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Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC)

The cryptocurrency market is currently sitting just above $210 billion this morning. While mainstream media is heavily focused on cannabis at the moment, blockchain companies are still making moves in the background. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) and the latest advancements with the two projects.

Ripple (XRP)

Ripple and XRP are often confused as the same and are often grouped together because what Ripple the company does ultimately affects/influences the price of XRP.

Less than a month ago, Ripple revamped its website to solely focus on RippleNet. RippleNet has just expanded its xRapid platform that uses XRP as liquidity for financial institutions. While its xCurrent platform currently has over 100 banks and financial institutions signed up and testing its XRP-less platform, Ripple’s goal is to eventually transition these institutions to RippleNet.

Ripple’s press release explained why using XRP is crucial for cross-border transactions:

“Pilots in the crucial U.S. to Mexico remittance corridor using XRP as a digital asset demonstrated savings of 40-70% compared to traditional costs. At the same time, it helped lower settlement times from two to three days to just over two minutes.”

At press time, XRP is currently trading at $0.465 a coin, up 0.34%, in 24 hours.

>> Small Bitcoin Fee: Only 10 Cents for $194 Million on the Bitcoin Network

Litecoin (LTC)

On Tuesday, LTC began trading on Gemini.

Gemini is the cryptocurrency exchange owned by the US Olympian Winklevoss Twins. Gemini is currently the 42nd largest cryptocurrency exchange by its total trading volume on CoinMarketCap.

BTC/USD pairs still equate for over 80% of the exchange’s volume in the last 24 hours. So far, LTC/USD only makes up 0.73%, with a volume of $214,836. On the 15th when the announcement was made about LTC being launched on Gemini, LTC surged 10% in an hour but quickly corrected.

The Litecoin Foundation also just celebrated its 7th birthday on the 12th.

According to CoinMarketCap, LTC is currently trading at $53.00 a coin, down -0.40%.

Check back in for more Ripple and Litecoin news!

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Ripple (XRP) | Climbing After Crypto Market Correction

Ripple (XRP) is making a dashing comeback this morning after the crypto market lost over $20 billion in value this week. Many of the other cryptocurrencies in the top 20 were seeing double-digit losses yesterday, as investors began dumping their digital assets. Now it seems most are making a comeback and XRP is leading the way.

Ripple (XRP) Comeback

Ripple concluded its annual Swell conference last week. The company put together a two-day conference that was held in San Francisco.

In addition to all the news surrounding Swell last week, the Japanese Bank Consortium launched its Ripple-powered MoneyTap app. Despite all the positive news surrounding the conference and MoneyTap, XRP continued to slide downward.

>> Cryptocurrency Sell-Off

However, this morning Banco Santander, a Ripple-partnered bank located in Spain, announced that they are now going live with SWIFT’s global payments innovation (GPI) in four countries. Banco Santander now offers SWIFT’s rapid cross-border payment service in Spain, the UK, Argentina, and Poland. The bank plans on expanding to Mexico and Chile before the end of 2018.

In the past, Banco Santander has been using Ripple’s payment solution for cross-border payments, and earlier in the year, they launched their Ripple-powered application OnePayFX.

Ed Metzger, Head of Innovation at Banco Santander, spoke at the Swell conference about how his bank’s journey with Ripple has improved his customers’ lives.

Metzger said:

“We believe that financial services is moving to a world of open platforms where companies collaborate to deliver excellent customer service for their customers, and that’s at the core of what we’re doing with OnePay FX.”

There has not been any news released about Ripple in last 24 hours, so this announcement by the bank may be what’s pushing XRP’s price up.

XRP Price Movement

According to CoinMarketCap, XRP is currently trading at $0.432 a coin, up 6.57% in 24 hours. Currently, XRP is leading the top 20 cryptocurrencies by their total market cap in percentage gains.

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Ripple (XRP) and TRON (TRX) Prices Slide Despite Major Progress

The cryptocurrency market is trading in the red again today. Bitcoin (BTC) has just dipped below the $6,600 mark and Ethereum (ETH) is trading just above $225. Both Ripple (XRP) and TRON (TRX) are sliding down today, despite both announcing major news regarding their projects recently.

Let’s take a closer look at Ripple and TRON and their latest project advancements.

Ripple (XRP)

Ripple concluded its Swell 2018 conference last week in San Francisco.

In addition to the conference, the Money Tap app powered by Ripple’s xCurrent software just launched in Japan. There has been lots of movement for Ripple over the last two weeks. Less than 24 hours ago, the cryptocurrency project announced that David Schwartz, Ripple’s CTO, will be a featured speaker at SXSW 2019.

Ethereum’s co-founder and ConSynsys founder, Joe Lubin, will also be speaking at the conference.

Despite the positive news, XRP has been backsliding on the market this week. According to CoinMarketCap, XRP is currently trading at $0.469 a coin, down -1.24% in 24 hours. For the week, the cryptocurrency is down -10.83%.

>> Ripple’s xRapid Expands into Commercial Production

TRON (TRX)

The TRON Foundation is currently voting on the release of the TRON Virtual Machine.

There seems to be some confusion among the cryptocurrency community, as TRON’s Founder Justin Sun has said one thing while the TRON Foundation is tweeting something different.

As you can see below, the TRON Virtual Machine was supposed to already be launched by now (according to Sun), but the TRON Foundation says voting is still taking place. It seems Sun may have jumped the gun on the announcement dated on the seventh.

So, has Odyssey 3.1 been released yet? Doesn’t seem so.

Despite the confusion, the TRON Foundation is trucking along as usual and has announced its new developer suite.

This will go live once the TVM is released on the new mainnet version.

According to CoinMarketCap, TRON (TRX) is currently sitting as the eleventh largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap. At the time of writing, TRX is currently trading at $0.0250 a coin, down -1.85%.

Check back in for more news from coins like Ripple (XRP) and TRON (TRX).

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XRP and Stellar (XLM) Updates

Most of the cryptocurrency market is trading in the red this morning, but the movement is trending upwards, and coins are beginning to flip green. Stellar (XLM) is just at the cusp of making the transition to positive market gains, but XRP, the coin created by Ripple, is falling far behind.

Let’s take a closer look at the projects surrounding these cryptocurrencies and their latest movement.

XRP

Ripple and XRP are often confused with one another. Ripple Labs is a blockchain-based global fin-tech company seeking to aid financial institutions with their proprietary payment platforms. XRP is a digital currency, independent of the company, that powers Ripple’s xRapid product. Ripple owns a large majority of the digital token.

Earlier this week, Ripple held its annual Swell conference, but instead of Toronto, it was held in San Francisco.

The event kicked off with a Q&A with former US President Bill Clinton, and Day One concluded with a concert by the Counting Crows. Despite the positive two-day event, XRP hasn’t seen any boost in its price.

>> xRapid Expands into Commercial Production

Stellar (XLM)

Earlier in September, the Stellar Foundation announced a new subsidiary of its company called Interstellar. Interstellar is a combination of two former subsidiaries named Lightyear and Chain and will employ 60 individuals. It is headquartered in both San Francisco and New York City. Stellar’s Founder, Jed McCaleb, will take over as CTO and Adam Ludwin will take over as CEO.

The Interstellar team manages StellarX, the newly released peer-to-peer asset trading marketplace.

StellarX was launched last week and currently holds the most popular cryptocurrencies on its platform. The platform is completely free to use, as in they do not charge a fee for trades. StellarX has a real fiat onramp, and if you have a US bank account, you can deposit USD directly into the app, via ACH.

>> StellarX is Here!

XRP and XLM Price Movement

According to CoinMarketCap, XRP is currently trading at $0.516 a coin, down -3.26% in 24 hours. XRP remains the third largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap. Stellar (XLM) is currently trading at $0.243 a coin, down -0.48%. Stellar remains just below EOS as the sixth largest cryptocurrency.

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Ripple the Microsoft of Crypto? One CEO Says Yes

Aside from a dozen lawsuits and a few XRP price drops, Ripple has had quite the year. And big things continue to stir. One CEO has even likened Ripple to Microsoft. But is that an accurate comparison?

Ripple and Microsoft: Two Peas in a Pod?

This week, we’ve seen a few headlines about the company behind XRP. While the news of xRapid expanding into commercial production with RippleNet made waves on Tuesday, it’s the headlines from the day before that caught people’s attention, including mine.

On Monday, October 1st, Phillip Nunn, who is the CEO of The Blackmore Group and Wealth Chain Group, called Ripple “the Microsoft of crypto.” A bold statement, but is it true? In Nunn’s mind, it is; which is interesting, considering the CEO even said he hasn’t ever “been a supporter of Ripple.”

But, when there’s visible progress, we need to put aside our issues and recognize what’s happening. That’s precisely what Nunn is doing, tweeting that he is putting aside his problems with Ripple’s offering “as they become so important in flying the #crypto #blockchain flag.”

According to Nunn, there are “similarities to Microsoft’s place within the advent of the internet.” He also said “the next wave of crypto” is about adoption, and “XRP and Ripple are getting into all the banks and positioning themselves.”

>> Ripple Swell Day Two Concludes but XRP Drops Nearly 15%

How’s XRP Doing Today?

Nunn’s optimism around XRP and the company behind it was not enough to send the altcoin in the green, nor was yesterday’s news about xRapid and RippleNet. But, that might not be Ripple’s fault, considering all of the top-ten coins on CoinMarketCap are currently trading in the red.

At press time, according to CoinMarketCap, XRP is trading at $0.527248, which puts the altcoin down 4.48% in the past twenty-four hours.

Ripple
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The Takeaway

What do you think about Nunn’s claim that Ripple is becoming the new Microsoft? Do you see similarities? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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