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A Close Look At XRP For 2019

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XRP is currently the second largest coin by market cap, and it managed to hold on to this position for the larger part of the past three months. It is also one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in the market, and maybe even the closest one to reaching mainstream usage.

The potential of XRP

XRP is a coin developed by a company called Ripple, and while the coin was initially called by this name as well, it changed its name in an attempt to differentiate itself from the firm. One reason for this is that many believed that Ripple controls XRP, which is something that the company has always claimed to be false.

Even so, XRP remains Ripple’s native cryptocurrency, and it is used in combination with many of its products that aim to improve payment systems of various banks and financial institution. This is XRP’s largest use case to date, and more than 100 banks and financial institutions around the world have recognized the potential of the coin and Ripple products.

The products in question, mainly xRapid and xCurrent, are improved systems that allow transactions to be completed within seconds, even when it comes to cross-border payments. Furthermore, they are much cheaper, with lower fees than the ones used by banks so far, which also tend to take entire days to be processed.

Benefits of these products were clear to the banks as well, and while they are typically still quite skeptical of cryptocurrencies, they realized that implementing such systems is the only way to parry the innovations which cryptocurrencies are bringing.

XRP controversies

As mentioned, the crypto community was quite skeptical of XRP at first, and this did not change until very recently. The coin’s connection to Ripple and banks added even more fuel to this attitude, and XRP was accused of many things, such as centralization, not being a real cryptocurrency, market manipulation, and more.

It also had to face several lawsuits by unsatisfied investors, many of whom believed that the company created a coin just to use it to trick investors and get rich. Ripple always denied such accusations and made an additional effort to distance itself from the coin. They claimed that XRP could survive, even if Ripple ceases to exist, which should serve as proof to everyone in the crypto space that XRP is decentralized.

XRP performance

Ripple’s and XRP’s efforts ended up being quite successful, and the coin is now an accepted and well-respected cryptocurrency. Even so, its value remains rather low, sitting at $0.316004 at the time of writing.

However, the coin has reached higher levels of stability in mid-December, and for weeks now, XRP value remains between $0.32 and $0.36. As XRP continues to expand, a rally at some point remains a possibility, although this depends on the state of the entire crypto market.

Meanwhile, XRP continues to build up its network, connecting banks and financial institutions around the world. Apart from that, it is also listed on more than 100 crypto exchanges, although it has yet to win its place on Coinbase. If Coinbase does decide to list XRP, this might be just the push it needs for its value to skyrocket.

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3 Reasons Why WISE Token Could Be a Massive Winner in 2021

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

Cryptocurrency traders have spent the past several years searching far and wide for the next big winner.  While the market as a whole hasn’t been very bull friendly, one specific area that appears to be gaining traction is decentralized finance, more commonly known as DeFi.  This area generally refers to the digital assets and financial smart contracts, protocols, and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum.  The reason why so many crypto entrepreneurs are flocking to this space is that it allows them to create traditional financial vehicles in a decentralized network, outside the meddlesome control of foreign governments.

One extremely popular DeFi project is Chainlink (LINK) which is a decentralized oracle network that provides real-world data to smart contracts on the blockchain.  Chainlink has seen its token price increase by more than 300% year-to-date.    Another impressive project in the space is Kyber Network (KNC) which has seen its token soar from $0.20 at the start of the year to more than $1.60 at present.  Kyber Network’s on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized tokens swaps to be…

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Lotto Nation is Revolutionizing the Traditional Lottery Industry

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As the global economy continues to deal with the economic fallout due to the ongoing pandemic, companies are coming to terms with the fact that normalcy may not return for quite a while.  Many economists are wondering how the business landscape will look a year or more from now.  It’s certainly possible that many businesses, such as retailers and restaurants, may be unable to survive the current downturn.  But while some businesses will falter, others will emerge stronger than ever.

Traditionally, when economies go through a severe downturn, companies adapt.  Those that maintain the status quo usually have great difficulty while those that adapt prosper and conquer.  One possible example of this is Lotto Nation.  Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills of Nils Thomson, the Founder and CEO of Lotto Nation, the company is attempting to completely modernize the traditional lottery industry.

Current Lottery Model is Severely Outdated

It’s safe to say that nearly every human that has ever walked the earth has fantasized about winning the massive jackpot that would completely change their life.  These dreams have turned the global lottery industry into a $302 billion market that is expected to reach $380 billion by 2025.  Despite this predicted growth, the industry suffers from a variety of problems that are preventing it from really exploding.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that traditional lotteries are centralized.  Because of this, there is essentially no oversight on what a lottery provider…

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve, unlock their full potential, and improve trading performance.  Cryptocurrency trading can…

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