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How is Q2 of 2018 going to Change Ripple (XRP) Future?

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Ripple is unarguably one of the most stable cryptocurrencies as well as the most popular altcoins that currently exist in the cryptocurrency market. The first quarter of this year has been rough to several cryptocurrencies, preponderantly due to severe fluctuation in Bitcoin’s price in January. Bitcoin, being the most popular and influential cryptocurrency till date, maneuvers the individual price and market capitalization of a significant number of altcoins. Therefore, with Bitcoin’s turmoil, nearly the entire crypto-market suffered from drastic losses and volatility. Fortunately enough, Ripple is one of those currencies that is completely independent of Bitcoin’s influence and is capable of showing stability amidst the market mayhem.

The principal characteristics that are behind this currency’s massive popularity among users are its significantly lower transaction fee, faster transaction system, and a very transparent blockchain platform that offers all the necessary information to their traders in an unadulterated manner thereby providing the investors to make the right call during trading. Hence, it is no surprise that Ripple would publish an extensive update about their current position after Quarter1 (Q1) and their plans for Q2. On 25th April, the Q1 report was published by Ripple’s team. Here, you would find out some important facts from the Q1 report along with their plans for Q2 and how these new updates are going to change Ripple’s future.

Ripple’s Q1 Report at a Glance:

a. Quarterly Sales Amount: Despite the severe unrest all over the cryptocurrency market, Ripple has managed to hold its usual position during the first quarter with some sporadic slipups. According to their report, an amount of 16.6 million USD worth XRP was directly purchased by the market participants during this quarter. Moreover, the Ripple team was able to sell $151.1 million worth Ripple coins as a small percentage of their overall exchange volume.

b. Escrow Account: During this period, Ripple was released from an online escrow account which is cryptographically secured. Nearly 3 billion XRP was released from this account among which 2.7 billion was put back into new accounts and the remaining 300 million were used in various ways to ameliorate Ripple’s ecosystem.

c. Market Share: Where most of the cryptocurrencies struggled with keeping their market capitalization stable, Ripple doubled their share of market cap from 3.56 % to 7.57% during this period. This trend began by the end of 2017. Moreover, XRP’s overall market volume grew considerably during Q1 from 5.3% to 6.9%.

d. New xRapid Customers: Ripple’s development team announced five new pilot customers during this period including Western Union, MercuryFX, IDT, MoneyGram, and Cambridge Global Payments. These pilot customers have been proved extremely effective so far in lowering liquidity cost and increasing transaction speed.

Besides these four major events, there were significant changes in Ripple’s price index due to various global events during quarter 1.

Awaiting Events for Ripple in Q2:

Since the beginning of Q2, Ripple’s development has been terribly busy in implementing new features and commencing new lucrative partnerships. A few weeks ago, Ripple got engaged in a collaborative partnership with the blockchain consortium in order to provide a significant advantage to the developers. According to their current roadmap, these three months are going to be very eventful for this coin. Some of the major events that have happened so far in Q2 or about to happen include:

  1. Major Partnerships: Due to XRP’s smart payment solutions, new companies are making effort to engage in lucrative partnerships with this currency. At the moment, the names of five major companies including FairFx, RationalFX, UniPay, 4Free, and MoneyMatch have already been announced by Ripple’s team. Once these partnerships take place, Ripple’s xVia, which is already very popular for providing lightning fast cross-border transaction, is likely to become even more efficient and quicker as well.
  2. Adulation from MercuryFX: MercuryFX is considered one of the most reliable global currency specialists in the market. After the implementation of xVia in Ripple, Ripple has been offering a flawless and inexpensive transaction system along with a low liquidity cost. Very recently, which happens to be in the second quarter of the financial year, MercuryFX praised Ripple by mentioning it a “first-class” liquidity solution and transaction facility to the traders. This will invariably affect several crypto-traders and compel them to opt for this currency.
  3. Blockchain Week in New York: Ripple to organize a VIP meet-up event in New York shortly named as the Blockchain Week. A significant number of developers, educators, exchanges, crypto-connoisseurs, and traders are going to take part in this event. By being the host of this meet-up Ripple is likely to grab the attention of several investors, global organizations, and cryptocurrency exchanges. However, this meet-up is a private event, 10 tickets were offered to the twitter account holders to encourage active participation.

Current Scenario of Ripple:

Ripple currently holds the third position on Coinmarketcap with a market capitalization of nearly 33 billion USD and individual coin price of approximately $0.84 (as of 30th April 2018). The announcement of the recent partnerships and events has been able to produce a steady upward trend in its price chart.

Final Thoughts:

Ripple has always been preferred by a group of traders because of its risk-free and stable nature. With the new partnerships and globally renowned organizations as their customers, Ripple’s blockchain system is likely to provide even more efficient and flawless transaction system to their holders. If the Q1 and Q2 are just mere indications for what the future holds for this coin, current XRP holders can surely be hopeful.

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

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