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Ripple (XRP) vs Stellar (XLM) and Litecoin (LTC)

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If Ripple (XRP) is the Clark Kent (the fictional identity of Superman) of cryptocurrencies, Stellar Lumen (XLM) is its antagonist, Lex Luther, with XLM claiming that Ripple is still hanging on to approximately 60% of the initially issued XRP tokens. If you take a look at Ripple (XRP) and come to the conclusion that it is similar to Stellar Lumens (XLM), you would be right.

The same person, Jed McCaleb found both virtual currencies, and appear to be somewhat similar regarding technical functionalities and specifications. Both function with the aim of providing payment processing solutions with traditional assets.

Ripple vs. Stellar

But if you take a closer look at them, you will find out that the two cryptocurrencies are more different than similar.

Stellar Lumen is an open-source virtual currency that aims to provide a platform for making settlements via blockchain technology utilizing the Federated Byzantine Agreement algorithm or FBA that allows it to clock transaction speeds of up to 1000 tx/s.

On the other hand, Ripple differs slightly with Stellar as its platform is not open-sourced while it uses a different approach to reach consensus. Ripple uses the Ripple Protocol consensus algorithm or (RPCA) as its proof of correctness mechanism. The RPCA algorithm can clock transaction speeds of up to 1500 tx/s, flooring down Stellar easily.

From the look of things, it seems that whoever on boards the largest and most sought-after brand has the edge over the other. If this statement is anything to go by, Ripple takes the leading position very early. It is true that both virtual currencies aim to assist banks and financial institutions make international transactions.

Although sharing a common goal, the two have different target clients. Ripple (XRP) targets multinational payment providers as well as banks that are international. As a result, Ripple has sought and signed partnerships with several financial institutions in Japan and international money transfer providers like MoneyGram, Western Union, and Fleetcor.

XLM‘s primary target is the emerging markets wanting to facilitate international money transfer mostly for the unbanked IBM being one of their main partners. IBM facilitates their project in some countries in the Oceania region.

I believe Ripple (XRP) has managed to bug the support of its community and is more likely to perform better in the long-run compared to Stellar Lumen (XLM).

Ripple vs. Litecoin (LTC)

The two digital coins are fierce competitors with Litecoin coming at 5th position in the market while Ripple is number three.

Some people are of the opinion that Ripple, which is nearly one year old, is the currency which is going to dominate cross-border transactions due to its tools efficiency and proficiency.

Others claim Litecoin is better than Ripple as it is not only centered on a particular purpose rather it can be used for paying various day to day goods and services.

  Ripple (XRP) Stellar (XLM) Litecoin (LTC)
Market Cap $23,450,321,263 $4,738,636,417 $6,077,355,415
Price $0.59 $0.25 $106.7
Trading Volume $329,825,000 $47,232,600 $331,992,000
Total Coins 99.9933 billion 103 billion 84 million
Governance Centralized Decentralized Decentralized
Transaction Clearance 2-4 sec 2-4 sec 2-5 minutes

 

All three cryptos, Ripple, Stellar and Litecoin, posses the potential of breaking into the mainstream ones. Each of the currency has a passionate leader behind it; Ripple holds Brad Garlinghouse, Stellar Jed McCaleb, and Charlie Lee leads Litecoin – all three are charismatic leaders.

But, going by the partnerships, demand, and market figures, it looks Ripple takes the day as things stand right now. No one should be surprised to see Ripple (XRP) succeeding in mass adoption ahead of the competition.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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