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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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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.

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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?

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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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