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Will Ripple (XRP) Become the Next Crypto Futures Market?

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When Bitcoin Futures contract was first introduced during the close of 2017, it immediately made headlines. However, unlike Bitcoin futures contracts, which have attracted thousands of traders after the release, XRP futures contracts did not enjoy the same fate. Ripple futures contracts, which have been active for almost 18 months now, hardly made any impact on the market. In fact, if you look at the prices, it has been on a downward trend for the most part of 2018.

The first XRP derivatives were introduced by Crypto Facilities, a London based startup, in October 2016. Although the CEO of the company, Timo Schlaefer, has been silent on the matter, he anticipates that there will be widespread adoption of XRP futures in the coming months. “We’re in the process of working with some of the large market makers to draw that further”, Schlaefer affirmed.

With Ripple announcing a partnership with Crypto Facilities, Bitcoin was lagging far behind when it comes to getting its first CFTC regulated Bitcoin derivatives. By the time Bitcoin futures contracts were adopted by the Chicago based commodities companies CBOE and CME Group, Crypto Facilities’ XRP futures contracts were already trading $14.2 million in volume a month. When Cboe’s Bitcoin futures contract expired in January, the Crypto Facilities’ XRP futures had crossed $24.6 million.

Apparently, apart from a few internal investors, not many people knew about the Company’s XRP trading. But it has come a long way from its dark days; “The liquidity has been growing quite a lot”, reported Schlaefer.

Price Movements of Ripple (XRP) Futures

Schlaefer refused to comment on the biggies the company is working with, but his report to CoinDesk offers a crisp insight into the market shift. When closely observed, the data mirrors XRP’s price movements to a great extent. To begin with, the volumes of XRP futures, which have been introduced in October 2016, were on the downtrend until March 2017. However, the XRP futures volume increased exponentially in the following months. During this time, the value of XRP also hiked from $0.03 in April to $0.34 in May. A similar case was observed in January as well when the trading volume touched $24.6 million.

XRP futures, which have been concealed from media’s attention, for the most part, the last year, are indicating positive movements within the market. If you analyze the market trends, it is evident that the trading volume has gone up substantially after the release of Bitcoin futures. With XRP making its way into the mainstream market, it’s expected that the trading volumes will climb higher.

LedgerX and Ripple (XRP) Futures

The CEO of LedgerX, the CFTC-regulated Bitcoin derivatives provider, revealed his company’s plan of exploring XRP futures. It launched its first regulated Bitcoin derivatives last year, and so far traded $100 million in volume.  Paul Chou, the CEO, however, pointed out the limitations that can slow down its appropriation. He said, “Physical settlement avoids those issues because you are not beholden to some abstract price that might or might not be manipulated. You either want the crypto, or you don’t.”

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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.

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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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