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Is Stellar Growth a Threat to Ripple?

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Although Ripple and Stellar share many similarities, mainly both being developed by the same person, Jed McCaleb, founder of Edonkey, they are the outturn of very distinct mindsets. Ripple was born from a corporation, the OpenCoin, Stellar was born from a nonprofit, the Stellar Development Foundation, based on the Ripple Protocol.

Despite both being instant and almost free payment protocols through gateways envisioned by Jed McCaleb, Chris Larsen’s imprint on Ripple and Joyce Kim’s on Stellar led them through very different paths. The emergence of Satoshi’s solution for the double-spending problem, the Blockchain, was a big stunner for RipplePay as the company was eventually able to provide the service it always strived for, with a technology that was perfectly fit for it. From there on, Ripple started its path of partnerships with big names, with some distinctly supporting them in terms that weren’t publicly revealed (like Starbucks), while many others are adopting Ripple’s gateways, both internally and externally, including big names like Santander.

Currently, Ripple has countless gateways, including major banks and payments services. Stellar, unfortunately, has a few. But that has less to do with popularity and potential and more with what Stellar seems to be aiming for. They self-describe as a group which connects people to low-cost financial services to fight poverty and develops individual potential. This doesn’t impede them to also be adopted by corporations, like the giant Deloitte and IBM, which announced Stellar will be the backbone if its new “cross-border payment solution”, and promised is convening with big banking partners to adhere to it.

Ripple’s initial XRP distribution in 2013 was received with a good deal of criticism, as the founders retained 20% of the total supply, which was widely viewed as an exorbitant amount by the community. In contrast, Stellar distributed their initial tokens like this: 50% of people who signed up for an account, 25% gave to nonprofits, and 20% given to Bitcoin and… Ripple holders, as they felt Stellar owed a lot to these two systems, keeping only 5% for themselves to fund operations. Ripple’s advisory board of directors, which include names previously involved with government positions and big banks, is also often seen as reproachable by critics.

For those who are not sure about how gateways function in both systems: anyone can make use of both Stellar’s and Ripple’s API and declare themselves a gateway. The amount of (any currency you can think of) will be shown as <(balance), (name of the currency), (name of the gateway)>, for instance <100, USD, Santander>, and then users send or receive using the same gateway and currency, or even using different ones.

A community deprived of access to banking systems or one in which banking transaction costs are too high, having someone or some organization in whom they trust will take care of their funds (like a bank would), can function as a gateway for the community, and that person or organization can decide how much he would charge for the service, withdrawal conditions and so on. A university, for instance, can have their own community managed gateway and cast off their need to rely on external banking systems (or, at least, coexist with them, as an alternative).

At the same time Stellar Is being envisaged as a form of small or underprivileged organized communities to rely less on big banks and payment systems, Ripple, which in the beginning was seen as a threat for banks, is going in the direction of being a great solution implemented by… Big banks and payments systems.

We can expect, if everything goes right, a future where several local communities, and Stellar’s diverse team and advisory board seems to be strongly working on that, adopt Stellar as a reliable payment option, while Ripple maintain their partnership with big banks and payment systems as a much-needed replacement of the cumbersome SWIFT protocol. In this ideal future, Stellar would be leading in the number of gateways which trade smaller volumes, while Ripple would be mainly adopted by big corporations with larger volumes, both coexisting side-by-side.

There is nothing inherently bad in being a for-profit corporation, but this usually means that their decisions will tend (and they already do) to adapt to regulation and the “traditional economy” needs, which may impact its usability and, consequently, the outcome of investing on it. Stellar also has a nemesis in front of their objective, which is local government regulations around the world, whose bureaucracy may be too prohibitive for the implementation of new gateways. With that in mind, since Stellar is making efforts to being an alternative to traditional monetary transfer using traditional banks, especially in places which most need it, we can’t exactly correlate Ripple’s success to Stellar’s flop, and vice-versa.

And what that means to investors?

Besides speculation, we can expect Ripple and Stellar value to rise as more gateways are implemented and utilizing Ripple’s XRP and Stellar’s XLM as a middle currency, which is what they were both designed for. Stellar is making a big effort and has numerous success cases in bringing secure and efficient banking and payment solutions to places in the developing world, while still surprising their enthusiasts with partnerships like IBM. Ripple protocol is also used by many major banks, with an evergrowing number of smaller gateways.

Ripple’s market cap is the third among cryptocurrencies, Stellar is the 8th, but Stellar was released 2 years after Ripple. They both seem to be growing in market cap at the same rate: which is, as of today, the highest growth rate among the top 50 cryptos.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com

This is the XRP/USD and XRP/BTC chart. Its price is significantly growing again after some stagnation and has finally hit the psychologically important $1 value, which usually means demand for the currency tends to increase, especially as the BTC rollercoaster ride starts to lose its speed.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com

This is the XLM/USD and XLM/BTC price, both steadily growing too. Investors who bought this cryptocurrency in the short-term should probably be cheerful about its growth of more than 8%.

That said, both Stellar and Ripple are revolutionary platforms and their usability and partnerships will probably determine how high they’re growing. With so many announcements around both of them, especially Ripple with Starbucks and Stellar with IBM, besides the smaller projects, holding both coins is probably a good idea, as both are presumed to have a markedly blooming future, not only bullish but as dominant protocols for exchanging money and making payments.

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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 own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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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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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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