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XRP, Ethereum [ETH] escape bear’s grasp with significant price hikes

Akash Anand



XRP, Ethereum [ETH] escape bear's grasp with significant price hikes
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The cryptocurrency market seems to have received a saving grace with almost all the coins seeing green across the spectrum after a rough week. The concerns related to the past two weeks, which witnessed a lot of support breaks and massive price drops, seem to have been put in the past, with the market undergoing some recovery. Bitcoin [BTC], which sparked the crash, looks to be gaining at a healthy 7.78%.

At the time of writing, XRP was growing by 8.28%, with a total market cap of $15.084 billion. The cryptocurrency was trading for $0.374 with a 24-hour market volume of $1.106 billion. XRP’s current hold below the $0.4 margin has resulted in a lot of people buying into the Chris Larsen-led cryptocurrency.

A majority of XRP’s trade volume was held by Bitbank, with a hold on $181.692 million of all trade. Bitbank was closely followed by ZBG, with the exchange controlling 10.04% of all the XRP trade.


XRP's 24 hour chart | Source:CoinMarketCap

XRP’s 24-hour chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

XRP was also in the news recently when Cory Johnson, the CMO of Ripple, talked about the benefits of blockchain in finance and how the current setup can be vastly improved. He had said:

“The World Bank said that the average cost of remittance was an all-time historical or low for humanity at 6.94%. The average business has a net profit margin of about 7%, but the cost of moving money across borders is about 7%. That means the average business has no business in being global.”

Another cryptocurrency that was bullish was the Vitalik Buterin co-founded Ethereum [ETH], which was on the rise by 8.11%. The cryptocurrency had a total market cap of $11.909 billion and was trading for $115.15.

A majority of the cryptocurrency’s $2.305 billion trade volume was held by Coinbit, which had a grasp on $336.518 million of all ETH trade. Next in line was Bitfinex, on which 4.12% of all Ethereum trade was taking place.

Ethereum's 24 hour chart | Source:CoinMarketCap

Ethereum’s 24-hour chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum’s fall was also pointed out by Nick Core, a trader, and statistician at Ecosystems LLC, who had said:

“There was a major sell-off last night. Ethereum will still have growth but I don’t think it’ll have the growth I had on the last bull run because there’s less ICOs built on it. As for the scenario now I am looking for a 109 to 120 as our next potential bottom again as we approach. I may adjust that target but that’s what I’m seeing right now.”

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Ripple: SCB Thailand asks crypto-enthusiasts to wait for announcement regarding XRP adoption

Namrata Shukla



SCB Thailand asks crypto enthusiasts to wait for announcement regarding XRP adoption
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The nascent field of cryptocurrencies has been seeking major mainstream adoption, especially from financial institutions. Ripple, the native company of the third largest cryptocurrency, managed to promote its services and would provide payment services to the oldest Thai bank, Siam Commercial Bank [SCB].

The bank however, has not confirmed whether it would be making use of XRP. The Bank had informed its approach towards blockchain technology in various industries and the XRP community rejoiced after rumours of XRP adoption surfaced. However, when a Twitter user asked about the bank using XRP, SCB replied,

“We will be using Blockchain Technology for ripple but as for XRP, you may have to wait for further announcement.”

However, another Twitter user, @_bjb, jumped the gun when he saw the following on SCB,

The user then shared that when he went to use the service, he was informed that the service will be available soon. SCB Thailand apologized for the inconvenience through a tweet and informed all users,

“The information about ripple transfer will be announced soon, we are sorry for the inconvenience.”

The bank also stated that at the moment, it was using Ria Ripple transfer for banks in Japan and that users and crypto-enthusiasts will have to wait for an official announcement.

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