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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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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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