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Stellar, Ripple, and the blockchain tech as fintech’s engine

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Cryptocurrencies like Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP) might not be unfamiliar to many here now, but “Fintech” is a new word. It’s a contraction of “Financial technology.” The term describes new ways of doing old things. More specifically, it refers to a new generation of financial services that aim to bring those services to people who have traditionally been marginalized from the banking sector because of a lack of resources.

For instance, if you are an immigrant worker in, say, you and Western Europe need to send money to your family back in some country in Subsaharan Africa, you can’t use the bank system. Why? Because the chances are that neither you nor your family has a bank account, even a savings one.

Even if both parties did have a bank account it would still be inconvenient because the procedure is very bothersome, it takes several days, and it’s quite expensive (it’s usually a percentage of the money you are sending). So what’s the option? Fintech companies.

Fintech is finding ways to make the global financial services cheaper, faster, safer, and more efficient in such a way that people who couldn’t afford them in the past, can afford them now. Paypal is probably the most famous example.

So how can fintech firms afford to do the same job as banks, only better, at lower cost, at higher speeds and more securely? It’s all about technology. They’ve found the way to harness the power of the internet, mobile phones, and telecommunications technology and turn it into a financial advantage.

It sounds like an easy answer, but you should take into account the traditional financial system is probably the industry with the most inertia in the world.

It’s always been very conservative and slow in adopting new technologies. If we talk about settling international payments, banks still use the SWIFT system which came online in 1975, and it still has not updated its technology in any meaningful way.

But there’s a missing ingredient here. There’s another piece of technology that the fintech industry is beginning to discover and it’s quickly integrating it into its services and technology: the blockchain.

Stellar and Ripple – Two Best Examples of Bridges Between Fintech and Blockchain

Leading the way in this regard are two blockchain projects: Ripple and Stellar Lumens. They both have a native token (XRP and XLM, respectively) and they’re working hard with both fintech and traditional financial companies so that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology eliminate all the friction that remains in both systems.

While both Ripple and Stellar were founded by the same person (Jed McCaleb), he dropped out of Ripple to found Stellar which is the organization he currently leads.

Ripple’s aim from the beginning was to create a platform and a series of software products that run over a blockchain and use the XRP cryptocurrency to mediate the settlement of payments across borders. They’ve been so focused on that goal that, for years, the possible case uses for XRP as a retail currency or as means of storage of wealth was completely neglected (that is changing).

Ripple has secured lots of interesting strategic partnerships with some of the world’s most important banks so that they join the cryptosphere at least as users and clients, if not as investors.

Stellar is a different animal. Unlike Ripple, it hasn’t always aimed to help the financial industry, but to be a third generation blockchain project in which decentralized apps and smart contracts can be deployed or issued by its users.

Then IBM decided to adopt Stellar Lumens as the platform of choice for all of the giant’s projects based on the blockchain. This changed the game for Stellar because IBM already has commercial relationships and partnerships with about 90% of the world’s banks, so it became an opportunity just too good to pass.

So now you know it. Fintech is taking over the world and cryptocurrencies are the engine it’s using to achieve it.

And why should this matter to you as an “average” crypto enthusiast? It’s quite simple. These two projects (there are more, such as Electroneum) are finding ways to make cryptocurrencies useful for everybody, even for people who can’t use a computer or don’t know they’re using digital assets indirectly.

That will end up creating demand for those assets which, in turn, will make them more valuable at the crypto exchanges. This will change the market. It’s currently driven by speculative pressure, but as assets such as Ripple’s XRP and Stellar’s XLM gain ground, they could transform it into a real market, driven by economic forces.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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