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Reasons Behind The Recent Ripple (XRP) Bull Run

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Ripple is the third largest cryptocurrency and one of the most meritorious investments whose market capitalization hit $122 billion USD in January. This incredible bull run crowned Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen as the 8th wealthiest man on earth. The Ripple team has shown their inclination towards payment systems and are still working on revolutionizing Ripple’s unique features and products. Ripple has been delivering their promises since the very beginning of its partnerships in Silicon Valley. Its popularity, increasing adoption, and its smart and consistent development team are some of the reasons why investors find it a promising investment.

Aim for Ripple

Ripple has a simple goal of becoming the most preferred payment solution. Current banking systems are slow, have limited transparency and expensive and hence, cannot function as a global payment system. But Ripple has every feature required to be an ideal global payment system. The idea is to reduce entry barriers and enable a better global payment system which is known for its wide-scale activity.

Features and products

The name of the global payment system created by Ripple is called RippleNet. Its function is to create a global network of banks using which anyone can send or receive payment by the help of Ripple technology. The RippleNet will soon have real-time messaging, gross settlement (means sending funds or securities between two banks) certainty for all transactions made and clearing. In order for it to work, Ripple has been forming a partnership with several banks so that the users around the world can interact with the bank with the help of the RippleNet enabled bank.

RippleNet has three more products which are as follows:

  • xCurrent: Payment Processing

It enables payment processing between banks while increasing its speed, transparency, and efficiency.

  • xRapid: Liquidity Source

xRapid can be thought of as a pool of funds that banks can access in order to transfer funds easily without having to pair up transactions.

  • Xvia: Global Payment transaction system

This is a web services layer that allows corporates the ability to safely make real-time payments with rich data attachments.

Ripple and Banking

Banking clients of Ripple are their strongest proposition. They didn’t just come up with a revolutionary idea, but the Ripple team has literally shown how it’s done. Being a two-sided company, which needs supply as well as demands, the execution of their idea, was complex ‘supply’ in case of Ripple are the banks and ‘demand’ are the users or businesses. Ripple first fulfilled their supply side and kept adding one bank after another which resulted in an increased number of customers. The list of banks that are now with Ripple is growing each day. AK Bank, Axis Bank, UBS, SBI Remittance, Mizuho, Standard Chartered and newly added Santander are just a few of the influential partnerships formed by Ripple throughout Q1 of 2018. This is one of the major reasons behind Ripple’s high price point and growing community of believers.

Rumors surrounding Ripple and Apple Pay

One of the best rumors surrounding Ripple at present is pairing up with ApplePay. There are indications that Apple has decided on implementing Ripple’s interledger protocol into ApplePay. Being one of the greatest technology corporate in the world, if this rumor turns out to be based on reality then it could take Ripple to the moon in the blink of an eye. Since Ripple tech enables faster and more secure transactions which is the most sought-after feature for each payment system that exists in this world. If this collaboration happens then soon all Mac users, as well as iPhone users will be able to use it. This collaboration would also mean that Apple pay will soon decide to accept cryptocurrencies as payments which would give not only Ripple a nudge, but all cryptos will enjoy the Bull run caused by it.

Ripple Listing on SBI Virtual Currencies

The cryptocurrency exchange of the Japanese company, that provides financial services, known as ‘SBI Holdings’ made an announcement on 11th April.  They announced the launch of an exclusive listing of Ripple (XRP) during the launch period of the platform. The beta launch began on January 30th. This exchange was created in order to align the process of trading for cryptocurrency for individual traders as well as institutional customers which are based in Japan. Mr Yoshitaka Kitano, the most respectful figures in Japan and the world of banking, who represent the head of the consortium of around 60 different banking institutions and the CEO of SBI Holdings tweeted about his belief in Ripple and the technology behind it and predicted that it’ll soon reach close to $10 USD by the end of this year. Now Ripple has become their choice as a safe alternative for executing high-level overseas operations and broke their previous partnership with Huobi.

Conclusion

Although Ripple is still on the way towards bringing a definite change in the banking and payment systems all around the world, this blockchain project will always be regarded as one of the best performers of all time. With the original idea, a smart business strategy and loads of accomplishments have put a Ripple in the place of third cryptocurrency giant. At the time of writing, the price per unit is close to $0.88 standing with a market capitalization of $34 Billion. Around $722 million worth XRP has exchanged hands within the last 24 hours. There are indications of a bullish week ahead of Ripple as it keeps hitting headlines and proving to be a true game changer.

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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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