By now everybody even with little knowledge about cryptocurrency knows that Bitcoin (BTC) is the supreme leader of virtual currencies in the crypto market. There is no argument that Bitcoin has a tight hold on the emerging virtual currency market and this is mainly because most crypto exchanges around the world use BTC as their preferred base currency.
At present, being listed as the base currency for these exchanges is Bitcoin’s greatest utility value, thanks to the emergence of Altcoins who have outpaced all almost all other Bitcoin attributes.
In the current time, most of the altcoins in existence are more efficient, way more usable, and cheaper than Bitcoin (BTC) making them preferable for our day to day use. Although fiat pairings are slowly venturing into Bitcoin’s space as a base currency, Ripple (XRP) is working without tire doing the same but on an exponential pace.
As of now, many leading exchanges in the market have come out clear about either their intention of incorporating Ripple (XRP) or are already using it as a base currency. One of such exchanges is one of the significant exchanges in India, Unocoin, who recently announced through their Twitter page that they were going to be incorporating Ripple as their base currency.
— Unocoin (@Unocoin) July 30, 2018
Another vital exchange that is leaning towards the adoption of Ripple (XRP) as their base currency is DCEX. DCEX recently announced that they were introducing XRP as their base currency with the intention of trading with it against other 15 virtual currencies.
DCEX is the first US based digital currency marketplace to list $XRP, launched today. It uses XRP as the exclusive base currency to facilitate faster transactions. #XRP #xrpthebase #cryptohttps://t.co/RES1fLuIQO
— DCEX (@dcexofficial) July 31, 2018
Subsequently, SBI Japan, one of the most respected and relevant financial institution in Japan, decided to adopt Ripple (XRP) as a base pair currency is a game changer for the fortunes of the digital currency and blockchain technology.
SBI Japan has opened up huge investments amounting to billions of dollars of Ripple for trading, promising to have a massive influence on Ripple’s price value in future.
** NEW THREAD **
SBI Holdings, Inc. published today their 1st Quarter FY2018 Financial Results, and as I promised, I will try to emphazise the most relevant aspects for the #XRP ecosystem throughout this thread.
— XRP Research Center (@XrpCenter) August 1, 2018
What Makes Ripple Different?
Ripple stands out from other virtual currencies as it has much and something different to offer, it sells its services to financial institutions and banks, assisting them to transfer cross-border settlements in a faster, cheaper, and secure way than other platforms. Ripple Labs’ two services namely, xRapid and xCurrent are a game changer in the financial industry.
The digital coin used by xRapid is XRP which distinguishes the company and the cryptocurrency. Many refer to the company and the crypto as Ripple, something that is not correct. XRP is to Ripple what Ethereum is to the Ethereum blockchain. During the inception of Ripple’s blockchain, XRP was never intended to be used as a public currency but rather as a settlement token for financial institutions.
Ripple Vs. Bitcoin
Ripple (XRP) has undoubtedly gained a lot of respect and ground in the financial industry getting listed and adopted by many organizations indicating XRP’s potential of becoming a valued commodity in its own right. The market in the last year had seen the increase in the value of Ripple outperform other virtual currencies including Bitcoin.
Given the fact that Ripple (XRP) is mostly monitored and administered by a central body, it is quite evident that it is more secure than most virtual currencies especially those that are mined.
Cryptocurrency is still a maturing marketplace, and we can expect to witness a lot of changes and innovations in the coming months and years.
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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange
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.
The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.
Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…
Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?
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?
In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.
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…
Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season
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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