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Here Is Why XRP Does Not Need Coinbase and the SEC

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The problem with modern day digital media is that it is very easy for a small story to be blown out of proportion. There is also the tendency of taking one serious issue and hammering it down the minds of the audience to the point where they are afraid to think otherwise. Take the case of XRP (XRP). Ask any crypto-trader or enthusiast out there why they have not bought XRP and they will tell you that the SEC has not made a decision on whether or not it is a security. They will also quote Coinbase in saying that XRP is not decentralized enough as prescribed by the Digital Asset Framework at the exchange. There is also the issue of pending lawsuits against Ripple.

But what they forget, is that XRP is making inroads in the countries of India as well as Japan. There is also an untapped market in Africa that is known to embrace micropayment platforms such as MPesa (Mobile Money transfer). This means that XRP can dive in and catapult itself to the stratosphere of mobile payments in Africa.

From the point of view of a global citizen, the decision by the SEC and that of Coinbase not listing XRP are inconsequential to the expansion of the digital asset across the globe and its potential in solving real-life problems.

Take the case of India. Ripple opened a new office in Mumbai and is planning more banking partnerships despite the ongoing RBI ban. There is also the question of the Indian government favoring digital transactions over paper money to curtail corruption. What better way to do that than by using XRP. As a matter of fact, XRP is widely available in the two local exchanges of Zebpay and Unodax. The digital asset is a base pair on both exchanges.

Moving over to Japan, the SBI Holdings firm has been bosom buddies with Ripple since 2016. The SBI Holdings company has even launched the SBI Virtual Currencies exchange (VCTRADE) that has XRP written all over it. There is also the remittance wing of SBI Holdings known as SBI Remit that is powered once again by xCurrent.

The topic of xCurrent brings us to the Santander Bank in Europe and its OnePayFX mobile App that allows for the ease of transfer of funds from within Europe as well as South America. There is also the ability to send between the two said continents with plans for continual expansion.

In conclusion, global adoption of Ripple banking products and XRP will be the major factor in determining the future of the two entities. The United States has proved to be somewhat hostile to both Ripple and XRP despite the fact that both were created in the US. Perhaps what might happen, and in the words of Bob Marley,  is that ‘The Stone that the builder refuses, will always be the head cornerstone’. Ripple and XRP will continue to prosper outside the United States.

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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.

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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