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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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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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7 Steps to Recovery from a Crypto Trading Loss

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Whether you are a newcomer to the crypto market who mistakenly invested a large amount into the wrong coin, or a professional that made a well-researched decision and something still went wrong, the result it the same — you lost your money to the crypto market. This is a big problem, but also a problem that every crypto trader faces at some point.

The reason may be anything, from simple bad luck to the lack of research. Add to that the fact that the crypto market continues to be extremely volatile, and it is clear that not all of your trades are going to end up successfully.

Whatever the reason is, the fact remains that you experienced a loss and that this is a problem which can affect more than your funds. It can also affect your mind and feelings. Since every successful trade that you have the potential to make in the future depends on you, you have to recover first, and only then should you worry about the funds.

The road to recovery is different for everyone, and it will take a different amount of time and effort. However, there are a few general steps that you can take to recover from a crypto trading loss.

Step 1: Stop and calm down

You have just suffered a major loss. It may have been your mistake, or…

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