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Waves of good news for Ripple’s XRP, price still keeps dipping, when moon?

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Ripple’s XRP was last year’s best performing coin so as the current year started, it had gained credibility, and much was expected from it. So far it’s been relatively shaky (which is no mean feat in a market that’s been bearish for 7+ months now), but it’s performed more or less in the same way as the whole market has, which is to say, dismally.

And yet, there’s reason to believe that XRP is severely undervalued and a stream of recent excellent news help prove that point.

BitcoinSuperstore

BitcoinSuperstore is a platform that allows you to use a selection of crypto coins to pay for goods and services online (Amazon and Walmart, for instance). 

The platform just announced it would be accepting XRP as means of payment which gives XRP holders to more than 200,000 online stores all over the world. This is a milestone for Ripple as it means that non-institutional users will finally be able to transact in micropayments using Ripple’s token.

Coinbase Custody

Coinbase launched a custodial service a month ago, more or less, and it’s considering forty digital assets to use as wealth storage for their institutional clients. 

While this means only one new user for XRP, the announcement denotes confidence in XRP’s future performance and reliability. This doesn’t mean that Ripple’s XRP will be available for trade at Coinbase, but it will undoubtedly create demand nevertheless.

Transaction Volume

You can follow the way the Ripple ledger evolves in Twitter. The xrpl_monitor Twitter account gives out a tweet for every transaction held in the network, and over the last 24 hours, it’s reported an unusually high number of significant transactions. The good thing about this is that every transaction fee must be paid in XRP so this creates demand for the token thus driving price (or at least, stability) up.

Q2

Ripple Labs announced that 2018’s Q2 had been the best since the company’s foundation. And that happened while the market is bearish. Of course, this has to do with Ripple, the company, and not with Ripple, the token, but the two entities are linked strongly enough that what’s good for one is good for the other as well.

Wirex

Wirex is a company that issues debit cards. Visa debit cards, to be more precise. They announced they are adopting XRP which means that you can connect your digital wallet to a debit card and use XRP to pay for groceries, the movies, cigarettes, or anything else for which you use your card on a regular basis.

This is a breakthrough that could surpass the BitcoinSuperstore one because while the latter is for online use only, this one means that you can use XRP to pay for goods and services in the street. Ripple is, at last, changing their paradigm.

Coinsquare

The Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare announced an imminent listing for XRP. New markets, new users, new demand.

TechCrunch founder

It seems that TechCrunch’s founder tried Ripple out, and he loved it. He transferred fifty million dollars through the Ripplenet. The transaction was settled in three seconds, and the fee was 3 cents. 

While this is maybe not the most relevant news in this list, it’s still great PR, and Ripple needs it desperately at a time in which its most direct rival, Stellar Lumens, is getting excellent coverage everywhere.

The future of Ripple (XRP)

Any of the news above should be sufficient to appreciate how robust the Ripple project still is. It’s gaining ground, getting new critical strategic partners and it’s opening itself up to new possibilities such as becoming a consumer currency as well as an institutional one.

To put it simply: XRP is undervalued in epic proportions, and the only reason it’s not been doing great is that the whole market has had a terrible time this year. And currently, what we all are witnessing is the third-biggest (I should instead say worst) bearish run in the history of crypto. But a bull run will arrive sooner or later, and, when it comes, XRP will be positioned to take off spectacularly.

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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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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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