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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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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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