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Ripple has 55 billion XRPs in escrow. Could that be linked to xRapid?

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A frequent question among Ripple aficionados is about the use of Ripple’s XRP in xRapid. Does it come from the Escrow in which Ripple keeps fifty-five billion coins to guarantee the token’s availability or does it come from XRP tokens currently in circulation? 

That question is far from idle. As xRapid keeps being adopted by more and more banks and remittance services, it becomes more relevant. If those xRapid users get their XRP from the market, they will drive the demand up thus increasing the token’s price.

But let’s start at the beginning and recall the events surrounding the fifty-five billion lock-up, shall we?

Last December, XRP fans, users, and investors were a bit worried about the high number of XRP going around the markets because they feared that oversupply would bring the price down. 

Remember, this is a currency that was fully pre-mined before it ever went live so, if Ripple wanted just to dump a hundred billion XRP tokens (which, of course, they won’t), they could. 

The Ripple team decided to assuage the fans by locking away fifty-five billion XRP coins in an Escrow. The Escrow’s contracts are such that a billion tokens are released per month for Ripple Lab’s discretionary use. 

In so far as we know, Ripple means to use this monthly sum to incentivize markets and to sell to institutional partners. Whatever is left after each month finishes, is locked up again in another Escrow.

How is XRP relevant to xRapid?

xRapid is one of Ripple’s solutions for financial institutions. It allows them to complete international transactions safely and quickly (a live demonstration was performed by Ripple’s chief cryptographer on last Consensus conference, and it made an impression) using any currency (fiat or crypto) they want. 

But if they choose XRP, things are more efficient, and costs go down. The transaction fee must be paid in XRP anyway. xRapid is already working in the real world. 

It’s cheap ($0.0004 per transaction and it’s fast (two to three minutes instead of the three to four days such operations usually need). Even the bank’s customer sees a difference in price as it can cut their cost up to seventy percent.

Which brings us back to our original question. This XRP used in xRapid transactions comes from the market or is it purchased by Ripple’s partners from the Escrow allowance?

The good news for all those who hold XRP is that it comes from the market. When the transaction is completed, those XRP are sold back into the market, which is pretty much the same as what happens among individual traders. The amount that goes out and back in the market, of course, is a function of the amount transacted by the remission.

And what difference does that make for XRP’s price?

Ripple’s XRP has been the most traded cryptocurrency in the world since last March, which gives it high liquidity. This can encourage customers to use it, so more money will be sent across borders in remittances, and that’s how xRapid will help things. 

The coin’s availability makes it ideal for nearly instantaneous payment settlements, which is exactly what Ripple meant from the beginning. As the number of transactions and amount of transacted money using xRapid keeps growing, so will the XRP price since each operation needs to tap into the market to get some XRP to complete each transfer.

As far as we can tell the expanding adoption of Ripple’s xRapid can only increase the demand (hence, the price) for the XRP currency, even if it does it slowly. But if you think a bit about it, slower is better, that way potential xRapid users will adopt it without fearing XRP’s volatility.

The current market is optimistic about XRP, it seems. Current market capitalization is only $10 billion short of Ripple‘s holy grail: $400 billion. They’re getting there. Don’t be left out.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

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However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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