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Ripple Priсe Prediction for the End of 2019 – What to Expect from XRP?

🏦🌡️💰⚖️Ripple price prediction for 2019: Is it possible for XRP to reach $1, $5, or $10? Expert opinions, Ripple growth factors, statistics
Ripple Priсe Prediction for the End of 2019 – What to Expect from XRP?
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A unique and potent crypto asset, Ripple has survived through the recent long bearish period, even though its price fell. It continues its hit-and-miss competition with Ethereum for the second place in the chart of top crypto coins. Traders put hopes in Ripple, but its future is hard to predict: there are so many factors to be taken into account!

What will drive Ripple price growth this year, and is it possible for XRP to reach $1, $5, or $10? Let’s explore detailed insight into technical and financial analysis.

Ripple is still potent?

Ripple was made to exchange money anywhere all over the globe in a jiffy. It is one of the quickest cryptographic forms of money with regards to exchange time. The exchange is made with XRP tokens – fiat money is converted into crypto and back to be quickly exchanged. Due to its proprietary consensus algorithm, a financial operation takes 4 seconds – it’s the quickest way to convert currency!

Why is Ripple technically advanced and outperforms many other crypto assets? The commission for Ripple exchanges is considerably less when compared with the typical exchanges performed through banks ($0.00001 only). This is one of the primary reasons for XRP to grow its traction – banks are interested in cutting operational costs and reducing operational time.  

Ripple’s unbeatable advantages include:

  1. Fast transactions that take up to 4 seconds.

  2. Proper resistance to hacking and downtime.

  3. Extremely low transaction fees.

  4. Possibility to exchange ANY fiat currency or asset (oil, gold) with the same commissions.

  5. Since the blockchain is managed by Ripple Labs, an official company, it’s created to be used by banks and is not as strictly regulated as some other cryptocurrencies.

  6. Ripple has established a partnership with a large number of banks, including Axis Bank, Union Credit, UBS, Santander, and others. There’s the whole gamut of serious investors.

Ripple price forecast 2019 from a technical standpoint

There are many websites that provide Ripple predictions based on technical analysis of charts, XRP price performance, and overall crypto market trends. What do they say?

Different views on long-term XRP price predictions

Lots of websites state that XRP’s value won’t be higher than $1. For example, Wallet Investor’s forecast for 2019 is $0.05. DigitalCoin predicts XRP price of $0.62 by the end of 2019. Such websites as FXStreet and posted forecasts claiming XRP is to be worth $3-$5 in 2019.

Whom to believe? How come unbiased technical forecasts appear to be so different?

Practice shows that trusting technical analyses is no good – you should make your own decisions based on personal experience and knowledge.

Thus, we go on.

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What do experts say?

In 2018, people believed that Ripple could have made it to $500 thanks to the release of xRapid technology, which would enable Ripple to make cross-border payments. However, a great breakout didn’t happen – XRP was suppressed by a huge bearish wave that covered the entire crypto market.

Here’s what Brad Garlinghouse (Ripple’s CEO) said in one of his interviews:

I’ve publicly stated that by the end of this year I have confidence that major banks will use xRapid as a liquidity tool, this calendar year. By the end of next year [2019], I would certainly hope we would see in the order of magnitude of dozens.

Many crypto pundits believe in Ripple’s potential. They have the following opinions:



Roman Guelfi-Gibbs (Pinnacle Brilliance Systems Inc.):

Ripple has more potential to make a jump in 2019. As the market implement more projects based on Ripple, it will outperform Ethereum. In 2018, it was too early for Ripple to reign, now is the right time.

Shidan Gouran (Global Blockchain Technologies):

Ripple wasn’t likely to outperform Bitcoin and Ethereum due to three reasons. First, is its low market cap. Second, Ripple isn’t suited for everyday purchases. Thirdly, Ripple isn’t bought with fiat money - ETH or BTC is required for that. Thus, the demand for ETH and BTC will only continue growing.

John-Paul McCaffrey (Long Island University):

Even though there’s no fiat exchange for Ripple, that might change soon.

Samson Williams ( SeedUps):

Ripple is the product of banks, and we will witness its bump after the 2018 recession.

Even though no one gives exact price predictions, a lot of experts are sure that Ripple has only started its way to the top – it will explode the market.

What will drive Ripple’s growth in 2019?

One of the main proofs of Ripple’s success is its listing on major crypto exchanges. Recently, Ripple was accused of paying its way to Coinbase, but Ripple Labs representatives deny this fact. In 2018, XRP grew by 200% – it was the results of creators and the community’s efforts. In 2019, the scenario might repeat. What will boost Ripple price growth?

  • 2019 is the year of massive adoption. According to Brad Garlinghouse, this year will be ideal for the massive adoption of crypto assets, and the number of crypto exchanges working with Ripple will only increase. For example, Bitrue was one of the latest crypto exchanges to add Ripple. Kraken has also introduced the XRP/BCH trading option. New trading pairs mean higher liquidity.

  • Growing interest from banks is the main driver of Ripple’s future success. Many Japanese banks are interested in working with Ripple, and the attention to the blockchain continues growing. That might trigger XRP price growth.

  • Ripple’s gaining more trust. According to surveys, traders don’t doubt XRP might deliver the biggest returns in 2019. Even though its market cap is far from Bitcoin’s, it will conquer the place of the market leader in terms of popularity.

  • New partnerships are around the corner. International banks aren’t the only organizations supporting Ripple. It will also soon partner with R3’s Corda Network where XRP will be leveraged – that will bring Ripple 280+ new partners, among which a few central banks should be mentioned. SBI Holdings wants to completely change the Japanese financial sphere in 5 years, and Ripple is here to help with that.

  • Western Union is interested in working with Ripple. Collaboration with the world’s leading international exchange company is very promising!

  • Ripple introduction to the Middle East market. In Dubai and places nearby, there’s a high demand for cross-border payments, and Ripple might provide the platform and fuel for such operations. It’s the market niche that hasn’t been occupied yet.

  • New suite of products called RippleNet will include xRapid, xVia, the InterLedger Protocol and xCurrent. They will help Ripple stand out from the crowd of competitors and stay ahead of the race.

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There’s a huge amount of factors that contribute to XRP price growth – it’s only a question of time. As long as the big plans are being fulfilled, we can expect Ripple to gain momentum and soar to the sky. All in all, it might be not as decentralized and anonymous as some other cryptocurrencies, but it boasts institutional stability and support from major market players. Isn’t that enough?

So, how much will XRP be by the end of 2019?

There has been a lot of speculation upon the Ripple price recently. Some claim it will be $100 or even $500 in the nearest future, but that’s no more than empty talk – we have already discussed the real possibilities of XRP price growth. Even an XRP price of $10 is a hard achievement.

Short-term perspective

Ripple has been through two falling wedges – the second is to end soon

The chart shows the XRP price during the last months. We can observe two falling wedges that precede a breakout defined by where those were formed. The first wedge took 256 days and raised the prices by 192% from $0.26 to $0.86. The second wedge has been lasting for over 150 days already, and a breakout might occur any time. But now, Ripple’s value continues moving sideways.

If we witness a breakout, there are two possible scenarios: either XRP reaches $0.57, or gets up to $0.80.

What’s the problem for Ripple to reach $1? Unfortunately, despite serious work done to promote Ripple, the crypto market dictates its own conditions. Ripple market cap stays at around $12 bln, and with the current circulating amount of XRP, the price of $0.30 – $0.40 is justified.

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Will Ripple reach $10 this year?

Many crypto experts say that Ripple should overcome the $0.40 – $0.50 resistance level to break the vicious circle and grow to $1. Will it happen in Q1 2019? Not likely – there are no factors for that (at least, on the market).

However, as soon as institutional investors start pumping money into Ripple blockchain, things might change for the better. We can expect the XRP price to be:

  • Around $1-2 during Q2 2019

  • Around $3-5 during Q3 2019

  • Around $5-10 during Q4 2019 (it’s an ideal scenario)

What hinders Ripple development?

The Ripple blockchain isn’t devoid of disadvantages – there are some things that repel potential buyers, for example:

  1. Ripple is a highly centralized currency that’s controlled by Ripple Labs. Besides, 61% of XRP’s reserve belongs to the company. That hurts liquidity, and some traders accuse Ripple Labs of controlling the market.

  2. Ripple cannot be bought with fiat currency – ETH or BTC are required for that. Since other cryptocurrencies are involved in the trading process, Ripple competitors remain the main beneficiaries.

  3. Ripple is designed for banks mostly. It cannot be used to make online purchases, and it’s not the most convenient cryptocurrency for trading. Lack of versatility hurts the coin – it should only rely on corporate users.

  4. The cryptocurrency market is in the cool off period. The golden days of ICOs have gone away – we cannot see such a massive investment fever. Traders started making wiser decisions; they aren’t eager to take high risks anymore. Although Ripple is a very interesting cryptocurrency, it only takes place in an investment portfolio and doesn’t serve any practical purpose for individual investors. Besides, it has been stagnant during recent months, so it holds low appeal for crypto enthusiasts.

The cryptocurrency market needs a proper shake for XRP’s price to make any considerable movements.

Bottom line

If we observe all kinds of XRP price predictions, it becomes clear that technical analysis is too pessimistic. It’s possible for Ripple to break resistance levels and, probably, beat the previous $3.65 price record as soon as xRapid is fully implemented. Investors and partners might also contribute to huge Ripple growth, but it will take longer than a year. At the moment, even a $5 XRP price prediction seems to be somewhat fantastic.

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

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Zcash Price Prediction — How Much Will ZEC Cost in 2019-20-25?

💣💥In this article, U.Today takes a closer look at one of the best-known privacy coins on the cryptocurrency market that was once embraced by no other but Edward Snowden
Zcash Price Prediction — How Much Will ZEC Cost in 2019-20-25?
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Zcash is a privacy-centered cryptocurrency that allows performing anonymous transactions while using a public Blockchain. The coin uses zero-knowledge cryptography, where something can be verified without revealing any additional details. The project’s roots lie in Zerocoin, the project that was developed by cryptographer Matthew Green, but the two projects currently have very little in common (as stated by Green himself).

Alt: Zcash founder Zooko Wilcox
As reported earlier by U.Today, Zcash Company has been recently renamed to Electric Coin Company, but the 30-strong team will continue to work on the project.

Private transactions

The privacy-centric cryptocurrency Zcash has one famous fan – whistleblower Edward Snowden. In 2017, he called ZEC ‘the best alternative to Bitcoin’. The Zcash network has two types of addresses: transparent and shielded (t- and z-addresses respectively). The latter type of addresses is not visible on Blockchain. However, there the network also has some pain points that should be taken into account:

  • Z-transactions require a lot of computational power, which takes a toll on their adoption.

  • Centralization concerns (Zcash is not fully decentralized since the team behind the coin holds 10 percent of its total supply).

  • Limited storage options (there are no mobile wallets that support Zcash).

Facing major competitors

Zcash remains the second biggest privacy coin after Monero, but this niche of the cryptocurrency industry is getting more and more crowded. As reported by U.Today, Litecoin is mulling over adding Confidential Transactions (CFs) as early as in 2019, which would make the coin an anonymous version of Bitcoin. Moreover, Beam and Grin, two brand-new anonymous cryptocurrencies that are based on the ‘tongue-tying’ Mimblewimble algorithm, also appeared on the market in 2019.
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However, Electric Coin Company CEO Zooko Wilcox believes that these new coins will not be able to compete with Zcash.

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Regulators fear it

2018 was the year of a regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrencies since governments around the globe want to prevent money laundering and other types of illicit activities.

Zcash has already been embraced by numerous cryptocurrency exchanges, including Coinbase, but the problem is that its complete anonymity opens the doors to scammers and even terrorists. The network allows disabling the privacy feature, so the asset will continue gaining listings on other exchanges.

On the flip side, it is worth noting that privacy coins are serving as powerful tools that protect their users from identity theft and other types of crimes.

Zcash price history  

The price of ZEC has declined 98.82 percent since its very first exchange listing when the coin started trading at $4,293.
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Back in January, Zcash reached its new peak of $876, but it fell quickly when the broader cryptocurrency market took a hammering.       
On Dec. 06, ZEC finally got listed on Coinbase, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the US. At the time of writing this article, Zcash is trading at $50.82.

Considering the technology behind Zcash (zk-SNARKs), some might find it surprising that the coin is still not in the top 10. However, the coin has very little real-world adoption compared to its competitors.  

Price pump after halving

Notably, Zcash has the same supply curve as Bitcoin, which means that the asset is becoming more and more scarce. The Zcash community currently has two high-stake halvings that will produce a direct impact on the coin’s price. When all 17 mln ZEC coins are mined, it is quite reasonable to assume that the coin’s price could skyrocket up to $4,000.

Zcash is currently working on reducing the coin’s inflation rate (it stands at 0.1 percent, which is quite high compared to other cryptocurrencies). The introduction of the so-called ‘harmony mining’ will help reduce the mining reward.

In 2020, the Zcash halving will take place – it is expected to reduce the mining rewards by half. That will undoubtedly produce a positive effect on the Zcash price.  

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$60,000 by 2025?

Back in 2018, Grayscale Investments predicted that Zcash could hit a staggering $60,000 by 2025 if it replaced ‘offshore’ bank transfers. Everyone, not just a handful of billionaires, will have access to their own proverbial ‘Swiss bank account’. The price of this asset could increase exponentially if it occupies even a small chunk of this market. For instance, ZEC would cost $6,289 if it represented only one percent of the collective ‘offshore wealth’.

However, the above-mentioned $60,000 figure is far-fetched since one should take into account the harsh competition among privacy coins. Monero (XMR) has already become the dark web’s darling, and its market cap is three times bigger than that of Zcash.

Market sentiment

Of course, one should keep in mind that no one can predict for sure what happens to the cryptocurrency market in the next five years. The price of ZEC price greatly depends on the overall market sentiment, which means that it will probably mimic Bitcoin. If Bitcoin goes down, all altcoins go down as well. However, that wasn’t the case in the mining department – Zcash mining was 400 percent more profitable in June 2018.

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The bottom line

Zcash poses a viable alternative to Bitcoin. This is one of the most prominent privacy coins that allows performing anonymous transactions. While the future of the cryptocurrency looks promising, there are multiple factors that could thwart its growth:

  • Lack of adoption (it won’t be able to compete with other privacy coins if the pace of adoption remains too slow).

  • Bad reputation (Zcash has already been mentioned by Europol as one of the cryptocurrencies that is used by cybercriminals).

  • Regulations (as mentioned above, regulatory clampdown seems imminent if Zcash adoption continues to grow).

  • The overall decline of the crypto market (Zcash won’t be able to survive if Bitcoin and major altcoins hit a snag).   

According to BuySellHodl, which displays real-time price predictions, Zcash is one of the lowest-rated cryptocurrencies with a 46 percent ‘Buy’ rating (Bitcoin SV was the only cryptocurrency lower on the list with only 29 percent of responders willing to buy it). With that being said, Zcash investors also have every reason to believe that the coin’s price will grow substantially after the upcoming halving.

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