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Ripple Performs Better than Broader Crypto Markets on Technical Support

One of the most interesting cryptocurrencies to have emerged over the past few years has been Ripple (XRP), and it has managed to hold onto its position as the third biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. However, it has not had the best year so far, despite threatening to break out more than once. In a new development that will be welcomed by those who hold XRP, the cryptocurrency has managed to outperform the market amidst all the chaos.

XRP Finds Support

While most of the market has been in a downward spiral due to the issues related to Facebook’s Libra, Ripple has managed to find strength amid a buying spree from investors today. The buying spree started at the $0.22 level, and since then it went even higher as it continued to outperform the market significantly.

However, many crypto analysts who are familiar with Ripple and XRP are trying to figure out whether this particular level is XRP’s lower circuit from now on or not. At the end of the day, the level either proves to be the one from which the token can spring to higher levels, or it might not work out that way if the price plunges lower than that at a future date. Despite the current optimism surrounding XRP, it needs to be pointed out that over the past few weeks, the token had been in a downward spiral with a strong bearish pattern taking its price down.

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It is even more indicative of the bearish strength that even though Bitcoin and many other altcoins continued to surge over the past weeks, XRP continued struggling to break out significantly. Some analysts have also stated that the price action that Ripple has experienced over recent days seemed to replicate what continued to happen with Bitcoin and despite outperforming the market today, which remains an issue. In fact, one of the leading crypto analysts on Twitter stated that if there is an intermediate correction in Bitcoin, then XRP could drop to $0.16.

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Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings

Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings Places XRP, EOS, BTC, and BNB on Top

Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings released its March 2019 “Weiss Cryptocurrency Outlook” report, with Ripple (XRP), EOS, Bitcoin (BTC), and Binance Coin (BNB) receiving the top four spots on the list of 122 cryptocurrencies. Weiss Ratings is the world’s only financial rating agency that provides grades on cryptocurrencies.

The report, which is called “Dark Shadows with a Bright Future,” examines the cryptocurrencies available on the market using two factors—the tech/adoption grade for long-term investors and the risk/reward grade based on short-term factors.

Of the 122 cryptocurrencies examined in the report, XRP, EOS, Bitcoin, and Binance Coin were given an overall B- rating, while none received an A rating, which is considered excellent.

Remarkable Growth in the Cryptocurrency Space

Authors Martin Weiss and chief cryptocurrency analyst, Juan Villaverde, start the report by noting that despite a sharp decline in the price of cryptocurrencies, “the industry’s network capacity and security have improved dramatically and underlying technology has evolved with new, more efficient ways to create digital assets.”

What’s more, leading cryptocurrencies are seeing three times more volume in user (on-chain) transactions than they did in early 2018. These improved fundamentals and lower prices offer new opportunities for investors, although this is dependent on whether or not they can “afford the risk, avoid the worst and invest in the best.”

Cryptocurrency Market Still Risky

Despite improvements to cryptocurrency fundamentals, the Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings report authors still advise investors who cannot afford to lose money to be wary in the near term.

“Investors who cannot afford to lose money, the recent market declines and doldrums imply high risk and uncertain rewards. Crypto market liquidity is very thin. Trading comes in spurts. Relatively small infusions of new buying cause sudden price rallies. Equally small bouts of selling cause unexpected market crashes,” said the report.

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Cryptocurrency Trends to Watch

In the report, Weiss and Villaverde identified trends in the cryptocurrency space that investors should keep in mind. These trends include changes to the way cryptocurrencies are secured and some cryptocurrencies moving away from blockchain entirely, as well as killer dApps like decentralized, crypto-based social media, peer-to-peer lending, and fair and secure elections playing the biggest role in determining the future winners.

What do you think will happen in the cryptocurrency space moving forward? Which cryptocurrency do you have your eye on?

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Ripple Adds 11 New Universities and Extends UBRI Footprint

Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). With a strong emphasis on developing the upcoming generation of developers, the UBRI is designed to develop blockchain-focused academia and research.

Ripple is extending its footprint globally by adding 11 new universities to its program.

11 New Universities to UBRI

The UBRI launched in June 2018. With a $50 million USD self-funded investment, Ripple committed to 17 prestigious universities around the world. As stated, the course aims to accelerate academic research, technical development, and innovation in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.

Providing the necessary tools and resources, Ripple is effectively preparing the next generation of blockchain developers whom the technology relies on not only to maintain itself but to evolve.

11 New Institutions

With the additional 11 new universities, Ripple now supports a total of 29 partners in the UBRI program.

Today, it announced the latest institutions to the program:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • Morgan State University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Sao Paulo
  • Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University

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Blockchain Future

Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple, said the following on UBRI:

“Blockchain is an incredibly transformational technology and helping advance the best minds in the world, who are already showing interest in this field, is sure to benefit the entire ecosystem […] Expanding the ecosystem to a more global, diversified network of UBRI partners will only continue to enrich these projects.”

Blockchain technology is being utilized across the globe by multiple industries. It is having a transformative impact on businesses and, as such, preparing for the increasing demand for this technology is not only smart but necessary. In an industry rife with hype, coin-related drama, major financial losses, gains, and prolific exchange hacks, thinking beyond the now and developing the core technology will ensure its survival.

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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.

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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.

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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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