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“It’s basically like a Bitcoin but for like banks or something right?”

The above statement is generally the extent of how much many cryptocurrency investors know about Ripple. For having the third highest market cap, many people still know surprisingly little about Ripple XRP or the potentially industry-shaking business that is Ripple.

If you find yourself in this category, don’t fret. You’re not alone, nor is understanding what Ripple does too far out of reach.

When it comes to exciting cryptocurrencies, the average investor is usually drawn to volatility. A sudden atmospheric surge in price for a random altcoin usually makes headlines, regardless of how viable an investment target that coin is.

Whereas some coins such as Monero and NEO multiplied in price, Ripple stayed relatively quiet. It still held onto being in the top 5 most popular coins, but it was just not exciting to watch. This led a lot of people to forget, or otherwise neglect to understand, what Ripple is trying to accomplish.

The opportunity Ripple is trying to seize is based on the inefficiency of the current global payment industry. The world sends roughly $155 trillion across borders, and this $155,000,000,000,000 (that’s a lot of zeros) is chipped away at with high fees and lengthy processing times. If you’ve seen a chunk of your payment from an international client go missing to fees, multiply that to an almost incomprehensible amount of money.

October Growth

The recent and unexpected spike in price signaled a bull-run in a time where altcoins were generally down double-digit percentages.

The reason XRP saw some growth in October is largely due to the belief that Ripple is going to make a big announcement at their upcoming conference in Toronto called “Swell”. Traders are buying into XRP with the hope that the price will continue to grow after the conference. If anything, this should be a red flag. Anticipation has already been built into the current price, and if the conference is underwhelming, we’ll likely see a drop in price.

Other than the conference, Ripple has been expanding into Asia by opening offices in India and Singapore. Additionally, Ripple announced that RippleNet (their enterprise blockchain network) added its 100th member.

Is Ripple a Good Investment Target?

And so we arrive at the point that any keen investor has been asking themselves since the beginning of the article.

It’s important to emphasize that I am only providing you with information to help your decision and not financial advice.

In a recent AMA on Quora Sessions, the CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, touched on why one should invest in Ripple:

“First a clarification on the question: Ripple is a private, cash flow positive company and we don’t have any plans to raise additional capital

As a general rule I try not to give investment advice, but I’m happy to give a summary of what drives Ripple’s and XRP’s value. Ripple is focused on enabling a global network of financial institutions to use our software to create what we call the the Internet of Value. Our goal is to lower the marginal cost of international payments to the point where money can move as easily as information does today.

As the network grows and adoption of Ripple’s products increases, the value of Ripple should grow as well.

As this occurs, the demand for XRP will increase and markets will reflect that.”

That being said, while Ripple is attempting to tackle an enormous problem and is perhaps the best-suited company to do so, there are some major drawbacks (in my humble opinion) investing in it for the long-term.

The Cons

  1. Ripple (XRP) is not decentralized. Ripple, the holding company, owns about 61% or $16 billion worth of all the XRP. This means that they can release their XRP to have some control on prices. Since they have an enormous holding supply, this would only make the price go down unless they choose to buy XRP tokens back, which they haven’t shown any intentions to do.
  2. Ripple is all about low payment fees. That’s their edge over the current global payment system. It’s not in their best interest for XRP tokens to be worth a lot since that would increase the cost per transaction. Bad news if you’re looking for massive gains.
  3. There are 38,600,451,446 XRP in circulation, with a market cap of $9,983,659,362. There is also currently a maximum supply set of 100,000,000,000 XRP. The sheer supply curbs the growth potential. We’re likely not going to see a single XRP token follow a similar growth pattern of a NEO token (currently trading at $29.51).

The Pros:

  1. Ripple is one of the few companies in the cryptocurrency world that is making money and is working with actual clients. It’s pretty much an anomaly in a market full of tokens with only a whitepaper to their name.
  2. The global payments industry is worth trillions.
  3. The reason many big banks will have a lot of difficulty making their own Ripple spin-off is because they’re inherently self-serving and centralized. For example, Banko Alex has no incentive to adopt the primary usage of a Banko Moskov coin. These banks are stuck in a conundrum in having to create a decentralized coin while still maintaining control. Ripple serves as an objective third party intermediary that has only one primary objective: to facilitate global payments and earn revenue in doing so.

Final Thoughts

For me, Ripple has always been an interesting coin to watch. My interest is largely fueled by a frustration with the archaic global payments industry, and that aligns me with Ripple’s opportunity.

A few questions you should be able to answer prior to investing in any cryptocurrency include:

  • What problems are they solving?
  • Are they building something useful?
  • What is their industry like (size, competitors, etc)?
  • Do they have a competitive edge?
  • What’s their founding team’s experience?
  • How many tokens are released, or plan to release in the future?

If you’re interested in Ripple, I highly recommend following their three-day conference Swell. Two of their keynote speakers include Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. There’s a reason so many people are awaiting the conference with anticipation, and it’s largely to hear what these two speakers think about the current state of Ripple and the blockchain world.

I also recommend checking out how Brad Garlinghouse (CEO of Ripple) answered a variety of questions pertaining to Ripple as a company and its growth potential. The full series can be found here.

As far as investing, that decision is up to you. Either way, Ripple will be an interesting story to follow.

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    October 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    The recent ICO ChainLink is a pretty big competitor to Ripple. I would suggest looking into them. ChainLink won the Innotribe Industry Challenge 2016 and are working with SWIFT to produce a Proof of Concept (PoC) that will be demonstrated live at SIBOS (SWIFT’s annual conference) which starts next week on the 16th. I am invested in both but will probably invest more into LINK.

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Crypto Markets: Bloodied But Not Broken

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As legend has it, prize fighter Jake Lamotta returns to his corner at the end of round four of one of his early boxing matches with blood all over and his face was a mess.  Trying his best, his trainer tells Jake, you’re doing great kid, they haven’t laid a glove on you. To which Lamotta replies, well you better keep an eye on the referee because somebody is beating the crap out of me.

Lately, those of us who have a passion for the world of cryptocurrencies are feeling that somebody is beating the crap out of us. Trouble is, it is hard to figure out why.  Just as we are about to land a punch with the SEC declaring that bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities, ditto that for ICOs that do not convey an equity interest in the issuer, whamo prices drop to 2018 lows.  

The Other Side Of The Coin

We read of the recent hack of a tiny South Korean crypto exchange and pundits blame this for helping to push prices lower.  However, the market seemed to completely ignore this week’s progress in the Mt. Gox litigation. There is actually a decent prospect that investors that held $450 million in bitcoin at 2014 prices will be compensated in nitcoin.  If my arithmetic is working right, this is good news considering the 2014 Blbitcoin price was less than $2.00.

Institutionalizing Crypto

While most eyes last week were fixated on falling prices, exchange giant Coinbase let it be known that it was preparing a crypto custody service.  This may appear as a boring administrative step but that is hardly the case. This move is being heralded as the final step in opening crypto to institutional buyers.

Before Coinbase’s solution the problem has been that, despite the highly secure nature of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the wallets where they are stored are a regular target for hackers.

For investors, making cryptos more accessible to institutional investors is every bit as important as adding retail merchants that accept crypto for goods and services.  

Finding Crypto Support From Unexpected Places

Last Friday various media outlets point out how The U.S. Supreme Court mentioned bitcoin and cryptocurrency while issuing a ruling on a seemingly unrelated case. Here is what the U.S. Supreme Court had to say on June 21st in the case of Wisconsin Central LTD v. United States:

“What we view as money has changed over time. Cowrie shells once were such a medium but no longer are, our currency originally included gold coins and bullion, but, after 1934, gold could not be used as a medium of exchange, perhaps one day employees will be paid in Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency.”

In spite of the current oversupply of naysayers, the legacy of crypto is increasing daily. Now even the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is collecting and publishing prices of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. A year ago at this time, such a notion would have been absurd.    

Suspension Of Efficient Market Thinking

For those who have been kind to follow these ramblings know that I am a big believer in the theory of efficient markets.  The key to this theory is that people have all the available information about a particular investment asset and act upon is rationally.  Of course, this is not to say that everybody reads the information in the same way. That is what makes for buyers and sellers.

Lately, there has been a complete suspension of an efficient market for crypto. All coins and tokens have been dumped without regard for fundamentally positive events, some of which we mentioned above.  Since the vast majority of crypto is owned by individuals, the wisdom of the crowd (or in this case mob) psychology prevails. The last time this was the case it was bitcoin alone that lost some 80% of it’s value starting late in 2013.  But that took more than a year to play out. Since the infamous $19,000+ peak, bitcoin has lost 68% so history is getting close to repeating itself.

It may also be a sign that a bottom in prices may be getting closer. The values are clearly there to be had. Now if only those of us who have a longer term view can find other who share a similar view.

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Cryptocurrency Market Update: Correction Deepens as Coin Values Approach 2018 Lows

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The cryptocurrency market approached its lowest level of the year Saturday in a continuation of yesterday’s flash crash that wiped more than $30 billion off coin values.

Market Update

Cryptocurrencies saw their combined market capitalization plunge to a low of $250.6 billion late Friday, according to CoinMarketCap. With the decline, coin values came within $2 billion of their bear-market low for the year.

At the time of writing, the total market cap was $255.9 billion on trade volumes of nearly $14 billion.

It became apparent early Saturday that bitcoin and Ethereum had found support near their Friday swing lows. Both coins are down less than 1% compared to 24 hours earlier.

Bitcoin touched a new yearly low of $5,938 on Saturday but has since consolidated above $6,100 on major exchanges. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap suffered a major reversal on Friday after failing to breach the all-important $6,800 threshold. The coin quickly broke down below $6,500 and has since tested multiple new lows. In terms of immediate support, BTC/USD is now eyeing $5,850.

Ethereum prices bottomed at $450.34 on Saturday, their lowest since mid-April. Ether values were last seen hovering around $470.

Elsewhere in the top-ten, EOS was down another 5% compared to yesterday and was last seen trading at $8.33. The EOS network is battling through a PR nightmare amid multiple delays and controversies.

Bottoming Process Continues

There doesn’t appear to be an immediate catalyst for the latest selloff. As Hacked reported earlier, attributing the declines to the Bithumb hack is misguided given that the market quickly recovered from the negative headlines. (The initial decline was also limited.) Bithumb has already announced plans to compensate users affected by the $30 million heist. The exchange also disclosed that the theft accounted for no more than 6% of its proven reserves.

Cryptocurrencies remain trapped in a long-term bearish cycle that emerged early this year after markets reached their highest level on record. According to Bill Baruch, President of Blue Line Futures, the six-month correction represents a bottoming process that has yet to conclude.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Baruch said that repeated selloffs over the past four months have “wiped out most, if not all, of the over-enthusiasm” and FOMO speculators from the market. While initially bad from the perspective of prices, this means speculative positions are declining. Hacked first noted the decline in speculative positions more than three months ago following the April Fool’s Day selloff.

Analysts have noted that the recent six-month correction mirrors bitcoin’s 2014 retreat, which highlights the boom-and-bust nature of the digital asset class. Against this backdrop, bitcoin and its altcoin counterparts likely need to demonstrate several months of consolidation and stability before the bull market re-emerges.

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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Game (GTC) Gains 60% Yesterday and Loses It All Today

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This time yesterday the crypto market was nosediving, and as has become standard practice in such times, links to suicide prevention hotlines were posted on popular crypto forums.

But amid the flurry of red candles stood one proud green column; and a token which showed 60% gains while everything else sank.

GTC tokens started yesterday at a price of $0.125, and by the end of the day its value had surged to $0.20.

However, in the last 24 hours all of those gains have been wiped off the table, and Game.com has even been forced to pay interest on those gains as the token price has since sunk to $0.114 – a price even lower than it started at before the spike.

GTC had spent most of the month within the $0.09 – $0.13 range,

What the crypto market giveth, the crypto market taketh away – or at least that’s how it often seems to play out. The Game.com team may have been slightly too optimistic at this time yesterday, when they tweeted out the celebratory exclamation:

“GTC TO THE MOON CONFIRMED!!!”

Pump and Dump?

Looking at the shape of the GTC’s weekly graph, the natural assumption would be that it has been the victim of a pump and dump.

Game.com’s 24 hour trading volume increased by an astronomical 3500% – starting yesterday with a daily volume of around $2 million, before jumping to $72 million just a few hours ago. That volume has dropped back down to the $40 million range in the last four hours, and continues to fall.

Such movements are not uncommon among tokens lower down on the market cap Top-100. Indeed, Game.com finds itself positioned in 96th spot, with a valuation of $87 million, among other coins which have experienced unnatural market movements in recent weeks, such as Enigma, Funfair and Decentraland.

This time yesterday GTC had broken into the Top-70’s, but now faces the proposition of dropping out of the Top-100 entirely.

All Roads Lead to Tether

Nearly 60% of GTC’s total trades in the last day have come from Gate.io, where $30 million worth of trades were made against USDT. The second highest volume of trades also came against USDT on the OKEx exchange.

Only 14% of the total trades have come against BTC, while ETH trades only account for around 10% of the day’s volume.

Yesterday’s spike marks the highest market valuation reached by GTC since April 22nd, when the value of one token surged to a price of $0.45, which was even higher than the $0.35 valuation achieved during the spike of January.

Game.com aims to become a media hub for the gaming industry. The team’s annoucement states:

“Through the creation and integration of game content, we provide ready-to-go entertainment services and application environment to facilitate the rapid expansion and development of blockchain technology.”

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