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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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XRP Continues to Struggle Despite the Bullish Market

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The crypto market, in general, has been seeing a rapid recovery for months now, especially when it comes to top coins. Bitcoin has already surpassed the levels it was seeing before the November 2018 market crash, with the current price of $6.852 at the time of writing.

However, the same is not true for XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency, which is still trading below its largest support. While its price did try to test the resistance at $0.312 several times in the past weeks, the coin saw a rejection each time it approached it. Combine this with the fact that XRP’s price against the USD is trading within a descending triangle, and it is easy to understand why many investors are worried.

Is XRP about to start spiraling down?

XRP is a massive coin, despite the fact that its price is low. As such, it has a major impact on the market, and if it were to go down, it is likely that it would take a large portion of the market with it. As mentioned, Bitcoin itself is advancing rapidly. However, historically, such massive uptrends often lead to just as massive potential downtrends.

As things are now, many expect it to come once BTC hits $7,000. However, many are looking for other unfortunate events that might trigger a massive sell-off. Experts have been warning that events…

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Justin Sun Bullish On TRX and BTT

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While TRON (TRX) managed to become one of the most popular projects in the crypto history, the coin itself has been in and out of the list of 10 largest cryptos by market cap several times by now. Recently, it got pushed out of the list once again, although not very far. After briefly holding the 10th spot, it got replaced by Cardano (ADA) which is, similarly to TRON, yet another challenger to Ethereum.

Meanwhile, TRON’s founder and CEO, Justin Sun, appears not to be worried about the current situation. In fact, he recently stated that he believes TRON will climb back up among the top 10 coins within a month. However, he gave another prediction, and this one appears to be quite bold.

Justin Sun’s TRX and BTT predictions

According to Sun, another cryptocurrency that recently joined the TRON ecosystem, BitTorrent (BTT), will soon see a massive surge which will bring it among the top 30 coins. Sun predicts that this will happen at some point during Q2 of this year.

Of course, Sun’s bullishness when it comes…

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Top 4 Cryptocurrencies That You Won’t Find Among the 100 Largest Coins

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Cryptocurrency investors are always on the lookout for the best investment opportunities, and as such, they follow closely what happens with the smaller coins, as well as the largest. A lot of people have a general rule to only invest in the largest, and well-established cryptocurrencies. This is a good rule that can allow them to avoid scams and increase their chances of getting a decent profit.

However, there are investors who are ready to take the necessary risks in order to become early adopters of future stars of the crypto space. The space is alive, and the top 100 list constantly changes. Even the list of top 10 largest cryptos looks a lot different today than it did a few years ago. Sure, some coins are the same, but they are in the minority.

With all that in mind, we will now take a look at top 4 cryptocurrencies that are not even among the 100 largest coins — but they do seem to have the potential to change that in the future.

Kin (KIN)

As mentioned, coins enter and leave the list of top 100 largest cryptos all the time, and KIN is a perfect example of this. The coin currently has a market cap of $35.98 million, and it ranks as the 120th largest coin at the moment. However, the coin did not sink because…

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