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Ripple horizons expand as XRP gets listed on Swiss-based exchange Lykke

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On October 30th (just a couple of days ago), Lykke announced two listing pairs BTC and USD for Ripple (XRP). The exchange said their decision to add XRP is based on the fact that it’s one among the most requested and traded coins.

Lykke is a crypto exchange and blockchain project that aims to offer a platform which anybody in the world can use to exchange virtual currencies without needing to pay any fees. It emphasizes user-friendliness.

While this is not a platform that is very often on the limelight (which is not a bad thing when you consider how often that happens because of scandals) it’s still one of the most respected in the world and, reviews about it are usually very favorable and is generally considered to be trustworthy.

This new entry to the relatively long list of XRP exchanges uses a distributed ledger technology, based on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Or, at least, that how it started. Nowadays it’s also using Ethereum’s blockchain. You can access Lykke’s services very easily because even a mobile phone can do the trick. All you need to get started is to download and install a wallet. Execution of operations is guaranteed, settlements are instantaneous.

Lykke has offices in three different countries in the world: Switzerland, England, and Vanuatu.

The exchange even issues its very own cryptocurrency called LKK. The coin is backed up by the company’s value as every token is worth 1/100 share in the company (yeah, this means this coin is a security which has been a controversial issue for the cryptosphere in the recent months). Unlike Ripple’s XRP, the LKK coin is maybe not a star in the crypto sky, but the exchange is, indeed, among the most respected ones in the world.

Lykke’s services are available the world over, except in the USA, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

So, just a couple of days ago, the company announced that Ripple’s XRP currency is available on the platform. This is different from other XRP offerings because investors interested in Ripple’s coin will be able to buy XRP directly instead of trading it for Bitcoins or ETH wich, so far has been the rule in most exchanges in the world.

Ripple and XRP are not the same things. Ripple is a private company that produces blockchain technology aimed at settling international payments with the least possible amount of friction. XRP is the cryptocurrency created by Ripple to achieve that goal. This is an important distinction because, in the cryptoverse, you’ll often find that the coin is referred to as “Ripple” when it should be “XRP,” and this causes confusion.

Coming back to the point, this is an essential step for both Lykke and XRP. Lykke will be able to capitalize the interest that XRP has been gathering recently (one of the very few coins that have been rising in price over the last month).

Ripple, on the other hand, will be able to expand its horizons. XRP was never meant to be a retail coin for enthusiasts (like Bitcoin, or most other assets are) but a cryptocurrency that banks could use to do their job. That game is changing as Lykke, and other exchanges are turning it into a cryptocurrency you can buy directly, without using Bitcoins first, and that you can hold.

Ripple’s XRP has been growing steadily in value, and it’s now challenging Ethereum for the second place in the cryptocurrency capitalization market. They’ve been reporting amazing news recently. There’s even a plastic debit card based on XRP you can use in the street to pay for your cigarettes (ok, you don’t smoke… let’s call it beer).

Lykke is moving forward. And XRP is helping it along.

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Three of the Best Crypto-Friendly Currency Accounts for 2019

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The advent of blockchain and cryptocurrency has seen several industries disrupted like never before, including finance.

Notoriously resistant to change on any real scale, finance has always been seen as a tough industry to bring new ideas into, but blockchain has changed the game in many respects.

Today we’re seeing an influx of agile digital challengers to the established names that have dominated banking for so long.

Recently a report was published by consultancy company A.T. Kearney that claims “Not all banks will survive the tide of change as customers increasingly favor digital banks and innovative products and services.

“Branch closures are a short-term fix to steady the books, but it is not enough – traditional institutions need to consider strategic transformation to improve cost and top line and also offer more innovative products and services.”

In short, the world of banking is changing, and the following three startups are among the best crypto-friendly banking options for 2019.

Wirex

Offering customers a VISA card available in three different currencies, Wirex has quickly established itself as one of the most recognized names in crypto finance.

Billed as “crypto and traditional currency accounts that put the power in your hands,” Wirex allows customers to take charge of their entire banking needs from one simple to use platform.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

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