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Ripple in Trouble: Will JP Morgan Coin Affect the Price Prediction of XRP?

  • Darryn Pollock
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    In a surprising move, bank JP Morgan has announced a cryptocurrency that sounds a lot like what Ripple is trying to do with XRP

Ripple in Trouble: Will JP Morgan Coin Affect the Price Prediction of XRP?
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After being in the news for all the right reasons recently — from donating to blockchain studies at universities and making key banking partnerships — Ripple and its XRP token are suddenly under fire by Wall Street bank JP Morgan.

The bank, whose CEO once famously slated Bitcoin, has seemingly changed its tact with the announcement of its own stable cryptocurrency, the JPM Coin. This new cryptocurrency has been used in just one trial transaction, but many are already hailing it as a game changer for digital assets.

JP Morgan Chase’s plans for its clients to use JPM Coin in cross-border payments is a direct threat to one of the most regulated and in-line blockchain companies: Ripple and their XRP token.

A slap in the face

There has been ongoing rumblings about dissatisfaction with the current method of international payments, SWIFT. For this reason, Ripple has been taking aim at replacing the outdated system. However, it seems like they are not the only ones with JP Morgan now coming to the fire with their own version.

Ripple has been working hard, but at their core, they are a startup that is now in competition with a major Wall Street bank which has a lot of sway and brand recognition in the financial sector.

“This is a huge slap in the face for Ripple,’’ said Tom Shaughnessy, principal at Delphi Digital, a crypto research boutique in New York. “Ripple’s target market is cross-border payments and remittances and now JPMorgan’s effort is a direct threat.’’

Not bothered

With that being said, Ripple and its CEO Brad Garlinghouse, as well as the price of the XRIP token, have barely taken note of this big announcement.

The price of the XRP token has remained quite steady since the announcement, trading sideways for most of the week. Additionally, Garlinghouse tweeted after the news broke:

As predicted, banks are changing their tune on crypto,” Garlinghouse wrote in a Tweet. “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.”

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Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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Crypto Exchange Huobi Completes $40 Mln Token Burn for Q3

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi announces the results of its quarterly burn

Crypto Exchange Huobi Completes $40 Mln Token Burn for Q3
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According to a press release obtained by U.Today, Singapore-based exchange Huobi continues to reduce the supply of its native Huobi Token. In Q3, it burned $40.63 mln worth of HT, which represents a 70.6 percent increase compared to the previous year. 

Huobi purchases back outstanding tokens from investors in order to reduce the circulating supply of HT and stabilize its price. It is worth noting that the amount of tokens it burns every quarter depends on particular market conditions.   

The company cites the success of its spot trading and derivatives trading markets as the main reason for another token burn. 

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Huobi Token is the second-largest exchange coin token after Binance Coin (BNB). At press time, the coin's price is sitting at $3.46 with its market cap exceeding $810 mln, according to CoinStatsData.    

Huobi Global CEO Livio Weng claims that the cryptocurrency plays "a core role" in the Huobi ecosystem.  

"Huobi Token plays a core role in the Huobi ecosystem. The continued growth from Huobi’s token burns reflects the community’s active participation and optimistic outlook for our efforts to provide users with new services, lower fees, and a secure platform to trade on."

One of the oldest crypto trading platforms has already burned 13.8 percent of its native coin's circulating supply, which is currently sitting at 234,205,522.92 HT. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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