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IBM and Stellar (XLM) Enter Cross-Border Payments

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The battle to reign supreme in the industry of cross-border payments on the blockchain is no longer the sole arena of Ripple. The long-held partnership between IBM and Stellar (XLM) has yielded another development in the form of a ‘near instant’ cross-border payment solution. The two firms have introduced what is known as IBM Blockchain World Wire.

The new service plans to revolutionize cross-border payments by:

“Clearing and settlement [of payments] with finality in near real-time. The solution uses digital assets to settle transactions — serving as an agreed-upon store of value exchanged between parties — as well as integrating payment instruction messages. It all means funds can now be transferred at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional correspondent banking.”

The IBM firm had been known to be running 9 Stellar nodes to settle cross-border transactions prior to the announcement of this new blockchain service. With SWIFT being the only payment solution for the last 50 years, Stellar and IBM enter a domain that needs to be revitalized by new more efficient technologies. The probability of the banking industry adopting blockchain 100% in the next 12 months is very high and both Ripple and Stellar are at the front-line of all the action.

With Bitcoin having set the pace when its ledger was launched in 2009, it exists for such a long time has proven that digital assets can offer tangible improvements to financial services by increasing security as well as making them more efficient.

What does IBM mean for XLM and XRP in the markets?

From a business and investing point of view, XLM suddenly has the upper hand. With XRP having many so-called ‘non-believers’ in the crypto-space, XLM provides an option to invest in a relatively cheap digital asset with the potential of pulling off massive gains in the long run.

XLM is currently valued at $0.20 due to the massive crypto market correction that just happened, and at the moment of writing this. Looking at XRP, it is valued at only 9 cents higher at $0.29. However, XLM has a lower circulating supply at 18.8 Billion whereas XRP has 39.65 Billion. This, in turn, means that with considerable demand once this new cross-border service is live, XLM could continue to gain in the markets.

However, IBM and Stellar have not definitely stated that XLM will be used to source instant liquidity for the cross-border transactions. They simply state that the service will use the Stellar protocol with a Liquidity provider on both ends. A block diagram has been provided below for easier visualization of this concept.

How IBM Blockchain World Wire works. Source, IBM.com

Over 1 Million Active XLM Accounts on Its Ledger

The XLM network recently marked a new milestone of over 1 Million XLM accounts on its ledger. According to the block explorer on the network, the current number of active accounts stands at 1,218,453 further signifying a growing interest to buy, own and use XLM as a preferred digital asset across the globe. A clearer visual representation of the increment in accounts on the network can be found below:

Current active XLM Accounts. Source, stellar.expert/explorer/public/

In conclusion, blockchain technology from both Ripple and Stellar will go on to revolutionize cross-border payments in the next 12 months. This means that we will be more connected globally in not only by using the internet but by near-instant cross-border payments that will make our daily lives more efficient.

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Binance Coin Price Prediction: What Awaits BNB in 2019 and Beyond

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By now, most people in the crypto space know about Binance Coin (BNB) — a cryptocurrency developed by Binance crypto exchange, and one of the top performing coins in 2019 so far. In the last few months, many have been especially bullish about this coin, while the coin itself managed to outperform pretty much every cryptocurrency out there.

Since the year started, BNB managed to triple its price, surging from around $5 to $15.83. Even now, at the time of writing, the coin’s price is at $15.51, with a growth of 5.53% in the last 24 hours. If Bitcoin were to perform this well, its price would now be around $12,000 per coin, instead of only $4,000.

There is, of course, a reason for BNB’s growth — several, actually. It has been created and backed by the largest exchange in the world by trading volume, and it has become the native cryptocurrency of Binance ecosystem. It provides its users with a huge discount in terms of trading fees, and it is the only cryptocurrency that can be used for buying new tokens which are being sold on Binance Launchpad.

Further, since the launch of Binance Jersey, a new project targeting European markets, BNB can also be exchanged for GBP and EUR, which provides investors with a new gateway into the crypto space. In addition, Binance is holding regular…

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Binance Coin (BNB) Stops Following Bitcoin (BTC) — But is it Permanent?

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Binance Coin (BNB) is currently one of the most interesting coins in the vast crypto market. However, the thing that makes it interesting is seemingly unique to BNB at this time, which is the fact that it managed to decouple itself from Bitcoin (BTC).

As many are likely aware of, Bitcoin is the first and the largest cryptocurrency. It is also the most valuable one, in terms of its price. As such, Bitcoin has been dominating the market, as well as dictating the market’s behavior. Whenever Bitcoin’s price goes up or down, the rest of the market tends to follow, and each coin’s chart resembles that of BTC — not completely, but enough for everyone to notice.

Binance Coin, however, is the first coin to successfully say ‘no’ to this trend, and resist the largest cryptocurrency. Many have noticed this phenomenon and were wondering what had caused it. So far, the only explanation is a large number of use cases that BNB now has, thanks to various projects.

Binance Coin use cases

Binance Coin was created by the largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance. The exchange developed it to be a native coin in Binance ecosystem, and it is being used within the exchange itself. Many have started buying the coin, as using it within the exchange grants a significant discount on trading fees. The discount is…

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Is there a Real Value to Binance Coin (BNB)?

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Binance Coin (BNB) is one of the most interesting cryptocurrencies at the market right now. The coin was developed by the largest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, and it only works within the exchange’s ecosystem. However, it still managed to achieve what many believed was impossible — it stopped following Bitcoin’s lead, and it started carving its own path.

At the very least, the coin is highly intriguing, but does it hold real value? This is a question that many in the crypto community have been asking for a while now, uncertain whether BNB is a worthy investment or not.

What gives BNB its value?

Binance Coin cannot be used for purchasing goods and services, like Bitcoin. It currently does not fuel a development platform like Ethereum. It cannot even be used as XRP for sending international payments. However, the coin had still managed to triple its price in the last three months and to surge when most other cryptocurrencies were seeing losses due to the last remnants of the crypto winter.

BNB managed to achieve all of this because of its use cases within Binance, but also because of its future potential. First of all, Binance is the largest crypto exchange in the world, with millions of customers, most of which use the exchange on a daily basis.

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