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Cryptocurrency

Ripple gains 12%, CTO owns at least a million XRP

Ripple CTO, David Schwartz disclosed that he owns between 1 million to 10 million XRP.

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Ripple locks 800,000,000 XRP, prices push up

Ripple CTO, David Schwartz has disclosed more details about his crypto holdings.

What we know: From a series of tweets seen by Nairametrics, Schwartz, who is one of the original orchestras behind the creation of XRP Ledger, revealed he owned at least 1,000,000 XRP, valued at $555,000 at the time of writing. The crypto is up 12%.

READ: Ethereum robber transfers $1.5 million worth of Crypto

READ: Ripple’s big players move XRP worth over $50 million

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At the time of writing, Ripple traded at $0.614954 with a daily trading volume of $11,844,053,933. XRP price is up 12.3% in the last 24 hours. It has a circulating supply of 45 Billion coins and a max supply of 100 Billion coins.

Recall some months back, Nairametrics revealed how Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer, David Schwartz, had revealed with regrets that he and his wife made bad decisions for their crypto portfolio in 2012 — resulting in the eight-figure worth of missed profit at current prices.

In a series of tweets recently released by Ripple’s CTO, he sold some Bitcoins for $750, and 40,000 Ether (ETH) for $1 each back then — a stash that would be worth more than $15.5 million in today’s prices.

READ: Slack gains 22% on Salesforce buyout offer

Meanwhile, wealthy Rich players seem to be upping their game in Q4, 2020, as regards moving XRP – the third most valuable crypto by market value, as lately seen by Nairametrics.

Many crypto experts anticipate the movement of such cryptos are coming from major stakeholders of Ripple, on the bias some of these wallets contain a significant amount of XRP.

READ: 2,257 investors globally own at least 1,000 Bitcoins

Explore Data on the Nairametrics Research Website

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected] He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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  1. Michelle Nwaọṅu Nwagbara

    November 29, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I truly enjoy your articles, they are so educational with respect to crypto investment

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Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin: The good, the bad, the future

Bitcoin is the first successful global peer-to-peer cash implementation that lets everyone store and exchange value with others.

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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

Cheers. Here’s to something we all know, maybe most of us but mostly, here’s to something some of us most likely want to deny; “Bitcoin has come to stay” and we must raise our glasses to the doggedness of all and sundry involved in the efforts to complement and consolidate the stability, acceptance, profitability, and growth of BTC world over.

In recent weeks, Bitcoin and holders have enjoyed over 8 percent increase in the prices of Bitcoin world over, justifying the decision to hold on to the digital currency and has, in turn, led to a spike in the acceptance, recognition, and investment of individuals and corporations in the digital currency. Going forward, with teeming interest in Bitcoin, it is imperative to educate enthusiasts and potential investors on and about the story so far and in tandem help inform better decisions as to the future of the ‘gold mine’.

On the surface, one of the many perks of BTC and/or cryptocurrency is the accessibility. Without any middlemen, government officials, monetary economists, and other intermediaries or regulators, such a system can operate. Essentially, Bitcoin is the first successful global peer-to-peer cash implementation that lets everyone, no matter who or where they are, store and exchange value with others.

However, the unregulated use of bitcoin itself and the possibility of leaving a holder legally unprotected should anything go wrong has been one of the major concerns in the global market. Secondly in the eventuality of a hard drive crash, or if a virus corrupts your data and subsequently corrupts the wallet file, Bitcoin held on such wallet will be essentially been “lost” with no way to recovering it. The coins in context will then be forever orphaned in the system, therefore, increasing the chance of bankruptcy for a wealthy Bitcoin investor.

Pros and cons of Bitcoin

Pros

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  • The most transparent financial system to date is Bitcoin. All over the planet, and where there is no banking system, you can make payments with Bitcoins 24/7.
  • With Bitcoins, foreign money transfers can be quicker and cheaper than with conventional banking and services.
  • Bitcoin is the only asset ever created that cannot be taken from you by force (if taken proper precautions). Often, BTC transactions are also not censorable, and no one can stop you from performing transactions.
  • Bitcoin also has valuable business features, such as multi-signature authorization and accounting transparency. Multi-signature ensures that many individuals need to sign off on an invoice, which provides more security. And the very existence of a blockchain, where all transactions are public, strengthens a company’s transparency.
  • Bitcoin is pseudonymous, and without any authentication or credit history, anyone can open their wallet through the internet. In under-banked regions and third world countries, it is particularly beneficial where most individuals are struggling to get access to capital.
  • Bitcoins can be spent on a desktop device, cell phone, or debit card in the same way you spend conventional digital money.
  • Bitcoins are deflationary, unlike fiat currencies, implying that their value is set to appreciate by default.
  • The most portable asset ever produced is Bitcoin, which can be transmitted via satellite or even radio.
  • Bitcoin has the most brand awareness, liquidity, the most integrated ecosystem, and most acceptance among numerous retailers and organizations compared to other cryptocurrencies.
  • For small fee, regular retail transactions such as buying tea, groceries, or simply tipping someone online, the Lightning Network can be used for this.
  • Bitcoin presents a programmable money principle that allows for more financial developments, such as “smart contracts.”
  • By providing an alternative to people who mistrust their government, certain institutions, politicians, or simply believe in the power of decentralization, Bitcoin disrupts the monopoly of capital.

Cons

  • When things go south, little or no regulatory oversight is needed.
  • Despite attempts to allow offline Bitcoin transfers, the use of the currency still depends largely on the availability of the internet.
  • As Bitcoin is still in progress, depending on mining efficiency and network congestion, the transaction speed and fees appear to differ.
  • Converting Bitcoins to fiat requires payments that are often expensive.
  • Bitcoins are not approved by many shops or service providers. The figure is rising, though.
  • Bitcoin transactions are immutable, which means there’s no way to bring them back once the money leaves your wallet. While several reputation management tools are being created, the thing with Bitcoin is that there is no “buyer’s protection.” Conversely, since accepting BTC removes the risk of fraudulent chargebacks, it may help merchants.
  • Many individuals are not prepared to assume full responsibility for their properties and are unable to safely handle their private keys. Beyond recovery, several private Bitcoin keys have been lost, thereby leading to Bitcoin’s deflation and value appreciation.
  • A steep learning curve is given by learning all the latest ins and outs of the Bitcoin ecosystem. In most Bitcoin applications, the user interface is still not foolproof, and the network is not ready to support anyone in the world.
  • Securing Bitcoin needs basic knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity. Although the network is practically unhackable, there are organizations and individuals that are trying to hack Bitcoin wallets.
  • Bitcoin’s central philosophy goes against the most influential institutions, governments, politics, banks, regulators, and censorship, and before these players can tolerate or approve it, it is likely to face a lot of opposition.

The future we project

According to Coindesk, some economic analysts expect that a big shift in cryptography is coming in January 2021, as institutional capital enters the market. There is also the possibility of floating crypto on the Nasdaq, which will further give prestige as an alternative traditional currency that is powered by the blockchain. Some expect that a regulated trading platform is all that crypto needs.

Any of the restrictions that cryptocurrencies currently face, such as the fact that a computer crash may delete one’s digital fortune, or that a hacker may ransack a virtual vault, may be resolved in time through technological advances. What is more difficult to solve is the underlying paradox of cryptocurrencies the more common they become, the more regulated government scrutiny. They are likely to be drawn, eroding the essential premise of their life.

While the number of merchants embracing cryptocurrencies has risen gradually, they are still very much in the minority. They must first gain widespread acceptance among consumers for cryptocurrencies to become more widely used. However, except for the technologically adept, their relative difficulty compared to traditional currencies would probably discourage most individuals.

A cryptocurrency that aspires to be part of the mainstream financial system may have to follow widely divergent requirements. It will have to be mathematically complex (to deter fraud and hacker attacks) but easy to understand for customers; And maintain user anonymity without becoming a backdoor for tax evasion, money laundering, and other nefarious activities; decentralized yet with sufficient customer protections and security. Since these are enormous requirements to meet, the most common cryptocurrency will probably have attributes in a few years between highly regulated fiat currencies and the cryptocurrency of today? Although that possibility looks distant, there is little doubt that the success (or lack thereof) of Bitcoin in coping with the difficulties it faces as the leading cryptocurrency at present will decide the fortunes of other cryptocurrencies in the years ahead.

It might be wise to handle your ‘investment’ in the same way you would treat any other highly risky enterprise if you are considering investing in cryptocurrencies. In other words, realize that you run the risk of losing the bulk, if not all, of your investment. As previously mentioned, aside from what a buyer is willing to pay for it at a point in time, a cryptocurrency has no intrinsic value and have your share in the digital economy.

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$70 billion lost in Crypto market amid rising U.S dollar

Other leading crypto assets including Ethereum, Cardano, Litcoin, Chainlink, Polkadot, and Stellar lost more than 8% in value.

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The crypto market just lost about $70 billion, as significant selling pressure from crypto sellers pushed the value of cryptocurrencies lower across the market spectrum amid the rising U.S dollar and some profit-taking.

  • The global crypto market value is $930.47 billion, a 5.61% decrease over the last day.
  • The U.S dollar was fired up as it recorded impressive gains at the Tuesday trading session in London taking into account some investors are fast becoming jittery on rising COVID-19 caseloads globally.
  • At press time, the U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of major currencies ticked up by 0.20% to 90.555

READ: Currency traders flock to U.S dollars amid COVID-19 drama

At the time of drafting this report, about $70 billion in value was virtually wiped out, taking into account the flagship crypto, Bitcoin, the dominant player in the crypto market, lost as much as $2,000, according to data retrieved from Coin360.

  • The total crypto market volume over the last 24 hours is $131.42 billion, which amounts to a 2.07% increase.
  • The total volume in DeFi is currently $15.68 billion, 11.93% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume.
  • The volume of all stable coins is now $105.17 Billion, which is 80.03% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume.
    Bitcoin’s price is currently $31,398.04.
  • Bitcoin’s dominance is currently 62.74%, a decrease of 0.01% over the day.

READ: Why intelligent investors are secretly buying Bitcoin

Other leading crypto assets including Ethereum, Cardano, Litcoin, Chainlink, Polkadot, and Stellar lost more than 8% in value.

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Crypto experts interviewed by Nairametrics are saying that a market correction was long overdue after the overextended bullish move.

READ: Google threatens to remove its search engine from Australia due to media code

The bearish trend prevailing at the bitcoin market is largely attributed to a significant amount of profit-taking in play, coupled with the strong rebound in the U.S dollar

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Present day cryptos won’t last long – Bank of England

The most powerful British monetary policymaker, is not of the bias that the current generation of digital assets has the structure needed to ensure long-term regulatory survival

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The most powerful British monetary policymaker, Andrew Bailey, is not of the bias that the current generation of digital assets has the structure needed to ensure long-term regulatory survival.

Speaking during the World Economic Forum yesterday on “Resetting Digital Currencies” the Bank of England governor reacted to a question on whether crypto is here to stay for the long term with skepticism:

Are cryptocurrencies here to stay? Digital innovation in payments – yes. Have we landed on what I would call the design, governance, and arrangements for a lasting digital currency? No, I don’t think we’re there yet […] I don’t think cryptocurrencies as originally formulated are it.”

In a report credited to This is Money, a British-based financial newspaper, Andrew Bailey said that crypto-currencies in their current state were not likely to be the final settling point, as consumers, businesses, and regulators would look for digital currencies that are stable, safe, and well-designed before fully shifting away from traditional currencies like the pound and dollar.

What you should know: At the time of drafting this report, the crypto market was valued at $955 billion, a 2.23% drop over the last day.

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  • The total crypto market volume for the day stood at $128 billion, which makes a 2.15% increase.
  • The total volume in DeFi is currently $15.65 billion, 12.19% of the total crypto market’s 24-hour volume.
  • The volume of all stable coins is now $101.61 billion, which is 79.15% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume.
  • Bitcoin’s price is currently $32,164.91.
  • Bitcoin’s dominance is currently 62.86%, an increase of 0.65% over the day.

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