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Why Ripple’s XRP is getting ahead in the crypto wars

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Let’s face it. Bitcoin is having a really bad time. Ripple’s XRP has been holding grounds nicely, but yeah, it joined the red party earlier this week; still, that would be safe to say it’s stayed ahead in the crypto wars as a whole.

Last December 17th Bitcoin went through the roof surpassing the 17k mark, but then the bears came home. Ever since then, the whole market has been going down dramatically (by more than 75% in total market capitalization), and Bitcoin has led the way down.

And that was nothing. On 14th of this month, there was a bearish run that is still going on, and it’s been nothing short of apocalyptic. As we write this article, Bitcoin is trading at $4,306 (down by 4.13% in the last 24 hours).

As things stand right now, everybody is losing. But some are losing a lot, and a handful of coins are holding their ground remarkably well. The one that’s been doing best under the recent conditions is XRP.

Let’s briefly review XRP’s recent performance. Most coins have been losing value for eleven months, even before last week’s debacle. Very few currencies were trading in the green before then. One was Ripple’s XRP.

Don’t get us wrong. Even XRP is losing right now, but it’s been trading in single red numbers while every other token in the market has been in double red numbers or worse. The point is this: given the context, XRP is doing very well, much better than Bitcoin. Why?

There are several reasons.

XRP is backed up by a series of strategic partnerships secured by Ripple, the private company that still owns most of the tokens. This is possible because that same company is working hard to create a full blockchain ecosystem centered about XRP and its many different use cases.

It is important to understand clearly: XRP has a full formal organization working on it, with talented and well-prepared people who actually get paid to do that. Communities support most other projects with varying degrees of commitment and enthusiasm.

Ripple, as a project, and XRP, as a coin came to life with a distinct purpose, and they’re pursuing it. Many cryptocurrencies are created experimentally or as a hobby by talented people that are fully capable of doing so.

Making it useful and guaranteeing adoption in the real world is an entirely different game. And that’s where Ripple’s leadership makes a huge difference. It’s pragmatic, talented, it knows its stuff, and it’s working hard so that everybody’s ships in the Ripple community sail in the same direction.

This is a time in which it is essential not to confuse losses with failure. Remember, Amazon reported losses for several years in a row before it became the money-making machine that’s made Jeff Bezos one of the world’s wealthiest men. XRP is succeeding, and that’s prompted a series of passionate (if probably irrational)  attacks from other projects.

The notorious Craig Wright (who’s claimed to be none other than Satoshi Nakamoto) has been going out of his way lately to attack XRP and to tell everybody (without trying to persuade or offer any proof, very much like his claim about being Satoshi) that XRP is a security and that it’s going to go down like a lead balloon. Is this because he can’t say Bitcoin is faster or losing less value or to have any real advantage over XRP in any practical way?

A big problem for Bitcoin is anarchism. It lacks any cogent leadership which has prompted a series of forks into other projects that use basically the same technology tweaked to achieve a particular effect. The problem is, those “new” coins are replicating Bitcoin to a great extent, so they’re diluting the original token’s value. And now, there is a hashing war between Bitcoin and one of its forks (Bitcoin Cash) which is not only taking value away from BTC but also draining computation power away.

In recent times, XRP has outperformed every other product in the market, Bitcoin included. It already left Ethereum behind concerning market and stands at number two spot for some time now. BTC’s market cap is still much more significant than XRP’s but if things keep going this way, do not be surprised if XRP ends up winning the crypto wars in years to come.

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem

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There are only a few weeks of 2018 left, and considering how bearish and crypto-unfriendly this year was, a lot of investors will likely be pleased to see it gone. Many believe that 2019 will be the year that will correct BTC prices and bring forth the period of great recovery.

But what does that mean for digital currencies? Which ones are a good investment right now? This is something that we will, hopefully, be able to answer right now. Here are the top 3 coins that everyone should keep an eye on in 2019.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, we have to start with Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has lost a lot in 2018, and its losses are unparalleled by any other coin. In fact, in terms of market cap, Bitcoin has lost as much as the rest of the crypto market put together.

Many believe that its rapid growth, which started in late 2017 and has brought it to its all-time high, is responsible. That the bearish 2018 was only a one large price correction of the last year’s price surge. Even if this is true, price corrections, luckily, all end sooner or later, and when this one comes to a close, Bitcoin will likely be ready for a big comeback.

2019 is expected to bring a lot that will serve BTC’s…

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The Three Biggest Problems with Crypto

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In this bear market, everybody’s asking the same questions. Why is Bitcoin falling? When will the market turn around? Is this the end of the crypto boom?

However, before we can answer questions like these, we need to step back and do an honest appraisal of where our industry stands and what is really holding it back. Despite its growing popularity, cryptocurrency still struggles to gain mainstream appeal. While crypto has managed to distance itself from the early days, when it was used to buy illegal goods online, the currency still conjures up negative feelings for a lot of people unfamiliar with the technology — and all too often, for good reasons.

Cryptocurrency is still relatively new, which means that many casual users are still exploring different ways to use crypto in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge leaves a lot of users vulnerable to scammers seeking to take advantage of their ignorance and inexperience.

We’ve contacted various types of people within the crypto community, surveying newbies, traders, investors, and professionals, asking what the biggest problems in crypto are. We found there to be three major problems holding the industry back:

Scammers

Failed projects

Immature technology

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