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Will XRP Blow Up in 2019?

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The second largest cryptocurrency, XRP, has made quite a number of headlines over the course of 2018. While being a center of several controversies, including accusations of centralization, misuse by its parent company, Ripple Labs, and even being a scam — the coin still managed to grow and improve. Now, investors are wondering whether or not the next year will be the one when XRP is going to blow up and establish dominance.

XRP in 2018

As mentioned, XRP was often targeted over the course of this year, sometimes by crypto purists, and sometimes simply by dissatisfied traders. It has gone through several accusations, and even entire lawsuits, which focused on potential elements of centralization or misuse by its creators.

The coin is different than Bitcoin in a lot of ways, including the fact that it cannot be mined, but also the fact that its parent company holds the majority of XRP coins. However, as time went by, these accusations started to fade away, as XRP started proving itself.

Elements of centralization started disappearing, with more power being shifted to network participants. Furthermore, XRP even managed to have some of the lawsuits dismissed, further improving its own image. In addition, the coin has a reputation of being favored among banks all around the world, with over 120 of them in 40+ countries willing to partner up with it.

There are several reasons for this, including the coin’s excellent speeds, relative stability when compared to other cryptocurrencies, as well as the fact that Ripple, XRP’s creator, is itself a reputable firm. Additionally, the company is dedicated to improving cross-border transactions, which last too long by today’s standards, with procedures behind them being much more complicated than they need to be.

To solve this, Ripple managed to create several products that make use of the XRP currency, such as xRapid or xCurrent. These products are capable of reducing the time needed for making international payments to mere seconds, instead of days as it is usually required. Banks around the world were quick to recognize the potential of this technology, hence their positive attitude towards this crypto.

Meanwhile, in the crypto world, XRP managed to improve its image, and even make significant progress. For example, it overtook Ethereum’s position in mid-November and is currently the second largest coin by market cap, bested only by Bitcoin itself. With its reputation slowly building up, XRP is becoming a coin that might someday dominate as a payment method around the world.

XRP in 2019

With the entire 2018 being mostly bearish, investors are looking towards the future, hoping that the next year will be more crypto-friendly. The same is true for XRP supporters, despite the fact that the coin has experienced lesser losses than other altcoins.

Numerous experts have been quite bullish on XRP in recent months, with some of them making predictions about XRP hitting as much as $10 per coin. While this is certainly not impossible, it will require a serious bull run in order to happen.

If no significant events occur in the next several days, XRP will likely enter the next year with the price between $0.35 and $0.40. At the time of writing, the coin has a value of $0.367693 per unit, after experiencing a slight drop. Its market cap is currently at $15 billion, which makes it less than $2 billion larger than that of Ethereum.

Meanwhile, Ripple continues to enter partnerships with banks and financial institutions around the world, and the company CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, has recently announced that xRapid is already in use by some of them. He also announced that the activity of xRapid can currently be traced on 4 crypto exchanges, which are providing signals of the product’s activity.

According to many, Ripple and XRP have done a lot to set up grounds for future growth in this year, and with a bit friendlier conditions, the coin might see serious growth and development in 2019. Whatever actually happens, XRP remains a coin with a lot of potential, and it is sure to survive any unfriendly conditions due to pure usefulness and its potential to improve money transfers around the world.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

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A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

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  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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