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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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Top 3 Crypto Trends That Might Go Big in Q2 2019

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So far 2019 has brought a significant change to the crypto industry. Q1 of this year has seen the rise of the idea of IEOs, the crypto space has finally managed to shake off the bears, and numerous coins throughout the industry have seen their prices grow once again.

The latest rally happened only several weeks ago, and it allowed Bitcoin to surge up by $1,000. Most other coins followed in their own way, but the investors are now wondering what to expect out of Q2? The Q1 started off badly, but it ended up being extremely successful. The chances are that history might repeat itself in the second quarter, as there are some key trends that might point the way for the further development of the crypto market.

1. The rise of IEOs

Back in 2017 and early 2018, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) were everything that the crypto space was talking about. Their popularity allowed startups to raise billions upon billions of dollars. Soon enough, however, that ended in a pretty bad way. STOs (Security Token Offerings) emerged as an alternative that does not depend on trust, follows regulations, and it actually holds value. However, asset tokenization might still be in its early stages, and this is something that might come back at some point in the future.

In 2019, however, IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) started attracting the…

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The Crypto Space Once Again Divided Over Bitcoin SV

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The crypto community is a strong one, one that managed to bring digital currencies from nothing to an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. However, while its strength in this regard is undeniable, the crypto community can be just as fragile given the appropriate conditions. With that in mind, the conditions seem to have been set for a new divide, although the cause is once again the same — Dr. Craig Wright and his Bitcoin SV (BSV).

Craig Wright vs. the (crypto) world

Dr. Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and the creator of Bitcoin SV. has been a well-known and very controversial figure in the crypto industry. Wright was suspected of being Bitcoin’s creator several years ago, which is possible because no one knows who is behind the name ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’

Wright was believed to be him, and one theory claimed that he and his friend were responsible for giving life to BTC. However, the theory quickly died out, but not before Wright seemingly liked the idea of assuming the mantle of Nakamoto. He himself started claiming to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator ever since.

Of course, he managed to gather up some followers, but the majority of the crypto community — while confused — did not believe him. Luckily, there is no need for trust, and Wright should easily be able to prove that he…

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Are XRP and Ripple Going to Be Worth Anything by the End of 2019?

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One surprise recently was when XRP took over Ethereum’s long-held second place in the Market Cap leaderboards. It quickly went back to its traditional and respectable third place behind Ethereum, but it could be a sign of things to come.

XRP has a lot of clout in the market because of the platform it is based on, which is Ripple. A coin that is used for a very specific purpose and with a long term goal in mind is always going to fare better than others. Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and others have come about because of disagreements in Bitcoin. Therefore they offer nothing except an alternative to Bitcoin as a pure cryptocurrency, while Ripple (and XRP along with it) has something tangible behind it.

Big Banks Back Ripple

Ripple was created in 2012 for a specific reason. It aimed to become a faster and more efficient method to transfer value between banks and countries. This value can be almost anything from currencies to other instruments. While initially, banks were cautious about investing in the company, recently they have been lining up. The crypto winter has helped with innovation int he industry and Ripple has benefitted immensely for it.

The various payment solutions based on Ripple such as xRapid and xCurrent are seeing a large uptake, and this is having an amazing effect on XRP as a whole.…

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