According to a recent report by Global Market Insights, the blockchain market in the Asian Pacific region has seen significant progressed, thanks to the upsurge in the number of investments in blockchain-based firms. The report also made revelations that the market is expected to hit over 16 billion US dollars in the next few years, likely by 2025.
Back in 2016, the number of investments that were made in blockchain-based startups (including Ripple as it got in the game in 2013) was approximately over 130 deals. At the time, those deals brought over 545 million US dollars to the market, laying a good foundation for the market to grow by over 50 percent the following year, which saw the market gaining over 1 billion US dollars from such deals.
The increase in funds is a sign of the acceptance and continuous development of new technologies, that strive to retain and grow the number of investors in the blockchain. As a result of this, blockchain technology continues to witness a significant increase in adoption, even from traditional industries. Take the fruity relationships of Ripple (XRP) with giant financial institutions such as Banco Santander, for example.
One of the products that are keen not to be left behind in the front of innovation is the Digital Ledger Technology, which has been experiencing large growths in adoption levels. This does include not only large firms but also some of the upcoming SMEs in the world of business. Some of the giant companies that are embracing digital ledger technology into their operations include IBM, Amazon, Abra, Microsoft, Earthport, Blockstream, Asta Salotions, Bacoor, Coinbase, Blockstream, Bloq, Digital Asset Holding, BTL Group, Chain, SAP, BitSE, R3, and Ripple among many other companies.
Invoice financing is a well-known business function in both small and medium companies that are in burning need of cash. For those who might not be aware, invoice financing is the process that involves businesses trading off their invoices to third-party financers in exchange for instant funds. These invoices are traded off to financers at discounted figures which allows them to later cash with the debtors to get the full amount. It has been a different idea from Ripple blockchain as of now, but a good one, we must agree.
For example, a person who is running their business is supposed to be paid 15,000 US dollars from its debtors, but the date of payment is about a month away, but the person urgently needs cash to purchase a new machine. The person can sell off the 15,000 US dollars’ worth of invoices to a financer to get an instant 10,000 US dollars in cash. The financer can later claim the entire sum of 15,000 US dollars from the debtor creating a win-win situation for both parties. Invoice financing is big in the European Union and the US but is steadily growing in the Asian Pacific region.
Singapore Authorities Considering Ripple Blockchain-based Invoice Trading Platform
Throughout the world, blockchain technology is making data management more efficient while ensuring security and interoperability is core in their operations. Governments of countries such as Singapore are making headways in adopting this new technology by making numerous policy changes and initiatives to gain a better understanding of blockchain technology and to benefit from it maximally.
In Singapore, DBS Bank, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and Standard Chartered Bank developed a proof of concept for their blockchain-based invoice trading platform. The platform uses distributed ledger technology of Ripple (XRP) to support the project for tracking invoices, reducing invoice duplication risks, backing loans to suppliers while maintaining the confidentiality of their customers.
Subsequently, the authority intends to develop a platform that will allow banks and financial institutions to convert invoices into virtual assets on a distributed ledger (of course on Ripple blockchain). Considering that participants are allocated a cryptographic identity, privacy is maintained, while the information concerning the status of the invoices seeking funds is accessible to all concerned users.
The Ripple-based project by Singapore authorities, which is yet to be given a name is predicted to be an open ecosystem that is going to allow neutral third parties to participate and verify the legitimacy of a trade document being financed.
Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on July 17, 2019
Cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP/USD) is trading at 0.3162. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend on Ripple. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the middle border of the Bollinger Bands indicator.
Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on July 17, 2019
As part of the forecast Ripple course is expected to test the level of 0.3270. Where should we expect an attempt to continue the fall of XRP/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 0.2620. The conservative area for Ripple sales is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at 0.3450.
Cancellation of the option to continue the decline in the Ripple rate will be a breakdown of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands. As well as the moving average with a period of 55 and the closing of quotations of the pair above the 0.3620 area. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for XRP/USD. In case of a breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, one should expect an acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on July 17, 2019 implies a test level of 0.3270. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 0.2620. The conservative area for selling Ripple is located area of 0.3450. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will be a breakdown of the level of 0.3620. In this case, we should expect continued growth.
Ripple price analysis: XRP/USD defends falling wedge support; breakout still lingers
- The bear pressure further pushed Ripple below $0.29 before forming lower support at $0.28.
- “I agree that crypto isn’t likely to replace fiat currencies,” Garlinghouse.
Ripple continued to press against key support areas yesterday. The downside momentum was augmented by the broad-based selling pressure in the market. As discussed yesterday, the upside was capped at $0.32 while XRP/USD sustained above $0.30. However, the bear pressure further pushed Ripple below $0.29 before forming lower support at $0.28.
The debate surrounding Facebook’s Libra project has seen the CEO of Ripple Brad Garlinghouse advise the crypto industry to work hand in hand with regulators to guarantee success. In a series of tweets, Garlinghouse said that it unlikely that crypto will take the place of fiat currencies in the financial economy.
“I agree that crypto isn’t likely to replace fiat currencies – I have been very vocal that crypto isn’t likely to disrupt the US dollar and other G20 currencies in my lifetime,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, XRP has recovered stepping above $0.3 as the bull’s push towards the falling wedge pattern breakout. Although movement north is still hampered by the selling pressure, XRP/USD has a positive technical picture as seen on the 2-h chart.
Also Read: Cryptocurrencies are not substitutes for fiat currencies – Brad Garlinghouse
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is currently horizontal at 46 following a recovery from the levels at 30. At the same time, the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is stuck in the negative side but moving sideways at -0.004 in addition to having an inclination to the upside.
BTC/USD 2-h chart source
Has #XRPArmy Turned Against Ripple? Not Really
XRP’s recent drop below the $0.30 level was a major test for Ripple’s Twitter army, but they won’t abjure their allegiance
Tiffany Hayden, one of the most vocal members of the XRP army, has been suspected of becoming a non-believer after questioning the strength of the Ripple network.
That conveniently coincided with the XRP price nose-diving below the $0.30 mark due to the continuous market sell-off.
Everyone who keeps tabs on crypto Twitter has hardly seen any negative comments about Ripple posted by Hayden. However, she recently assumed that the network wouldn’t last much longer if Ripple shuttered that night.
There were legitimate reasons to believe that this might be the case given the painful experience of Stellar, which is considered to be Ripple’s direct competitor.
However, despite these concerns, Hayden made it absolutely clear she hasn’t lost her faith in XRP, claiming that she would rather sell a kidney than her bags of Ripple’s native token.
She later clarified that the kidney wouldn’t be her own (hopefully, she was joking).
Notably, Ripple’s XRP turned out to be one of the best-performing currencies during the recent sell-off, clinging onto the $0.30 price tag.
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Still, its underwhelming overall performance in 2019 made many XRP investors reconsider their loyalty.