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Western Union Claims that Payments via Ripple (XRP) are not Cheaper

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After testing Ripple (XRP) transactions for six months, Western Union claims that the promised financial benefits that were to come from cheaper transactions have yet to show themselves. Additionally, the XRP enthusiasts have narrowed down this cryptocurrency’s logo design from three potential candidates to the winning one, which is already adopted by the community, as well as the crypto’s website itself.

Western Union claims that XRP transactions are not cheaper

Ripple (XRP) has become known for dedicating its technology to the creation of a new system that would provide cheaper transactions for banks and other financial institutions. According to them, their product called XRapid should make international money transfers not only cheaper but faster as well.

Western Union decided to test this product out, but after making multiple transactions, the Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of the company, claims that the product has not managed to save them any money as of yet.

During one of the interviews, Ersek stated that Western Union has always been criticized for having expensive transactions. This is one of the reasons why they jumped on the opportunity to make them cheaper via Ripple’s product XRapid. However, the results do not show any benefits from the financial point of view.

Such a comment on one of the Ripple’s most valued products might prove to be a large setback, especially when coming from such a reputable company. However, the company’s CEO allows for the possibility that the company simply did not do enough of the testing to notice a significant difference. So far, they were only tested USD and Mexican pesos on XRapid.

The same was said by Asheesh Birla, who is Ripple Labs’ Vice President. According to Birla, Western Union only sent 10 payments as of yet, which is not nearly enough to see the difference. Especially considering that the company performs millions of transactions each month.

Birla also said that Western Union still clearly favors the traditional payment method. If they were to start making all of their payments via XRapid, or at least the majority of them, the results would be clear. Not only would the reduced costs be noticeable, but would even drop at least 50%, claims Birla. This is also not just a speculation, but a fact that was proven last month by Ripple’s other pilots – Mercury FX and Viamericas, who have seen a large reduction of costs during transactions. The reduction included 40 to 70% of the transaction cost, which proves that XRapid actually delivers when used properly.

As for Ersek, he responded that the program will continue and that he believes that Ripple’s team consists of ‘innovative and good people’.

Ripple (XRP) got a new logo design for its token

After many have failed to understand the difference between Ripple the company and Ripple the cryptocurrency, this token’s community came to an idea that XRP should get its own, brand-new logo. The campaign lasted for almost a month and is now finally coming to an end.

The voting for various logo proposals took place on a website called xrpsymbol.com, and the site states that XRP doesn’t have its own symbol that would represent this asset’s uniqueness. This is why the community has taken it upon itself to create a symbol for this asset, one which will be used when writing the amount of the crypto.

The voting started on the June 1st, and the first round has ended on June 8th. After the first round, 3 logos were chosen, and they went to the second round, which was supposed to eliminate two of them and make the third one a winner. Finally, the round two ended as well, and the winning logo has at least 2000 more votes than the other two.

The symbol was adopted without problems. It first appeared on Ripple’s part of Reddit, and soon after that, it also came to the crypto’s website as well. CoinMarketCap adopted it too, and the third largest crypto on the market now has its own, unique logo.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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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?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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