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Ripple releases 1,000,000,000 XRP

Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency.

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Popular payment based crypto company, Ripple, which controls the fourth most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalization, recently unlocked 1 billion XRP, worth about $177.6 million, from an escrow account.

Whale Alert monitored this movement, which occurred in two different 500 million XRP transactions, in real-time.

Ripple owns more than half of the total supply of XRP. In late 2017, the company vowed not to sell all of its tokens (XRP) at once, keeping up to 55 billion XRP in protected escrow accounts.

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It then set up a plan to release about 1,000,000,000 XRP monthly for sale to be used as funding for its operations, and to invest in startups of interest, with the rest kept back in the escrow accounts.

Quick fact: Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that is created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

Unlike its crypto rival, Bitcoin, which was never intended to be a simple payment system, Ripple has gained the attention of major global banks, like Standard Chartered, and Barclays for international transactions worldwide.

Recall that a few months ago, the U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked excited about Ripple as a tool for bringing simplicity and openness to the financial industry.  It said:

“To the degree banks and credit unions increase their reliance on closed network payment systems for sending remittance transfers and other cross-border money transfers, the Bureau notes that this could result in greater standardization and ease by which sending institutions can know exact covered third-party fees and exchange rates.

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“The Bureau also believes that expanded adoption of SWIFT’s GPI product or Ripple’s suite of products could similarly allow banks and credit unions to know the exact final amount that recipients of remittance transfers will receive before they are sent.”

Olumide Adesina is a French-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. A member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Financial Market; Yale University, Behavioral Finance; Duke University. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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Bitcoin could potentially become superior to cash

BTC holds a maximum supply of about 21 million digital coins.

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dollars, Bitcoin has halved, what happens next?, Naira should watch out; Nigeria leads in the peer to peer use of Bitcoin than all African countries combined

MicroStrategy, a publicly traded company in the US valued at over $1.2 billion, disclosed via an official statement that it would be adopting the world’s most valuable crypto as a “primary treasury reserve asset”.

“Since its inception over a decade ago, Bitcoin has emerged as a significant addition to the global financial system, with characteristics that are useful to both individuals and institutions. MicroStrategy has recognized Bitcoin as a legitimate investment asset that can be superior to cash and accordingly has made Bitcoin the principal holding in its treasury reserve strategy,” MicroStrategy CEO, Michael J. Saylor said. He also acknowledged that Bitcoin could potentially become superior to cash.

Data from Coin360 showed the flagship crypto-asset was trading above $11,700 with a market valuation above $216 billion and a daily trading volume of about $9.6 billion. This was as at the time this report was being drafted.

Why Bitcoin might be rising

What’s driving the most valuable crypto and its usage as an investment asset lately?

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Well, many financial experts believe the sudden rise of crypto assets’ value might be due to the weakness in the US dollar.

The American dollar has fallen in recent months, on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates near zero for the long term as a result of the financial disruption caused by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick fact: BTC holds a maximum supply of about 21 million digital coins of which there are about 18.5 million in circulation, while over 4 million BTCs have already been lost forever. These show that its definite supply protects it asset against value dilution.

Recall that Nairametrics earlier gave valuable insights into why Bitcoin is now the most preferred asset to own among institutional investors.

Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, on his Twitter feed commented on the reasons companies are investing in cryptos. He said:

“Smart publicly listed company buys $250,000,000 worth of bitcoin, as a safe haven asset. Stimulus money flowing from Wall Street into bitcoin. Are you in front of or behind them?”

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Ethereum on rampage, surges to a 2-year high of $430

ETH breaking the strong resistance level of $450, in the nearest future.

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Luno breaks barrier, allows Ethereum/Naira trading pair

The second most valuable crypto surged past its two-year high. Just a day after reaching a two-month low in address activity amid fears of soaring fees, ETH has defied short-term fundamental concerns and soared to a 2-year high of $430.

According to Santiment Research Company’s Twitter feed, Ethereum traders were also elated about sky-high social volume levels.

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What’s next?

The two-year high record band is now the new barrier to overcome as ETH sits above $400 per token. If the cryptocurrency manages to stay above $425, Nairametrics could soon see ETH breaking the strong resistance level of $450, in the nearest future.

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But not everything is all smooth in the second most valuable crypto market. The growing popularity of Ethereum-based networks and the use of DeFi protocols are both a blessing and a curse.

READ: Bitcoin could potentially become superior to cash

The Ethereum network is presently close to reaching its technical limits, as DeFi and Tether are essentially responsible for as many transactions as the network can handle at the moment.

Quick fact: Ethereum is a cryptocurrency designed for decentralized applications and deployment of smart contracts, which are created and operated without fraud, interruption, control, or interference from a third party.

READ ALSO: Wallets holdings of 0.1 BTC reaches all time highWallets holdings of 0.1 BTC reaches all time high

Like with many other crypto assets, speculating with Ethereum can be highly profitable and has had a good history of giving its investors huge returns. However, there are also many other options to make income from cryptocurrency. These include Ethereum mining, Ethereum faucets, and Ethereum staking.

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Two day old crypto, YAM’s market value drops from $60 million to $0 in 35mins

Given YAM’s governance module, this bug would render it impossible to reach quorum.

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Two-day-old crypto asset, YAM has seen its market capitalization vanish in less than 60 minutes. This happened after developers of the once-promising defi project attempted to fix a bug in the code, but weren’t successful.

Data from BKCoincapital, a crypto hedge fund, revealed how YAM, a liquidity mining protocol which attracted >$400mm in just its first 2 days of trading, had a bug discovered in its code. The bug caused the unaudited defi platform’s Market Capitalization to go from $60 million to $0 in approx. 35 minutes.

READ MORE: Bitcoin is on rampage as it breaks through $12,000 price level

YAM is an experimental protocol mashing up some of the most exciting innovations in programmable money and governance.

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READ ALSO: Tether market capitalization surges close to $10 Billion

What happened?

YAM project developers, discovered a bug in the YAM rebasing contract that would mint far more YAM than intended to sell to the Uniswap YAM/yCRV pool, sending a large amount of excess YAM to the protocol reserve. Given YAM’s governance module, this bug would render it impossible to reach quorum, meaning no governance action would be possible and funds in the treasury would be locked.

At its core, YAM is an elastic supply cryptocurrency, which expands and contracts supply in response to market conditions, initially targeting 1 USD per YAM.

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