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Ripple (XRP) Unfazed By RBI’s Ban To Partner With This Leading Bank In India

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The country of India has experienced an explosive increment in banking in the country as well as the popularity of cryptocurrencies with the general population. 80% of the adults in the country now have a bank account. Also to add is that Indians remitted $69 Billion into the country in 2017. It is with these figures that it is no surprise that the Kotak Mahindra Bank has joined the RippleNet network.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is a leading bank in India with over 1,300 branches. This makes the bank ideal in additionally using xCurrent as announced by the team at Ripple on the 27th of June. All members of RippleNet are connected using xCurrent which is a standard on the network. xCurrent enables a bank to message and settle their transactions faster, securely and in a transparent manner. xCurrent is a familiar product for many cryptocurrency enthusiasts for the Santander Bank, is using the same Ripple product for cross-border remittance payments.

The news of Kotak Mahindra bank joining the RippleNet network and using xCurrent comes at a pivotal point in the country of India. This is due to the fact that the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) issued a ban on crypto activities, starts on July 5th. This ban stops commercial banks and other registered financial institutions, from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges and other activities including individual deposits of fiat to exchanges.

However, the ban has been appealed by crypto traders, the mentioned exchanges as well as other stakeholders. The hearing of the case has been scheduled for the 3rd of July which is a few days away and 2 days before the ban takes effect.

The Ripple company and team has shown optimism that the ban will be reversed for the RBI had openly admitted that the decision to issue the order, was rushed without them doing proper research. Also, all banks in India adhere to the Basel Norms of banking which state that each bank should have a backup remittance system that uses a different technology than the one they primarily use. This means that Ripple technology qualifies as that backup system for banks in the country.

The ruling on the 3rd of July will be a monumental one not only for India but for the entire world as such cases will set precedence for the regulatory decisions in other countries across the globe.

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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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