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The Crypto Rivalry between Ripple and SWIFT

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The Cryptocurrency market has evolved quite a bit from its fledgling stages of 4 years, With Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple almost exploding in value since. Ripple has been at the forefront of the Cryptocurrency market for years now, with the organization starting to gain traction globally by establishing various partnerships across several industries. One of the most talked about sector for Ripple implementation is cross-border payments, which was regarded as one of the plus points for Ripple. With blockchain technology making major in rows into our daily lives, it is not surprising to find that it is starting to replace more traditional and longstanding options in the industry, one of them is SWIFT. SWIFT is a major inter-banking messaging service that handles half of the world’s high-value cross-border payments.

Ripple and Cross-Border Payments:

The payment industry received a welcome news when in early April, Ripple announced that they are teaming up with Spanish Bank Santander for implementing cross-border payment services for their clients in UK, Poland, Brazil etc. Santander became just one of the 100 financial institutions that have agreed to use Ripple’s technology and Santander’s new blockchain based system called Xcurrent, does exactly that.

Blockchain which largely uses a distributed ledger technology brings the power of decentralization, which indirectly also results in quicker, cheaper and secure payment processing services. The introduction of Ripple’s technology would certainly challenge the dominance of SWIFT, which itself is limited by centralization. Crypto-enthusiasts argue that SWIFT’s centralized system results in a lack of transparency, which Ripple provides.

How SWIFT Reacted:

The news of Ripple’s dominance has certainly let to the SWIFT board taking notice. According to Swift’s head of banking Harry Newman, they are in the work of transforming their existing 1998 model into a more contemporary system.  Many reports have indicated that SWIFT have recognized the viability of blockchain implementation and are working towards integrating it into their own systems.

Recent Developments:

The relationship between Santander Bank and Ripple started to flourish when it was announced that a new app will be released for international payments.  The app in question is called “ONE Pay FX” which promises quicker payment processing as mentioned earlier.  The system is supposed to be a marked improvement from the older system that used to take up to 5 days to do the same. With Ripple’s ONE Pay FX, Santander clients can now transfer funds internationally within a few minutes, with the app boasting a speed of 1500 or more TPS.

The fruition of the ONE Pay FX venture will result in marked improvements and probably drive the competition out if implemented correctly. According to both parties, this app succeeds both in terms of speed as well as transparency. It is also radically cheaper than other similar services offered. Thus, the app aims to address gaps in previous systems, by delivering improved user experiences, especially for mobile phone usage. When commenting about this, the Ripple team said: “It is what consumers require and expect in today’s market — whether it’s sending a secure message to a friend, hailing a rideshare or sending money across borders.”

Final Thoughts

In terms of market valuation, Ripple is doing very well. At the time of writing (07/06), Ripple was priced at $0.683681 USD with a market cap of $26,828,685,633 USD, firmly placing it in 3rd position behind Bitcoin and Ethereum. With Ripple’s un-daunting push for securing tie-ups and partnerships globally, the rivalry between these two companies is unlikely to settle down any time soon. Ripple looks to be the undeniable leader in the Cryptocurrency market, however, with CEO Brad Garlinghouse expressing his optimism of Ripple replacing Bitcoin as the major global currency. Given the current scenario, things look very bright for Ripple at the moment.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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