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The reason why Ripple went into the red again before bouncing today

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The cryptocurrency market is at that time when things are going sluggishly, again. Not much to complain concerning the recent market crash after a little surprise earlier, the market hasn’t been at its best; this means that a token sell-off by any digital asset might have some detrimental effects. That is probably what is going on with Ripple (XRP) at the moment even though it recently experienced a sharp price surge and remains in the third position considering the market capitalization.

Ripple has profited from the XRP’s value over time and from various projects which includes Xpring. It has also made many profits by investing in other businesses. One of the co-founders of Ripple, Jed McCaleb, who also started the cryptocurrency exchange known as Mt.Gox, and Stellar (XLM), has decided to accelerate the sales of XRP tokens he holds.

It is important to know that McCaleb left Ripple a few years back to start his very own blockchain platform. However, he has been selling XRP tokens for quite some time but has just decided to increase the sale of his XRP tokens now. The announcement has added more pressure on Ripple even after it experienced more than a 70% plunge this year alone.

McCaleb’s sell-off is not good news for Ripple’s XRP investors. Let’s recall that Ripple still is a start-up company; thus, a sudden sell-off could make the company face severe difficulties.

XRP is one of Ripple’s product, and it is worth $29 billion currently (the total market cap); not to forget that the token attained a worth of $118 billion in the past. XRP’s value has decreased as a result of the market plunge this year.

Despite getting crushed throughout this year, the cryptocurrency experienced a huge surge about five days ago but only to slow down again as it lost about 15% of its value in the last 48 hours again before going up just now after the announcement by Coinbase that they will be listing new cryptocurrencies. Many are speculating that the rapid sell-off of XRP tokens by McCaleb has caused the Ripple token price to go down sharply again.

On the other hand, McCaleb stated this through an email:

I’m not selling more than I have agreed to with Ripple.”

That was the only statement of McCaleb, and he has refused to say anything further.

Daily Market Capitalization

In 2012, Ripple was created with the sole aim of providing the best solution for cross-border payments. The blockchain start-up raised more than $90 billion through venture capital companies such as Andreessen Horowitz, RRE Ventures and Founders Fund at the beginning of the year – besides the $60 Billion XRP tokens at hand.

In 2016, McCaleb signed a deal with Ripple, but the deal is tied to daily capitalization which is based on a certain percentage of the average daily volume of XRP which was reviewed to make sure the market was orderly. After the deal was struck, McCaleb and his family owned about 5.3 billion tokens, which includes two billion donor-advised funds.

Even though McCaleb possessed 7.3% of the tokens, he sold just a little part of it – about 0.75% capitalization. Now, this is McCaleb’s third year of selling XRP tokens. It is necessary to know that by August, his sales grew. He started selling 499, 312 XRP daily. And now, at one point in a week this month, McCaleb sales increased to more than $100,000.

As per the Wall Street Journal publication,

average daily trading volume of XRP on the Ripple consensus ledger… hasn’t changed considerably in recent months and not enough to account for the change in his daily sales.”

In a response online, Ripple has refuted the assertions, further emphasizing that its former co-founder does not have a direct influence over his XRP tokens which are being held under the “custody account” with the agreement signed in 2014, by both parties.

But seeing the sudden fall in Ripple right after the McCaleb XRP sell-off news spreading in the market, many started questioning that it could be the reasons behind recent Ripple crash. At the time of press, the cryptocurrency trades in green again, thanks to today’s Coinbase announcement. As it looks, the coin wants the number two spot back. Let’s see how high Ripple surges this time.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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