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SBI Group’s CEO Drops Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV for XRP

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SBI Group’s SBI Virtual Currencies made quite a controversial decision earlier this month when they decided to delist Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Understandably enough, many were confused by the move, which is why the SBI Group’s CEO, Yoshitaka Kitao, decided to explain what happened and what led to this decision.

Earlier in April, Kitao and the board members had an end-of-fiscal-year meeting, during which the CEO stated that coins that regularly go through hard forks are ludicrous. He was referring to Bitcoin Cash, which had seen a hard fork in mid-November 2018. Not only that, but its hard fork is believed to be one of the causes of the year’s second crypto market crash.

No to Bitcoin: Neither Cash nor SV

Kitao explained that the original intention was to provide support to BCH. However, Bitmain’s former CEO, Jihan Wu, had is well-known disagreement with nChain’s chief scientist, Dr. Craig Wright. The disagreement led to splitting up the community, and when the day of the hard fork came — the blockchain split as well. While Wu did manage to take control of the name Bitcoin Cash, SBI Group decided that both BCH and BSV are troublesome tokens that should be dropped.

While Bitcoin Cash is far above BSV on the list of largest cryptocurrencies, SBI believed it to have security concerns at some point. Or, at least, that was the group’s main reason for delisting the coin. The move was interesting as many were seeking to delist BSV at the time, but SBI Virtual Currencies later said that the moment of delisting was not taking a stance and supporting one coin over another. The timing was, supposedly, coincidental, and the company was simply doing what it believed to be the best and safest option.

However, many also pointed out that Kitao had a long business relationship with Craig Wright, which may have had some impact on SBI CEO’s decisionmaking. Of course, SBI dismissed this as a factor entirely, stating that BSV will not be listed either.

SBI CEO becomes Ripple board member

Then, another interesting development happened, only a week ago, when Kitao got appointed as Ripple’s board member.

The California-based company is known for its strong focus on the banking sector, as well as for its products that aim to make cross-border payments instant and much cheaper. As a crypto startup with a lot of potentials, SBI was more than interested in having a long-standing, friendly relationship with Ripple.

So much so, in fact, that they came together to form SBI Ripple Asia, a payment platform initiative that would make use of RippleNet’s infrastructure. Another interesting thing is that Kitao will actually replace SBI Ripple Asia’s CEO, Takashi Okita, on the Ripple board. Many have been wondering what this might mean, or lead to. Some suggestions propose that Kitao might wish to get a leading role in both, international and domestic crypto-based affairs.

Whatever the case may be, it appears that 2019 will bring some interesting changes to Japan’s crypto scene.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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