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XRP Third on the Charts but Still No Idea on Future

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XRP has a market cap that is third behind the behemoths Ethereum and Bitcoin. That should make it a force to be reckoned with. The problem is that no really knows what kind of force it exerts. Ethereum is positioning itself as the answer to the world’s need for decentralized apps (and more besides). Bitcoin is mentioned in every article in mainstream media as having the potential for everything under the sun. XRP is mentioned as… well… the third largest cryptocurrency.

XRP reaches impasse

While many other coins are profiting from the current market and inching ever upwards toward a full-on bull rush, XRP is just sitting there floundering. When you’re number three by market cap and can’t take advantage of a superb time in the market, what can you do?

Supporters of XRP are irritated by this impasse that XRP has reach despite remaining largely positive for the future. Some have taken to Twitter to offer their guidance and one of the wittier tweeters said that XRP was like finding oil and then not knowing what to do with it.

Use it, lose it or hodl for a better price?

The key issue is that many still think that cryptocurrencies are more like assets and less like currencies. One user who replied to the above tweet said something that many will feel echoes their views of cryptocurrency.

Namely, the idea is that cryptocurrencies aren’t really meant to be used as a method of payment. They are there to be traded, to accrue value over a certain period and to be sold when the time is right. He backs up his views with a comparison between BTC (widely considered a successful cryptocurrency) and XRP. BTC has made people rich, still has no real-world use and people love it. It is doing well now that the overall market is doing well (though it could be the market is doing well because of Bitcoin to be fair) whereas XRP is the opposite of that.

Twitter has been lit up with people talking about the relative merits of XRP and many in the community feel that those without XRP simply do not realize its potential. The pathfinding feature, the ledger or anything else at all.

The doubters simply ask “What is it good for?” and leave it at that. It is always a difficult discussion when people have such diametrically opposing viewpoints. Many originally believed that cryptocurrencies would replace fiat for transactions in the real world. However, this is further off than ever before as cryptocurrencies have become assets that grow in value far too quickly to be used as tender.

A currency, at least according to modern theory, needs to depreciate in order to be of value as a currency. That is so people will not save more than is strictly necessary for their largest purchases. The economic system we have today is because of the depreciating currency. It would take a revolutionary step to change that sort of thinking.

Then again, as another user called Kieran Kelly has already said, it could just be a delayed reaction. That particular user’s opinion is that XRP’s price rise is being delayed as it usually turns out to be true. XRP pumps hardest even if it pumps last might not be words to live by, but they could yet give some people hope that their XRP will be worth more in the future.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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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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