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Stellar (XLM) outplays Ripple in the fight for the global adoption

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Stellar’s week has been spectacular. The Tempo partnership announcement prompted a rise in its price of thirty percent at a time in which the general market is still going down (even if Bitcoin has had a good couple of days).

Stellar is making all the right moves to place XLM in a privileged position within the cryptocurrency world.

The Tempo partnership

Stellar’s XLM and Ripple’s XRP are two coins (and organizations) competing to conquer the same market (the international transfer market, which is worth trillions each year and keeps growing). To a lesser extent (at least for now) Litecoin is also entering the global banking industry.

The only way in which either organization and crypto-coin can make some headway into the global financial services industry is by securing strategic partnerships with some key players at the start and, ideally, with everybody in the long-term. 

Ripple had the advantage over Stellar with partners as Banco Santander, SBI Holdings or BBVA. But it seems that Stellar did them one better by partnering up with the French remittance service Tempo, which is huge in Europe and Latin America (not very well known in the USA, but still very relevant)

Tempo will use XLM as an intermediary currency to do international transference quickly and cheaply, and they expect this will revolutionize the industry at the global level. Tempo has chosen to use Stellar’s network and currency to achieve this. The news has already boosted XLM’s price, and the chances are that it will surge soon as use within Tempo’s environment increases the coin’s demand and usefulness.

While Ripple’s technology is superior to Stellar’s there’s one feature in this new partnership that can make all the difference: Ripple’s partners use the Ripplenet ledger to settle payments, but they don’t need (and for the most part it seems they don’t choose either) to use XRP as a mediating currency to settle payments, only for  transfer fees, which are ridiculously low anyway. 

Tempo, on the contrary, will be using Stellar’s XLM as a bridge between the origin and the target fiat currency. That will translate into increased transaction volume and demand driven by a single partner, a feat that still escapes Ripple.

Stellar is declared Muslim-friendly

In the Muslim world banks and finances work differently because the Prophet had a few things to say about money, lending, and related issues. 

So financial products and technology that seem commonplace or inoffensive in the West are not always so readily accepted in Islamic countries. Well, that won’t be a problem for Stellar nor XLM. Islamic scholars have certified this cryptocurrency to be compliant with Sharia law and have granted a certification.

This will grant Stellar access to about one-third of the world.

Prospective listing at Coinbase

Another piece of big news for Stellar was Coinbase’s announcement that it is considering to include it in its platform. The US-based exchange is every cryptocurrency wet dream, and it seems it could come true for XLM. Mind you, Coinbase’s announcement was exceedingly ambiguous, but at least it signals at a possibility, and the market has reacted enthusiastically.

IBM launches Stronghold USD on the Stellar network

IBM is backing Stellar and a new project called Stronghold USD which aims to produce a dollar-backed cryptocurrency. IBM chose to test the launch of a token of its own using the Stellar network and technology, and Stronghold USD will also use XLM to transact.

It’s anybody’s guess how this project will fare. But even if it doesn’t work, it shows the faith and commitment IBM has on Stellar as a blockchain, as an organization, and as a currency and that will inspire confidence to other big players and potential partners and investors.

Jesse Lund, IBM’s vice president of the global blockchain, had this to say about the new project,

“IBM will explore use cases with business networks that we have developed, as a user of the token. We see this as a way of bringing financial settlement into the transactional business network that we have been building.”

These are all meaningful milestones for the Stellar blockchain. Some of them are things that Ripple would like to do but hasn’t. So yes, Ripple’s tech is superior as is its expertise, and experience dealing with financial institutions. And yet, Stellar Lumens seems to be getting ahead.

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Analyzing The Best-Performing Cryptos

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Over the nebulous first half of this year, some tiny cryptos were able to grow by more than 1000% and reach the desired top 100, while others that were already in the top 50 bastions simply zeroed. What factors led them to perform like this? Luck, external factors or well-made decisions?

First of all, it is important to clarify that it would be unwise to analyze them disregarding the market context (crypto and non-crypto) of the period, so we’re using a holistic approach.
In our timeframe, considering the traditional market cycle of emotions, in contrast to the standard chart below, the euphoria quadrant had a much larger peak and a much shorter duration, starting in the middle of 2017 and ending at the beginning of 2018, while we were stuck in the period of “excitement” since, maybe, 2015. The emotions in red passed in a rush and at the end of July, we were already in deep “despondency”.

Source: https://russellinvestments.com/ca/insights/the-market-cycle-of-emotions

Besides to the fact that the market completed half of the cycle in less than half a year, some very relevant things, besides the usual phenomena expected of an investment market, happened during this period. In addition to the hype the period enjoyed and the fact that bad, inexperienced investors were frantically joining the crypto market, we…

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Is Tether (USDT) really a stable coin?

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Tether is one of the top digital assets in the crypto-sphere. The coin was launched in November 2014 after it changed its name from Realcoin so that the crypto community doesn’t associate it to the altcoins. It is important to know that Tether is a currency that helps to convert fiat currencies into digital currencies.

Moving forward, there have been lots of FUDs around Tether these days as regards to whether it is going to be a truly stable coin as the market has seen dips lately. Also, the FUDs around Tether have raised questions on whether there are any backings to the digital asset.

It is crucial to know that other factors have been attributed, and one of them was a report from last month that stated that Tether and Bitfinex, had gone their separate ways with Noble Bank. The separation made Bitfinex suspend fiat wire deposits – without no reason or whatsoever.

Tether, in regards to market worth, comprises about 92 percent of the market capitalization of stable coins. Also, this stable coin offers two purposes: to stabilize the volatility of Bitcoin, and also to preserve the amount of money purchasing power investors have at hand when the value of larger cryptocurrencies such as BTC drops.

The coin is a good alternative for traders when trying to cash-in on fiat currencies, as we do know that trying to move money from different exchanges to fiat…

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TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing

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It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter announcement did not provide a lot of information, except for the fact that the TRON partnership is with an industry giant worth tens of billions of dollars.

Even so, the entire crypto community started speculating about the new partner’s identity. Soon after the announcement, a new rumor emerged, claiming that the identity of an unnamed corporation was uncovered. According to the rumor, TRON’s new partner is none other than Baidu, one of the largest tech giants of China, which also represents this country’s largest internet search provider.

Baidu is often viewed as China’s version of Google, and if the rumors of a partnership with this company turn out to be true, this will be a big game-changer for TRON.

However, in days following the announcement, new reports started coming in with claims that the partnership will not revolve around blockchain technology. Instead, ODaily reported that the alleged partnership between TRON and Baidu will be focused on cloud computing. The report claims that TRON will be purchasing computing resources from Baidu.

Baidu to…

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