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Ripple’s XRP Journey to Overtake Bitcoin (BTC) Already Launched



Ripple’s XRP may be grinding lower at the time of writing. However, this digital asset has shown great potential to the extent that experts and analysts in the market see it becoming the king of cryptocurrencies by displacing Bitcoin (BTC). The digital asset is issued by the San Francisco-based blockchain company, Ripple. The company has for a while now been referred to as the “banker’s delight.”

Bankers across the globe have grown a liking and a preference for XRP. Ripple’s blockchain system provides an alternative to the traditional money transfer system, SWIFT. The banks are growing weary of SWIFT due to the high cost of international transfers coupled with the long time taken to process and complete transactions. What XRP offers the commercial banks and other payment institutions is the ability to send money across the border almost instantly and at a minimal cost as possible. These two factors save the banks money while the blockchain technology increases the transparency hence increasing customer trust.

While Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to be introduced, it has been faced with various challenges that have hindered it from competing with fiat systems like SWIFT. For instance, Bitcoin (BTC) takes about 10 minutes to process a block of transactions. Moreover, the transactions fees are not only high but also unstable; a feature that keeps banks and payment institutions at bay.

Bitcoin has been improved over the year to solve some of the above issues. However, for a large digital asset, it is not easy to carry out upgrades due to the large community. Upgrades in the protocol have always resulted in hard forks that rarely solve the challenges facing BTC. Therefore, the biggest question is, can Ripple’s XRP overtake Bitcoin and take over leadership in the market in terms of market capitalization?

The above question is not a straightforward but we will try to remain as factual as possible. The adoption of XRP across the world is immense. The company said in mid-2018 that it has control of more than half of India’s market. In addition to more than 100 partners registered with Ripple’s RippleNet. Recently, Ripple announced its entrance in the Middle East by setting up an operational base in the region’s economic hub, Dubai. Similarly, the company is currently courting the expansive Asian region. An executive of the company said earlier this week that Asia has a high appetite for XRP and both RippleNet and xRapid solutions.

What makes XRP tick?

Ripple boasts of the fact that its protocol has no forks. The digital asset is governed by a team of professionals within a professionally run company that has been registered and currently based in San Francisco, United States. Forks in the Bitcoin community are a hindrance to growth in terms of protocol upgrade and other related improvements. While most hard forks lead to the creation other assets, Bitcoin tends to get stuck with its challenges thereby limiting adoption. The business community is still struggling to accept BTC as a form of payment 10 years since the first Satoshi paper was published. This is continuously eroding both merchant and customer confidentiality in Bitcoin being a new currency system in the global economy.

What is stopping XRP?

The current 2nd largest digital asset, XRP has not been cleared from being a security token. Regulators have not made up their minds either to categorize the asset as a security or a cryptocurrency. This has for the longest time held XRP back, for example, the largest exchange in the U.S. Coinbase has not listed XRP as a tradable asset. If the asset can get cleared, XRP is likely to continue with its exponential growth to the point that it will surpass Bitcoin’s market capitalization. The introduction of an XRP ETF will be a huge boost as well.

Source:Crypto Recorder .

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Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on December 11, 2018



Cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP/USD) is trading at 0.3054. 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 December 11, 2018

As part of the forecast Ripple course is expected to test the level of 0.3150. 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 0.2650. The conservative Ripple sales area is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at 0.3180.

Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on December 11, 2018

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. As well as a moving average with a period of 55 and closing quotations of the pair above the 0.3400 area. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish XRP/USD. In the event 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 December 11, 2018implies a test level of 0.3150. Further, the continuation of falling to the area below the level of 0.2650 is expected. The conservative area for selling Ripple is located area of 0.3180. Cancellation of the option of falling cryptocurrency will be the breakdown level of 0.3400. In this case, we can expect continued growth.

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Ripple Says Industry Needs XRP and Cross-Border Payments Overhaul As New Report Shows Extreme Delays at Swift



Ripple says a new report on extended payment delays and errors on the traditional global payments network Swift paints a stark picture on the importance of crypto, blockchain and digital assets like XRP.

A new exposé from The Guardian tracks four stories of people and charities getting thousands of dollars stuck in cross-border payment flows executed through Swift.

According to the report, the acronym SWIFT (Society of Worldwide InterBank Financial Telecommunications) has often “proved to be a misnomer.”

Charity Payment Snaffu

“Elaine and Malcolm Thompson’s charity, St Paul’s Children’s Project, pays school fees and expenses for 36 orphans in Zambia. In October they made a payment using the Swift system of £11,000 from the charity’s Barclays account to its designated bank in Zambia, but it never arrived…

Family Transfer Lost

“Martin Finnegan* was told the £2,450 sent from his Nationwide account to his mother-in-law in Russia would take an estimated three days. Three months later it was still in transit, location unknown…

Account Transfer Delayed

“In June, Jane Collins* nearly lost the home she was buying after moving to Canada because the £54,000 deposit transferred from her Nationwide account went missing. It eventually arrived six weeks later. Nationwide blamed poor communications along the chain of banks…

Holiday Deposit Refunded

“Laura Fulcher waited five months for a £500 holiday deposit to reach her Ghanaian tour operator. It was eventually refunded after the Observer contacted her bank, TSB. It also repaid associated expenses and added interest and £50 in compensation for the ‘inconvenience’.”

Ripple’s global head of strategic accounts Marcus Treacher tweeted about the new report, saying it reveals the need for a global payments infrastructure upgrade to create an efficient “internet of value.”

Swift recently announced it’s working on a new payments API to reduce errors on the network.

The new system is not based on blockchain technology, which Swift has said is not ready for use in the mainstream.

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Push to Convince Elon Musk and Tesla to Adopt Bitcoin Triggers Debate on XRP, IOTA and Nano



A push to unite the cryptocurrency community by convincing entrepreneur Elon Musk to adopt Bitcoin quickly sparked a debate on the speed and viability of BTC, IOTA, XRP and Nano.

A post shot to the front page of r/cryptocurrency Sunday, calling on Bitcoin and crypto believers to persuade Elon Musk to add a Bitcoin wallet to each and every Tesla on the road and in production. The post touted Tesla’s power to bring cryptocurrency to the mainstream and give drivers a new way to pay for items directly from the comfort of their futuristic supercars.

The effort follows a similar campaign by the CEO of leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance, who challenged Musk to accept cryptocurrency for the purchase of Tesla vehicles back in October.

The response to the new post on Reddit quickly transformed into a debate on the viability of Bitcoin as a payment platform, especially in comparison to cryptocurrencies such as XRP, IOTA and Nano.

The debate mirrors the complexity of the crypto market as a whole, and the ongoing search for a digital asset that truly finds a way to become a widely adopted payment platform for the mainstream.

Here’s a look at some of the responses.

“Any car might benefit from an IOTA or Nano wallet for instant fuel purchases, but Bitcoin? Nah.” – throwawayLouisa

“Since we already know that crypto is not ready for the masses, then adding this wallet would seem to mean that either 1.) Its a feature that should remain unadvertised and only usable by people looking for it, or 2.) Tesla gets to deal with the backlash when people start loading money on it, thinking it’s a great and secure new form of a Visa gift card, but then can’t figure out where their money went after keeping their private key written down on a sticky note on the dashboard.” – eldroch

“I know of other, however less known coins (yes, looking at you, Nano, XRP and others). They could add other coins as well, but let’s start with the most logical Grandaddy and proceed from there onwards, shall we?”

“It’s not logical at all to use BTC fo this purpose, for it’s self-inflicted ‘store of value’ narrative. Unless each car is going to be on that all-encompasing totally working at scale Lightning Network?” – marxxy94

If this happens it should be IOTA or Nano IMO, fuck probably something out there I don’t even know about that would be perfect. 0conf BCH would even work really well in this case.” – LiamGaughan

“IOTA is especially built for IoT and those kind of usecases. VW will implement iota based systems early 2019 to have a decent audit trail for OTA update. They also already showed a system with a car equipped with IOTA wallet and are planning to start implementing those in the coming years as well.” – lambtho

Meanwhile Musk appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday to deliver a stern message to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which recently settled charges against Musk and Tesla, resulting in $40 million in penalties and Musk’s ouster as chairman. The message, that he does not trust the SEC, rang true to some in the world of crypto.

Source:The Daily Hodl

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