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Ripple targets China and Germany, SBI Japan investing in Sendo plus xRapid news

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In the quest to become the preferred cryptocurrency in the market several virtual currencies are employing different marketing methods to ensure and push their currencies to be in high circulation. Ripple (XRP) is not any different from other virtual currencies.

From the look of things, Ripple is poised to become one of the ideal digital assets for profit-oriented organizations in the next couple of years as the digital asset continues to extend its portfolio of partnership with major financial institutions and banks all over the globe.

For the record, Ripple’s xRapid and xCurrent products have been accepted and incorporated by over 100 banks globally with even more financial institutions finding convenience with Ripple’s blockchain technology.

These financial institutions and banks strive to take advantage of the low fees and fast transaction speeds being offered by the Ripple’s blockchain technology driving up demand for the digital coin and its value.

German financial institutions and banks have been on the radar of Ripple’s growth strategy. In a recent interview in Berlin, the Head of Banking in Ripple, Marjan Delatinne, disclosed Ripple’s intention to expand in the European nation saying they are in talks with several German banks. Marjan was responding to a question regarding Ripple’s overall partnership strategy and presence around the globe from the US, Japan, and other European countries. She said,

“We are actually in communication with many German financial institutions and banks also.”

Marjan is renowned in the financial sector being a former business director at SWIFT before moving to Ripple Inc. He is taunted to bring onboard a lot of promise and experience to the blockchain driven organization.

At the moment, Ripple is in partnership with the DZ Bank AG owned bank known as Riesebank. DZ Bank AG is the 3rd largest bank in the European country judged by its asset size having over 100 branches to its name across Germany.

The bank is also a central institution for over 1,000 co-operative banks and their over 11,000 branch offices. Ripple is talking to other banks on their possibilities of partnering with Ripple Labs giving hope to crypto enthusiasts the possibility to see blockchain driven economies.

Ripple Expansion Plans for China

Apart from Germany, Ripple Labs is also looking at ways to enter the Chinese market to further expand its currency circulation and its distributed ledger technology (DLT).

By doing this, Ripple will be able to increase the speed of cross-border settlements in a more secure way, Ripple’s vice president of European Union strategic accounts, Jeremy Light, told CNBC on 15th August.

“Definitely, China is a country and region of interest”      

Unlike other virtual currencies and blockchain technologies, Ripple strives to serve as a payment processing platform that may work without necessarily relying on it default currency, the XRP token. Ripple Inc. wants to separate the two, Ripple and XRP, to be different entities.

Some of the financial banks and institutions Ripple (XRP) has partnered with across the world include UBS, Standard Chartered Bank, Santander, American Express, UniCredit among many others.

So far, Ripple has managed to penetrate the Asian region in small proportions, but the most notable one happens to be with a Japanese consortium. The partnership features 61 banks for the development of a new smartphone application.

Many crypto experts expect Ripple’s penetration in the Chinese market to be a challenge going by the culture of the Chinese authorities to promote local products and inventions.

Currently, the Asian powerhouse has Tencent in operation, Tencent is the institution behind many smart applications including WeChat and is a leading payment and communication system in China that works closely with Shenzhen tax authority.

Tencent recently did a demonstration on their new blockchain based payment platform that offers features such as automatic company settlements.

SBI Japan Investing in Sendo

Thanks to Vietnam’s booming e-commerce market, Japanese financial powerhouse SBI Holdings, and other Asian-based institutions are willing to invest to Sendo Technology, a Vietnamese online marketplace, a total of about 51 million US dollars.

The hefty investment is sure to go a long way in revolutionizing how e-commerce business is done in the Asian country.

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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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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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