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Ripple XRP targets to reach $3 mark this year, here’s how

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Coinmarketcap has Ripple’s XRP coin as the third largest in market capitalization with a whopping $32 billion. XRP’s price keeps rising, and it could very well surpass the $1 psychological barrier this month – and go as far as $3 by this year’s end. Yes, seriously, it can!

There are reasons to suspect it is poised to improve even last year’s miraculous performance and will reach the $3 mark, here are three.

2018 will see an increase in remittances all over the world

The World Bank expects remittances to grow by at least 3% this year as immigrants everywhere keep sending money back to their homelands and their families in China and developing countries. Ripple is becoming the service of choice for cheap, fast and reliable international transactions even for banks and financial institutions.

Ripple Labs has developed successful partnerships with many of the big names in the remittance industry such as Western Union and MoneyGram who dominate the market and are adopting Ripple for transactions.

As national economies keep growing faster in the European Union, Russia and the U.S.A., the remittance flow will keep growing towards Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia.

Then, as we all in the crypto industry know, there’s the brand new deal Ripple recently secured with Banco Santander, one of the world’s biggest banks with a global presence. This will increase Ripple’s market while Santander will see its costs go down by 20 billion pounds by transacting with Ripple instead of traditional technology

However, the World Bank also expects the remittances costs to rise everywhere as well, and this could hinder the growth. That’s where Ripple could come in as a way to keep the transactions volume rising but the costs low and speeds fast. Ripple’s tools (xRapid, xVia, and xCurrent) are being integrated into banks globally, and that alone could make the remittance market even more than expected.

Ripple technologies will integrate XRP in the future

It’s important to understand that Ripple and XRP are not the same things at all. XRP is a currency and Ripple is the lab behind it, and they are not interchangeable entities or concepts.

The main link among them is the fact that Ripple Lab owns most of the XRP currency (more than 60% of the total supply). Ripple’s partners, present, and future can use xRapid, xCurrent, and xVia to exchange payments using any currency they choose. But the best deal for them would still be to use XRP because it brings costs down very significantly.

That being said, Ripple is being very successful as a remittance agent and using XRP in transactions will help them and their clients even further. So the influence such success will have on XRP’s performance should not be underestimated.

As the industry keeps moving towards instantaneous digital payments, more banks will adopt XRP; it’s just matter of time. It’s impossible to predict the timeframe for this correctly, but it won’t be too long. After all, Ripple is holding on to incredible amounts of XRP, the only reason for that is that they mean to use it in the future.

Attitudes are changing 

XRP numbers have just been getting better an better since last February when the price went down to less than $0.5 from $3. This market correction created FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubts) around the coin with some detractors even declaring that XRP is not decentralized.

But it’s been becoming stronger, at a current price of $0.80 (which is still cheap), and the cryptocurrency has momentum on its side. Ripple uses its high reserves to keep some control over the price, and as more investors get involved with it, indirect centralization will just become impossible.

This is the best time to join the Ripple/XRP phenomenon as FUD is going away and being replaced by FOMO, and once Ripple and XRP become too big (as it’s happened with Bitcoin) it will be a missed chance. You better decide.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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