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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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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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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

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Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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TRON (TRX) Back In The Crypto Top 10

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For three weeks now, the crypto market was in a free fall. There was one moment when it seemed like the coins are finally bouncing back, and Bitcoin managed to climb back to $4,200. However, this uptrend was only temporary, and the coins dropped once again as December started.

Not a lot of coins are doing well these days, and almost every single one is trading in the red. Bitcoin is currently priced at $3,864, and the total market cap of the crypto space is barely over $123 billion. As expected by many, the bearish trend is still active, and seemingly at full strength. However, there are a few coins in the vast crypto space that are actually managing to grow in these unfriendly conditions, with the most notable one being TRON.

TRON on the rise

At the time of writing, TRON is also trading in the red. Although, only hours ago, this was not the case. Even now, TRX is losing only around 0.50% of its value, while all other coins around it are dropping by 4-5% on average.

TRON’s increase, while it lasted, was not big. However, considering the current state of the market, it was easily enough for the coin to make a big step, and actually improve its position on the list of largest cryptos. After months of waiting at the 11th spot,…

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