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“We don’t know when but Internet Of Value solved by Blockchain is going to happen. Make sure we are in the position before this thing takes off.” That’s what Chris Larsen (Ripple Labs’ co-founder) told to Asheesh Birla, a Ripple employe several years ago. This quotation includes everything Ripple is, everything it does and everything it aims for.

Let’s start by explaining the meaning of “Internet of Value.” This is a philosophical idea that was probably, though we don’t know for sure, put forward by Ripple’s founders. It refers to the expectations of current internet customers and users.

They want for money to move around the internet as quickly and as seamlessly as the information they use. If you want to send somebody money over the web, it should be as quick, safe and cheap as sending an e-mail, that’s the main idea.

So has Ripple made sure it’s there before this thing takes off? Let’s see.

One of the most archaic financial services in the world is the international transfer among banks (something you can’t really do over the internet right now as a private citizen except for credit and debit card payments). This is because settling international payments relies on the SWIFT system.

It was implemented back in 1975, way before personal computers, smartphones, let alone the internet were imaginable technology except in Sci-Fi. SWIFT is slow, expensive, and prone to errors. That’s why companies as MoneyGram and Western Union have become giants in the financial world without being banks. They found a way to improve over SWIFT, if only marginally, in speed and cost, so now they manage most of the world’s international remittances.

Over the last few years, a new industry has emerged, called “fintech,” which is a contraction for “financial technology.” The point in it is to serve all those customers who are either being poorly served (sometimes, not at all) by banks, for whatever reason. Paypal is one of those companies.

Just think how easier it is to transfer money to another country using Paypal than your usual bank. Fintech is more efficient, cheaper, and technologically savvy. As a result, banks are starting to lose a piece of their business.

Enter Ripple.

Ripple Labs has found ways to use the internet and blockchain technology to process and settle international payments at costs even lower than fintech’s, at higher speeds (basically, in real-time), and with the security that only the blockchain can guarantee. There is a token associated with the technology (XRP) which is used as a mediating currency to complete each transfer.

By partnering up with banks all over the world, Ripple is improving customer experience, lowering costs, and using the internet and the cryptosphere so that money moves around the internet even more smoothly than e-mails.

Thus Ripple is indeed creating a healthy ecosystem in which the Internet of Value can become a reality for everybody. It will start with banks and other financial institutions. But sooner or later it will reach private persons like you and me. It seems that Ripple was indeed in position before the thing took off.

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HODLing Stellar Is A Good Plan For 2019

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HODLing, or holding on to a certain asset or assets has always been an extremely useful investment strategy, even before cryptocurrencies were even imagined. Now, with the market being more uncertain than ever, many are wondering what is the right thing to do with the coins in their possession.

Of course, things change depending on the coin in question, but today, we are going to talk about why it is a good idea to hold on to your Stellar (XLM) in 2019.

Why You Should Hodl Stellar (XLM)

The crypto market is rich with hundreds, and even thousands of different projects at this point, and separating valuable ones from those that are destined to slowly fade away can be tricky. However, even the biggest skeptics believe that Stellar is a coin that is here to stay.

XLM was first launched in 2014, and for a long time now, it has been among the top 10 cryptos by market cap. It is an open-source, decentralized protocol that allows users to send fiat currencies by using cryptocurrency as a method of transport. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to XRP. However, the biggest difference is that Stellar aims to offer its services to regular people, while XRP is more interested in working with banks and financial institutions.

Nevertheless, sending money, especially when it comes to cross-border…

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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