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  1. xrpentine

    XRP will rise to the top

    Someone already used these two pictures to poke fun at litecoin and bitcoin but I took the liberty to throw in "my two cents". Just having fun! Don't be triggered with any issues you might have!
  2. Hi Guys. Not sure if it has been posted already, but i thought to share it with you because if true its gonna be huge. Even though in the past Ripple has denied dealing with SWIFT but i guess there are no permanent friends or foes in business. "XRP – Is Ripple working with SWIFT? Recently, SWIFT released a report titled, Africa payments: Insights into African transaction flows. In this report, SWIFT touches on something to do with Mojaloop. The report states that the SWIFT team at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation played a role in developing a switch that verifies, routes, and handles settlements between diverse players including mobile money providers, banks, and merchants. The interesting facet of it is that Mojaloop is also working with ripple, in a bid to enhance interoperability in the African market. In essence, the two technologies are working together in this project that will uplift millions of Africans out of poverty. While this is just a single project, it brings out the common goals of the two platforms and how they can benefit more from each other, when working together, instead of competing with each other. Most XRP (XRP) investors believe that ripple will at one point outcompete SWIFT in the banking industry. However, the reality is that they need each other. SWIFT has something that ripple needs, and that’s the network and political leverage. Thanks to its market presence that spans decades, SWIFT has established strong ties with the finance industry. The banking sector has built most of its cross-border payments infrastructure around this platform. On top of that, SWIFT has a high level of political backing, for geopolitical reasons. For context, a German minister recently called out for the need for Europe to develop financial systems that are independent of the United States. But, while their chancellor came out in support of this, she added that they still need to work with SWIFT as a tool for preventing terrorism financing. This goes to show that for geopolitical reasons, it will be a huge challenge for banks, especially in the west to abandon SWIFT and move to a new system. The best bet would be cooperation between the two platforms, which is actually quite workable. Ripple has the superior technology, while SWIFT has the networks. Such a partnership would unlock the best of both. And if the success of the Mojaloop project is anything to go by, then things could head in that direction in the future. Such a collaboration would give instant mass adoption of XRP in the banking sector as a tool for enhancing efficiency. It would unlock the true value of this coin, as demand both from financial institutions and retail buyers looking to catch the XRP train would push price through the roof."
  3. Gotta love the whales! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-03/a-massive-losing-bet-on-bitcoin-futures-has-investors-buzzing
  4. A fairly balanced and informative opinion piece, imo. But its lack of conclusion almost feels like the uncredited author must have been pulling their own teeth not to say too much. Still a good read. https://bitcoinschannel.com/is-the-xrp-ledger-more-decentralized-than-bitcoin-btc/
  5. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cryptocurrency-tether-used-boost-bitcoin-191710239.html Nothing we all probably don't already know, but it's interesting that the concerns around manipulation is definitely being studied and simulated at an academic level.
  6. As if this space didn't have enough problems already: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-regulators-demand-trading-data-from-bitcoin-exchanges-in-manipulation-probe-2018-06-08 I remember when the first BTC futures contract expired, how BTC's price just happen to take a dive a day or two before that. Fishy stuff? - maybe. The BTC contracts are settled in cash, so one possible way to game the system I suppose is to buy BTC prior to expiration gradually, increase the price, then sell it as price is doing good, and then dump most of it shortly prior to expiration, then when contract(s) expire you cash them out, so you "win twice", or if too much capital is required to move the price of BTC by buying it, you just make it look like the price went down (on exchanges if that's even possible) so you can at least cash out on the BTC futures contract(s) without having to buy BTC in the first place. There are different possible ways to game the system, but I don't know how they would do it...BTC has high marketcap and I don't know if one exchange, even a big one, has power to manipulate the price to that extent, and even if they were able to, the manipulation might be obvious.
  7. I hadn't heard about this... could have contributed to the overall crypto market slump. Bitcoin Price Falls https://www.ccn.com/how-bitfinexs-tax-requirement-may-have-contributed-to-the-bitcoin-price-correction/ "On May 17, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency and bitcoin exchange Bitfinex officially asked its users to submit tax IDs and social security numbers that could be utilized by government agencies in the countries its users are based into tax gains recorded in the cryptocurrency market." “We request that you complete the appropriate self-certification form and upload it to your Bitfinex account by May 24, 2018, at the latest. If you are a US person or an entity with at least one 25 percent owner who is a US person, please complete the appropriate FATCA form. You are required to provide us with such information,” said Bitfinex." "The period in which Bitfinex sent out its official statement to its clients coincided with the fall in the price of bitcoin on May 17, when the bitcoin price reached a two-month low at $7,925. It is highly likely that the price drop of bitcoin was largely caused by Bitfinex and the sell-off of investors on the platform trading the bitcoin-to-USD pair."
  8. It has been a bit of a wonder, why is XRP coupled with BTC? While some may reason that many purchase BTC to get XRP and there is therefore a correlation, this doesn't seem to fully explain the phenomenon; I can say for certain that I have never sold a single Drop of XRP just because BTC fell. I'm sure many on this forum many can say the same. So why does the price fall when BTC falls? I remember when my friend tried to convince me to invest in ETH when it was under 100 dollars. I got a phone call from him. It was before I got into any crypto... "So there is this thing called Etherium and it's like Bitcoin, but it is not Bitcoin." I replied, "I don't know. I'm not getting into Bitcoin... na, I think I'll stay away." "But it's not like Bitcoin," my friend went on not really being able to explain how not. But I wasn't interested in getting into Bitcoin. I had my experience with trying to mine from my computer which ended up being a waste of my time. I wasn't going to get into some "bitcoin lite," a Bitcoin that wasn't really a bitcoin, or some "fake" form of Bitcoin. Therefore, I stayed away at first until he convinced me to just downloaded this app called coinbase. "It's free anyway." Eventually, I found my way to Ripple. The point here is that someone who is not informed of what makes XRP different and unique from the others will look at xrp as an "alt-coin." Not just because that's what they are referred to as, but because in many people's mind BTC is the king, and everything else is second or third rate. Not because it's at the top of coin market cap, but because if you have to explain xrp to someone, most probably you would start explaining it in the context of Bitcoin, so people see Bitcoin as the first, and the forever-gold-standard. There are people online who are informed on the topic of Bitcoin, but regarding xrp they're woefully ignorant, but they have no idea of it. They assume that they can fully understand XRP in the context of Bitcoin. Therefore, they talk about XRP as if it needs the same or very similar characteristics as Bitcoin (pre-mined, owned by a company, working with institutions, blah, blah...) This is because they continue to see xrp as if they were looking at BTC. In regard to the general crypto population, if BTC price is higher, then they start testing some of the so-called alt-coins: "Oh great Bitcoin is up! Crypto must be doing good. I heard something about some alt-coin it's called xrp. I heard Banks use it. Sounds interesting." But if BTC is going down, then people assume that the alt-coins can't be too much better. The thought is, "got to get out if the Bitcoin market. Things don't look safe in the market now. Time to sell my alt-coins. Brad Garlinghouse was once remarking how the whole market was down because of fear of regulation. His point was that only the coins that would be hurt by regulations should be down, but instead the whole market was down. In my opinion, news of regulation should really push up the price of XRP. Instead people viewed the "Bitcoin" market as a whole. The thought process was something like, "if Bitcoin will be regulated, that wont be good for it or any other crypto." The coupling of XRP with BTC is only in people's minds. Think about it, if XRP was the first on the scene, it would be seen as the standard. We also would not use the term "wallet" or "cryptocurrency." Maybe we'd use "keys" and "digital assets" instead. The whole idea of these digital assets being a currency is only because the maker of the first crypto was actually try to make a currency, and as you may already know, your wallets have nothing in them besides for you keys. There is no currency or assest in them. A "key ring" would be a more appropriate term for a hardware wallet. The point is XRP is seen as a BTC lite. To decouple, XRP needs to be seen as a digital asset in its own right.
  9. According to IMF's Global Financial Stability Report: A Bumpy Road Ahead XRP is the least dependent on BTC compared to Monero, Ethereum and Litecoin. See added image and the full report can be found here. http://www.imf.org/en/Publications/GFSR/Issues/2018/04/02/Global-Financial-Stability-Report-April-2018 There are a number of interesting topics they address, but I haven't had the time to go through it all. If someone wants a break from staring at the prices, be my guest and go find so more interesting stuff
  10. I have been watching the price action on GDAX lately, I zoomed to see outstanding sell orders. Interesting thing is there are only 5000 BTCs offered all the way up to 12,000 USD/BTC price and for a total of around 50M USD. Now, if someone were to buy 50M USD worth of BTC now, we would end up with a BTC price of 12,000 hypothetically speaking. Given BTC's transitivity to the rest of the crypto market, the entire market cap could go up by 50% , bringing the market cap to 480 billion USDs and all of this happens just by one party pumping 50M USD into the market. *Of course other exchanges will have sell orders as well and many people will dump when they see the price go up, but we will also have FOMO purchases coming in and short positions being liquidated, so even for at least a few hours if not days we will see a massive increase in overall value in crypto market all at a cost of only 50M USD.
  11. First off I am bullish on XRP and the whole crypto market. I believe that eventually we will look back on this time and talk about how much our accounts were down and how we stuck with it and "look at us now" But in the mean time, how are you guys dealing with the stress. I basically at an entire cake last night and also I'm pretty much a daily kratom user at this point. Anyone else got any stories re: coping mechanisms.
  12. Lambos are coming after tax season ... https://ethereumworldnews.com/1-10-and-24-48-per-ripple-xrp-price-predictions/ https://ethereumworldnews.com/ripple-xrp-and-its-1-00-price-is-not-far/
  13. Judging the psychology of the community based on the posts it seems we are nearing a bottom. On FB and Twitter everything is so negative. Youtube is making joke videos about crypto - etc. If you post something in a crypto group 9 out of 10 responses will be about the despair and giving up- it sucks, it's a fraud, it's worthless, it's garbage, blah blah blah. People are hating it. Picked up so litecoin yesterday might pick up some more litecoin here.
  14. https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@supercrypto1/4th-dimension-bitcoin-manipulation-cartel-price-suppression-is-the-goal Could all be conspiracy theorist illuminati BS, but all theories have a basis in reality. it also strengthens our need to be unpegged from BTC.
  15. Hi Guys, Since I used Gatehub to purchase my XRP's, I also wanted to use it to receive some transactions in BTC. There has been two transactions towards my 'Gatehub Fifth Gateway' wallet address; one of 0.0140 BTC and one of 0.0072 BTC. I can find those transactions with those exact numbers at blockchain.info, but somehow I receive the following numbers 0.0123 BTC and 0.0055 BTC, so 0.0017 BTC less with every transaction. I found that quite a big difference. I have some experience with sending BTC and ETH to Bitstamp too and never had that problem there. Does Gatehub have any fees on incoming transactions as well? I'm getting a bit done with this exchange... I know this isn't a Gatehub forum, but since Gatehub is/was used by a lot of you guys I'm hoping for some experience from your side. Especially since their customer service will answer in 1 year or so. Thanks a lot!
  16. With this type of post I may be completely wrong or maybe completely Right, please bear with me, just sharing my thought. (Ratio of usable bitcoin whales/retails holders is somewhere around 80/10 or close, just guessing) Imagine you are a bitcoin Whale and you have lets say.... 100k Bitcoin. Including you and your group/friend whales you have about 2M Bitcoins. Now in past few months, after the ATH, you foresee the tides turning. You realise that bitcoin has a very realistic chances of going to Zero with all the regulations creeping up everywhere and ripple will be the future or other regulated blockchain coins/products. It may take a while, months.... may be couple of years, but its going to happen. Now the question is, What do you do? Scenario 1- Every man/woman/child for himself and start dumping bitcoin for ripple or USD. This will cause chaos and no one will be able to Unload all coins, also you won't be able to get your coin's worth anyway. All whales loses. Scenario 2- Make a whale pool and systematically start pumping and dumping the bitcoins slowly to others (avg joe). Meanwhile slowly keep increasing your stash of ripple.... by gaining from weak hands. Obviously you have to program the bots in a way to keep the price within acceptable range for sometime, while you slowly unload all you Bitcoins for Maximum possible price and getting Xrp in lowest possible price, hence maximizing your profits. Soon you become xrp whale from bitcoin whale. Supporting facts- 1) As you all know and stated- -- BTC goes up : XRP goes up but less. --BTC goes down : XRP goes down more. 2) There are always fake sell as well as buy walls of same amount on all exchanges to keep the price exactly within the acceptable range so as to work in tandem with other currency bots. (I can attach screenshots if someone failed to see this) These two points mathematically supports this theory. And if its true, we'll see xrp mooning/lamboing/cabining or in my case bmwM3ing suddenly pretty much coinciding with falling/decoupling btc. So, either you can read and disregard this which is ok..... or may be you will remember reading it somewhere in few months and comeback to it. Only time will tell. Thanks for entertaining me. Personal views appreciated. @RegalChicken @zenkert @XRPisVELOCITY @ReformedEquityTrader @ElChupaThingy78 and others.
  17. So I know there was a lot of excitement being thrown around yesterday when Abra announced their new trading platform that supports 20 digital assets (including XRP) and plans to support an additional 10 more digital assets shortly. It looked like a really awesome opportunity to jump into XRP for a lot of people, but it didn't take long to find a serious catch. As of right now it does not appear that buying XRP or any other non-BTC asset on the Abra platform actually results in you owning those digital assets. You instead own a bitcoin-backed software contract with Abra @ the price of the "purchase". Straight from the terms of service: https://www.abra.com/terms-of-service/ Just wanted to get this out there for anyone jumping into the Abra trading platform with both feet. I still haven't quite figured out how they would resolve contracts against XRP if BTC were to crash and XRP were to sky rocket in value. Or maybe it's a really cool way to use multi-sig wallets that no one has ever thought of before. Either way I'm hoping this thread and the ensuing discussion can shed some light about the concept and what is actually going on behind the scenes. Edit1: More information regarding the Abra multi-sig wallets and the design they are using for their trading platform.
  18. Notably, as UseTheBitcoin reports, at the moment, the next court proceeding for Mt. Gox is not scheduled until September the 18th, 2018. Before that date, Mr Kobayashi would not be able to sell the remaining Bitcoins. That may lead to a reduction of volatility in the markets, at least until September. After an ugly week last week, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Ripple are now back in the red again and Bitcoin holding just positive from Friday's close... https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-12/1130et-bitcoin-battering-continues
  19. Looks like Robinhood is adding cryptocurrency trading in Feb. This is huge for the space in general, especially since "95% of their users said they would invest in crypto if they offered it". They also will charge no fees, which is a welcome change. They are initially only trading BTC and ETH, but XRP is on their list of tracked coins, so there is potential for a future listing there. Article: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/25/free-cryptocurrency-trading-app/
  20. Information for our US customers: you are no longer required to submit information to customs control for larger withdrawals of gold bullion - upon your request all gold bars (redemption of XAU into physical gold bullion on Gatehub) will be shipped domestically either out of #NYC or #Dallas. We have soft-launched the service so your gold bullion will be dispatched within 3 days.
  21. I have 10 btc on the old btc2ripple address, I have all the details but how to i access it using gatehub please?!
  22. Hi guys. Do you think its Facebook that may be in line for partnerships with Ripple as they recently hired the big marketing guy from facebook and Ripple has history/trend of hiring people from companies that become partners in future, example Miguel from CME, lots of ex government employees etc. http://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/ripple-hires-facebook-communications-manager-2017-12-1011580387
  23. Trading almost any coin feels EXACTLY like trading Bitcoin. I find myself having to do tons of research on Bitcoin just so I can increase my odds of trading XRP more cautiously. To trade, you really have to forget XRP's fundamentals altogether in the short term, and just focus on the factors that have an impact on Bitcoin, such that you increase your chances of selling high and buying low. Mark my words, at some point when analysts look back at what's happening now, they will label this as the biggest market manipulation in human history. But it would probably be too late to hold the culprits accountable.
  24. One more way to cash out your bitcoins and other crypto-currencies: use the #GateHub service allowing you to instantly convert your digital money into XAU IOUs. BPG.XAU IOUs are redeemable in #gold. Minimum redemption amount is 10 XAU in its multiples. Terms and conditions apply https://www.gatehub.net/gateways/bpg/
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