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Are Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP) really that comparable?

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We can see how the cryptocurrency market grows every day. Steadily the offer of virtual coins is turning into a larger one, diversifying like that the wideness of the industry and each time, providing more new services that attach to the needs of the sector. However, sometimes in this amplitude of the repertory, many similarities can be found betwixt cryptocurrencies; even getting to a point where it results challenging to differentiate one from the other.

That is exactly the case of Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP), two separate tokens that are linked one to the other very often. As a matter of fact, there are significant similarities between Stellar (XLM) and Ripple (XRP), many of which the most popular include the fact of having been founded by the same person Jed McCaleb.

But the truth is that despite the common points, these coins behave very differently, and their goals are the same way, very apart. Let’s see what the main differences between the tokens of Stellar and Ripple are!

The overall dissimilarity

The first difference has to be the purpose of each one of the cryptos. While it was supposed that Stellar was created with the intention of fixing the errors and improving what Ripplehas, they actually approach different objectives.

For instance, Stellar aims to work with individuals to provide them with financial product and services at a meager price, creating an opportunity to fight against poverty and develop the full financial potential of each person.

On the other hand, Ripple works on a network with the vision of connecting bank entities, exchange platforms, and payment providers through the RippleNet. Its primary mission is to provide a safe network where transactions would be completely effective.

Similarly, while Stellar is a not-for-profit organization, Ripple is the opposite, a profit-seeking company envisioning to work on solutions to the most significant financial enterprises in the industry.

The protocols

At the beginning both Stellar and Ripple used to work under the same protocol, even sharing almost the same code. However, the story is entirely different now as currently they use different protocols and share almost nothing of the code.

At the moment, Stellar uses the Stellar Consensus Protocol (SCP) which can be considered as a big-scale evolution of the Federated Byzantine Agreement (FBA); in essence, it offers complete decentralization, flexible trust, bounded security and low latency. It all remains on decentralization, a fact that Ripple does not offer at the moment.

Ripple, on the other hand, uses the Ripple Protocol Consensus Algorithm (RPCA), which is basically based on the mechanism of Proof of Correctness (PoC).

Likewise, when it comes to the speeds of each protocol the first works at a pace of 1000 tx/s in contrast to the protocol used by Ripple, which in the lapse of each second is applied to all of the nodes.

Strategic alliances and collaborations

In this matter, Stellar is a few steps behind Ripple, which has developed the best partnership relations across the world.

Nevertheless, the Stellar Development Foundation has also created solid partnerships setting up payment platforms in some countries of the Europe continent and the Philippines, having Africa as the next target, a market potentially powerful to work with as is highly unexplored and accomplishes the vision of the company.

Ripple has developed relations all across the globe with some of the most crucial bank entities, including central banks. There remains a crucial difference between the two companies; while one is focusing on building relations with non-bank institutions, the other targets only the banking industry.

The current market differentiation

It seems somehow that even when Stellar has developed a great business model it still has so much to do to reach the level of its contender Ripple. As of today, Ripple figures at the number 3 spot in the charts of the website Coinmarketcap.comwhile Stellar is at the 8th position.

Both virtual currencies have decreased in value in the last 24 hours, Ripple at a 7.9% with a current price of $0.68 per unit, and Stellar with 9.5% of decrease and a total price per unit of $0.33.

To sum up, it results evident that now there are more features making both coins differ from the other than what it made them comparable at the beginning. However, both are excellent options in the market, and without any doubt, we could be seeing them exponentially growing in the near future.

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China’s Tsinghua University Partners with Ripple to Create Blockchain Research Scholarship Program

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From the moment that Ripple first launched its platform, it has been looking for ways to spread cryptocurrency and their own products throughout the industry.

They have even managed to cross a major milestone as they established over 200 partnerships involving 40 separate countries. One of their most recent partnerships involves Tsinghua University, in an effort to launch a new scholarship program that will educate students in China.

While China has held a strict anti-crypto stance, the same has not been true of blockchain technology.

The program, which will be called the Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship program, is the combined venture of Ripple and the Tsinghua University Institute of Financial Technology (THUIFR). This university is one of the top schools in all of China, though THUIFTR was not started until 2017. It has been a collaborative effort between Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, PBC School of Finance, School of Software and Law School at Tsinghua University.

As students participate in the program, they will learn about the ins and outs of blockchain technology. On Twitter, THUIFR claims to have already hosted a seminar, titled “Innovation and Development of Digital Currency and its Regulatory Path.”

The partnership with Ripple will allow the program to launch in China, focusing clearly on the international regulations that govern the blockchain. Ivy Gao, the Director of International Cooperation and Development for THUIFR, said,

“Most importantly, I believe, this program will greatly help with their future research or career in the field of blockchain technology.”

The SVP of Global Operation at Ripple, Eric van Miltenburg, said,

“The program’s goal – to provide students with opportunities in blockchain research – closely aligns with that of Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative. We’re thrilled to support THUIFR in this endeavor and look forward to its launch.”

Ripple has created an impressive reputation for itself as a major player in the fintech world. There are multiple banks using its xRapid product as their own blockchain solution, with more being added as the word spreads. However, it is perhaps the unique philosophy of Ripple’s platform and products that appeals to China, considering the substantial difference from that of Bitcoin’s ideology.

Their token has become the second-most valuable crypto asset, which could be due to the pattern of collaboration between financial institutions, governments, and universities.

According to the most recent data provided by CoinMarketCap, Ripple is presently being traded at $0.3175, ranking second by market capitalization.

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Was November the Last Big Bitcoin Sell-Off? Trader Expects Slow Grind in 2019

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By CCN.com: According to a trader and crypto technical analyst, November 2018 may have been the last sell-off of Bitcoin and a long consolidation period is expected throughout 2019.

Since experiencing a steep 13 percent drop on January 10 from $4,036 to $3,502, the Bitcoin price has been relatively stable in a tight range in mid-$3,000.

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What Does Low Volatility Mean For Bitcoin?

While it seems as if the price of Bitcoin has been volatile throughout the past two weeks, the volatility of the dominant cryptocurrency occurred in a tight range between $3,500 to $4,000.

No major movements below or above key support and resistance levels were recorded, preventing any meaningful short-term price movement.

One trader said that if the trend of relatively low volatility in a tight low price range continues, the sideways action of Bitcoin will extend throughout the year, resulting in a long consolidation period.

“The longer this sideways action takes place the more I think the bottom is in. November was one of the worst monthly candles in history. It’s very possible that was the last of the major selling and now we’ll have a consolidation period that lasts most of 2019,” the trader said.

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The trader is predicting bitcoin to trade sideways through much of 2019. Pic: Shutterstock.

On Sunday, Bitcoin recorded a six percent drop against the U.S. dollar in a 24-hour period from $3,700 to $3,470. The asset has since recovered above the $3,500 mark and based on the performance of the asset in the last 48 hours, Bitcoin is expected to demonstrate stability throughout the week.

Hsaka, a cryptocurrency analyst, said:

Inside Bar; Low that was taken out (3480) holding as support; Continue leaning neutral here, can’t short HTF support, will wait for a break (even moreso when confluent with that CME gap).

A slow grind upwards in the first two quarters of 2019 could allow Bitcoin to establish a proper bottom and a mid-term trend reversal. If the price of asset recovers quickly in a short time period, as seen in the major sell-off of cryptocurrencies in November 2018, it can leave the asset class vulnerable to a large short-term correction.

With events that are considered as catalysts to fuel the momentum of Bitcoin in the first two quarters of this year including Bakkt and Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) far from being materialized due to the shutdown of the U.S. government, it has become more likely for the cryptocurrency market to demonstrate a low level of volatility in the upcoming months.

How About Alternative Crypto Assets?

Historically, alternative crypto assets, especially low market cap cryptocurrencies, have tended to perform strongly against Bitcoin when the asset is in a sideways market.

However, as seen in the performance of tokens and other major crypto assets in the past 48 hours, the stability in Bitcoin is unlikely to trigger short-term rallies for assets with lower volumes and valuations due to the current conditions of the market.

Some analysts believe November to have been the last sell-off for Bitcoin and expect a several-month-long consolidation period to occur.

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Dow Futures Prep for Opening Bell Plunge as Bitcoin Price Turns Volatile

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By CCN.com: The US stock market returns to action this morning following Monday’s holiday break, and the Dow is gearing up for a triple-digit loss at the opening bell. The bitcoin price, meanwhile, experienced a jolt of volatility ahead of the US trading session to break out of what had previously been a relatively calm day for the cryptocurrency market.

Dow Futures See Triple-Digit Pullback

As of 8:29 am ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures had declined by 144 points or 0.58 percent, implying an opening-bell loss of 135.35 points. The broad S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq also steeled themselves for losses at the open, with futures for the two indices down 0.60 percent and 0.68 percent, respectively.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average (blue), S&P 500 (red), and Nasdaq (orange) futures declined on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the week’s opening bell.

With the US stock market closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, futures trading had nevertheless portended Tuesday declines. As CCN reported, China published its official GDP growth statistics for 2018, which showed that the world’s second-largest economy had expanded at its slowest pace in 28 years.

That data emboldened US President Donald Trump, who implored China to “stop playing around” and “finally do a Real Deal” that would end the ongoing US-China trade war.

“China posts slowest economic numbers since 1990 due to U.S. trade tensions and new policies,” the president tweeted on Tuesday. “Makes so much sense for China to finally do a Real Deal, and stop playing around!”

Hu Xijin, the editor of the China-based Global Times, responded to that tweet with a warning that Beijing won’t sign an “unequal deal,” even if the country experienced negative economic growth.

“China has hoped to reach a reasonable trade deal with the US. When China’s GDP grew at double digit rate, we wished China-US relations go well. But if the US forces China to sign an unequal deal, Beijing won ‘t yield even it is a negative growth, let alone 6.6%.”

Meanwhile, the March 1 end to the US-China tariff truce continues to inch closer, placing more pressure on the two economic superpowers to find common ground.

Bitcoin Price Turns Volatile on Tuesday

Though not on a holiday itself, the cryptocurrency market had been relatively calm on Monday following Sunday’s moderate pullback. This morning, though, bitcoin and its would-be peers have begun to regain a bit of their characteristic volatility.

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A relatively calm bitcoin price broke out of its slumber on Tuesday, at least for five minutes.

After range-trading between $3,550 and $3,500 for most of the day, the bitcoin price took a sudden drop shortly before 11:40 UTC, slipping as low as $3,401 before recovering above $3,520 in a whipsaw movement that took less than five minutes. As of the time of writing, the bitcoin price sat at $3,557 on Bitstamp, about $33 below its intraday high of $3,590.

Day-over-day movements were relatively muted throughout the wider cryptocurrency market. The ripple price (XRP) declined by 1.22 percent to a global average of $0.317, while ethereum, bitcoin cash, EOS, litecoin, and bitcoin sv all moved by less than 1 percent. Stellar, whose price often moves in tandem with ripple, declined 1.33 percent to $0.102, and tron outperformed the index with a 4.51 percent jump to $0.026 that was likely connected to the announcement that TRX holders would earn an airdrop when the new BitTorrent cryptocurrency arrives.

Altogether, the cryptocurrency market cap — which measures the aggregate valuations of all cryptocurrencies — stands at $119.7 billion, representing a 24-hour increase of around $100 million.

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