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Ripple’s XRP: Can it attract pension funds as a currency to store wealth?

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You’ve probably heard about CoinBase already. It’s a company based in California, considered to be one of the most important crypto exchanges in the world because of its amazing thirteen million users (that many people can’t be wrong, right?). But while it’s so well known as a coin trading site, Coinbase offers a variety of other services that are not so famous. One of them is known as “custodial service.”

That means that they accept to hold somebody’s wealth or property and make sure it stays safe and invest with it in the most reliable possible ways. It’s not a retail service, as you need at least ten million dollars to open this kind of account and, as such, it’s usually demanded by institutions that need to keep a big pool of money safe, such as pension funds.

A pension fund’s primary aim to keep money safe for the clients which is why pension fund managers are very conservative in their investment strategies and do not delve that much into the stock market. Which is not to say that they never do, several funds of this type are known to put some of their money in Blue Chip stocks it small quantities. And now the question is: will they start using cryptocurrency investment anytime soon? And if they do, how important will Ripple’s XRP be for them?

The answer to the first question is a definitive yes, just not very soon. The cryptocurrency markets are still not very appreciated by financial operators that are used to work with traditional financial tools only. But as Bitcoin and many other assets keep moving forward and showing their worth, it’s unavoidable that even people in Wall Street will start bringing some money to the table. It’s going to be a long process, but it’s already happening to a point.

What does that mean for XRP? Nothing, until recently, but things change. Coinbase just announced that as part of its custodial service it’s studying the inclusion of forty new cryptocurrencies to use to invest and store wealth, and Ripple’s XRP is among them. That is a breakthrough as, so far, Coinbase has only used for this the handful of crypto coins it offers for trade.

It would be very significant for XRP because it would give it a use that it currently does not have and that is not seeking to acquire either. Ripple’s XRP has always been a coin with a single and clear purpose which is to settle international payments in a much quicker, cheaper, and safer way than can currently be done with the outdated but dominant SWIFT system.

That’s what it’s been aiming for since its inception, as opposed to becoming a local currency (something “average” people could use to pay for goods or services), or a means to store wealth, an investment tool or any of the other typical uses associated with crypto coins.

If Coinbase decides to use XRP in its custodian service really, that would increase the demand for this token dramatically and would turn it into a wealth storing coin, besides the regular use it has typically. And more demand means higher prices and good coin performance.

It’s not a done deal yet, Coinbase is moving very carefully lately, after the Bitcoin Cash fiasco, and the announcement is, above all, a declaration of intent. But even that is significant taking into account that the same exchange has not shown any interest so far in supporting Ripple (XRP) for trade.

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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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