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Top reasons to make Ripple (XRP) your favorite crypto player in 2018

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There have been two big problems about XRP (Ripple’s cryptocurrency) since it first appeared on the market. First of all is that the company, the blockchain technology, and the coin are not the same thing at all so the corporation exerts a huge influence on the coin’s use and performance. The other one is decentralization has not been applied correctly.

The first situation is that XRP is heavily influenced by Ripple. But if Ripple disappeared overnight, the coin could just keep going because of users. That being said, Ripple owns a huge reserve. Fifty-five billion tokens are held in escrow which should be released into the market over the next four years. This is possible because the XRP tokens were mined by Ripple before the cryptocurrency went live, and it gives Ripple a handle over the coin’s performance which is very rare in the crypto market.

About the other issue, let’s remember that crypto coins work because users make agreements and those agreements keep the blockchain safe and reliable. To put it simply: users agree on how many tokens go out from wallet and into the other one.

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XRP is indeed decentralized but Ripple is not

As stated before, Ripple remains the biggest XRP owner in the word. It also affects considerably the way in which it’s used. If you own enough crypto coins, then you can do whatever you want with them. Pay for goods, services, or start your own global currency exchange and transfer organization.

When it comes to XRP it’s always been Ripple, not users, who have directed the way it’s used. It was even able to pick and choose the particular kind of industry they want to adopt XRP. Ripple’s idea has always been to be a cryptocurrency for international transfers (as opposed to retail and everyday use) through banks, and global wiring services (think Western Union or MoneyGram). That’s who Ripple wants to work with, but this as also led to users demanding that Ripple makes an effort to expand XRP’s use into e-commerce.

XRP’s link with Ripple has its benefits

Ripple’s authority over XRP seems a bit despotic, but it’s not all bad news. Think of Ripple as a benevolent dictator of sorts. It made it possible for some of the world’s biggest banks to adopt XRP (even if only to pay transfer fees in some cases). That would have never happened organically, it was made possible because of Ripple’s influence. Think about Bitcoin. It remains the main cryptocurrency in the planet and, even so, it has not found its way into so many relevant firms in the world as XRP has.

Because of Ripple’s connections to global corporations and banks, XRP is in very relevant partnerships with such institutional mammoths as Walmart, Central Bank of Saudi Arabia, and Japan’s SBI, just to name a few.

Those partners are creating demand for XRP, generating stability (if slowly) and guaranteeing it’s future growth and adoption.

Ripple has created a position for itself and for XRP through exceptional marketing decisions and it’s now on the next level. Those decisions have gathered attention and prestige for both the company and the digital currency. It started by donating twenty-nine million dollars for public education on donorschoose.org. Then another twenty-five million in Blockchain Capital, an entrepreneurial incubator directed at facilitating blockchain new projects to get started.

BTC vs. XRP

Bitcoin is, of course, top on everything. Status, influence, name, you name it. Sheer inertia could be enough to keep it on top for a long time to come. It’s not very rare to find someone who, not being a cryptocurrency aficionado, thinks that Bitcoin is the only crypto coin in the world, that fact alone is quite eloquent. So Ripple doesn’t share Bitcoin’s celebrity status but that hasn’t stopped it from amazing achievements such as penetrating Wall Street and many banks around the world through strategically relevant partnerships.

Celebrity always comes at a price, we must say. Bitcoin may be the star but it’s also been at the center of most scandals, thefts, and scams that have plagued the news about alt-coins. So its popularity has not washed its reputation and it still makes people think of ambiguity, unpredictability, and confusion.

In contrast, XRP has been gaining stability, it’s supported by Ripple and it’s seen as a stylish and sophisticated cryptocurrency. It acts, looks, and feels professional so many companies that would never go for Bitcoin would go (and are going) for XRP.

XRP’s higher use

While the stock exchange and the crypto market are very different animals, for sure, they share some common traits. They’re essentially unpredictable and you can succeed in them only by sheer luck or an impeccable strategy. But XRP is just the thing to tame the beast.

It could replace the SWIFT system that banks have been used for decades and it will do that while making everything cheaper and faster for end users and banks alike. It’s already happening, as seventy-five of the world’s main banks are already doing their international transfers using Ripple tech.

Ripple and XRP (yes, both are two different things) have enough real-world pros, and it’s as safe as anything can be among crypto coins.

Just do your homework before you take a dive into XRP. Know that it’s not alone. Stellar Lumen is also going for the international transfer market and it’s supported by IBM so, it would be wise for you to hedge your bets.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Analyzing The Best-Performing Cryptos

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Over the nebulous first half of this year, some tiny cryptos were able to grow by more than 1000% and reach the desired top 100, while others that were already in the top 50 bastions simply zeroed. What factors led them to perform like this? Luck, external factors or well-made decisions?

First of all, it is important to clarify that it would be unwise to analyze them disregarding the market context (crypto and non-crypto) of the period, so we’re using a holistic approach.
In our timeframe, considering the traditional market cycle of emotions, in contrast to the standard chart below, the euphoria quadrant had a much larger peak and a much shorter duration, starting in the middle of 2017 and ending at the beginning of 2018, while we were stuck in the period of “excitement” since, maybe, 2015. The emotions in red passed in a rush and at the end of July, we were already in deep “despondency”.

Source: https://russellinvestments.com/ca/insights/the-market-cycle-of-emotions

Besides to the fact that the market completed half of the cycle in less than half a year, some very relevant things, besides the usual phenomena expected of an investment market, happened during this period. In addition to the hype the period enjoyed and the fact that bad, inexperienced investors were frantically joining the crypto market, we…

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Is Tether (USDT) really a stable coin?

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Tether is one of the top digital assets in the crypto-sphere. The coin was launched in November 2014 after it changed its name from Realcoin so that the crypto community doesn’t associate it to the altcoins. It is important to know that Tether is a currency that helps to convert fiat currencies into digital currencies.

Moving forward, there have been lots of FUDs around Tether these days as regards to whether it is going to be a truly stable coin as the market has seen dips lately. Also, the FUDs around Tether have raised questions on whether there are any backings to the digital asset.

It is crucial to know that other factors have been attributed, and one of them was a report from last month that stated that Tether and Bitfinex, had gone their separate ways with Noble Bank. The separation made Bitfinex suspend fiat wire deposits – without no reason or whatsoever.

Tether, in regards to market worth, comprises about 92 percent of the market capitalization of stable coins. Also, this stable coin offers two purposes: to stabilize the volatility of Bitcoin, and also to preserve the amount of money purchasing power investors have at hand when the value of larger cryptocurrencies such as BTC drops.

The coin is a good alternative for traders when trying to cash-in on fiat currencies, as we do know that trying to move money from different exchanges to fiat…

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TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing

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It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter announcement did not provide a lot of information, except for the fact that the TRON partnership is with an industry giant worth tens of billions of dollars.

Even so, the entire crypto community started speculating about the new partner’s identity. Soon after the announcement, a new rumor emerged, claiming that the identity of an unnamed corporation was uncovered. According to the rumor, TRON’s new partner is none other than Baidu, one of the largest tech giants of China, which also represents this country’s largest internet search provider.

Baidu is often viewed as China’s version of Google, and if the rumors of a partnership with this company turn out to be true, this will be a big game-changer for TRON.

However, in days following the announcement, new reports started coming in with claims that the partnership will not revolve around blockchain technology. Instead, ODaily reported that the alleged partnership between TRON and Baidu will be focused on cloud computing. The report claims that TRON will be purchasing computing resources from Baidu.

Baidu to…

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