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Stellar (XLM) and Ripple’s XRP no more the safe havens in the crypto storm

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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).

XRP

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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Top 4 Cryptocurrencies to Bet on in 2019

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The crypto winter ended and Bitcoin is breaking through the $5000 resistance barrier and leading a general charge in bullishness among cryptocurrencies has seen more positivity in the market than ever before. However, before any talk of a crypto spring should start, we need to look at what happened during the winter.

Many different platforms were either fully released or improved upon significantly. There has been a surge of innovation and the crystallization of ideas. The market isn’t just about crypto trading or bitcoin trading; it has become more about what businesses will leverage blockchain in the best way. Investors need to look at what a coin offers beyond just being a cryptocurrency. What partners does it have, what is the long term plan and is it liquid enough?

Investing in altcoins has never been a better option than right now. The volatility index shows that the market is growing without having to rely on Bitcoin. While Bitcoin still determines and up or down trend, the altcoins do not follow this trend exactly. More and more tokens and coins are surviving and thriving on their own merits rather than riding in Bitcoin’s wake.

The four coins to follow are our pick for the top 4 cryptocurrencies most likely to give you substantial returns by the end of 2019.

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2019 Will Be a Big Year for Luxcore

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With the recent surge of Bitcoin in the last few weeks, many traders are hoping for a more profitable year than 2018.  Even if that comes to fruition, my advice over the past year remains the same.  Traders must look for companies and projects that offer blockchain solutions with real-world use and complete transparency.  One company that meets both of those requirements is Luxcore (LUX).

What is Luxcore?

Luxcore is a blockchain solutions and services ecosystem that focuses on developing security and privacy products.  The Luxcore platform utilizes the PHI2 algorithm powered blockchain to build a wide variety of product offerings.  One of the platform’s primary goals is to help close the gap between regular consumers and enterprise users by introducing specific use-cases for each group of users.

Exciting Roadmap for 2019

As mentioned earlier, one of the absolute requirements of building a successful blockchain project is to be fully and completely transparent.  Luxcore certainly meets that requirement with the introduction of their most recent roadmap.

The roadmap does a great job of showing which projects are in development, how far along each project is, and the expected completion date of each project.  With this, LUX traders and potentially interested consumers can follow along and monitor the status of projects that they are especially interested in.

Since many crypto projects have inevitably disappointed the market, offering…

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Can XRP Break Out of the Falling Wedge?

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XRP is the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which currently sits at around $13.5 billion. The coin also has a price of $0.325316 at the time of writing, after seeing a significant price correction of 4% in the last 24 hours.

Just like many other cryptocurrencies, XRP has seen massive losses during the 2018 bear market. However, this falling wedge seems to have seen a real breakout in 2019, as the crypto winter started to let go, and a lot of coins saw significant price recoveries.

XRP’s falling wedge was much more difficult to stop, which can be seen on its long-term chart. But, the recent bull runs allowed numerous cryptocurrencies to finally see growth, and XRP is definitely one of them. The charts also show that the coin’s falling wedge has seen a breakout, which is an excellent thing for the future of XRP’s price.

However, for the coin’s price to truly turn and stay bullish, XRP needs to see larger volumes. The experts believe that this is the key for a new rally, one which would allow XRP to reach true recovery.

XRP price performance and predictions

As mentioned, XRP had struggled to start growing even when most other cryptocurrencies were drawn in a number of bull runs. While the coin has been acting the same as others until mid-February, it is clear that the…

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