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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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Basic Guide on How to Spend Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

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In recent years, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have entered more into the mainstream. Most people walking down the street have at least heard of Bitcoin. While a lot of people got involved in the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies to try and make a quick buck, most people who are enthusiastic about the world of blockchain are in it for the long haul. 

These are usually the people who are going to be more likely to actually use their Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a payment tool and not just as a storage of wealth or a trading tool. This guide looks at a few different ways in which you can use your Bitcoin in spending capacity. 

Crypto Debit Cards

Perhaps the easiest way for you to spend your cryptocurrency is by linking up your holdings to a debit card. 

These days, many of the leading card providers such as MasterCard and Visa have these types of crypto-linking debit cards. These cards can be used just like you would a normal debit card that is linked to your fiat currency bank account. 

Naturally, the most popular type of crypto debit card is going to be for Bitcoin, but there are other cryptocurrencies catered for also. 

Prepaid Cards

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Hybrid Bitcoin Casinos or Bitcoin-Only Casinos – Which Are Better?

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The rise of cryptocurrencies over recent years has had an impact on several industries. Gambling is one such industry, and many of the best online casinos offer Bitcoin as a payment method

Some of these casinos work exclusively with cryptocurrencies, while some are more traditional gambling sites that simply have integrated crypto on top of their fiat options.

This post will take a look at the advantages of joining a Bitcoin-exclusive casino on the web versus picking a hybrid one.

Advantages of Hybrid Bitcoin Casinos

Let’s start with the hybrid Bitcoin casinos. Usually, those are traditional gambling platforms that have been around for a long period of time. 

They offer classic payment methods such as Visa, PayPal, Skrill, and similar. At some point, they decided to add Bitcoin and potentially other cryptocurrencies to their portfolio. 

If you decide to join an online casino of this type, you will be able to enjoy the following benefits.

Lower Risks

Such online casinos often have a strong reputation and are licensed by respected gambling commissions such as the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority, and similar regulators.

They are known for protecting the customers and monitoring all actions…

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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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