The last couple of weeks have seen every single cryptocurrency lose a lot of value, starting with Bitcoin, and there is no end in sight. It’s been nothing short of carnage. But amidst this mayhem, two digital assets held fast. Granted, they lost value too. But their red numbers were written in single digits while every other token down by double digits. We’re talking about Stellar Lumen’s XLM and Ripple’s XRP.
Stellar Lumens (XLM)
It may seem a paradox, but you can make progress even in a market that is going down, and that’s what XLM has achieved. It briefly knocked Bitcoin Cash out of the 4th place by market capitalization. While it didn’t stay there definitely, this is a sign of things to come.
Bitcoin Cash’s hard fork created a hashing war, and it provided airdrops for community members. And yet, it’s gone down from $630 (before the fork) to around $160, currently. This is probably because many users that received coins from the airdrops are now squaring their Bitcoin Cash positions as the market is dominated by sellers.
As things stand, both EOS and Stellar Lumens have market capitalizations that are in the same zone as Bitcoin Cash. The difference between all three of them has been that XLM dropped at a much smaller rate. About two days ago you could have thought it would overtake them in the following days. This is exactly what happened between XRP and Ethereum, and now XRP is a solid second place by market capitalization.
But that’s not the case now. Stellar as gown down even more than EOS and Bitcoin Cash in the last 24 hours as it’s in red by 24%. In the current turmoil, XLM doesn’t really need to grow to be a safe haven. It just needs to keep dropping a lot more slowly than similar assets, which is precisely what’s been happening about 30 hours ago or so (but not now).
As we mentioned before, even in the recent mess, XRP managed a degree of success by becoming the world’s second-largest digital asset by market capitalization, overcoming the legendary Ethereum. It now outranks it by about four billion dollars, so it looks pretty safe in its new second place.
Then there’s the good news. TransferGo announced it would adopt Ripple’s xRapid platform to create a remittance corridor between Europe and India. This platform is fueled by XRP transfers, which creates demand and trade volume for the token.
Additionally, Ripple’s Asian partner, SBI, announced it would use Ripple’s technology to ensure security in credit card operations in Japan. And Mitsubishi also announced that it would use Ripple to settle payments between Japan and its Brazilian partners.
Ripple’s XRP has held fast because it’s proved to have myriad use cases in the traditional financial sector. Those banks who are using Ripple’s platforms and coin are settling international payments in minutes, at the cost of a fraction of a cent, thus giving their costumers better, safer, cheaper service. According to American Express, XRP is saving them around 70% of the costs involved in sending money overseas.
XRP has also managed to build a robust community that will go all the way to hell and back for the currency and the ideas it upholds. But even though it has been holding the grounds quite well, that case has changed now as the cryptocurrency is down by even more than Ethereum. XRP trades in red by 17.51% in the last 24 hours (ETH is down by 15.41%).
Good things happen even in bad markets, and they teach us a lesson. Let’s try and learn from the current bullish run: XLM and XRP are here to stay, and they’re very solid.
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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor. But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.
Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace. The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information. Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed. Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?
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