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Is an alliance between Ripple and Stellar (XLM) in the works?

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Neutral observers in the cryptosphere have been writing over the last few weeks a lot about Ripple and its native token XRP. It’s one of the very few digital assets that have been somewhat stable in price over the last couple of weeks. Following the current market trend, it’s trading in the red by friction (down by 1.27% over the previous 24 hours) as the cryptocurrency stands at $0.492593 at the time we write this.

It also happens that Ripple keeps announcing new strategic partnerships and new use cases that it had previously not cultivated very much. New banks and remittance services all over the world are adopting Ripple’s platforms and currency to settle payments internally, and more and more businesses are adopting it as a means of payment. On top of all that, XRP’s market capitalization has been growing steadily (it’s now at $17,632,270,393), so it has punched Ethereum out of the second place already.

When you put all of that together, it would seem that XRP is ready to be the first digital asset that will break out of the current (and prolonged) bearish run and that it will happen soon. The technical market analysis seems to support this idea, but we won’t go into all the details in this article.

The alleged Ripple Stellar partnership

So, a funny (and unexpected) thing happened, not too long ago. Jed McCaleb’s XRP wallet received 40 million XRP tokens, and nobody knows who sent him or why. The transaction could seem irrelevant, but there’s a reason for the cryptoverse to pay attention to it.

Jed McCaleb is Ripple’s founder, but he left a few years ago to create a new blockchain project called Stellar Lumens (XLM). That’s where he works now, and Stellar is considered to be Ripple’s main and most direct competitor in the crypto space because they are trying to gain adoption in many of the same markets, mainly in the financial sector.

So rumors are spreading. Was Ripple behind that almost 20 million dollar payment to its former boss? Or are Ripple and Stellar Lumens trying to come out with a strategic alliance?

Alliances between rivals are not unheard of in the business world. True, they tend to fail miserably, but when they work, they’re unbeatable. Perhaps the most famous example of such a partnership was the one between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who were famous back then for hating each other’s guts passionately.

They both ignored their personal problems, and Bill Gates bailed Apple out of very serious financial problems while making sure that Microsoft would remain the most important software company for Apple computers, as well as Windows. It worked. Apple would have probably disappeared without Microsoft’s help at that critical juncture.

Is this what is happening now for Ripple and Stellar Lumens? Short of an official joint announcement from both institutions, it’s just impossible to know. Stellar Lumens already has a strategic partnership with IBM while Ripple has remained mainly independent.

An alliance would allow both projects to access new markets that have remained closed so far; it would give them political clout, lower costs, share their technology and make things easier for all their partners. So it could be very tantalizing because everybody involved would have something to win. But are they going for it?

All we can say for now is that a few interesting signs are appearing that would seem to suggest it could happen; maybe it’s already in the works. But to find out, you’ll have to keep coming to our website and keep reading our news.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and 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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Top 4 Cryptocurrencies to Bet on in 2019

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The crypto winter ended and Bitcoin is breaking through the $5000 resistance barrier and leading a general charge in bullishness among cryptocurrencies has seen more positivity in the market than ever before. However, before any talk of a crypto spring should start, we need to look at what happened during the winter.

Many different platforms were either fully released or improved upon significantly. There has been a surge of innovation and the crystallization of ideas. The market isn’t just about crypto trading or bitcoin trading; it has become more about what businesses will leverage blockchain in the best way. Investors need to look at what a coin offers beyond just being a cryptocurrency. What partners does it have, what is the long term plan and is it liquid enough?

Investing in altcoins has never been a better option than right now. The volatility index shows that the market is growing without having to rely on Bitcoin. While Bitcoin still determines and up or down trend, the altcoins do not follow this trend exactly. More and more tokens and coins are surviving and thriving on their own merits rather than riding in Bitcoin’s wake.

The four coins to follow are our pick for the top 4 cryptocurrencies most likely to give you substantial returns by the end of 2019.

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2019 Will Be a Big Year for Luxcore

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With the recent surge of Bitcoin in the last few weeks, many traders are hoping for a more profitable year than 2018.  Even if that comes to fruition, my advice over the past year remains the same.  Traders must look for companies and projects that offer blockchain solutions with real-world use and complete transparency.  One company that meets both of those requirements is Luxcore (LUX).

What is Luxcore?

Luxcore is a blockchain solutions and services ecosystem that focuses on developing security and privacy products.  The Luxcore platform utilizes the PHI2 algorithm powered blockchain to build a wide variety of product offerings.  One of the platform’s primary goals is to help close the gap between regular consumers and enterprise users by introducing specific use-cases for each group of users.

Exciting Roadmap for 2019

As mentioned earlier, one of the absolute requirements of building a successful blockchain project is to be fully and completely transparent.  Luxcore certainly meets that requirement with the introduction of their most recent roadmap.

The roadmap does a great job of showing which projects are in development, how far along each project is, and the expected completion date of each project.  With this, LUX traders and potentially interested consumers can follow along and monitor the status of projects that they are especially interested in.

Since many crypto projects have inevitably disappointed the market, offering…

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Can XRP Break Out of the Falling Wedge?

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XRP is the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which currently sits at around $13.5 billion. The coin also has a price of $0.325316 at the time of writing, after seeing a significant price correction of 4% in the last 24 hours.

Just like many other cryptocurrencies, XRP has seen massive losses during the 2018 bear market. However, this falling wedge seems to have seen a real breakout in 2019, as the crypto winter started to let go, and a lot of coins saw significant price recoveries.

XRP’s falling wedge was much more difficult to stop, which can be seen on its long-term chart. But, the recent bull runs allowed numerous cryptocurrencies to finally see growth, and XRP is definitely one of them. The charts also show that the coin’s falling wedge has seen a breakout, which is an excellent thing for the future of XRP’s price.

However, for the coin’s price to truly turn and stay bullish, XRP needs to see larger volumes. The experts believe that this is the key for a new rally, one which would allow XRP to reach true recovery.

XRP price performance and predictions

As mentioned, XRP had struggled to start growing even when most other cryptocurrencies were drawn in a number of bull runs. While the coin has been acting the same as others until mid-February, it is clear that the…

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