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High chances Amazon will partner with Ripple (XRP) in 2018

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Ripple without any doubt takes the first place when it comes to a network that has been tested and proven in real-world cases in blockchain technology. At present, Ripple (XRP) has grown to become a major player in the cryptocurrency space being used and tested by major financial players in the financial sector as well as other money transfer service providers.

Ripple is playing a leading role in the crypto ecosystem as other digital coins are lagging behind but are busy imitating their earlier strategies of creating hype around partnerships and their infrastructure. The third-ranked virtual currency now seems to set its eyes and attention on the e-commerce giant and leader, Amazon for a possible partnership.

Ripple (XRP) currently enjoys an impressive partnership portfolio of over 75 banks who have chosen it as their natural service provider, a fact that should attract Amazon to be part of the family. A possible partnership with Ripple (XRP) has the potential to influence the fortunes of the e-commerce giant significantly, Amazon positively, while bringing onboard millions of their customers and associates spread all over the world. Here are some of the reasons why we believe Amazon and Ripple are going to become partners in the coming few months, finally.

Ripple’s Affordability, Dependability, and Transaction Speeds

One of the main selling point associated with blockchain technology is the costs and time it takes to complete a transaction. In the beginning, many investors and potential partners like Amazon were fearful of how to approach the volatility of digital coins but not any longer. With the rate Ripple is becoming an accepted, stable, and a future virtual currency reservoir, meeting Amazon’s micro-payment level demands should not be a problem.

Whereas the transaction costs and other fees are concerned, you cannot compare Ripple and Bitcoin at the moment. A partnership with the number one ranked digital coin, Bitcoin, will only mean consumers will have to go deeper into their pockets to enjoy the services due to the high costs and charges associated with Bitcoin. To this effect, Ripple delivers not only fast but also low transactions to their consumers.

Amazon usually spends a lot of funds completing a transaction thus minimizing their profit margins and discouraging consumers from using their platform as fees incurred are typically passed down to the customer. But by utilizing Ripple, Amazon will only have to incur a few cents per transaction making a lot of economic sense.

Ripple Low Prices

Volumes drive Amazon while Ripple is affordable and convenient to the masses. Combining both partners, Ripple and Amazon mean both sides win regarding global reach and adoption. The good thing about Ripple is that anybody can afford XRP tokens now that they are exchanging under $1 before any price surge happens.

Amazon, on the other hand, has a different consumer base with those shopping for cheap products form the most significant percentage of their clientele. It is this audience Ripple is targeting hoping to bring onboard.

Amazon should take advantage of Ripple’s low transaction prices in safeguarding more traffic towards their platform rather than to their competitors.

Ripple Guarantees Amazon Stability

XRP has a considerable supply of coins in the market. As Ripple continues to surge, it presents Amazon lower volatility levels, a factor that should make it more appealing to the e-commerce giant. Unlike Bitcoin and other currencies where prices fall by over $1000, XRP depreciates by pennies or cents, a small percentage that the customer barely notices.

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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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