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Stellar Lumens’ IBM partnership misses the point of blockchain completely, says Ripple’s David Schwartz

Namrata Shukla



Ripple's David Schwartz takes a jibe at Stellar Lumens' IBM partnership; says it misses the point
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XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap, rose as the collective coin market pumped on the back of Bitcoin’s bull run. However, Ripple has always been ready to hype XRP and David Schwartz’s statement on Stellar Lumens’ partnership with IBM has done the same. According to Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer [CTO], David Schwartz, the partnership misses the point of blockchain completely.

In a recent AMA session on Quora, Schwartz answered many questions about Ripple, XRP and the partnership between IBM and Stellar. The CTO said,

“The root problem is that global payments infrastructure is centralized – IBM, SWIFT, and the rest of the old guard attempt innovation with blockchain, but do not solve the centralization issue. IBM has positioned itself as the central operator of the Stellar network, meaning it approves all validators and therefore controls the transactions.”

Schwartz said that he did not understand the use of stablecoins, because even though banks have approvals for issuing their own stablecoins, they are not going to make use of each other’s stablecoin. The CTO continued,

“Or go from their stablecoin to Lumens to the other bank’s stablecoin? With the goal of mass adoption, a universal bridge asset has to be geopolitically neutral, and a USD-backed stablecoin doesn’t solve for that. I don’t see how centralized stablecoins can be part of global pools of liquidity that anyone can contribute to and draw off of.”

Schwartz’s statement is similar to that of Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, who had this to say when JP Morgan coin was launched,

“As predicted, banks are changing their tune on crypto. But this JPM project misses the point- introducing a closed network today is like launching AOL after Netscape’s IPO. 2 years later, and bank coins still aren’t the answer”

Garlinghouse was also quoted talking about the use of coins issued by banks, stating that a digital asset issued by a bank can only settle efficiently between banks who have issued it. However, the concerns pointed out by Schwartz over centralization ail Ripple too.

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Namrata is a full-time journalist and is interested in covering everything under the sun, with a special focus on the crypto market.


Has XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?




Hash XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?
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Opinion: Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, has had over ten years to grow. However, other altcoins did not have the liberty, due to which Bitcoin exerts its dominance over almost all altcoins in the ecosystem, be it Ethereum, XRP, or Cardano. The price of altcoins generally tends to rise if Bitcoin’s price surges rapidly. The same can be said about the downtrend as well, which is why altcoins are said to be coupled with Bitcoin.

However, the recent buzz on crypto-twitter is that XRP is on the verge of decoupling from Bitcoin. A Twitter user @XRPMOONSHINE tweeted:


In a very general sense, the comparison of the price change of XRP and BTC gives a crude understanding of whether the prices have actually decoupled or not. Hence, the daily chart attached below shows the price of BTC and XRP against the US Dollar and extends from August 2018 to April 2019. The price of XRP seems to be following a lag from the price of BTC and do not necessarily mean that it has decoupled.

However, there are timeframes where the price of XRP has moved completely unrelated to that of Bitcoin. For example, the meteoric rise of XRP from September 18 to 22 was far higher than the price pump of BTC over the similar timeframe; but the drop of XRP from November 18 to December 16 was exactly the same as that of BTC’s.

Furthermore, XRPMOONSHINE suggested that XRP price was being manipulated. He tweeted:

“It is being manipulated to keep it from rising. For example look at XRP/BTC pair. Keeping it under the down sloping resistance from .80 in September. Thats what I mean by Suppressed, Although im expecting a fairly large move to the upside before 4/24/19.”

The “idea” of the price of XRP being manipulated is not unpopular within the XRP ecosystem as Peter Brandt, a famed trader, suggested the same in one of his tweets.

Brandt tweeted:


XRP may have started to decouple from Bitcoin, but it surely hasn’t decoupled completely. The notion that XRP is being manipulated to keep its price below certain levels can also not be confirmed without proof.

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