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Here’s How Ripple (XRP) Can Get To $100

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What a year Ripple (XRP) has had. At the end of the week last week, the coin rose more than 50%, to a record market capitalization of $85 billion. At the start of play on Tuesday, this has risen slightly higher to just shy of $96 billion (having briefly topped out above $100 billion over the weekend).

When you look back over the year, this translated to overarching gains of more than 35,000%. In contrast, bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) have risen just 1,400% and 9,000% respectively. While the latter two have dominated headlines in mainstream media, therefore, it’s Ripple that’s really been the runaway winner.

The question now, of course, is can things continue like this?

Well, here’s where things get a little complicated.

The thing is, there’s a degree of disconnect between XRP and Ripple, the company, and it’s platform Ripple Net. The latter is a platform created by Ripple that allows banks to transfer currency cross-border and between one another practically instantly and for a much lower fee than is currently required. To make a comparison to current fiat systems, it’s designed to essentially replace the SWIFT system.

XRP Daily Chart

XRP Daily Chart

It works great and it’s being taken on very quickly (mostly as part of pilot programs) by some of the biggest names in the financial world – Bank of America, RBC and UBS, as well as a consortium of big-name Japanese banks.

So that’s all good but it doesn’t guarantee that we will see a concurrent rise in price in XRP. For the banks using the Ripple Net platform, the only part of the transactions process that requires XRP is the fees associated with the network.

This means that XRP use and (by proxy) acquisition should increase as the platform becomes more mainstream but the XRP used for fees is relatively low, so it’s not going to be what drives this coin to $100, $500 and beyond.

That’s not to say it won’t get there, however.

The Ripple Net platform is designed to integrate seamlessly with XRP. So, while banks can essentially use any form of crypto to act as a bridge between two types of fiat on either side of a transaction, XRP is as good, if not better, than all of the alternatives.

What it looks like Ripple is doing right now is going at the banks with a sort of two-stage proposal. First, adopt the Ripple Net platform as the basis of your cross-border exchange transactions. Then, adopt XRP as the bridge currency that facilitates the transactions. If the banks are using the Ripple Net platform and they subsequently have to decide on a crypto token to serve as bridge, it makes sense for them to use XRP, but it’s not guaranteed. We know that banks aren’t always (if ever) sensible in the way they adopt and employ technological advance.

So, that’s where the speculative element of a position in XRP is rooted. If the company can persuade the banks to use XRP as a bridge, we could be looking at $100 or more before the end of the year, perhaps sooner.

If not, we’re still going to see an increase in price (as banks buy up XRP to meet transaction fees on their cross-border payments), but it may be a little tamer than would otherwise be the case if banks go all in on Ripple Net platform and the underlying XRP bridge.

Bottom line – there’s still plenty of run room left here, the only question is how far things can run and how soon it happens. And this question is to be decided by the big banks.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency

 


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Is Bex500 an alternative to BitMEX?

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An all around review of Bex500

Bex500 is a young but rapid-growing exchange, less adversarial than BitMEX, but with higher leverage than Binance, Bex500 has enough strings to attract many crypto traders. 

Those dissatisfied with the old exchange, may find Bex500 exchange with a stable system with no manipulation or “overload”, pleasant UX, user-friendly tool kits, and around-clock customer service.

Bex500 says they are making crypto margin trading “easier” and giving you a better return. 

Can they really achieve that? We conduct a comprehensive review as below to see if it is a trustworthy exchange

Question 1. What features does Bex500 have?

Bex500 offers perpetual BTC futures as well as three other cryptos including ETH, XRP and LTC, all paired against USDT. You may find Bex500 doing a good job aggregating most important features traders need for a robust trading experience with better return.

-A fair trade with no overload

Many traders are familiar with “overload” problem, which disables placing orders in peak trading times. It is suspected to be insider manipulations by exchanges which can cost users entire portfolios.

Bex500, with its unmatched TPS (claimed to be over 10,000 orders per second), ensures that the trading…

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How Bitcoin Has Changed Online Gaming

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We always hear how Bitcoin is great for the financial industry, how it can remove the middleman and help you save money while you spend money. How it can provide fast transactions at any time to any place, even when you wish to send money to someone on the other side of the world.

While all of that is true, it is important to remember that Bitcoin’s impact does not end there. The coin has already changed countless other industries, but one of the first ones that have accepted it with open arms — and therefore one that was changed the most — is the online gaming industry.

Bitcoin’s impact on online gaming

The first thing to note here is that digital currencies have found their use in online gaming thanks to microtransactions. However, it goes far beyond simply purchasing an in-game item from another player. Bitcoin’s biggest impact, without a doubt, concerns online gambling, sports betting, and similar activities.

Bitcoin brings security and anonymity

Bitcoin casino has become one of the new most popular places for an online gambler to visit, and for numerous reasons. Bitcoin brought increased security — to the financial industry, as well as online games. This is important because security is crucial for anyone who enjoys online gambling. It…

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The Crucial Role of Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain in Modernising The Telco Industry

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Blockchain has caused quite a stir in recent years. In fact, there’s a school of thought that firmly believes the digital ledger technology will prove to be the 21st Century’s biggest innovation

There are a great many industries braced for the disruptive force of blockchain, and the sweeping benefits it can bring to telecommunications can’t be underestimated. 

A blockchain is a decentralised, distributed, public digital ledger that’s fundamentally used to record transactions online. Every transaction that takes place is recorded across an extensive array of computers in a way that ensures that any individual record within the chain can’t be tampered with or retroactively modified. 

Because of the virtually impregnable security associated with blockchain and the efficiency that comes with a fully decentralised ledger, there’s plenty of potential for the technology within the telco industry in particular – especially given the financial flexibility that comes with cryptocurrency transactions beyond borders. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the important role that both blockchain and its associated cryptocurrencies can play in modernising and securing the telco industry:

Unprecedented security

The arrival of blockchain is causing a stir at Deloitte. The professional services giant has contributed tens of thousands of words on blockchain within its ‘insights’ network, and there are…

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