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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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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

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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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