Regulations within the cryptocurrency industry have always been tricky to maneuver around. However, the ecosystem’s uncertainty is forcing some players to take caution and guard against the changing landscape. One such initiative is being undertaken by Gate.io. The exchange announced the delisting of several cryptocurrencies including EOS, Monero [XMR], and Ripple’s XRP, among others.
The official announcement read that some coins (cryptocurrencies) will not be available to U.S. users effective June 30, due to regulatory uncertainty. It further stated,
“Starting from June 30, 2019, USA users can not access to deposit and trading of the following coins: CNYX, EOS, XRP, TRX, XTZ, BTM, NAS, QTUM, NEO, GAS, XMR, BCN, XEM, WAVES, DCR, ONT, ONG, THETA and TFUEL. These coins will no longer display on the Market list to USA users after Jun 30. If you are a USA user, please withdraw them as soon as possible.”
This unforeseen decision made by the exchange will not affect non-USA users, who will continue to have full access to the above-mentioned coins without any changes.
Interesting enough, Bittrex also recently decided to do something similar a few days back. Bittrex announced that it would be delisting the following coins, namely, ADT, CMCT, GO, MFT, QRL, XEL, AMP, DNT, GTO, and 23 other cryptocurrencies, effective June 21. Similar to Gate.io, the said change would only be applicable for uses residing in the U.S.
The exchange had stated,
“After the Change Date, U.S. Customers will not be able to buy or sell the above-listed Tokens/Coins. On the Change Date, our systems will automatically cancel all open (i.e, unexecuted) orders in the affected markets for U.S. Customers.”
A Twitter user, @shirkhan, tweeted in response to the above-mentioned delisting,
“As of now @BittrexExchange will delist a couple of #cryptos ($XRP NOT affected) for US Users and @gate_io will do so as well ( $XRP getting delisted). Let‘s see if any of the big exchanges will follow suit. This only affects US so far. #XRPCommunity”
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Facebook’s entry a positive signal to blockchain & crypto markets, claims Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse
As the influx of new players into the crypto-ecosystem grows, the industry has come a long way from its inception a decade ago. The industry has forced mainstream institutions such as Facebook and JP Morgan to join the race. While the world speculates on Facebook’s next move as a global power, in-house competitor Ripple is on a partnership spree to ensure a comfortable XRP market.
To clear out the FUD, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse discussed the intent and roadmap behind the recent MoneyGram-Ripple partnership. While enabling XRP-powered money transfer services, Ripple’s $30 million investment seems to be part of a game plan for increased adoption.
Garlinghouse shared his optimism for the move after his company’s beta network recently matched Western Union’s performance for cross-border payments. Further, he is certain about Ripple’s ability to improve MoneyGram’s infrastructure by eliminating the traditional pre-funding process. Garlinghouse added,
“Our (Ripple’s) product allows companies to avoid pre-funds and just shoot the payments in real time. That’s a massive savings in terms of efficiency and capital costs.”
As a result of this partnership, Ripple will hold a 6% – 10% share in MoneyGram, helping the crypto giant’s vision to enable mass adoption. Further, the CEO correlated the development with the company’s ultimate roadmap. He said,
“We will continue to build out and expand the number of corridors. We work with over 200 banks and financial institutions today.”
Garlinghouse also shared Ripple’s contributions toward enabling liquidity in the Mexican and Philippines market. Although the XRP market stands as one of the biggest disruptors in the cryptospace, Garlinghouse applauded Facebook’s recent Libra initiative. He commented,
“It’s incredibly positive signal to the overall blockchain and crypto market to have a player like Facebook leaning in.”
While a positive sign for the crypto-market, it will be interesting to see the direction Facebook’s crypto-initiative takes, which is currently speculated to be pointing toward a consumer-oriented payment system.
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