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Here’s Why Warren Buffett is Already Invested in Ripple (XRP)

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Warren Buffett was at it again this week touting his disdain for the cryptocurrency market. Having famously warned of the markets impending “bad ending” some months ago, the investment guru is back in the headlines slamming none other than Bitcoin (BTC). Pulling his punches from the entire crypto-scene and focusing on Bitcoin (BTC) may just mask the fact that, indirectly at least, Warren Buffet is already invested in the tech behind the most famous of altcoins, Ripple (XPR).

While Mr. Buffett scoffs at the list of overvalued companies representing the majority of cryptocurrencies, his words against Bitcoin (BTC) this week speak volumes to his investment strategy. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Buffett remarked, “If you buy something like Bitcoin or some cryptocurrency, you don’t have anything that is producing anything, you’re just hoping the next guy pays more.” And while he openly admits he doesn’t really know much about the various budding blockchain technologies, he has mentioned in the past that he would buy five year puts on every one of the cryptocurrencies. However, when taking in the investment strategies of the Oracle of Omaha, a closer look reveals that this ‘buy and hold’ strategist has a number of positions that seem to contradict his opinions concerning the altcoin scene.

Warren Buffett is invested directly in a number of financial institutions. From Bank of America to Wells Fargo, these long-term holds make up a sizable portion of the latest traded stocks in his portfolio. And while Bank of America may have recently admitted that cryptocurrencies represent a threat to their business model (amazing considering these coins don’t produce anything /sarc) others on his list are experimenting with crypto-systems as a way of reinventing payments.

Examples of financial institutions using blockchain technology, and specifically Ripple (XRP), to facilitate cross-border transactions should not be news to anyone anymore. Ripple (XRP) is in use by over 100 of these institutions in an ever-growing list of users and partnerships. And as these experiments take hold, revolutionizing payment systems across the globe, the solid product that Ripple (XRP) represents seems to fly in the face of old Buffett’s stark warnings.

One such example lies with the Bank of New York, Mellon (BNY Mellon). In a recent report, this institution (of which Buffett is or has been directly invested in) expresses optimism in distributed ledger technology. Seeking to ‘reinvent payments,’ BNY Mellon sees potential in using blockchain technology to deliver a global payment experience within the decade. And the Bank of New York doesn’t stop there, indeed they call out Ripple (XRP) and their interledger protocol as a potential standard in the technology.

So as Warren Buffett narrows his attacks from the cryptocurrency market as-a-whole to Bitcoin (BTC) specifically, it may be that he is realizing that without needing to invest in any specific coin company, the market itself, and namely Ripple (XRP), may be boosting the shares of his direct stock picks in the banking industry.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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