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Ripple (XRP) leaves both Ethereum and Bitcoin behind in advantages

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Yes, Ripple is facing a lawsuit that hasn’t turned into crypto’s way completely yet. A bunch of investors (which are in no way representative of the crypto or Ripple community) think Ripple’s XRP is a security instead of a coin and they want the government to agree. 

The outcome will not be critical for Ripple only, but for the whole cryptosphere, so you shouldn’t mind all that much because if, after this lawsuit, Ripple suffers, every single crypto coin will as well. That’s not going to happen. Instead, pay attention to current and future capabilities. You’ll find it very hard to beat Ripple in this subject. 

Ripple was developed back in 2014 (that’s even before Ethereum) which is probably why this project was never centered on smart contracts (as Ethereum is). The notion of a smart contract wasn’t very developed back then, as expressed in Stefan Thomas’ words, Ripples Chief Technology Officer,

“We just didn’t feel like smart contracts was a very mature industry at that point…. Frankly, the use cases seemed somewhat dubious in value.”

Ethereum got it right, of course. But Ethereum soon found its very own problems. While Ethereum remains the smart contracts king, it’s been heavily criticized from the beginning because of its lack of scalability and high fees. That is why Mr. Thomas brought back the Ripple’s smart contract platform called Codius which can deal with both of those issues.

As Codius is relaunched already, it will probably just highlight again all the problems in Ethereum (as if Justin Sun has not done that thoroughly enough) as it also makes Ripple’s superiority evident once again.

Not so long ago, an investor called Josh Williams had this to say about the situation:

“Teams in games and elsewhere are building on Ethereum and running into the cost and scalability issues we’re all familiar with. Codius has great potential in addressing these concerns, and we are eager to work with it.”

So Ripple will use Codius to invade Ethereum’s turf and prove it is a way better option. Isn’t that interesting?

Ripple: low fees, high scalability (the anti-Ethereum)

Bitcoin and Ethereum wave the cryosphere’s flag; there’s no doubt about that. Lots of people still think that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are the same. That bears testimony on how vital those coins are. 

They were the pioneers, they kept the game going for everybody, but they remain very slow, and costly. And that’s how Ripple comes in. Just think about this transference speeds: Bitcoin, 6 TPS; Ethereum 15 TPS; XRP, 1500 TPS. You see the difference is in orders of magnitude.

Sure, this is still far away from Visa’s transaction speed. But honestly, compare them to Bitcoin and Ethereum transactions times. In the cryptocurrency world, Ripple’s rate is just incredible and leaves everybody behind.

Just think about this: when you transact on Bitcoin, you need to be ready to wait even 50-60 minutes before you get full confirmation sometimes. On Ethereum that is from three to fifteen minutes. Ripple takes four seconds. What is the option you would like to have on your mobile phone? Is it that much of choice? And on top of that, transaction fees are just ridiculously low.

As fees for ETH and BTC keep rising (because the coin’s value keeps going up) XRP’s charges are still so low, they open the market for a much broader user base. That’s why Ripple is so good for the micropayments and international transactions. Ripple’s purpose has never been to be a retail crypto coin but quick as it is, cheap as it is, it could become one. Codius could do the trick, but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.

Ripple is not going after end users. It wants banks and financial institutions to adopt the RippleNet and its blockchain. But their low fees and scalability are such that could get, unintentionally, the retail market as well and get Ethereum’s top place. That, my friends, is a real advantage.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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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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