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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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What Changes May the Crypto Space Experience in 2019

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After the crypto hype of 2017, a lot of newly-arrived crypto enthusiasts were caught off-guard by the price crash and bear market that took over in 2018. One month after another, investors were waiting for things to change, and for another bull run to take place. Unfortunately, this did not happen in 2018, and while the year’s final days were seemingly stable, the rally everyone wanted to see has failed to arrive.

However, crypto investors remain optimistic, with many of them hoping to see some changes arrive in 2019. There are rather great expectations of this year, especially since the last one failed to deliver. However, many are interested in what exactly is to be expected in this year, which is what we will talk about today.

Bitcoin ETF approval

The US SEC’s decision regarding Bitcoin ETFs was one of the most anticipated events throughout 2018. Sadly, the decision constantly got delayed, and the SEC never actually provided an answer. The last delay has pushed the decision into 2019, and it is now expected to arrive on February 27.

Historically, the SEC was never ready to approve Bitcoin ETF, and many believe that the delays came due to the fact that the market was not ready for then in 2018. This is backed by the fact that the SEC rejected multiple application throughout the year. VanEck and SolidX…

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Reasons Why 2019 May Be A Great Year For Crypto

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The new year was always considered to be a time of new beginnings, where people can reflect on the past and learn from their mistakes in order to be better in the future. The same is true for the world of crypto, and investors around the world are hoping for 2019 to be better, more profitable, and to have more success than 2018.

The hope for the future is even more important when we consider all the negative development in 2018. There were numerous high-profile hacking attacks, two market crashes, with a strong bear market in between. Not to mention that some of the biggest projects that may have brightened the year a bit ended up being delayed.

With that in mind, it is understandable why investors are looking forward to the new year and all the potential development that it may bring. In fact, there are several reasons why they should be excited about 2019.

1) Bearish market to loosen its grip

The first reason why 2019 can be a good year digital currencies is that it may finally break free of the bearish grip that has been felt ever since last January. Following the first market crash, the bears settled in, and the prices kept falling for an entire year. The market attempted to shake off the negativity on several occasions, with the biggest one being…

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3 Coins with the Largest Potential in 2019

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2018 has been a pretty bad year for digital coins, and after the initial market crash that occurred a year ago, everyone was expecting a bull run that will fix things. Obviously, it never arrived, and instead of that, all that crypto market experienced was an entire bearish year and another crash in mid-November.

Now, however, it is a brand new year, and attempts to shake off the bears’ grip can be seen even in these first two weeks. The market is still struggling and mostly losing value, rather than gaining, with most coins being in trouble once more. Still, a lot can happen in a year, and most investors remain optimistic regarding 2019. Here are some of the coins that are believed to have tremendous potential, and to be the hope of this year.

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, Bitcoin comes first. This is the first cryptocurrency which is still dominating the market, with no other coin being even close to its market cap or price. BTC is the coin that has reached the most prominent heights, and it also lost the most in the previous year. However, there is still hope, as there are several projects and events scheduled for this year that might turn things around for the number one coin.

One thing that is expected is the approval of Bitcoin ETFs…

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