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Ripple (XRP) breaking free from Bitcoin (BTC), finally

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When it comes to signing and closing partnerships with influential financial players, no other cryptocurrency comes closer to Ripple (XRP), not even Bitcoin. Lauded for its constant quest for adoption, Ripple, at the moment, has over 100 payment providers and financial institutions on its list of partners. Interestingly, this list is expected to further increase in size with more partnerships been sought and other companies showing interest in adopting Ripple’s various blockchain solutions.

However, many analysts continue pointing out the issue of the price value of XRP not reflecting the growth in adoption Ripple is currently enjoying. The challenge has always been that Bitcoin (BTC) has always been influencing Ripple’s value.

Bitcoin carries out a large percentage of all Ripple trading. What this means is that the price of XRP has kept depreciating, in spite of having great runs of optimistic broadcasts since early this year. It is this situation that forced a comment from Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO and founder. In a recent interview given to CNBC, he stated that:

“There is a very high correlation between the price of XRP and the price of bitcoin, but ultimately these are independent open-sourced technologies.”

Nevertheless, this connection is about to come to an end. How you might ask. Well, exchange listings are gradually changing suggesting a drop in Bitcoin pairings as cryptocurrency exchanges continue leaning towards altcoin-fiat pairings. As more and more exchanges continue following this trend, Bitcoin’s dominance as the preferred cryptocurrency-to-cryptocurrency pairing will suffer a big blow.

This trend is already catching steam, and things are starting to look shaky for Bitcoin. For instance, Bittrex, one of the leading virtual currency exchanges, recently divulged that they are focusing on introducing fiat-cryptocurrency pairings. Bittrex has an impressive client base of over three million users globally with the US accounting for a majority of them who will stand to benefit from this development.

Binance (another top cryptocurrency exchange) is also seriously considering taking a similar path. Recently, Binance made public that they will be soon rolling out XRP/BNB coin meaning Ripple/Binance coin. The exchange has the XRP/USDT pairing in action, already.

Ripple (XRP) disconnecting from bitcoin (BTC)

News of Ripple decoupling from Bitcoin isn’t a recent thing. Ripple for a long time has been talking about its decoupling from bitcoin, but currently, XRP is being encouraged by the activities going on at SBI Holdings. At the moment, SBI Holdings is working to roll out its Virtual Currency trading platform, and Ripple is the only cryptocurrency listed on the network’s website.

If everything continues to move the way they are moving, Ripple’s digital coin XRP stands the opportunity to appreciate in price without the authority of Bitcoin.

Ripple (XRP) set to benefit from the decoupling

After the recent TRX/USDT pairing by Binance, bitcoin decoupling from altcoins is expected to speed-up dramatically. Analysts are predicting the decoupling of more and more altcoins from Bitcoin shortly, and when this transpires, Ripple will be one of the primary beneficiaries. This will be so because Ripple has the widest use scenario of any other blockchain platform.

The decoupling might coincide with the colossal adoption of Ripple’s xRapid solution by financial institutions. According to Garlinghouse, xRapid is going to be available for financial institutions before December, and many other banks will be able to use it in 2019.

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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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