Forget bitcoin: Competing ripple rockets 16,000% this year

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By Express News Desk|Updated: December 21, 2017

The cost of the world’s 4th largest digital currency ripple has passed the one-dollar turning point for the very first time. Ripple has risen 160 times in value in 2017.

Ripple was trading at $1.09 as of 13:44 GMT on Thursday with a market cap of $42 billion. The cryptocurrency deserved just over 0.006 cents in January.

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The rally in the reasonably inexpensive virtual currency followed several months of sideways trading. Ripple started its upward relocation a week back on positive news for the banking-oriented cryptocurrency. The rise was likewise set off by a general boost in costs among rival altcoins with investors browsing to move funds away from an overstretched and decreasing bitcoin.

Reports that ripple might appear on Coinbase in 2018 reportedly fueled the cost rise with the currency anticipated to cost a couple of dollars or more next year if extensively utilized as a digital asset.

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Furthermore, banks such as Standard Chartered and Axis Bank revealed a new cross-border payment platform built on top of technology developed by ripple. The platform connects corporates in Singapore and India.

American Express introduced instant blockchain-based payments using ripple for US corporate clients sending out funds to UK-based organisations which bank with the British branch of Santander. At the same time, Michael Arrington’s $100 million cryptocurrency hedge fund will be supposedly valued in ripple’s XRP.

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Ripple was begun in 2012 in California and is currently listed on 30 exchanges. The digital currency is carefully linked to the banking world, as it was at first created as a worldwide payment and transmission system. Ripple, the company behind the cryptocurrency, has actually accredited its blockchain technology to over 100 banks since October.