Not many people can generate the amount of excitement among ‘cryptonites’ as Ripple chief executive officer, Brad Garlinghouse. Speaking on Wednesday to CNBC’s Power Lunch, Garlinghouse declared that Bitcoin could be on the verge of experiencing an influence and price downfall in the cryptocurrency community as markets are gradually becoming aware of the different currencies and alternatives available to them.
When Bitcoin was initially offered in 2008, it was a game changer. For the first time, people could initiate transactions, trade, and trust in a medium of exchange without having banks or governments behind it. And with Bitcoin being the initial, most known, and largest virtual currency by market capitalization other cryptocurrencies including XRP are highly interdependent to it even though they are independent open-sourced technologies.
That’s something Garlinghouse believes is going to change over time as more people become aware of the other cryptocurrencies available through media coverage.
First, forward to 2018, Bitcoin, the almost a decade old currency, is not the default currency of choice in moving value. It is slowly evolving to be more of an asset than a currency; investors trade it like stocks or bonds, rather than as a medium of exchange of daily goods and services.
Its transaction costs have reached $4.50 taking days to complete a transaction instead of a few minutes. Garlinghouse jokes,
“How are you going to use Bitcoin to buy a cup of tea? By the time the transaction is complete, it’s going to be hours later, your tea’s gonna get cold”
Be that as it may, Ripple, the San Francisco-based company, has developed a speedier financial payment system that enables cross-border transactions with XRP being the electronic coin financial institutions use on to transact swiftly.
Barely a month passes without Ripple making huge inroads on Bitcoin’s influence. On Wednesday, Ripple signed a partnership deal with Kuwait’s largest bank (The Kuwait Finance House) adding the financial institution to its long list of partners such as MoneyGram and Visa that are now piloting XRP for cross-border transactions.
As some countries introduced new regulations and rules for using cryptocurrency early this year, Bitcoin, XRP, and other digital currencies took a beating in their market performance with the market capitalization falling by more than 50%. XRP was the worst performer shedding 70% of its value and Bitcoin losing about 50% in those few months. However, with large amounts of Ripple’s currency kept in their reserves, price fluctuations are kept to a minimum with the company controlling the currency’s value.
Last month, South Korea introduced a raft of requirements including banning all anonymous trading Bitcoin allows on its platform in a bid to neutralize all possible criminal activities. Also, the Indian government refused to acknowledge cryptocurrency as a legal tender saying they were going to put measures in place that are going to phase out payments using the virtual money.
Ripple does not operate with the same level of anonymity that bitcoin does, making the virtual coin more favorable to investors and banks. With over 100 financial institutions around the world using the blockchain, Ripple’s dominance seems to be on the rise challenging Bitcoin’s influence.
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