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Ripple’s XRP centralization FUD must go now, here’s why

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Since Satoshi brought Bitcoin to the world, decentralization has been a key value in every blockchain and cryptocurrency project, and Ripple’s XRP is precisely among such. Not only in crypto, BitTorrent (which is now running over Tron’s blockchain network) was also created to be decentralized, so the idea is not exclusive to digital assets but for every internet project that looks to guarantee freedom for users.

And this is why Ripple and its native token (XRP) has been so controversial. XRP is not your standard cryptocurrency. It’s was all pre-mined by Ripple Labs before it went online. On top of that Ripple’s goal has been to help the traditional financial system (think banks, and remittance systems) to eliminate friction in settling payments across borders. This, in particular, has not been that popular among crypto enthusiasts because the whole point in Bitcoin (as stated by the mythical Satoshi himself) is to get rid of banks, fiat currencies, and the global financial system.

And wait, have you been following the recent Ver/Wright hash power show? We believe it has cleared the FUD about Ripple’s XRP being centralized (of course, only for the people who can think neutrally). We all have been facing FUD that XRP is centralized (somehow) and isn’t a ‘real’ cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Now, what is this? We all have seen how only a couple of individuals have tanked things completely. We think this has worked nothing short of vindication for Ripple’s XRP.

Also, Ripple Labs is a private company. It aims to make profits, as any company should. This has created suspicion about the Ripple’s network level of centralization.

Ripple’s David Schwartz has gone out of his way to explain to everybody who will listen that Ripple’s network is, indeed, decentralized, as well as XRP.

And Mr. Schwartz has a point. At least 70% of all Bitcoin’s mining is done in China, despite the Chinese government’s hostility to Bitcoin (but not to alt-coins in general). So while every node in Bitcoin’s network is, in principle, independent, the whole system could be brought down if the Chinese government should decide to block the network from the rest of the world, which is precisely what it did to Google.

Some other blockchain projects are in similar situations as they are mainly based in China, and they’ve not been accused of being centralized as XRP has.

So, compared to Bitcoin, or Ethereum or many other blockchains and cryptocurrencies, Ripple is quite decentralized despite the controversy it’s created.

Another thing to take into account is that XRP was last year’s most profitable coin. It outperformed Bitcoin, and there’s every sign that it will do the deed again this year. While XRP has been fluctuating, it’s been trading on green numbers for most of the last 30 days (it’s at $0.4737 as we write this) and it’s also been gaining ground in the XRP/BTC pairing.

The crypto market will have to decouple from BTC sooner or later (the sooner, the better) and it seems that Ripple’s XRP is leading the way.

There are reasons for that. XRP is proving itself to be useful in the real world. It was initially meant to be a mediating coin for banks to settle international payments. And it’s succeeding. But now you can have a debit card that allows you to use your XRP tokens to pay for goods and services as if it was your standard savings account, and the options keep growing.

So how worried should you be about XRP? We think you could be optimistic. Centralization has never been a real issue for Ripple or XRP, and the token has been profitable and growing consistently. And it’s still very cheap, so it remains a good option.

Just keep this in mind: the market has been going down for 11 months now, but XRP has been going up (despite fluctuations). There is no safe bet in crypto, of course. We know that, and so should you. But as these things go, XRP is not the worst you could do.

Do your homework and research. You’ll find that Ripple’s XRP is very underrated.

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Positive Crypto Price Trend Moves VeChain (VET)

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As many are likely aware of, the previous twelve months were not particularly friendly to cryptocurrencies, and there were two major market crashes since January 2018. However, it could be that investors’ wishes are finally coming true, as the market is currently seeing actual gains. While there is still no certainty regarding this behavior, investors around the world are finding the current development to be quite refreshing.

One interesting development that was noticed these days is the increase of VeChain’s price, which is seeing minor gains at this time.

VeChain (VET) price grows

While most cryptocurrencies experienced some extreme ups and downs during their lifetime, VeChain is usually surprisingly unaffected by the market’s behavior. In fact, its price chart typically shows no major changes, and it seems pretty flat in comparison to other cryptocurrencies.

While this may be a good thing, as the lack of volatility means that the coin is more stable than most, the fact that the price is usually not affected makes the current gains that much more peculiar.

In the last 24 hours, VeChain’s price has grown by 2.16%, placing its value at $0.00401120 at the time of writing. The growth is minor, and the coin’s value only increased by a fraction of a cent, but this is still not typical behavior for this cryptocurrency, which attracted the attention of analysts and investors…

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SOLVE Token Could Be A Huge Long-Term Winner

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A lot of articles have been written about an altcoin apocalypse.  With so many tokens entering the market, it is inevitable that not all of them will survive.  When trying to analyze pick out the best projects, the following criteria should be used:

  • Very active community
  • Strong potential for mass adoption
  • Valuable partnerships
  • Experienced leadership

If a project scores well in at least three of the above criteria, it’s a winner.  When it scores well in all four, it has the potential to be a blockbuster.  That potential blockbuster is Solve.Care.

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Solve.Care has developed a revolutionary platform that will significantly improve care outcomes by reducing healthcare administrative costs.  The platform will also go a long way toward eliminating a lot of the problems commonly seen within healthcare administration such as duplication, waste, abuse, and fraud.  I firmly expect Solve.Care to generate cost savings by facilitating peer-to-peer transactions that grant authority to stakeholders while empowering payers regarding cost control and oversight.

SOLVE token completed its token sale last year in May.  The company sold 350,000,000 tokens and still has 650,000,000 in its treasury.  The great news is that the token has been recently listed on both Bittrex and KuCoin, two of the largest and most trustworthy exchanges in the world.  Given the recent incidents, especially the Cryptopia hack, being on a trustworthy exchange is of paramount…

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Why Chinese New Year Affects Bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin (BTC) lost about $100 in value in the last week, and, while reasons behind the drop in crypto prices can often be hidden and unclear — this time, that is not the case. The reason for this drop is believed to be the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebration was over more than a month ago for most of the modern world. However, things are a bit different in China. This is a country which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in the world, with a long and complex history. The country’s traditions are fascinating to many around the world, as so many of them are different from western culture. One of these traditions is the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebrations in China start on January 28th, which was a week ago. The New Year itself is today, February 5th, although the celebrations and festivities are going to last until February 19th. For the people of China, and all those around the world who follow the country’s tradition, this is the time to relax, take a break, and perhaps travel and visit friends and family. But, what does it have to do with Bitcoin?

China and Bitcoin

Those who are new to the world of cryptocurrencies have likely already heard many stories about China banning Bitcoin trading and…

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