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Lousy day for the crypto market but not Ripple: ExLand lists XRP

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A Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, ExLand, has announced the listing of  Ripple’s native token, XRP. Even though it has been a sad day for all the crypto market as almost every single coin is in red by double digits (except XRP), this news would make Ripple community defy from others. The official listing news was tweeted yesterday.

Nobody will blame you if you’ve never heard about ex.land. It’s a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong, owned by China Sinx Group that keeps a shallow profile and, even if you run a very detailed search to find out details about the parent firm (or the exchange), you’ll find very little information.

Hong Kong has been a bridge between China and the West (the United Kingdom, especially) since the XIX century. And it keeps trying to remain so despite that it’s not a British colony anymore, but is now rejoined to the mainland.

It enjoys a certain degree of autonomy which is why many of mainland China’s most relevant companies try to take advantage of Hong Kong’s special status to lessen friction in doing business with the rest of the world. And that’s one of the reasons that ex.land is based there, and it’s able to trade on Bitcoin freely when the Chinese government has been openly hostile to it — despite the fact that 80% of all Bitcoin mining is done, precisely, in China.

So, the news is that ex.land adopted Ripple’s XRP currency into its platform. It’s not only going to support it, but it’s going to trade it using an XRP/USD pair.

That’s the relevant thing. If you’ve traded any digital asset in the past, you’ll know that there are not that many coins that can be bought directly using fiat currencies. The most usual way of exchanging cryptocurrencies is to buy Bitcoin first, then send it from your wallet to your exchange of choice, and only then use it to buy any other coin you like, such as XRP.

More and more crypto exchanges in the world are adopting XRP in several kinds of pairings (XRP/BTC still being the main one), a few are adopting it in an XRP/USD pair (such as ex.land) and there are some that are even adopting Ripple’s token as a base coin, putting it in direct competition with Bitcoin, no less.

The news comes to show the amazing amounts of progress and credibility that XRP is gaining in the cryptosphere when it started life as one of the most unpopular and hated tokens because of the company’s stated mission to help banks and the traditional financial system.

As things stand today, XRP has become the world’s second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization over the last week, taking over Ethereum’s spot. It was last year’s most profitable asset, and it’s been one of the handfuls of coins that’s actually been growing consistently over the last month.

Ripple keeps announcing new strategic partnerships and developments for the company’s software and for the token, it keeps getting positive attention and coming up with all kinds of new use cases.

It’s one of the few blockchain projects that are concentrated on making cryptocurrencies useful in the real world. That policy keeps creating demand for XRP. Demand creates trade volume, and both things together make the asset more valuable.

XRP is the kind of asset that crypto needs. It will compete with Bitcoin, and it will turn the crypto market into a real economy instead of a speculative game for aficionados.

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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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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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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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