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Ripple XRP Set To Become The Transaction Leader

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Ripple is always focused on improving the transaction system and the fact that it is powered by the open-source C++ application called Rippled has made the cryptocurrency popular with the financial institutions worldwide. Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse had recently said that by the end of 2018 the major banks will use Xrapid as a liquidity tool.

He talks about mass adoption of Ripple’s cryptocurrency XRP by the major financial institutions when interviewed by CNBC at Money 20/20 Europe, held in Amsterdam. When asked about XRP being the third largest token in the market according to capitalization, his reply was, “I think what we’re seeing is the overall growth of this space, and there are going to be many winners.” When compared to Bitcoin, he argued that XRP is much faster than Bitcoin and also incredibly cheaper on a per transaction basis.

Swift Challenge

It seems that Ripple’s constant efforts to handle cross-border payments will challenge Swift. Originated in 2012, Ripple has always supported faster, cheaper and reliable transactions using the blockchain technology. Swift, on the other hand, is a 45-year old interbank messaging service that has been in the charge of nearly half of the world’s high-value cross-border transactions. Swift has a co-operative system and the ownership lies with its thousands of member banks. Ripple had caught the attention of the payments industry in the second quarter of this year when it had collaborated with Banco Santander. They plan to launch a service based on the platform’s blockchain messaging technology, XCurrent that will allow Banco Santander’s customers in Spain, Brazil, Poland, and the United Kingdom to make payments in many currencies all over the world. XCurrent has enabled the banks to conduct transactions from one currency to another within a matter of seconds.

In the words of Ed Metzger, head of innovation, technology and operations at Santander UK, “There were some pain points experienced by our customers when making cross-border payments that we wanted to address with the new OnePay FX service.”…“We have had very positive feedback and good take-up. It gives the customer much more certainty over how much money will arrive in the destination account.”

This presents a challenge to the longstanding domination of Swift. The issue with the system of Swift is that when making a cross-border transfer it would go through multiple banks before reaching the recipient address. This would make the process time-consuming. Also, the transaction costs would increase due to the presence of so many intermediaries. In response to this challenge, it seems that Swift would test the potential of blockchain technology itself and also focus on improving its own messaging system. Swift has already introduced an upgraded service, Global Payments Innovation, which is currently being used by nearly 165 banks. GPI accounts service in some quarters like US-China has ensured that payments are confirmed within just 30 minutes of being initiated. However, Swift has been unable to hide its skepticism about blockchain technology.

Harry Newman, head of banking at Swift, “[Blockchain technology] is not straightforward to scale and it is not yet appropriate to do so.”…“All the announcements [by banks about their blockchain payments projects] made to date, they are either in-house or bilateral projects between banks. As you bring scale you get escalating complexity.”

The response of Ripple can be seen in the number of partnerships with financial institutions (Fleetcor, SBI Holdings, Banco Santander etc.) it has achieved since last year. There is also the speculation that Bank of America will the list and team up with Ripple. Hints have already been dropped in Reddit posts. Blockchain and cryptocurrency and its use for Trade Finance were hot topics on the “Development Day” of Bank of America, held on 17th May 2018. A presentation had quoted about Ripple’s capability of bringing a paradigm shift in the transaction system. At the moment, nothing can be said about the intentions of Bank of America as to whether it will embrace Ripple or not.

Price Analysis

CoinBase has shifted to Japan so there are high expectations that CoinBase will list Ripple (XRP). Then, the traders/investors will be able to buy Ripple (XRP) from one of the world’s most trusted exchanges. Ripple’s XRP has yet to experience soaring prices in the second quarter of 2018. This may be due to Bitcoin’s fluctuating prices or because of the fact that the platform is given more importance than the coin. At the time of writing, according to coinmarketcap.com, the price of XRP shows $0.67 USD (1.64%) approximately. The market cap shows nearly $26,335,301,929 USD while the volume (24h) is over $302,235,000 USD. (As of 6th June 2018) Ripple (XRP) shows a bullish trend largely despite the sell odds being stacked against it. It is to be seen when Ripple will again break the $1 line. Ripple continues to maintain its rank at the 3rd position.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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