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Financial Giants to Tie up With Ripple (XRP) in 2018

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As evident from the talks that are circulating on the web, the financial institutions are not quite impressed with the crypto hype. With many reputed banks adopting blockchain technology to expedite financial transactions, cryptocurrencies have become a threat to the traditional banking systems. OpenCoin, Ripple’s regulatory body, has mentioned in an interview that it intends to do “for money what the internet did for all other forms of information.” Powered by the open-source C++ application called rippled, Ripple has attracted the attention of many eminent banks in the past. Considering the activities that have taken the market by storm and financial institutes inching towards Ripple (XRP), 2018 looks like a promising year for Ripple.

Ripple’s Advanced Security Features

Supported by top-notch security features, Ripple comes across as a major threat to the banks. Ripple’s regulatory protocols are pretty tight, as it actively regulates who can have access to modify the official server codes and ensures that the codes are audited. The rippled source code is digitally attested by the regulatory body to ensure full security of funds. What’s more, all sensitive data pertaining to the release are provided through a secure website that also gives the commit ID of the repository.

From the inception of cryptocurrency, digital currencies are in competition with banks. This is especially valid for Ripple, which serves as an open-source transaction network.  As aptly pointed out by ShidanGouran, the President and COO of Global Blockchain, “If big banks were to succeed in crushing one of these two currencies, Ripple would be it.”

Anyone who is updated with the recent developments in the market is aware how the trends are changing, as the banks are finally warming up to the concept of incorporating blockchain to regulate economic transactions. Darren Marble, CEO of CrowdfundX reveals, “I believe banks are keeping a close eye on Ripple. This isn’t going to happen overnight.”

Japan Welcomes Ripple

A little ahead of the G20 meeting, a meeting where central banks of the affluent countries of the world assemble to discuss global economic stability, Japan arranged a round-table conference with the central banks. The representatives of the central banks and regulatory bodies speculated digital assets and regulations.  The meeting, which was scheduled for March 8 and March 9, was hosted by the Japanese Financial Securities Agency (FSA), which initiated a multilateral research on blockchain technology last year.  The regulations can be a roadblock to the successful implementation of Ripple (XRP) in the banks. However, if the rules and regulations pave the way for Ripple, it can actualize its vision of revolutionizing financial transactions with XRP.

Ripple Waves in China

On the issue of Ripple’s entry into the Chinese financial institutions, SagarSarbhai, Ripple’s Head of Government and Regulatory Relations for the Asia Pacific, has reported, “We’re trying to get some regulatory clarity, we’ve started engaging informally with banks, FIs and payment providers, speaking to regulators and government bodies, trying to educate on what Ripple is and what our vision is.”

As revealed by the sources, Ripple has already secured licenses for XRP integration into the fintech firms. With the governments exploring blockchain technology for promoting faster transactions, 2018 seems like a big year for Ripple.

Final Thoughts

Many institutions have adopted with the blockchain technology in the past, fostering innovation. At the onset of the budding enthusiasm from the investor, the union of financial giants with the crypto technology is not entirely implausible.  While implementing blockchain in the banks is nothing new, the idea of replacing fiat currencies with their digital counterparts is still not fully ripe. Overall, with XRapid tying up with Ripple and big names like SBI and Codius disclosing their plans of latching themselves to Ripple, 2018 is transmogrifying into a promising year for XRP.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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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.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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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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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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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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