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Why Ripple (XRP) is not able to shine at full as yet

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For many of the crypto enthusiasts Ripple (XRP) is one of the tokens that results harsher to read and understand, which is, in fact, one of the major concerns for the third largest cryptocurrency of the market.

Truth be told, even when the coin has managed to stay in the third position of the charts, the decrease in value is more than evident, even being valued now at a price of $0.43484, which means the price is five to six times lower compared to the beginning of the year.

Nevertheless, this is actually the lesser of the major problems that the cryptocurrency is facing as of now. For starters, Ripple Labs is dealing at the moment with a couple of class action lawsuits made by a user who accuses the company of not following the laws of security made by the US government, a fact that without a doubt has raised a lot of comments around the purposes of the token, and additionally, has augmented the opinions of the likely classification of the coin as a security due to its centralization status.

Like this, it seems more than clear that Ripple is not going through its best time, but if we take a closer look on the asset, one may asseverate that the most disturbing affair is that the token seems to be somehow directionless and stuck. Let’s see the main reasoning behind this.

Ripple’s greatest problem of them all

It is not a secret to anybody that Ripple is one of the tokens on the market that has developed the best relationships with the financial industry, and this has led the entire community to believe that via Ripple they will find the link between traditional currencies and virtual coins.

However, nothing’s far from reality than this, in fact, we don’t need to be that analytical to realize that even when Ripple has managed to partner with at least 100 bank entities from all around the world, this relationships center on the products xCurrent, and xVia, solutions designed to improve cross-border payments separately from the XRP token.

In this sense, the only product that carries the XRP token is xRapid, but as of now, it continues out of the picture when it comes to negotiating with a partner, and that is precisely one of the leading critics that Ripple receives. It has been speculated that the company plans to create a bridge between the three solutions at a point, and that convincing a partner to migrate from one solution to another it would be actually an easy thing to do, but the truth is, this is only a matter of conjectures.

Another problem that Ripple needs to solve to find a direction to sail is to come clean with its purpose and the way this matches (or not) with being a cryptocurrency.

For instance, Ripple’s primary target is to solve cross-border remittances and payments in a more efficient way than SWIFT does, but in order to create a solution of this kind, there’s no other outlet than becoming a fully decentralized cryptocurrency, which is, in fact, the latest concern of the community.

As a matter of fact, Ripple protocols rely on antiquated systems that crypto users are trying to surpass by using virtual coins, so as it just seems the picture is just not that clear. Ripple (XRP) has got the potential to revolutionize the financial system as it wants, but the company still need to work hard and get out of the hot water.

To obtain the results and position that Ripple deserves, it must not just settle with just keep scoring partnerships with more banks (who mainly utilize xVia and xCurrent, and not XRP) and just arrange a Snoop Dog alike throwdown occasionally. The company needs to go beyond (and get clear), and it can do it, but at the moment, things are just not looking that good for Ripple compared to how the cryptocurrency is putting all things together correctly.

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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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