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Ripple’s XRP will continue to expand, even as SEC stays silent

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Ripple’s XRP hodlers and fans have been complaining for quite some time about XRP’s absence from Coinbase listings. The most common explanation for this (which is hypothetical) is that the security lawsuits that are pending over Ripple are scaring Coinbase from including the cryptocurrency in its platform.

It’s all a problem of perception because only the SEC can decide whether if XRP is a security or not, no court decision can settle that question. The SEC has remained silent about Ripple so far but it’s already ruled that neither Ethereum nor Bitcoin can be considered securities, because of the high degree of decentralization they have, so there is no need to regulate them. This sets a precedent for Ripple’s XRP as well and helps understand why Ethereum Classic and Bitcoin Cash were listed by Coinbase.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Coinbase announced its intention to explore the possibilities to list five new digital assets in its platform: ZCash (ZEC), Stellar (XLM), Cardano (ADA), Ox (ZRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT). Is that because they don’t have any pending lawsuits?

But a more important question is if these lawsuits and the SEC decision can really hamper XRP’s development throughout the world which is, let’s not forget, much bigger than the US, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies.

The answer is short, sweet, and simple: no.

First of all, while Ripple Labs is still based in San Francisco, its activities, partners, and token hodlers and users have not centered in the United States anymore. Just to cite one example let’s talk about SBI Ripple. This is a company co-founded by Ripple Labs and Japan’s SBI Bank.

It’s based in Japan, and it’s instrumental in SBI’s brand new Virtual Currencies Exchange platform which is built around the XRP coin. SBI’s CEO is very enthusiastic about this project and keeps insisting that this will be the world’s most important exchange of its kind once it’s working at full steam.

The Californian company is also opening offices in several places around the world (Mumbai, for instance) so if anything hits the fan, they could just pack their bags, leave San Francisco, and head to one of their multiple offices scattered around the planet and keep working from there.

One particularly important partner is Banco Santander, a vast global bank with a substantial presence in Europe and Latin America which is considered to be the world’s best bank. Santander’s OnePayFX app is already deployed in those two continents, and it works by using XRP and Ripple technology. SBI Holding is using Ripple’s xCurrent for its remittances services, called SBI Remit.

A critical fact that not every crypto aficionado understands is that Ripple Labs and XRP are not the same things at all. One is a private company that provides financial solutions for international payments, while the other one is a fully decentralized cryptocurrency whose workings are entirely independent of the company.

Yes, Ripple is the most prominent owner of XRP tokens in the world, and yes, it was Ripple Labs who created the XRP currency. But the cat is out of the bag, and it’s found a life of its own. Ripple’s CEO has been very vocal in explaining that if Ripple were to disappear tomorrow, XRP would still stick around because it is now an entirely different entity. Besides, the lawsuits are against Ripple and not XRP.

Decentralization, the core value of any blockchain project, has other advantages. It’s enabled Ripple and XRP to gain presence all over the world and not to worry too much about developments in the US only. Ripple and XRP have a strong presence in India, Japan, and Europe. So even if restrictions should appear in their home country, they will still be able to thrive from beyond.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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