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Is Ripple (XRP) a digital fiat or cryptocurrency?

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The debate on whether Ripple (XRP) is a security or not still lingers. However, Ripple (XRP) is still on a ‘regulatory limbo,’ and most investors aren’t sure on whether to invest on it or not – since the fate of the digital coin hasn’t been decided yet.

At the moment, another debate has surfaced, and that is if Ripple is a digital fiat or a cryptocurrency. On the other hand, SEC hasn’t issued any statement yet on whether XRP is a security or not.

Recently, Anatoly Castella, the CEO of Elpis Investment claimed that XRP is not a cryptocurrency, rather, it is a digital fiat. Castella mentioned further that XRP does not follow the “purest interpretation of a cryptocurrency.” Castella also added this:

Ripple resembles a FinTech platform combining the best elements of fiat money and blockchain cryptocurrency. It is ‘Digital Fiat,’ not a cryptocurrency.”

Castella mentioned the fault of Ripple technology and said that the technology is not up to the standards of other cryptos like Bitcoin and Ethereum. He also stated that Bitcoin and Ethereum are a store of value asset while XRP is a digital fiat supplied by Ripple.

Is Ripple’s XRP a cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a form of digital currency that exists digitally and usually has no central regulatory authority but alternatively, makes use of a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the insurance of new units, and relies on cryptography to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions, according to the Webster Dictionary.

We do know that Ripple is a digital currency and that it has no central regulatory authority; Brad Garlinghouse cleared the air about the argument on if Ripple controls XRP or not. Ripple doesn’t own XRP; it cannot create XRP; instead, it only issues the XRP it has. It is important to know that if Ripple cuts off its operations and decides to stop, that won’t affect XRP in any way. XRP can function without Ripple because both of them are separate entities.

Contrarily, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton made a statement in June to CNBC on if a digital currency is a security or not.

Cryptocurrencies: These are replacements for sovereign currencies to replace the dollar, the Euro, the Yen with Bitcoin. That type of cryptocurrency is Bitcoin.”

There is so much to ponder on the statement made by Clayton; taking a looking at Bitcoin here, BTC transactions are very costly and if Bitcoin is used to replace the dollar or yen, etc., then why can’t a chunk of gold be used to buy goods in storehouses supermarkets. It is noteworthy to know that there is still a debate on if BTC is used as a store of value or for transactions.

Final Words

No matter how aggressive the debate is on if Ripple is a digital fiat or a cryptocurrency, one thing is clear, Ripple and XRP aim to change the financial system of the world and will help developing countries who don’t have the adequate infrastructures for money transactions. The vision of Ripple and XRP will change millions of lives and surely, that will make it prevail for long, it is not just hot air.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

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