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Ripple and Stellar Decline on Monday as Competition Intensifies

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Ripple XRP and Stellar Lumens declined on Monday, as the crypto market’s weekend rally failed to have a lasting impact ahead of U.S. Tax Day.

From a purely price perspective, XRP and Lumens don’t have much in common. However, the future of cross-border payments will likely flow through one or both of these virtual currencies.

Ripple XRP

XRP moved back above $0.50 over the weekend, but momentum was sorely lacking as prices failed to extend beyond $0.51. The combination of higher volatility and declining trade volumes pushed XRP back down toward $0.4750 on Monday. Current values give Ripple has market cap of $19.1 billion.

At the time of writing, Ripple XRP was trading at $0.4840, where it was down 3% from the previous day. Trade volumes rose to $266.4 million from a low of around $250 million on Friday. More than one-third of XRP trades were quoted in South Korean won.

Stellar Lumens

Stellar’s Lumens were dragged lower on Monday by the general downtrend in the crypto markets. The coin bottomed at $0.1932 on volumes of $32.2 million. XLM has recovered to just below $0.20, having declined nearly 5% from the previous close.

XLM is quoted against the dollar for convenience only given that the currency is  mainly traded against other crypto assets. At the time of writing, Stellar traded at 0.000029 BTC and 000494 ETH.

XLM is capitalized at $3.7 billion, putting it in the no. 8 spot on the list of active cryptocurrencies.

The Battle for Cross-Border Supremacy

Ripple and XRP are the cream of the crop of digital assets that promise to streamline cross-border payments. Where they differ is in execution.

Whereas Ripple has become known as the banker’s cryptocurrency for its easy interplay with traditional finance, Stellar aims to go around the institutions and straight to the consumer. In terms of fiat-based cross-border transactions, Lumens essentially serves as a bridge between, say, the euro and U.S. dollar. (This also requires a steady supply of XLM in circulation for liquidity purposes).

Stellar is also looking to leverage advances in Lightning Network technology to improve long-term scalability and security. Stellar’s Lightning testnet launched at the beginning of April, with a beta version expected for October.

Ripple’s XRP protocol also enables it to be a bridge payment for international finance. While the company has announced dozens of high-stakes partnerships, including a Japanese consortium that represents 80% of the country’s banking assets, XRP uptake has been limited.

That said, Ripple’s business model has plenty of upside for the company itself, which could lead to a boost in XRP adoption over the long haul. In terms of payment corridors, the company isn’t targeting transactions like Euro-USD because they are already efficient. Rather, it plans to go after corridors like Euro-INR (Indian Rupee).

At the moment, Ripple has the clear advantage in terms of price point, market cap and industry partnerships. However, Lumens isn’t far behind. For crypto purists, it has the added advantage of being decentralized and a potential launchpad for ICOs.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Blockchain Goes Mobile: The First Crypto MVNO Announces Loyalty Rewards Program

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This week, Miracle Tele (blockchain based Mobile Virtual Network Operator / MVNO) announced the public launch of a loyalty rewards program which has been available to token-holders and investors since last October.

The rewards are distributed in the form of an exchangeable crypto token, compared to the non-fungible ‘points’ systems more commonly known (redeemable only for products created by the points distributor).

In this scenario, the customer is afforded full freedom with how they choose to spend their rewards. As far as this writer is aware, the scheme is the first of its type to be offered by any MVNO provider, although it wouldn’t be the first for an MNO.

MNOs and MVNOs

‘Mobile network operators’ (or MNOs) is the term used to describe most of the best known mobile network service providers, such as T-Mobile and O2.

MNOs are wireless cellular providers which possess whole ownership of all the necessary operational components required for the sale of mobile telecom services.

‘Mobile virtual network operators’ (or MVNOs) are companies that enter into a service agreement with the aforementioned MNOs in order to rent their services at a business or wholesale rate.

These companies subsequently apply their own business ideologies, as well as market offerings (unique service packages and value-lines) ideally to contribute to bringing a greater level of competition and choice in the mobile telecom marketplace.

Blockchain in the Mobile Space

Miracle Tele isn’t the first blockchain based company operating in the mobile phones area, and it most likely won’t be the last!

Last year, popular blockchain trading-game ‘Crypto Kitties’ hit the news yet again for being integrated into all factory-setting HTC U12+ devices (the flagship smartphone for the company in 2018).

It wouldn’t be the first time HTC has flirted with crypto either, like when they controversially sold that ‘HTC Exodus 1‘ phone exclusively in exchange for cryptocurrency.

Additional examples of blockchain-based product developers or service providers within the mobile space include providers of token wallets and mobile-apps for exchange. In addition to SBI-backed mobile payments token ‘S Coin’.

Blockchain MVNOs Viable?

There is very little competition of note that is bridging the gap between blockchain and MVNOs, suggesting that the companies we do see will be representative of whether such partnerships will build or bust in the following year(s).

For those interested in learning more about MVNOs in the blockchain space as well as / enjoying my prose, I recommend that you check out an article I wrote here at Hacked.com about how an underrated star in crypto (Electroneum) recently partnered with such a company, growing its portfolio of real-world use cases for p2p financial transaction in line with its mission statement.

Another company in the space, however with less legitimate coverage is one by the name of ‘YOVO’.

Disclaimer: The author owns small quantities of Bitcoin and Ethereum. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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GBP/USD Price Prediction: Bulls Reclaim 1.2900, Eyes Locked on Another Retest of 1.3000

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  • GBP/USD bulls pick up momentum to the upside, following generally positive tone to Theresa May’s Plan B statement.
  • Next upside targets for the bulls should they firmly breakdown 1.2900 again, will be the psychological 1.3000 mark.

GBP/USD throughout the session on Monday remained very much elevated. This came as market participants were somewhat maintaining an optimistic view. All of which heading into the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the House of Commons, on her Brexit plan b. Of course, this had to be drafted again, given her humiliating defeat at the vote last week, on the initial EU withdrawal plan.

Theresa May Plan B

In terms of her details this time round, she will be going back to Brussels, to seek some amendments to her initial agreement. This needs to be done in order to get a plan through another vote in the commons. Looking at some of the GBP bullish takeaways from this statement; she guaranteed rights for EU citizens at several angles, scraping the application fee EU nationals registering in Britain, discussing the backstop with the DUP this week.

To conclude, PM May appears keen in her language to ensure of a soft-Brexit, rather than one that is hard. All of which supported GBP in its push to session highs, at the time, briefly moving back above 1.2900. The price had given up this area on 18th January, when the bears were reversing the run observed on 17th, where GBP/USD touched to big psychological 1.3000 mark again.

Technical Review – GBP/USD

GBP/USD 60-minute chart. Near-term resistance eyed at 1.2900, with bulls locked in on a retest of 1.3000.

GBP/USD at the time of writing continues to trade around the 1.2900 territory. This price did see a brief period cooling, on touted profit-taking post the statement. Near-term resistance can be seen within this price region, but if convincingly broken down again, then there is decent upside potential. Aside from the supply observed here, there isn’t much in the way of the 1.3000 price region.

Given the renewed optimism around Brexit now, this has assisted in maintaining momentum to the upside for GBP. In terms of support to the downside, a strong area of demand should be noted at 1.2850-25 price region. As can be seen via the 60-minute chart view, this has supported the price since 15th January.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Rejected Again by Long-running Descending Trend Line

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  • BCH/USD bulls attempted moving above vital descending trend line capping upside; however , they were dealt another rejection.
  • A recent study suggest Bitcoin Cash is not using anywhere near its full block capacity.

 Bitcoin Cash Bulls Fails to Break Big Resistance

Bitcoin Cash price on Monday is trading in minor negative territory, nursing losses of just some 0.5%, at the time of writing. Over the past three sessions, BCH/USD has traded very closely to a descending trend line. The price continues to face rejection when attempting to break above the aforementioned line; however, the bulls do not have enough momentum. This trend line has been in play since 6th November, right at the start of the pick up in downside, at the back end of 2018.

While BCH/USD was confined below the above-mentioned resistance, it fell a chunky 88%. It had dropped from around $650, down to a low of $73.50 on 15th December. Given the current failure to press ahead and break above, the price once again could be knocked back south.

Bitcoin Cash Block Capacity Failure of Use

There is now 500 days’ worth of data to analyze the capacity of Bitcoin Cash when looking at its block size. A recent study conducted by LongHash suggests that the Bitcoin (BTC) blocks on average have been 30x larger than Bitcoin Cash.

Looking at the figures, in terms of Bitcoin Cash, the block size on average has reported to have been just 171 KB since the fork back in August 2017. In real terms, this represents just 2.1% of the total block capacity for BCH. On just one day there the BCH blocks have been more than half full. Back on 15th January 2018, the blocks were able to average 59% of their total capacity, as covered by the recent study.

The study from LongHash further goes on to say, that some will believe that the BCH blocks not nearing their full capacity is a potential positive sign. However, this can also be seen as a lack of interest in Bitcoin Cash, which is somewhat concerning. Most recently, over the past 30 days, the blocks of BCH have averaged just a small 34 KB, which is just around 3.7% of the roughly 923 KB blocks of Bitcoin over that same period.

Technical Review – BCH/USD

BCH/USD daily chart.

Keeping in mind the earlier described rejections for the price, eyes should now note the coming key areas support. Firstly, just ahead of the big psychological $100 mark, at $105, which is an important daily support. The price had last traded around this level between 6-10th December, as it sought comfort at the time, before resuming its move south. If this fails to hold, then a retest of the December low and 2018 low at $73.50 would likely be on the cards.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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