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Stellar Lumens’ XLM reaches Canadian exchange NDAX

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The new exchange supporting Stellar (XLM), National Digital Asset Exchange Inc. (NDAX) is a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange based in the province of Alberta. It was designed to serve both retail and institutional clients with the highest quality, security, and compliance with legal standards. Unlike most of the world’s crypto trade platforms, NDAX is fully integrated into the domestic Canadian banking system which allows for more fluidity between the crypto and the traditional financial systems.

Legality is a core issue for NDAX as it’s registered as a Money Service Business in Canada and it practices a philosophy to engage with regulators and traditional financial institutions in a way that can set a new standard in the Canadian cryptoverse. That emphasis on compliance allows NDAX to secure banking services provided by domestic institutions, and to keep the client’s funds in the domestic economic system, instead of sending them offshore.

Earlier yesterday, the Canadian platform announced it’s introducing Stellar Lumens native asset (called XLM) into its trading platform paired against the Canadian Dollar. Also, trading in this pair will remain free until January 31st, 2019.

It’s not typical for assets like XLM to be listed paired against the local fiat currency. Most commonly, exchange platforms around the world, do not allow for buying XLM directly but they pair it against Bitcoin. In other words: if you want to get some XLM tokens, you must first buy some Bitcoin and then you can use the trading platform to exchange them for XLM.

NDAX is not even going to offer an XLM/BTC pairing in the beginning, but it informed in the announcement it will be introduced as soon as a sufficiently liquid trading market develops. No time frame was mentioned for this.

Stellar Lumens is a third generation blockchain project that aims to be a full-fledged platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts based on its native token, XLM. It’s found lots of use cases in the traditional financial world. In this regard, it’s been following on Ripple’s steps and securing strategic alliances with some of the most important banks and remittance services in the world to make the settlement of international transactions as painless, safe, quick and cheap as humanly possible.

One of Stellar Lumens’ critical partners is none other than IBM. Big Blue has chosen this blockchain project as its only partner in the cryptosphere. That means that all the research and project development IBM is doing to explore the uses of blockchain technology will be carried out in association with Stellar Lumens and using Stellar’s technology. If you remember what IBM and Microsoft’s partnership did for Bill Gates in the 80’s and beyond, you’ll understand that this is a huge advantage for Stellar.

The NDAX announcement is great news for a project that’s been reporting lots of good news all year long, and that has managed to keep growing despite the bearish conditions in the market.

Stellar (XLM) is currently trading at $0.1562 in red numbers (6.89%). It’s capitalized at roughly 3 billion USD, which makes it the fifth cryptocurrency by market cap.

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Top 3 Cryptos to Serve as an Alternative to Bitcoin

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The crypto market continues to struggle on its way of reaching mass adoption, with most people focusing on Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin still has its fair share of problems, a few of which are quite challenging, with no guarantee that they will ever be fully solved.

While Bitcoin is, and has been the largest cryptocurrency from the moment it was created, there is no guarantee that it will remain at the number one spot forever. While this is mostly what skeptics tend to say, it is still a possibility that cannot be ignored. With that in mind, here are top 3 cryptos that might serve as an alternative to Bitcoin in the future, or maybe even now, considering how high its fees are, and how long its waiting periods tend to be.

1. XRP

XRP has become known as a ‘remittance coin’ due to its goal of providing better, faster, and cheaper international transactions. It was created by a company called Ripple Labs, and so far, it has been one of the best ways for sending money cross-border. It works in combination with Ripple’s products such as xRapid, fueling it and allowing for near-instant transactions at low fees.

The company has decided to offer its products to banks around the world, and most of the financial institutions decided to accept the offer. This is their way of trying to…

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Why HODLing XRP, BAT, and EOS is a Smart Idea

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The crypto market continues to grow, even though the prices of its many coins were severely damaged during the so-called ‘crypto winter’ of 2018. Even so, the market has grown a lot, and it currently features over 2,100 digital currencies, all parts of their own projects, with a goal of making an impact and entering the mainstream.

Of course, it goes without saying that not a lot of these coins have real potential. Many of them came to be during the ICO craze of 2017 and early 2018 when investors were willing to buy just about any coin. As a result, new startups emerged, each offering its own cryptocurrency. Most of these coins are believed to be bad projects with no future, with only a matter of time before they are declared ‘dead.’

However, there are several coins out there which are worthy of investing in, as well as HODLing on to them. Three such coins that we will focus on today are XRP, Basic Attention Token (BAT), and EOS.

XRP

Let’s start with XRP. This is a coin created by a company called Ripple Labs. As a result, the coin has a strong connection to the company, which many have taken as proof that it is not a real cryptocurrency, that it is centralized, and that it will eventually fade away as a bad project.…

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Why XRP is Worth Much Less than What Fans Expect

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The crypto world is currently facing an uncertain situation as a result of XRP value. Many fans of the digital currency are arguing that the worth should be higher than what it now. A poll taken by Twitter this year showed that 80% of the participants want XRP to be higher than Ethereum. The participant preferred the digital currency to occupy the second largest position against what experts thought. Since XRP has not offered much to improve its reputation, the participant’s reaction was surprising indeed.

From what we have seen so far, one question to ask is, why does the cryptocurrency have many supporters? The simple answer is that Ripple focuses on offering remittance services to its fans more than other digital currency. The company offers many products of which one known as xRapid a cross-border payment service impress many supporters.

Why Fans expect an increase in value

Weiss Ratings did not hide the fact that their agency is not supporting Ripple. However, they admitted that the global payment platforms which the cryptocurrency created are commendable. This commendation proves that Ripple has been impactful in that area of blockchain tech application. Also, the players in the community have seen these achievements as well. Therefore, it is not a surprise that they expect an improvement in the market cap and price of XRP

Many people have raised arguments…

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