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Ripple’s XRP crypto coin: Time to prove it’s not a security

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James Coffey’s class suit against Ripple has been gathering a lot of attention, especially on Twitter. Lots of Twitter users do not feel that the suit represents the feelings or the best interests of XRP investors unlike what the lawsuit claims. But this is still giving Ripple a chance to prove exactly what that company has argued all along: that XRP is not a security and has never qualified as one.

Ripple’s XRP remains the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency according to CoinMarketCap even as it’s been going down recently. Current price is at $0.77, which represents 8.7% decrease over the last seven days. Volume has gone down too from 602 million USD to 467 million. Over the last week, the value has remained in between $0.86 and $0.89; so it seems to be stalling.

But Ripple remains the most widely used platform in the world for international transactions not just by individual users but by banks and financial institutions as well.

Markets, investors, banks and other institutions have deemed Ripple’s coin as exceedingly useful in real-world terms. Because of Ripple’s proven usefulness and reliability, Mr. Coffee’s lawsuit against Rippple and Brad Garlinhouse (Ripple’s CEO) has not been very popular among the community of XRP.

Mr. Coffey’s complaint is based on a loss he made buying XRP when the tokens he purchased suffered a $551 loss. Then he used USDT to sell them which allowed him to recuperate $1,105, including losses.

The case’s facts are not disputed. It’s just natural that this kind of case cannot make every investor happy. The controversy started as Mr. Coffey’s lawyer (James Copeland) published this tweet:

This enraged some Twitter users who questioned the merits of the case because it’s supposed to be about XRP holders when most of them are not complaining at all. The lawsuit accuses Ripple of being the ‘never-ending ICO’ which implies that it’s transgressing US laws by not being registered as a security.

One Ripple XRP investor wrote that,

That kind of feeling has been a recurring theme among XRP enthusiasts who feel that the lawsuit is just about grabbing attention. But another recurrent subject is that Ripple has a chance to finally prove in a court of law that XRP is not security at all.

Alleging that Ripple’s coin is, in fact, security at the lawsuit’s heart:

“Plaintiff and the Class invested fiat and other digital currencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to purchase XRP. Investment of both fiat and digital currency meets the first prong of Howey.”

Howey is the legal test that is used to determine if a token or coin is actually a security. Ripple has been clear about this. They say there is no link between Ripple and XRP directly, and that the token is not a security by any means.

Mr. Matt Hamilton answered this on Twitter:

Another user, Kieran Kelly shares his opinion as:

We will have to see how things develop but this remains an excellent chance for Ripple to prove their point once and for all. If they can show indeed that XRP is not a security everything will surely move forward for them and for their users and investors.

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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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