselves from banks and those who want to compete with banks. Ripple (XRP) on its side is a rare exception; it wants to do both.

Ripple (XRP), a transaction protocol and platform that is designed for remittance and coinage exchange, was developed with the aim to make online cross-border remittance instant and almost free of charge. Although new in the cryptocurrency sphere, Ripple has more than 100 global financial institutions, online payment service providers, and banks that have adopted their platform into their systems.

Value of Ripple (XRP)

Being the virtual currency of choice for financial institutions and banks, Ripple is without a doubt one of the most stable virtual currencies in the world today.

Since its entry to the stock exchange, XRP has been struggling to hit impressive prices, During the first and second quarter of 2017, Ripple’s value started to soar after hitting an impressive $0.4 per coin, after a short while Ripple prices fell by more than 50%. Afterward, Ripple (XRP) has gone through a hasty price surge to $3. The digital currency trades at $0.53998 currently; it increased in value by 1.79% in last 24 hours.

History of Ripple

Launched by Ripple Labs, a California-based company in 2012, Ripple has become a model for several other payment systems. With a platform with an open-source solution and a code that is publically available, the Ripple platform consists of decentralized personal computers same as Bitcoin platform. There is no designated server in place to govern and register individual settlements. The platform verifiers with personal computer software connected to the Ripple (XRP) network.

Ripple vs. the USD

What are the dollars in your wallet? It is a government printed paper that has been decided by the Government to be the legal tender for individuals as well as businesses to use to pay for goods and services. This government print is also known as fiat currency; this fiat currency is money that is used but not always backed up by any physical paper these days.

Government-issued cash is not fixed at a price by any principle standard unless the argument is that the US dollar is the principal standard.

Today, the dollars in your wallet was worth less than five years ago, and six years ago they were worth far less than what they were worth twelve years ago. Time diminishes the purchasing power of the government print in your wallet.

In the last few years, virtual currency or cryptocurrency has been revolutionizing how we exchange value. It is more like how Gmail disrupted the post office breaking the value chain and lifeline of post offices by making stamps to send letters irrelevant and a thing of the past.

Cryptocurrencies and more so Ripple (XRP) because it’s the chief digital coin involved in financial matters is a bank-less bank that is undoubtedly disrupting the economic front and the influence of the US dollar.

It will take the time. But as the time passes, we can expect Ripple replacing the US dollar to become the preferred medium of exchange by individuals, businesses as well as a financial institution in their everyday transactions and how they transact with each other on a daily basis.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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