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Can Ripple (XRP) Save $16.5 Billion for Financial Institutions?

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Ripple being the third-best currency in the market, still makes up for one of the most talked-about currencies in the crypto community. Partially, this is the case due to the successful penetration of Ripple’s technology xRapid into the systems of various financial institutions across the globe.

Ripple claims that with xRapid, they will be saving over 16.5 billion dollars in fees that could be spent with better purpose. However, financial institutions like Western Union claim that they have yet to see if xRapid can indeed save the mentioned billions or at least millions in fees as Ripple originally claims.

Ripple Claims xRapid Able to Save Billions in Fees

In one of the latest insights shared with the crypto community, Ripple has stated that their foundation is able to save over 16 billion dollars with xRapid, stating that this is the amount that goes on paying for transaction fees while making global payments.

The team Ripple has stated in their release that the foundation is aiming at bringing something more constructive to the world rather than just providing a service of making fast global transactions.

That is how they mentioned the Internet of Value, making entering into the IoV as one of their main objectives.

The team reminded the community that their main goal was to offer a possibility to the world where “money can move like information”, which they succeeded thanks to the technology inspired by blockchain.

The second factor in establishing IoT is to enable transactions that cost “little to no fees” at all.

Ripple has further added that they have done an extensive research that proves that xRapid would be able to cut costs that are made in fees in oppose to the global remittance market.

In their research, the team has concluded that the global remittance payments are marked as one of the largest business today as the total number of the payments made globally sum up at the figure of 600 billion dollars per year.

The team has further added that the fees paid for the 600 billion dollars made with global payments come to a sum of around 30 billion dollars, with the World Bank stating that an average fee per payment on an annual basis would be 500$ when divided to end users.

Ripple has further stated that while observing the global remittance industry and trying to establish the Internet of Things, it is very important to consider enabling benefits for individual users while aiming at creating a global impact in the industry of finances and financial services.

That being said, Ripple has stated that in accordance with the research, they have concluded that the majority of users making global transactions are actually hardworking individuals working abroad and sending money to their families.

Because of them (the hardworking individuals), Ripple is aiming at cutting on fees with xRapid, that way saving billions in fees.

The team has stated that with xRapid, they would be able to save billions in the top remittance countries where increased activities revolving around global payment services are in bloom, meaning Mexico, China, Pakistan, Philippines, and India.

However, Western Union, which is one of the first financial service providers to have tested Ripple’s xRapid, claims despite the above-described research made by Ripple, that they have yet not seen any sign of savings when it comes to cutting fees with xRapid.

Ripple’s xRapid to Cut Fees: Western Union Waiting for Proof

It has been 6 months since Western Union started with testing of Ripple’s xRapid, however with the latest statement made by the CEO of Western Union, Hikmet Ersek, it’s been said that Ripple’s xRapid has not yet shown any signs of saving money on fees with their technology.

While the CEO clearly stated that they are still experimenting with xRapid, they have yet not witnessed any signs of the probability for the reduction of fees. Hikmet Ersek added that he is aware of the fact that Western Union is often criticized for not being cost-effective, adding that during the testing of xRapid they can claim the same for xRapid for now.

The statement goes directly against Ripple’s research that shortly explained the potential of xRapid in the matter of saving billions of dollars in fees that go for remittance payments.

Western Union, as previously stated, will only accept xRapid for their payment services in case xRapid would be able to cut on expenses and make their payment system more cost-efficient.

In defense of Ripple and xRapid, the CEO of Western Union added that it is still too early to claim with certainty that xRapid isn’t working on cutting fees with global payment, so Hikmet Ersek added that they have yet to see the true potential of Ripple’s technology, which most certainly brought relief to Ripple foundation.

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MicroBitcoin Blockchain Community and Korea Association of Care Workers (KACW) Partner to Expand for Users

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MicroBitcoin Signs An Exclusive Contract With The Korea Association Of Care Workers (KACW) To Expand Its Usability To 1.5M Users

The MicroBitcoin Open Source Community has announced that it has signed a contract with Korea Association of Care Workers (KACW) to adapt the MicroBitcoin blockchain networkprotocol.

The contract entails 1.5 million care workers who are certified to download and use the MicroBitcoin Wallet and make payments using MicroBitcoin which will be available via their care portal that handles all long-term care with about 6,000 sanatoriums.

Furthermore, fees for agents and store purchases from the KACW portal will be payable in MicroBitcoin.

The trilateral contract was made between the MicroBitcoin Open Source Community, the Korea Association of Care Workers, and a technology consultant – Bluequotient.

In the KACW ecosystem, MicroBitcoin will be available to their 1.5million certified care workers, 25,000 care portals, around 12,000 sanatoriums, Smart New Media Press Association, Korean Beauty Federation Association, Professional Economic Person Societies, Korea internet newspaper broadcasting association, Korea Care News and more.

As a step towards MicroBitcoin’s use in the real economy, it’s expected to be a use case that improves the rights and interests of Korean care workers and services which will run transparently by adapting blockchain technology for the welfare of the aged population in Korea, which is becoming an aging society, said MicroBitcoin Open Source Community.

MicroBitcoin is a Bitcoin hard fork cryptocurrency and has recently been listed on an international cryptocurrency exchange, ‘BitOnBay’, ranked in 40th with worldwide exchange volume for the first time on September 20, 2018.

Source:bitcoinexchangeguide

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Winklevoss-Led Cryptocurrency Exchange Gemini Eyes UK Expansion: Report

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Gemini, the U.S. cryptocurrency exchange founded by bitcoin billionaires Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, is rumored to be eyeing an expansion into the United Kingdom.

Gemini Plots Transatlantic Expansion

Citing two sources close to the process, the Financial Times reports that the New York-based exchange operator has hired advisors regarding a move into Britain and may soon submit an application to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for regulatory authorization to open an exchange in the country under the agency’s e-money licensing program.

Gemini has not confirmed the report, telling FT that it has “no immediate plans” but is evaluating opportunities to increase its global presence.

“Gemini continues to explore potential jurisdictions around the globe to provide a best-in-class digital asset exchange and custodian which will enable growth and infrastructure to the entire digital asset community,” FT cited the exchange operator as saying. “Although we have no immediate plans, we . . . will always evaluate opportunities that allow the global economy to buy, sell and store digital assets in a regulated, secure and compliant manner.”

In March, San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange giant Coinbase received such an e-money license from the FCA, authorizing it to provide payment and electronic money services to customers in the U.K. and 23 other European Union countries. Coinbase UK customers can currently trade GBP against BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, and ETC.

Gemini currently ranks as the world’s 61st-largest cryptocurrency exchange, according to CoinMarketCap, with a 24-hour volume of about $12 million and a 30-day volume of nearly $750 million. Binance, the highest-volume exchange, averages more than $1 billion in daily volume.

Recently, the exchange launched a fully-collateralized, USD-pegged cryptocurrency called the Gemini dollar (GUSD).

U.K. Lawmakers  Call for End to ‘Wild West’ Crypto Markets

Earlier this month, FCA chief Andrew Bailey said that regulators need to take a balanced approach on cryptocurrency, mitigating risks and maintaining consumer protections while also leaving sufficient room for innovation. Lawmakers, though, have been more critical of the nascent industry, alleging that regulators need to cease with the “feeble warnings” and regulate the “Wild West” cryptocurrency markets.

Increased regulation would likely not be a major hurdle for Gemini, though, as the exchange is already one of the few cryptocurrency companies to receive a charter authorizing them to operate in New York under the state’s rigorous BitLicense framework. The firm has also partnered with Nasdaq to police its markets for illegal trading activities using the stock exchange giant’s market surveillance technology.

According to a recent survey, 30 percent of London residents plan to invest in cryptocurrency assets, compared to 13 percent of the national average. A previous survey found that 27 percent of male millennials living in the U.K. consider bitcoin a better investment than real estate.

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Bitcoin Investors, Here’s 6 Crypto Analysis Tools All Traders Should Have in Portfolio

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Taking A Look At A Few Improved Crypto Analysis Tool

Remember the days when cryptocurrency analysis sites were nothing more than a fancy excel sheet. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Although Coinmarketcap is still the clear leader in the space by a big margin, it has competition now. The interesting thing is that most of these platforms aren’t simply aspiring to be CMC knock-offs, they’re providing fresh tools for grasping the complexities of the ever-evolving crypto-economy.

Let us take a look at 5 new blockchain explorers and crypto monitoring sites that have made notable progress in the near past.

Onchainfx

Let us start off with the popular new tool Onchainfx. A few weeks back, they added a Breakeven Multiple columns, showing how many times your altcoin collection needs to double to reach its previous all-time high. In the case of Zclassic, 70x is what it takes for bagholders who bought at the ATH to break even. Its latest addition is more elaborate, however, and infinitely more useful. It’s now possible to mark fundamental events on charts using Onchainfx, allowing observers to correlate market movements with actions. If you’re looking to understand why an asset boomed or dumped, from mining reward halvings to chain splits, Onchainfx’ new feature aims to capture it.

Blockchair

Blockchair was already an established analysis tool for BCH, BTC, ETH, and LTC for over a couple of months now. It has now expanded, adding an Omni layer protocol for keeping tabs on Tether transactions, and a Wormhole layer for monitoring activity on the new Bitcoin Cash token and smart contract protocol. As if that wasn’t enough, Blockchair has added the ability to generate printable receipts for BCH, BTC, and LTC transactions. Simply navigate to your transaction using the blockchain explorer and click “PDF receipt”.

NFT Marketcap

This analysis tool can be called as a Coinmarketcap for non-fungible tokens. Having only launched this week, it’s still rudimentary but has the potential to evolve into something greater. Meantime, anyone interested in checking up on the status of their favorite ERC721 marketplace should head to Nonfungible.com, which enables tracking and trading of everything from Decentraland to Cryptokitties. Statistics detail the number of tokens traded over the past 24 hours, their average value, and the number of active users.

Blockmodo And Coinratecap

For people seeking a Coinmarketcap with added peculiarities, Blockmodo and Coinratecap both have use cases. Blockmodo adds in social, video, and community data, presenting a more holistic picture of how the markets are performing and why. Coinratecap, meanwhile, provides real-time price updates and also adds a handy list of the top 100 crypto exchanges.

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