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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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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.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

Encrypgen is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored privately and sold (if a person wishes to do that). A person’s DNA can also be shared privately and securely with their physician for their personalized care.

Typically, people can send their DNA off to a lab to find out who they are and where they come from. As fun as that might sound, there is a significant security problem…

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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