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Stellar Adopts the Lightning Network in a Flash

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Stellar is gaining ground in the cryptocurrency sphere, with an increasing number of major partnership announcements. However, Stellar co-lead Jed McCaleb has admitted that the blockchain project may suffer from scalability issues in the near future. If all of these partners use the Stellar platform to its maximum potential, the system could see slowdowns and traffic jams. Bitcoin saw the same issues until they adopted the Lightning Network protocol. The clever code base for the Lightning project helps circumvent the inherent limitations of traditional blockchain tech. Using this workaround, transaction volume increases exponentially and ensures that traffic is a near non-issue.

Stellar Signs on to the Lightning Network

In an attempt to curtail the possibility of slowdowns, Stellar announced that they will be integrating Lightning technology. This early adoption ensures that scalability issues removal before they can become a problem. This type of forward facing pre-planning speaks volumes about the foresight of Jed McCaleb and his Stellar team. It is inherently easier to tackle a perceived problem before it has an impact on the blockchain itself.

Messaging app Kik recently abandoned the Ethereum blockchain due to scalability issues. Instead, they will be building their transactions on the Stellar platform. Although the platform would currently be unable to fully support Kik’s plans, Lightning could change that. Lightning Network technology would allow the Stellar system to support not only Kik’s ambitions but also those of partner IBM. IBM intends to use the Stellar network to support remote banking projects, another potentially resource draining partnership.

How Does the Lightning Network Work?

Bitcoin’s block size and transaction volume became an issue at the end of 2017. As trading volume increased to a previously unheard of amount, the blockchain became bogged down. Transactions not only took obscene amounts of time to complete, but the priority system created extremely high fees. The Lightning Network project foresaw this situation and began development over a year before the spike. Their project relies on the ability to create an additional payment layer on top of the parent blockchain.

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This second layer is created through inter-person connections. Anyone involved in transactions opens a channel directly to their receiver. Subsequent transactions by either user open additional channels that can use the original as throughput to complete transfers between disparate users. In this way, transactions complete without establishment on the public blockchain. When a channel closes at the request of a participant, the transactions proceed to the public blockchain.

This allows the second layer to handle the vast majority of the transactions, sparing the public blockchain from that traffic. For legacy coins like Bitcoin, the Lightning Network is a sorely needed upgrade that ensures the continued feasibility of the cryptocurrency. For new projects like Stellar, it offers an opportunity to avoid the problem before it appears.

Atomic Swaps on the Lightning Network

One of the most attractive aspects of Lightning Network adoption is the ability to make trades across blockchains. This would allow a user that owns Stellar Lumens to theoretically trade them directly for Bitcoin – without a third party exchange. This creates a new form of liquidity that was previously infrequent or directly unavailable in the cryptocurrency world.

This functionality is a result of smart contracts. These contracts are executed within a certain time frame, dependent on the currency accurately arriving. If that fails to happen, the transaction is canceled and all currency returned to its original owners. The trust-less factor of blockchain based smart contracts avoids any fraudulent transactions. In this way, transactions across chains can be as safe and secure as those within a single chain.

Stellar Prepares for the Future

The Lightning Network is one of the most significant upgrades to blockchain functionality since the original release of the technology. As such, the cryptocurrencies that adopt this platform early will rightfully appear as forward thinking, progressive and invested in the success of their product. These are strong indicators of long-term validity for investment. Stellar is one of the first, continuing their commitment to banking the unbanked while still producing value for their investors. Stellar is challenging other top cryptocurrencies, jockeying for a top slot by market cap. Given their fairly recent release, their performance is impressive – and with decisions like Lightning adoption, likely to continue.

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Ripple XRP Mega Breakout: What’s Next?

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The Ripple XRP mega breakout that we were calling for happened and happened much quicker than anyone expected. As we said yesterday:

Nonetheless, IF, Ripple is capable of going ‘topside’ of the .38 figure at any point in the days/weeks ahead, such development, should it occur, would likely trigger its next advance into the .42 – .47 zone, representing a 30-40% move from present levels. On the flip-side, the .25 – .26 area should offer short-term potential support.

XRP is now sitting at .51704  as we write this article this morning, representing gains of 61% since we alerted our readers and our Global Elite email newsletter members.

Ripple XRP Mega Breakout

The Ripple XRP mega breakout is significant because it’s the first time XRP has been above its 50-day moving average since May. Right now, the RSI is approaching 80, so we are in overbought territory and we expect the price to consolidate around the .42 to .47 level before resuming its uptrend.

While some are looking at this as an opportunity to short XRP, we are not of that camp. While some can book some profits and use a trailing stop, any integration of XRP with xRapid has the ability to create a tremendous move in XRP. As Travis Kling said this week on the Off the Chain podcast with Anthony Pompliano, XRP could be the quickest five-bagger investors…

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Litecoin Cash (LCC): The potential mover?

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Litecoin underwent a hard fork in the past, and that is what led to the creation of Litecoin Cash. Bitcoin has also experienced a hard fork, which has led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash, so this trend is not necessarily brand new.

Forks have occurred pretty often now in the cryptocurrency community, and the perception is that it probably will continue to, as long as the need (forks are often created to overcome issues faced by the originals) remains there.

While the market has been bearish for most of the year, it has been showing some definite signs of life, especially when we look at the kind of price action that has been happening with Ripple recently. Litecoin is also rising in anticipating of its hard fork, which is to be expected.

For those who are unaware, Litecoin Cash was created earlier this year. 10 Litecoin Cash was given to every investor who had 1 Litecoin – and that one move, it’s easy to see, was very massive concerning value.

Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin, has come out against LiteCoin Cash, calling it a scam. Many cryptocurrency influencers have come out against Litecoin cash, although there are still others that believe that this is only because the project threatens them.

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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.

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