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Bank of America allegedly approaches Ripple for a possible partnership

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Ripple as a whole has been multifaceted right from the start, and this is because it is not really built for retail services, but to provide a means whereby financial institutions can have the possibility of making transactions easier and faster.

Due to the prospects behind Ripple, a more significant partnership (much better than the ones it had with systems like Banco Santander and American Express) has emerged and guess what? It involves the Bank of America.

The speculation arose after the Bank of America representatives met in closed doors with Ripple (XRP) people to discuss a possible partnership last week.

Before now, Banco Santander formed a partnership with Ripple. Santander announced that it would be using Ripple’s xCurrent to perform its global payments. Now, the Bank of America is allegedly following the suit in a bid to use its technology.

So far, some of the financial institutions that have recently partnered with Ripple include MUFG Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, WestPac, and SBI to name a few. Ripple seems to be a force to reckon with on global payments, and many other financial institutions are beginning to acknowledge its importance.

In the bid to make cross-border payments easier, faster, and cheaper, Ripple has three systems: xCurrent, xRapid, and xVia. However, xRapid, got launched not too long ago, and at the time it was launched, the price of XRP had a slight surge in its market value. Ever since the launch of xRapid, lots of financial institutions such as MoneyGram and Western Union have affirmed its credibility and commended Ripple’s technology.

It is important to note that xRapid is specially made for financial institutions that want to reduce the costs on liquidity. xRapid not only helps to reduce liquidity costs, but it also protects financial institutions from the obsolete hassles of cross-border payments.

It is possible that in the coming days, we may see another surge in the price of XRP following the announcement of the Ripple’s partnership with the Bank of America. Of course, if the news gets confirmed, it will be huge.

Although the actual commencement date for the everyday use of Ripple’s xRapid remains unclear, still it is evident that the Bank of America, Banco Santander, and others, are in line on how to make use of Ripple’s blockchain within their payment infrastructure.

They aren’t quite a number of digital assets that are offering what Ripple’s XRP does, even if they are, they do not have the solution to offer the best use-cases as Ripple.

In fact, even though some crypto-enthusiasts frown at Ripple once it’s mentioned, the digital asset – no doubt – has excellent prospects and use-cases. This is what the Bank of America is probably seeing and isn’t concerned about what the odds are. In that case, we should expect a lot to occur in the coming days.

XRP Price overview

Following the rumors of the partnership with the Bank of America, the price of Ripple’s XRP started moving steadily and is in the green (by a fraction) while other major cryptocurrencies are trading in red right now. At the time of writing the price of XRP stands at $0.5198 with a market capitalization of $20,902,329,639.

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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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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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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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