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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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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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