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Japanese Financial Giant SBI Group to Offer Shareholders’ Year-End Benefit in XRP

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XRP is gaining more traction in Japan, with SBI Group now offering benefits in the cryptocurrency
Tokyo-based SBI Group will offer its shareholders their year-end benefit in the XRP cryptocurrency, according to a March 12 announcement.

In such a way, the Japanese financial behemoth wants to show appreciation to investors for their “continued support.”

Those who hold at least 100 shares of SBI Group will be able to get 2,500 yen ($23) worth of XRP. The exact amount of tokens will be determined based on their price on June 30.

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The deadline for applying for these benefits will fall on May 31.

SBI Group is known as a long-time partner and one of the strongest supporters of XRP-affiliated company Ripple.

It first allowed its shareholders to receive XRP as a benefit in January 2020.

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XLM May Get in Trouble If XRP Deemed a Security: XRP Researcher

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A researcher from the XRP community believes that XLM and Stellar may get in trouble should the SEC deem XRP a security

Researcher Leonidaz Hadjiloizou has posted a tweet, in which is asks the opinion of the XRP community about which side in the Ripple-SEC legal battle the company’s co-founder and former CTO Jed McCaleb would take, if he were to do it.

According to Hadjiloizou, should the SEC win and XRP is deemed a security, then Jed and his company Stellar which he created as a rival to Ripple will be in for hard times. If the court rules that XRP is a security, then McCaleb broke the law by selling these potentially unregistered securities – 9 billion of them that he received from Ripple as compensation as part of the Settlement Agreement.

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Besides, Hadjiloizou says that if XRP is announced a security, then the native token of Jed’s Stellar, XLM, may also get in trouble and, perhaps, face similar accusations.

So far, no legal action has been filed by the SEC against Jed McCaleb, even though he co-founded Ripple Labs together with Chris Larsen. The latter and the CEO Brad Garlinghouse, along with Ripple Labs, are the defendants in this legal case of the SEC against Ripple.

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Jed has been selling his 9 billion XRP in parts, however, he has not sold any coins since September 1.

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Ripple Shifts 33.8 Million to Huobi in Past 2 Weeks, After Allocating 100 Million XRP for It

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Ripple fintech firm has sent almost 40 million XRP to Huobi since October began from the 100 million allocated for it in the first place

Data provided by the analytics platform Bithomp that works with XRP transactions, over the past eighteen days, Ripple distributed ledger tech provider has shifted 33,805,080 XRP to the major digital exchange Huobi.

One third of Ripple’s 100 million XRP shifted to Huobi

This amount of crypto equals to $38,790,225. The size of weekly transactions has been changing since September 29, when Ripple allocated a whopping 100 million XRP lump to be sent to Huobi in regular transfers – it started as 1,542,780 XRP, continued as 2,309,580. So far, Ripple is moving 1,911,150 XRP lumps to Huobi.

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The exchange has recently announced its withdrawal from mainland China and by December 31 it plans to stop crypto trading against CNY.

XRP becomes number one choice for UK retail investors

At the time of writing, the sixth largest cryptocurrency, XRP, is changing hands at $1.15, showing a mild rise of 2.54 percent, as per the data provided by CoinMarketCap.

As reported by U.Today earlier, a recent report by a leading trading platform eToro stated that the majority of retail crypto investors in the UK now prefer XRP as their top asset. Cardano’s ADA is the second favorite.

Ripple Labs has recently joined the Digital Pound Foundation to help UK authorities work the CBDC they are developing – digital pound sterling.

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XRP is UK’s most popular crypto as analyst expect massive gains

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  • In a recent report by the eToro trading platform, XRP emerged as the most popular cryptocurrency in Q3 2021.
  • Ripple has partnered with Digital Pound Foundation to support the creation of the UK’s central bank digital currency, the “Digital Pound Sterling.”
  • Analysts are bullish on XRP price, predicting a big move in altcoin within the next two days.

In the third quarter of this year, XRP became the number one cryptocurrency in the UK, according to social trading platform eToro. XRP holders are bullish on the proceedings in the SEC v. Ripple case. 

Analysts predict a big move in XRP, bullish on the new partnerships

eToro, the social trading platform, recently revealed that XRP is UK’s most popular cryptocurrency, followed by Cardano (ADA). Crypto traders in the UK have put more funds in XRP than any other crypto in Q3 2021. 

The year-on-year increase in XRP price is over 100%; despite higher gains in Bitcoin and Ethereum, traders held on to XRP for its volatility and risk-adjusted returns. 

Interestingly, XRP has witnessed a spike in retail and institutional adoption over the past few months. Ripple collaborated with the Digital Pound Foundation and prepared to work in line with the firm’s objectives to work with global banks and resolve issues related to CBDC development. 

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XRP is engaging with centralized institutions for the development of CBDCs. After announcing its partnership with Bhutan’s Monetary Authority, Ripple works with the UK’s central bank for the “Digital Pound Sterling.”

Ripple has positioned itself to be a bridge in CBDC development. Nearly 80% of central banks are currently exploring CBDC development, and the Ripple network’s engagement with centralized institutions is expected to boost XRP’s utility. 

The world’s sixth-largest cryptocurrency started at $0.22 in 2021 and hit a high of $1.9 in April before further correction. 

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Cryptocurrency analyst @Koolaid_crypto has predicted a big move in XRP price over the next two days. 

FXStreet analysts have evaluated the XRP price trend and predicted that the altcoin would skyrocket to $2 with a rise in trade volume. 

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