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Ripple’s XRP fully arrives at Bitrue, and it does with a bang

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XRP is the cryptocurrency created by Ripple Labs. It was already pre-mined when it went live, and it’s been a coin with a purpose since the beginning. The point in XRP is for it to become the mediating currency that will allow the world’s financial system to leave the old SWIFT system behind and to settle all international payments using Ripple’s blockchain technology.

Ripple has been looking to achieve that goal with a laser-like focus for years now, and they’ve scored some critical successes. That has implications. XRP was not originally meant to be the kind of cryptocurrency you and I can use, like, say Bitcoin.

It’s not supposed to be a way to store value or to make retail payments. Banks are the ones who should be buying it so they can send USD from the USA to Germany and where they can easily, safely and quickly, be collected as Euros, just to give you a very simple example.

Well, that’s changing. Ripple’s leadership has realized that diversifying XRP’s appeal can only drive the token’s price up, by creating new demand, and they’ve been looking for new strategic partnerships outside banks, remittance services, and financial institutions.

Among those developments is a debit card (a physical plastic card) that allows you to use your XRP currency to pay for goods as services just as easily as if it was your local fiat currency stored in your savings account. So Ripple is reading the writing in the wall and moving forward. That’s why today’s news is so important.

And the news is this: Bitrue, a crypto exchange, and trade system just announced it’s adopting XRP in all their platforms but not just as any other coin but as a trading pair. What does this mean?

Well, if you’ve done any trade in crypto you probably already know that you can’t just buy any coin you want out of the box.

You need to buy some Bitcoins (or some other of the handful of coins that are available in that way) then bring your coins to your exchange of choice, and then you trade your BTC for the cryptocurrency you actually want.

If you’d like to get into Cardano’s or Tron’s action right now, that’s what you would need to do. The critical fact about this new announcement is that XRP is going to be one of those few, selected, currencies you can now use at Bitrue so you can get ahold of other currencies.

This is huge news because this kind of pairing is very influential in the crypto market. For instance, most trades are done with Bitcoin as a trading pair. Which means that Bitcoin’s volatility and the high price can affect negatively (or positively) the tokens of many other projects in which there is not a problem in the token particularly but the financial mechanism you must use to buy it.

Bitrue’s new move is going to make XRP one of those coins which make the market run, which is an excellent step for Ripple, and XRP holders. There is further relevance in that Bitrue’s platform is available for all mobile devices.

The preferred currency pairings are XRP/BTC, XRP/ETH, XRP/USDT, ETC/XRP, ETH/XRP, GTO/XRP, KNC/XRP, LINK/XRP, LTC/XRP, QKC/XRP, WAN/XRP, WTC/XRP ZRX/XRP. We would like to see further pairings with Tron, Cardano, EOS, Stellar, Electroneum, and many others, but this is only the starting point.

XRP is slowly but surely becoming one of the big boys. Keep an eye out for it!

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or 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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Three of the Best Crypto-Friendly Currency Accounts for 2019

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The advent of blockchain and cryptocurrency has seen several industries disrupted like never before, including finance.

Notoriously resistant to change on any real scale, finance has always been seen as a tough industry to bring new ideas into, but blockchain has changed the game in many respects.

Today we’re seeing an influx of agile digital challengers to the established names that have dominated banking for so long.

Recently a report was published by consultancy company A.T. Kearney that claims “Not all banks will survive the tide of change as customers increasingly favor digital banks and innovative products and services.

“Branch closures are a short-term fix to steady the books, but it is not enough – traditional institutions need to consider strategic transformation to improve cost and top line and also offer more innovative products and services.”

In short, the world of banking is changing, and the following three startups are among the best crypto-friendly banking options for 2019.

Wirex

Offering customers a VISA card available in three different currencies, Wirex has quickly established itself as one of the most recognized names in crypto finance.

Billed as “crypto and traditional currency accounts that put the power in your hands,” Wirex allows customers to take charge of their entire banking needs from one simple to use platform.

You can fund your account using a credit/debit card, bank transfer,…

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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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4 Reasons Why the New Bitcoin Rally Is Unlikely to Stop Now

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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

Binance has been the largest crypto exchange by trading volume for a while now, and as such, many expected that, if anything were to happen to it, Bitcoin…

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