The third largest cryptocurrency by its market cap, Ripple (XRP), just fell to the lowest price this year.
On Tuesday, Ripple dropped to $0.26 for the first time since December 2017, right before the massive bullish run which saw it climb to $3.75 before New Year. XRP was last seen trading at $0.266 which marks a 3% decline since the beginning of the day.
Currently, XRP is one of the biggest losers in the crypto market. Reporting a 7-day loss of 36%, it is dropping at the fastest rate. The individual market cap of Ripple (XRP) also fell by more than $5.4 billion – making Ripple erase most of the gains during last year’s bull run.
On this day in 2017, Ripple was trading at $0.16 cents, which leaves many analysts to speculate a further drop in the price of the cryptocurrency.
Still, others are confident that Ripple (XRP) may rise and the story of it coming close to the $4 mark may repeat. If that is the case, a $10 investment in Ripple (XRP) today would return $150 (if XRP reaches $4 someday).
Meanwhile, the total market cap is down by more than $14 billion from yesterday and is now below the $200 billion mark – for the first time this year.
So, is it time to ditch Ripple forever – or the perfect time to buy XRP and hold it until it rises?
Five Cannabis Infused Cryptocurrencies To Invest In This Year
DopeCoin Gold (DOPE)DopeCoin Gold has been featured in the coming altcoin news many times - as a blockchain and cryptocurrency which aims to 'provide marijuana enthusiasts with a modern and secure way of doing business for the 21st century’. Created on Bitcointalk, DopeCoin Gold (DOPE) was first launched in early 2014. The creator of this altcoin also founded CryptoBillings which is a payment processing application for vendors interested in accepting crypto. You can purchase DopeCoin Gold as one of the five cannabis infused cryptocurrencies on markets such as Bittrex.
HempCoin (THC)HempCoin launched in 2014 and just like DopeCoin, aims at revolutionizing the cannabis industry by providing a trusted network currency. As the website behind this project notes: “HempCoin is on a mission to achieve mass adoption in the agriculture sector by offering solutions that tackle the issues plaguing cross-border transactions. We aim to offer solutions for the lack of banking and payment services for industrial hemp and legal cannabis businesses.” You can buy HempCoin (THC) on Bittrex.
PotCoin (POT)PotCoin also launched in 2014 and quickly made a name for itself - becoming one of the frontrunners in the cannabis crypto industry. This is why it is in our list of five cannabis cryptocurrencies to watch out for. From its website: “PotCoin provides an underserved legal cannabis industry with a decentralized infrastructure and payment solution. Using PotCoins, industry participants can realize significant cost savings, scalability, and unparalleled enterprise security.” PotCoin can be used to buy weed paraphernalia in different online headshops. The website also advertises a unique Shopify store. Staking rewards are also present on the POT blockchain.
CannabisCoin (CANN)CannabisCoin (CANN) deserves to be in the five cannabis infused cryptocurrencies to watch out for. Even though it was originally planned to produce its own medical-grade marijuana products (priced at 1 gram of weed at 1 CANN coin) the cryptocurrency was also self-titled as 'The Marijuana Bitcoin'.
Paragon (PRG)Paragon is also featured in our altcoin news as one of the five cannabis cryptocurrencies. It launched in 2017 with a main goal of: “…building the next generation of seed-to-sale tracking software based on blockchain, while offering cannabis entrepreneurs a high tech co-working environment.” However, its plans got derailed when the SEC came down hard on the project for violating the rules regarding the issuance of security tokens. The CEO of Paragon, Jessica VerSteeg, is a former Miss Iowa winner. She was in the news for framing the SEC ruling as a positive for Paragon at the time, stating: “Paragon is proud that the PRG token is included in today’s action by the SEC and are thereby being granted the opportunity to avail itself of this groundbreaking path forward while continuing to pioneer efforts and to participate in the ever evolving ICO marketplace.”
Tim Draper Believes Crypto And Libra Are Bridges To A Bitcoin World
“I think all these other cryptos are bridges to where we have a Bitcoin environment,” he said.Appearing in the unique trademark Bitcoin tie, Tim Draper believes that US regulators were too heavy-handed dealing with innovations like Bitcoin, blockchain and related fields - which is what he told CNBC. He did not say anything about other altcoins which might have been featured in our altcoin news section. When it comes to Libra, he said that there was no need to demand regulatory assurances before the product had even launched.
“We’re putting regulation before the innovation — Facebook’s just announced Libra; they haven’t even been able to ship it yet, and the regulators are all over them,” he continued.Currently, many best cryptocurrency news sites explore the link between Libra and Bitcoin. At press time, Bitcoin looks stable and is trading more predictably after a turbulent week which saw a lot of price swings as the Congress debated a cryptocurrency policy. Tim Draper believes that there is lack of Bitcoin support against government. He is in a lot of interviews recently, talking about being a Bitcoin bull, his investments in the crypto space as well as his outlook on the future of the crypto space.
Facebook’s Head Of Blockchain Expects Libra To Be Governed By Swiss Law
“Because the (Libra) Association is headquartered in Geneva, it will be supervised by the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (FINMA). We have had preliminary discussions with FINMA and expect to engage with them on an appropriate regulatory framework for the Libra Association.”Marcus also explained that the association wants to register with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network but it is still unclear why does Libra want to settle in Switzerland and not in the United States. The Laws in both countries have similarities. They both allow digital currencies and exchanges, they try to protect the citizens from extortion, money laundering or any kind of illicit activity, they both use their financial legislature to cover the digital currencies and are still trying to determine what exactly is the best regulation for this sector. One of the main differences between the countries is the attitude they have towards crypto. The United States is always looking at crypto with caution while Switzerland has always been welcoming and open. The Federal Assembly which is the legislative branch of the Swiss government voted in favor of the motion to be guided on the application of current laws towards crypto. Also, the country decided to regulate digital currencies within the framework of their existing laws so they do not have special laws for crypto and ICOs. They chose to be flexible and to govern the different types of currencies depending on each case. On the contrary, in the United States, the small business owners, corporations and legislators have been calling for clarity on crypto regulation for many years. In the meantime, President Donald Trump has shared his opinion that he does not find bitcoin as an asset that you should invest in. the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke at the press conference which we reported about in the latest cryptocurrency news saying:
“Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity, like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, human trafficking … This is indeed a national security issue. I think to a large extent, these cryptocurrencies have been dominated by illicit activities and speculation.”
27 Libra Partners Pressured To Dump Facebook’s Crypto By Activists
- Open Markets Institute, a think tank that opposes corporate monopolies
- Public Citizen, a left-wing consumer-rights organization
- Demand Progress Education Fund, an internet activist group
- Revolving Door Project, an anti-Trump Democratic consortium
“Facebook is eager to present itself as just one voice of many in the Libra Association. No one is fooled by this subterfuge. There’s a reason that Congressional committees are seeking answers from Facebook officials.”In reality, Open Markets, Public Citizen, Demand Progress Education Fund and the Revolving Door Project say that Facebook merely wants to promote its own market dominance.“Achieving a laudable goal should not be cheapened with a project whose aims are in fact unclear and whose leadership structure is based on fear," the letter featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites reads. The quartet urged all 27 Libra partners to withdraw from the project before they become accomplices in what they describe a "sinister scheme led by Zuckerberg."
“We understand that Facebook is a powerful company and that it has in part generated a climate of fear with its market dominance. But if you collectively withdraw from the project, it will signal that the just-beginning era of digital money will be based on fair rules and democratic deliberation and not intimidation by the powerful,” the letter concludes.
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