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Is XRP a security or not? Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse explains the daunting debate

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The debate on whether Ripple is a security or not has been on for many months now. What’s even worse is that the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) hasn’t given its stance or a say on whether Ripple is a security or not. However, a recent talk, which involved Ripple’s chief executive officer Brad Garlinghouse and Michael Arrington – of Arrington Capital, was held at the Techcrunch’s San Francisco Disrupt Conference.

The discussion was anchored by Mike Butcher, the Editor of Techcrunch. The discussion was based on the Security Exchange Commission and a few other aspects.

During the course of the discussion, Butcher asked Garlinghouse what the fate of Ripple will be if it was declared a security. The CEO replied:

Security is something that represents ownership in a company that gives you rights to dividends, give you rights to governance, things like that. Ripple and XRP are two separate entities. When you buy XRP, that doesn’t give you any rights to the profits or ownership of Ripple the company.”

Garlinghouse said that there are lots of FinTech companies including banks that have adopted Ripple into their system and are even great investors. Additionally, Garlinghouse made it clear that there are no common grounds between Ripple and SEC; therefore, the false info concerning the debate or argument is a little bit weighty.

Garlinghouse went on to say that if Ripple doesn’t operate, XRP will keep functioning (a thing that the Ripple CEO has been saying again and again). It is important to add that the XRP token was handed over to the Ripple Company by its creator as a utility token. Garlinghouse further said this to Butcher:

So if XRP is a security, it’s a security for what?”

He also said about Coinbase; how the exchange platform affects the price of XRP and if they will ever list XRP. The CEO of Ripple said:

So does that mean XRP is the security of Coinbase or Ripple?” Garlinghouse ended by saying Ripple is not a security and that XRP is different from Ripple.

What is in for Ripple and its ‘hodlers’ if it is declared a security

Nonetheless, there have been many speculations that if Ripple becomes a security, its value will be on the downside and would repeat Garlinghouse’s statements that Ripple is different from XRP. If Ripple is declared a security by SEC, they (Ripple) won’t be that unhappy.

There are reasons behind that. First, we shouldn’t forget that last year, the WallStreet pleaded for a Ripple IPO. So if Ripple is declared a security, the WallStreet would be happy about that, due to the fact that Ripple be will feature on local exchange platforms in NewYork, Singapore, etc., and SEC will have a complete hold of Ripple.

And that will be to the advantage of Ripple because local trading platforms will want to bank on Ripple after being declared a security, and that would bring a surge to its current market capitalization. There is also a high possibility that the market capitalization of Ripple will attain a height twenty times more than it has now.

Subsequently, investors should not discard or sell their tokens, when Ripple gets declared a security because, as said earlier, Ripple will still attract more local exchanges and hence, the market cap would increase, thus, making investors to benefit as been ‘hodlers’ even though they may be charged for cashing out.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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What Caused So Many Investors to Turn to Bitcoin in 2017?

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Bitcoin (BTC) has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, especially in the last two. About five weeks ago, the coin celebrated its 10th birthday, however, while it has been an entire decade of its existence, it was basically unknown to anyone who is not a particularly interested in new technologies. This all changed in 2017, when Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed from $1,000 to $20,000, making it the biggest trend of the year.

Suddenly, the entire world heard of its name, and cryptocurrencies finally got their place under the spotlight. Investors continued to arrive at the crypto space, cash was flowing, hundreds of new coins emerged, and more optimistic analysts predicted Bitcoin’s price going even higher, potentially reaching $50,000, $100,000, and more.

However, as we know today, it was not to last. 2018 was barely a few weeks in when the market crashed, the prices started dropping, and investors started selling. The profits were quickly lost for anyone who did not cash out in time, and these days, Bitcoin’s price sits at around $3,812. The crash reminded everyone that cryptocurrencies remain as volatile as ever and that they still pose a risk for investors. But, people already knew this, so why did they invest in the first place?

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Top 5 Presidential Candidates Thoughts About Bitcoin

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The cryptocurrency space is growing larger and has more impact on our everyday life with each new year. Despite the low prices and market crashes in 2018, the situation on the market seems to be taking a turn for the better, especially after a new surge that started on February 8th. However, as we progress through another year of cryptos’ fight for survival and adoption, the 2020 US Presidential Elections continue to approach.

With that in mind, it might be worth knowing what the current major Presidential candidates think about the crypto space, and Bitcoin (BTC), in particular. Of course, no one can know who will get elected and whether the next US President will be a crypto investor or someone who will have no problems with imposing even stricter regulations that might limit the market’s potentials.

Even so, we can at least see what they had to say about the crypto industry, and form some sort of expectations regarding the future based on that. It should be noted that the list does not include every candidate, only the major ones, and those who decided to take a notable stance towards Bitcoin.

1) Cory Booker

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