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Ripple (XRP) is Stepping Up Its Game with Santander Bank Partnership

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Ripple is one of the most talked about currencies these days, which is no wonder at all since Ripple is one of the most real-life integrated cryptos currently present in the market. In addition to this case, Ripple has been tested by numerous banks, banking institutions, and financial services, where these parties have taken over testing of XRP and xRapid for fast transactions on global levels. Although these institutions state that they have no interest in XRP as a cryptocurrency, this case is not preventing Ripple in acquiring new prospective partnerships that could sky-rocket this currency and its technology.

Ripple Partners up with Santander Bank

Two days ago, on April 12th, Ripple has announced its partnership with Santander Bank, which significantly pushed its value up in the market, resulting in the price of 0.5$ per one XRP unit, which is the highest price this currency had in weeks.

It was immediately obvious from that point on, that Ripple would be able to benefit greatly from this newly acquired partnership. Santander bank is actually one of the biggest banks in Europe, so its appreciation of XRP technology definitely adds more value to Ripple.

During the announcement of the newly acquired, and a pretty important partnership, Brad Garlinghouse stated that Ripple is further planning on realizing the idea of the Internet of Value. Apparently, Santander bank should be able to aid Ripple in this amazing venture that could revolutionize the world of cryptos.

Mentioning the word “crypto”, Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s own CEO stated that Ripple is not a cryptocurrency in reality, as it is also stated in the whitepaper of XRP. Garlinghouse added that this “currency” as we are all calling it, is actually a digital asset as it cannot be currency by any means if you can’t go to Starbucks and use it for paying for your coffee.

Thinking about the way blockchain technology works, we can’t miss on noticing that it works similarly to how the Internet was working as it first appeared. The Internet served the purpose of transferring and exchanging data, but at the time it first appeared it was deeply unorganized and unregulated, which reminds us of the way blockchain platforms are operating now.

The only difference is that blockchain actually has the ability to exchange real value. There came the idea of the Internet of Value that Ripple described as Web 2.0 in its official whitepaper.

On the occasion of Ripple partnering up with Santander Bank a couple of days ago, the executive chairman of this European bank, Ana Botin, stated that blockchain-based protocols for making payments are far faster, more efficient and more cost-effective while being safe and secure at the same time. The technology would allow Santander banks users to make transactions that would be available for the receiver on the same day when the initial transaction was made, which is the experience expected from a bank like Santander.

The chairman further added that they are planning on implementing this technology onto more than several markets already by the beginning of summer, which is pretty soon at this point.

Ripple and IoV

IoV or the Internet of Value has the idea of creating a blockchain-based environment that would be able to transfer value from and to anywhere in the world just like any type of information can be transferred from one side of the globe to the other with the use of the Internet.

Ripple is planning on creating such environment and it seems that this company is getting closer to making the Internet of Value into realization with each partnership they acquire, especially with the fact that they are now being used by MoneyGram and more than several other financial services and banking institutions.

The main objective the XRP has is to lower the costs of transactions while making transactions a lot cheaper and easier to process with a minimal percentage of errors and bugs present in the system. In addition, to enable everyone to exchange any type of value via their system, Ripple is also aiming at cutting the time needed for processing transactions that are being sent globally. So, with Ripple’s technology, payments can be available and processed within seconds instead of 3 to 5 days, which is an amazing progress.

Santander bank seems to be sharing this idea with Ripple, so this bank launched an application called One Pay FX, partnered up with Ripple. This application is available in UK, Brazil, Spain, and Poland and should soon become available in more countries.

This app is powered by Ripple’s xCurrent and it enables users in the named countries to send their transactions globally with only using their phone. All transactions made via One Pay FX will become available for the receiver at the same day on which transaction has been made instead of waiting for 3 to 5 days which was previously the case.

How is Ripple doing at the Current Moment?

Although XRP was doing pretty fine with the announcement of their partnership with Santander bank, which is one of the biggest banks in Europe, it seems that this digital asset is dropping once again as the majority of currencies are falling in the price as well.

After the most recent change in the market, Ripple started to trade in the red while losing -7.39% against the dollar. In addition to this case, XRP is also trading down against BTC for a bit over -6%.

With the latest change, Ripple can be purchased at the price of 0.63$, which is still far from its all-time high of 3.33$ as recorded at the beginning of January 2018.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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