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The role that XRP token plays in Ripple products

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Lots of critiques have been surrounding the current valuation of the Ripple token, XRP, lately. Regarding this, experts have concluded the coin actually has not managed to get enough traction on the market as to guarantee its current value. Accordingly, they assure this traction more likely can assume the form of its current valuation whether as a mediator for banks transactions or as an asset on the platform Ripple owns.

Indeed, the XRP token plays a very important role in the ecosystem of the company; it has become crucial for the value Ripple is setting on the market currently. However, right in the middle of the general uproar, there remains the question that what’s the exact utility XRP has on the product catalog Ripple owns.

Below, I’ll give you a short explanation of XRP’s role:

What is exactly the role that the XRP token plays on the Ripple Ecosystem?

In the current financial landscape, cross-border operations happen among isolated systems — which are not connected in between. To solve this fact, Ripple adopts the inter-ledger protocol that serves as a linker between systems and enables payment routings through making an interconnection possible between ledgers.

To understand it better, you can compare it to the concept of TCP/IP; the protocol behind a computer’s capability of talking one to another — basically, it just underpins the web (internet) systems and allows this to be a reality.

Like this, the ledgers constituting Ripple’s protocol can get attached to the networks of several financial institutions or even can serve as reliable nodes in networks approaching more than one entity at once. The technology of this protocol is built to perform faster cross-border transactions on regular financial systems.

Nevertheless, not all of the ground is gained by Ripple. As much efficient their tech may be, the issue of predefining fiat currencies in the accounts for foreign exchange operations remains unsolved. These accounts are known as Vostro and Nostro, and intermediate financial parties manage them to guarantee liquidity for their operations with foreign currencies.

The moment XRP comes to action

All of the products developed by Ripple use XRP for guaranteeing a swift liquidity. xRapid, one of the products Ripple has created, makes use of the token as an asset for financial institutions and businesses to use in order to make transactions between unique fiat currencies possible.

Like this, financial entities are able to purchase a determined amount of the token, and then send it out using the network of the company. In this matter, Ripple defines this process as a “Third-Party Liquidity Provisioning” — and asseverates that it’s actually perfect for bank units that are not connected somehow one to the other.

Subsequently, this isn’t a rocket science. In fact, that is the exact role the USD has been playing for several years in the financial market when an operation is going to be made, let’s say, between two not-so-common currencies.

The benefits of XRP can actually be enjoyed with the other products of the company too, including xVia and xCurrent. However, according to Stefan Thomas, CTO of the company, XRP is faster and more accessible at the fractions of only pennies — it takes just 3 seconds for a transaction when compared to other virtual coins on the market. The same way, XRP also offers other benefits such as sourcing banks liquidity on demand, in real time, and that without any need to have prefund nostro accounts.

Nevertheless, as like any other thing on the planet, not everything about Ripple is positive – XRP possesses s pretty robust technology, but there still is room for improvement (especially when we talk about the starters). For instance, the bridge asset status of XRP results in a dependency from financial institutions to Ripple in order to provide liquidity in operations.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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