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Ripple (XRP) is Becoming a Go-To Crypto for Banks Around the World

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Thanks to its nature and various products, the cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) is quickly becoming the number one desired crypto for many banks around the world. However, there is also a certain controversy regarding its nature, and many believe that XRP is actually a security.

Banks choose Ripple

Ripple has had a lot of success recently, and most of its achievements include its adoption by various banks and other financial institutions. Its CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, has stated recently that this crypto has a very bright future, and that a lot of banks will be using its ledger in the near future. This is hardly surprising, considering that this ledger is an open-source codebase and that it is capable of performing over 1500 transactions per second.

Ripple’s team is working hard on improving the coin, which includes a large project that is expected to provide better liquidity solutions. That way, sending the payments cross-border will be much faster, cheaper, and more transparent, especially when compared to traditional methods of sending the funds. All the money that is being sent first gets converted to XRP, and then to any other crypto that the receiver prefers. Obviously, scalability and speed are of great importance here, and Ripple is perfectly capable of handling both.

With that in mind, it is no wonder that the banks are jumping on the opportunity to start using this cryptocurrency, and are adopting it at a massive rate. But, there is still a certain controversy, with the main question being – is Ripple a cryptocurrency at all?

Is Ripple (XRP) a cryptocurrency?

When people talk about Ripple, the large majority is considering it to be a crypto. However, there are those who believe that its design doesn’t allow it to be. These are the same critics who claim that XRP doesn’t serve the original purpose of cryptos.

Let’s take Bitcoin as an example. It was designed to create an alternative to fiat and to be decentralized. While it did achieve decentralization, Bitcoin has not managed to completely fulfill its purpose as a digital currency. However, this was only to be expected. It came as the first of its kind, and it was bound to make some mistakes along the way. This is why altcoins have developed so that they could fix what Bitcoin cannot change, and deliver the digital coin that Bitcoin was supposed to be.

However, Ripple doesn’t do that either. It is completely different than Bitcoin, which has its justifications. After all, you do not fix technological mistakes by doing the same thing that led to those mistakes being made. However, Ripple has gone a step too far in differentiating itself from Bitcoin, and along the way, it lost one of the biggest attributes of cryptocurrencies – decentralization.

XRP is fully owned by Ripple the company. This has its pros and cons, but the main question is – is cryptocurrency a cryptocurrency if it has an owner and a governing entity behind it?

The matter of decentralization

The first thing to consider here is that even the company behind XRP doesn’t call it a cryptocurrency. The term they are using for it is ‘digital asset’.

Ripple is not decentralized, which is a fact. Decentralization is also a necessity for a crypto to be considered crypto, which is something that XRP has not managed to achieve as of yet. However, it is still a digital coin. The fact that it is centralized simply means that it has a governing system that can influence its price. And while decentralized coins have the crypto market dictating their future, Ripple doesn’t take that chance. Decentralization brings transparency, but also uncertainty, which is something that XRP has been trying to avoid so far.

The value of Ripple and its products to the world of business and economy has already been discussed previously, but the point remains – its nature is of great use to the modern way of sending payments.

However, Ripple is a coin that is constantly working on making itself better. This is why its development team has announced that Ripple will achieve decentralization in the future. The plans to do so are already set in motion, and the platform is even expected to launch ICOs sometime in the future.

Some skeptics believe that this is an empty promise, but XRP has proven to fulfill its promises. After all, it did become an open-source platform, which is also something that not many people believed it will happen.

So, in the end, is Ripple a cryptocurrency? Not exactly, or rather – not completely. However, has proven its worth. It has also proven that it is working on fixing its mistakes, which means that it might as well be considered a crypto since it will achieve the full status sooner or later.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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