From crypto’s potential impact on some of the world’s largest payment companies to Square’s big push to bring Bitcoin to the mainstream, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and XRP
In a new note to clients, MoffettNathanson analyst Lisa Ellis says Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and XRP could have a major impact on incumbents like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.
“As progress is steadily being made to address shortcomings and compelling use cases emerge – like crypto as an alternative to fiat currency in high-inflation economies – the threat should not be ignored.
Cryptocurrency systems (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple) are potentially disruptive to private payment systems. Their core design characteristics – which are aimed at enabling ‘freedom of money’ – are in direct contrast to the characteristics of most traditional, private payment systems.”
As reported by Bloomberg, the note also specifically points out the impact that Ripple’s use of XRP could have on the cross-border payments industry.
“Another more imminent concern is the risk of ceding the cross-border person-to-person and business-to-business payments markets to players such as Ripple and Veem that are leveraging crypto, which is particularly well-suited for these kinds of payments.”
Square just revealed its quarterly earnings, showing the company sold $166 million worth of Bitcoin in 2018.
The amount of BTC sold by the company increased each quarter, reaching a high of $52 million sold in the fourth quarter of last year.
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Leading crypto exchange Binance hosted an ask-me-anything with Tron CEO Justin Sun on Telegram.
Sun talked about the company’s strategy for integrating the Tron network with the file-sharing platform BitTorrent. Sun also talked about BitTorrent Token’s six-year schedule of airdrops, Tron’s upcoming hard fork and more.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) February 27, 2019
The Cardano Foundation also hosted an ask-me-anything about the future of the platform. Chairperson Nathan Kaiser talked about the foundation’s agenda and Cardano’s development, and how Cardano’s native cryptocurrency ADA compares to Bitcoin.
Earlier this month, Cardano Foundation opened a call for questions, which was an opportunity for the community to ask questions for the Foundation. Read the questions and answers here: https://t.co/03y6rHbs8H
— Cardano Foundation (@CardanoStiftung) February 27, 2019
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, EOS
Crypto exchange Zebpay just announced zero-free trading worldwide for the six leading cryptocurrencies it supports: BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, BCH and EOS.
There are no minimum requirements for investors, and no limits to the amount of trades investors can make per day. The exchange currently supports 131 countries.
“The ethos of the Crypto space is all about empowering individuals through decentralization. In this scenario, we strongly felt that it wasn’t fair to tax the actions of these empowered individuals. That’s why we got rid of the trading fee entirely. No maker-fees. No taker-fees.”