Many in the crypto community will remember November 15 as one of the worst single-day correction thus far this year (XRP got a minimal shock that time too). After last week fall, Bitcoin price found support at about $5,500 and now it has fallen by 15.16% over the previous 24 hours to stand below $4,523 (the lowest since October 2017).
Several other cryptocurrencies have dived with Ripple’s XRP being an exception (the least loser). In fact, XRP has already overtaken Ethereum again (been the case for a couple of days now) to take up the second position as the largest crypto by market cap.
Even though the whole market is in a severe bloodbath and each of the cryptocurrency is facing double-digit losses, XRP is still fighting hard with the bears. Perhaps, that sounds interesting. What next for XRP? Is it time for Ripple’s XRP to take the top spot?
Ripple’s XRP, the least loser; will it take on Bitcoin?
XRP is trading on the somewhat positive side (at least psychologically) as compared to the rest of the cryptocurrencies. For the past month, it has grown steadily, and at the time of writing, it has displaced ETH from second largest crypto by market capitalization already. Currently, XRP trades at around $0.454 which is still on the red but compared to an initial of $0.49, the native token of Ripple is doing positively.
Relating to 17th November last year, the price of XRP has grown by +113% while that of Bitcoin dropped by -29% and Ethereum is down by -46%. Therefore, as things stand, the numbers are clear for investment in Ripple’s XRP. The past month has seen XRP make a gain of over 10% as Bitcoin and Ethereum nosedived 14% and 16% respectively.
The gain means XRP is up by five billion in market cap from Ethereum. At this point, the notion of XRP catching Bitcoin is indeed valid. Is it? Apparently, there’s a long way to go for XRP to overtake “the giant” as a market cap gap of $75 billion stands between them but many seem to be optimistic about XRP achieving that milestone.
Reasons why XRP is still standing out even with the whole market nosediving
Whenever there are positive developments around any crypto, several efforts are ongoing behind the curtains in making sure that it’s all about going up the ladder. Ripple’s XRP is currently fighting it hard to lift the market, and that’s not happening without reasons; the blockchain has been busy making several partnerships which have boosted its token’s current state.
For instance, not too long ago, Ripple got into a partnership with CIMB Group – the 3rd largest bank in Southeast Asia. Together with other finance institutions using Ripple products, CIMB Group will join RippleNet in an aim to improve international cross-border remittances using the blockchain solutions.
Furthermore, Amun, a London-based fintech firm announced listing a multi-crypto exchange-traded product (ETP) in Switzerland. Significant news for Ripple because of the fact that Amun has already invested more than 25% of the Swiss total portfolio breakdown in XRP.
Also, Coinbase exchange provided another boost as it announced that it was adding XRP to its crypto-custody platform which means that customers will have the advantage of securely storing XRP on Coinbase irrespective to the fact that they won’t be able to purchase it on the platform.
XRP seems to be taking a go on Bitcoin at the moment despite a majority feeling that it’s more centralized as Ripple control almost 60% of the total supply. Also, whether it should be deemed security is a debate that might not end any time soon.
For now, the market crash hasn’t affected XRP that much, it’s down by 4% in the last 24 hours too, but that’s way less than more than 15, 14, and 12 percent of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Stellar respectively. And, some of the cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are in severe pain, the coin in question is down by mind-boggling 43.31 at the press time.
Ripple’s XRP has much to do to overtake Bitcoin, but with $4523 being its price now it’s looking likely. The crypto king is predicted to sink even further from here; the next few years will tell where XRP ranks. But yeah, right not, even though it’s holding tight, the Ripple-powered token seems helpless in stopping the current crypto bloodbath.
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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange
The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.
While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.
The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.
However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.
Bitcoin as a divorce tool?
In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.
However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…
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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.
These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.
Documentation is key!
There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting. Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.
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