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The Stage is Set for Stellar XLM vs XRP

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The digital asset of XRP, did something spectacular on the 18th of September when it shocked the crypto-markets by rising in value by 21%. In a time period that was less than 5 hours, XRP spiked from levels of $0.273 to those of $0.332 and has continued rising. The digital asset is currently valued at $0.36.

xRapid Factor

The reason for the sharp increment in value of XRP was news that the Ripple company was going to launch xRapid in the next month or so. This was after the firm’s head of Regulatory relations for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Sagar Sarabhai, made the following comments during a CNBC interview on the 17th of September:

“I am very confident that in the next one month or so you will see some good news coming in where we launch the product live in production.”

Stellar’s Cross-Border Payments

The news of Ripple launching xRapid has come 2 weeks after the Stellar project and IBM, announced that they were entering the industry of cross-border payments through their new service known as IBM Blockchain World-Wire. The new payment settlement service has been quoted as being ‘near instant’ meaning that it will probably rival the transactions time seen in the xRapid pilot tests of 2 – 3 minutes earlier on in the year.

Stellar Acquiring Chain

Also, less than a week ago, the Stellar Development Fund, acquired a blockchain startup known as Chain. The latter firm has the backing of VISA, Nasdaq and Citi Ventures. With the new acquisition, comes a new entity known as Interstellar that is a result of dissolving the Chain brand as well as that of Stellar known as Lightyear.  Jed McCaleb, the founder of both Ripple and Stellar, will take over as the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Interstellar.

XLM vs XRP

It is with the above developments that the next few months will be very exciting for both blockchain projects. Both the Stellar organization and the Ripple company are expanding through acquisitions and international operations. Both have efficient cross border payment solutions.

In the crypto markets, XRP is ranked third on coinmarketcap.com and due to market capitalization. Looking at Stellar (XLM), it is in the number 5 position and is currently valued at $0.20 which is around 12 cents less than XRP. This makes XLM a cheaper option for anyone looking for a bargain in the markets.

But Which Will Rise Faster in the Markets

Being cheap does not necessarily mean it will give a greater rate of return per dollar. XRP might end up doing double-digit gains once xRapid is live next month due to the fact that this service uses XRP in its back-end operations. In the case of IBM’s cross-border payment solution, we do not yet know if it uses XLM to source instant liquidity. We can only speculate on this fact. There is also the entrance of LG into the remittance industry that might ‘eat’ into the market share of both Stellar and Ripple.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that in the short term, XRP might be a better option due to the certainty that xRapid will go live in the next month or so. From a profit-oriented trader’s point of view, one can use some of the gains from XRP gaining value, to reinvest in some XLM once the xRapid hype dies down.

Which of the two blockchain projects do you think will triumph in cross-border payments and remittances? Will XLM eclipse XRP in the markets? Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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 own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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HODLing Stellar Is A Good Plan For 2019

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HODLing, or holding on to a certain asset or assets has always been an extremely useful investment strategy, even before cryptocurrencies were even imagined. Now, with the market being more uncertain than ever, many are wondering what is the right thing to do with the coins in their possession.

Of course, things change depending on the coin in question, but today, we are going to talk about why it is a good idea to hold on to your Stellar (XLM) in 2019.

Why You Should Hodl Stellar (XLM)

The crypto market is rich with hundreds, and even thousands of different projects at this point, and separating valuable ones from those that are destined to slowly fade away can be tricky. However, even the biggest skeptics believe that Stellar is a coin that is here to stay.

XLM was first launched in 2014, and for a long time now, it has been among the top 10 cryptos by market cap. It is an open-source, decentralized protocol that allows users to send fiat currencies by using cryptocurrency as a method of transport. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to XRP. However, the biggest difference is that Stellar aims to offer its services to regular people, while XRP is more interested in working with banks and financial institutions.

Nevertheless, sending money, especially when it comes to cross-border transactions, is in dire need of change, and both of these…

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even more important detail is that this feature will make ETN transactions…

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STEEMIT Running Out Of STEAM?

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Has Steemit seen its glory days run dry? There have been many rumors that the CEO Ned Scott has pushed the company to the blockchain focus that he forgot about Steem being a social media platform. Now, these are just things some of the former employees have been heard saying, but it is a rather interesting take as to what is going on. Give the following video a watch where I break down what is happening with Steem. I also give my thoughts on what may happen to other large ICOs and how we may see this trend continue as we have seen with ConsenSys laying off 10% of their workforce.

If the big name projects are starting to do this will it also have a trickle-down effect on other ICO’s which have no products and are running out of cash? I definitely think so, and I also see this negatively affecting Ethereum for the mid-term. The question many have been asking is just how long can the bottom 1800 projects last with the current market conditions? How many ICOs did not liquidate their Ethereum and now are stuck with 1/10th the cash flow or more in some cases, how will they pay to continue operations? What about the growing number of projects laying off employees like in our current case? The question that bares in mind…

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