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Here is how IMF is pushing Ripple and Bitcoin towards the mass adoption

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The big announcement on whether cryptos such as Ripple (XRP) will be declared as securities or not hasn’t been finalized. As of now, we can expect the big news to be announced in next couple of weeks, though. Although, the legal foundation of the world’s financial system is working tirelessly to make things better; Ripple, on the other hand, is partnering with them and other financial regulators out there.

The main problem right now is not declaring Ripple as a security, but if Ripple’s technology can be legally used for securities, commodities, stocks, bonds, and dividends – and whether Ripple’s technology can revolutionize the world’s transactions.

The world has $294 trillion financial assets, and part of it is the global market capitalization which has risen from $34 trillion to $69 trillion – this entails the amount of money that moves on a daily basis, and of course, we can now process these transactions with Ripple’s technology.

IMF is ‘bullish’ on cryptocurrencies

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has recently expressed its support for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple. IMF’s CEO, Christine Lagarde, stated that cryptos do not impose significant threats to the present-day fiat currencies.

Largarde sees cryptocurrency to be, “volatile, risky, energy incentive and because the underlying technologies are not yet scalable enough.”  Christine believes that the defects of cryptocurrency can be corrected effectively.

She further laid more emphasis on the future preference for digital currencies by saying:

Why would citizens hold onto virtual currencies rather than those physical dollars, physical euros or physical sterling’s. Because it may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions and because virtual currencies could actually become more stable.”

The head of IMF had added further,

“Citizens may one day prefer virtual currencies since they potentially offer the same cost and convenience as [there could be] no cash, no settlement risks, no clearing delays, no registration, no intermediary to check accounts and identities.”

Moving forward, Lagarde declared the intentions to expand the Fund’s High-Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology, to uphold the international organizations. Th team formed for the initiative has 19 members in it, with Ripple’s Ryan Zagone and Chris Larsen. Lagarde said.

The group will provide advice to help IMF staff deepen its understanding of FinTech issues. It will work closely with the IMF’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology, which was established in 2016, to study the economic and regulatory implications of developments in the area of finance and technology. Such a system (Ripple) would stand a good chance of disrupting entrenched players (e.g., Swift), according to the IMF.”

IMF has had several meetings on blockchain technology, and most of these meetings had Ripple’s Ryan Zagone participating in them – which shows that Ripple is working hand-in-hand with IMF. Ryan Zagone and Charles Larson are also collaborating with other big financial companies.

It is worth noting that IMF’s support for cryptos such as Ripple is enormous. That said, the foundation that Ripple has built is strong and steady, and one of the main reasons why there hasn’t been an increase in XRP price is since Ripple is working on laws that govern the technology for communities, technologies, etc. And yes, the SEC case against Ripple’s XRP being a security is also holding its price back. Still, “Ripple is the only company with enterprise-ready solutions in distributed ledger technology.”  

The U.S Federal Reserve

The U.S Federal Reserve has a Faster Payment Task Force Steering committee – with Ripple the only Distributed Ledger Technology platform in the committee. The U.S Federal Reserve has declared that its primary aim is to let the market choose the way out that justifies the market share.

There have been 22 proposals that were submitted to the U.S Federal Reserve, but only 19 made the Steering Committee list. Ripple on its own is currently making sure that it becomes the leading solution or the way out that justifies the market share.

The Federal Reserve further issues the 6 “effectiveness criteria” for the future of RTGS networks, which are efficiency, safety and security, governance, speed, legal, and ubiquity. Lately, Ripple has been working to match with this criteria.

Nevertheless, a report by the U.S Federal Reserve in December 2016 talked about the Interledger Protocol, further stating that the Interledger Protocol would stir the use of the DLT-based platform for cross-border transactions. Financial companies such as Unicredit, Standard Chartered, Westpac, CIBC, among others that are of the Global Payments Steering Group, “will oversee the creation and maintenance of Ripple payment transaction rules, formalized standards for activity using Ripple, and other actions to promote implementation of Ripple capabilities as our network continues to grow,” according to Ripple’s governance advisory board, which means that this Global Payments Steering Group has Ripple in mind.

Final Words

Ripple technology is faster and cheaper. For payments to settle on Ripple’s network, it only takes four seconds. For Ethereum and Bitcoin, it takes 2 minutes and 1 hours – 3 to 5 days for traditional systems. Ripple’s technology is the future of cross-border transactions and IMF is pretty confident that Ripple can take the world to the next level. And ultimately, the trust the at International Monetary Fund has in Ripple and Bitcoin, will help the cryptos in mass adoption.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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