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High chances for Ripple (XRP) reaching $5 in the following months

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Ripple (XRP), one of the most important virtual currencies in the market, has been under the one-dollar value for some time now, but cryptocurrency experts are predicting it going far above its all-time high of 3 US dollars per unit this year. That is why many virtual currency enthusiasts argue that XRP is a good investment opportunity. Even so, Ripple’s price has been on the decline in recent time, stumbling from $3.48 to $0.59.

Ripple (XRP) being a centralized virtual currency does not try to target individuals with its marketing efforts led by Ripple Labs. Instead, they concentrate on branding themselves as technology stacks for financial institutions and large corporations and as a transaction medium that supports transactions free from fees.

Although adding new clients on a daily basis, their clients being banks and financial institutions all over the world, Ripple (XRP) is still facing aggressive competition from other cryptocurrencies and traditional money transfer institutions like Visa and Swift. Ripple offers xCurrent, xRapid, xVia as their money transfer platforms but this article will concentrate more on Ripple’s competitiveness outside the cryptocurrency ecosystem. So, what’s giving Ripple a cutting edge?

The financial industry warming towards it

Ripple is making headway and gaining ground on their competition who are outside the cryptocurrency world. This should be their main goal, gaining ground on the traditional financial firms since other virtual currencies do not pose any major threat to their business model. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple, all have different business models and goals.

So how is Ripple gaining ground on financial institutions and spurring price appreciation?

Western Union and MoneyGram are a couple of the money transfer companies that are warming up to Ripple with the adoption of XRP and xRapid. These partnerships between XRP and traditional money transfer service providers are all in the pilot stages.

We will be able to give a more comprehensive update on the viability and profitability involved with the implementation of XRP to this companies. If XRP increases the profits margins and efficiency of money transfers for these companies; it will only be natural that more banks and money order firms in the financial industry accept XRP into their systems. If this happens, the demand for XRP digital coins will skyrocket to the roof.

Following an article that was written by Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold and a New York Times writer, early this year, Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse came guns blazing with the announcement of the implementation of XRapid pilot program by 3 of the top 5 largest money transfer companies. The article done by Popper questioned the acceptability of XRP as a tool for financial institutions quoting some officials in the banking sector saying they do not plan or intend to onboard XRP for transactions.

The point being: Ripple (XRP) has managed to build strong partnerships with major corporations, but it still needs to match forward and venture more into the financial industry. The banking sector is ready for disturbance and Ripple is the technology that could bring a ten-fold improvement in efficiency. If Ripple (XRP) manages to do that, we can expect it to reach $5 mark or even beyond that. Remember, ‘if’ is important here.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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