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Into The Walls Of Cryptocurrency, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Side

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Into The Walls Of Cryptocurrency, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Side

Everything in this universe has its ups and down (good and Bad sides) to be precise. Well, the same thing is applied to the Cryptocurrency space.

Cryptocurrency, as we all know is a digital currency that operates independently from a Central bank based on blockchain technology. Cryptocurrency market is driven by Speculators, especially Bitcoin. Most Cryptocurrency traders always look at the bright side (Good) of Crypto coins whilst ignoring the other sides (Bad and Ugly) when trading.

Will, it is advisable to check all sides (Good, Bad and the Ugly) before trading. Just relax as we dive into the walls of Cryptocurrency.  

First and foremost, the Good side. Cryptocurrency has been in the system for some time now. The question is what makes it so special? is it its characteristics and the ability to make transactions so simple and efficient. Just as the former member and Chairman of Overstock.com, Jonathan Johnson indicated that crypto does indeed make doing business easier.

In terms of speed in relation to transactions (withdrawal). The processing speed of real money at the bank is very slow compared to cryptocurrency since it has to go through a lot of processing like account verification (signature, id verification, etc.) With Cryptocurrency, since crypto miners are always active.

Withdrawing your Cryptocurrency is easy, fast and reliable.

Crypto coin such as XRP has the fastest and secure blockchain. It has an average of 1,700+ TPS which speeds up transactions. There are other Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin cash, Litecoin and many more with high speed that makes business easier as said above.

When withdrawing real money from a bank using a credit card. The processing fee is much higher than that of Cryptocurrencies. Most Cryptocurrency wallets such as ebitpoint and coinbase transactional fee are much lesser and very fast to process.

In short, Cryptocurrency has a neutral and standardized confirmation policy supported by software with no third party involved.

The Bad side of Cryptocurrency has a negative effect on society in general. As youth nowadays are now Crypto addict. Especially the get rich type, since all they think about is getting rich by investing without any advice from an expert.

Mining Cryptocurrency requires a lot of power (electricity). The amount of power drawn during mining is very massive. Aside from causing financial loss to the state it also generates a large amount of pollution (noise pollution).

It can be used worldwide and very difficult to trace, especially in darknet where all illegal activities go on and the major mode of payment is mostly via Cryptocurrency.

I hate to tell you that Cryptocurrency has an ugly side. Yes, an ugly side. As technology grows, Cryptocurrency crime grows alongside. Crypto crime has been in crypto space since the invention of Cryptocurrency, which has attracted all sort of crypto criminal activities such as money laundering (Allowing money that was used by criminal activity and using that to buy Cryptocurrency in other to hide the link).

ICO scam (scammers baiting crypto investors into sending coin or token to unknown address with huge returns and bosting as leaders of certain companies), illegal pornography, weapons, and other illicit commodities.

Volatility is the well-known ugliest side of Cryptocurrency. That is the instability of prices as a result of a vast array of factors. For example, China, Japan, and the United States hold the largest Cryptocurrency in the world. If their government decides to ban its citizens from the use of Cryptocurrency out of their system, the price of Cryptocurrency will fall drastically. The price of Cryptocurrency can be $5000 and in the next 10 seconds, it will rise to $5900 or fall to $ 3000 due to market activities.

As a crypto enthusiast, it is my advice for all Crypto traders to get worried as everything has its ups and down in relation to crypto space. But no need to panic, the rate at which the price of Cryptocurrency is rising is good for business.

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Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price

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Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price

Time and again, several members of the XRP community have opined that the massive dump of the crypto asset in the market has impacted on its price, negatively. Now, there are speculations for another dip in XRP’s price. The latter is after Whale Alert informed on September 7, 2019, that 100 million XRP tokens have been transferred to Jed McCaleb, Ripple’s co-founder. 

Ripple Sends XRP Worth About $26 Million to McCaleb’s Wallet

According to Whale Alert, Ripple transferred 100 million XRP valued at $26,322,440 to Jed McCaleb’s wallet. The transfer has led to the sentiment in the crypto space that XRP might tank below its $0.262 price today. Also, the opinion is due to McCaleb’s reputation for dumping huge amounts of XRP in the market.

McCaleb is Ripple’s co-founder, and in 2014, Ripple transferred 9 billion XRP to him as his share for founding the company in 2012. However, the blockchain company entered a seven-year agreement with McCaleb to control how much XRP he can sell in the market yearly.

Per the agreement, the co-founder could sell $10,000 worth of XRP per week in the first year, $20,000 per week in the second, third, and fourth years, and “750 million XRP per year for the fifth and sixth years.” In the same vein, he could choose to dump 1 billion XRP yearly for the seventh year, and 2 billion XRP yearly after the seventh year.

McCaleb’s Dump of XRP Impacts of Asset’s Market Price

Given that this is the fifth year since the agreement was made, McCaleb can choose to dump thousands of XRP tokens daily. In 2014 when he announced his plans to sell a significant part of his XRP holdings, the value of the asset declined by 40%. As such, the continuous dump of the asset has also been pointed out as one of the reasons why it is not spiking like other top cryptocurrencies.

Asides from being reputable in the XRP community, McCaleb is also a name associated with Mt Gox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges. He founded the platform and sold it off years before its hack. Similarly, McCaleb is the creator of Stellar (XLM), the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Nonetheless, the crypto community has aired its views about the potential for McCaleb to release another share of XRP to the market. Crypto BitLord, for instance, said: “Wow. Another cool $26M Jed can unload at market. This shits out of control.” Another remarked that: “know, right?! Private businesses shouldn’t be allowed to exist. The name “Jed” should be banned.”

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Whale Moves $1 Billion Worth of Bitcoins, Pays Only $600 as Transaction Fee

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Whale Moves $1 Billion Worth of Bitcoins, Pays Only $600 as Transaction Fee

Bitcoin’s price may have stabilized for the past few days, but it seems the whales are up to something. On September 6, 2019, Whale Alert, a platform that monitors large crypto transfers informed that an individual has moved $1 billion worth of Bitcoin to a single wallet. The massive transfer has caused a wave of anxiety in the market that a dump could be pending.

94,504 BTC is Moved to an Unknown Wallet

According to Whale Alert, 94,504 BTC valued at $1,018,147,922 was transferred today, from an unknown wallet to another wallet. A review of the wallet that made the transfer showed that its funds were accumulated before being moved to the recipient.

Hours after the massive transfer, the crypto community is still on its toes trying to ascertain what the individual is up to. Comments made on Whales Alert’s tweet threw more light on the transaction. Alex Krüger, for instance, remarked that this is the largest Bitcoin transfer from a non-exchange platform, and the funds could be on the move.

Crypto Community Opines Bakkt Customers are Moving Funds 

Other members of the community opined that the transfers could’ve been made by clients transferring their Bitcoins to Bakkt, a Bitcoin futures platform. In their opinion, Bakkt had announced earlier that it would allow customers to move their Bitcoin to its cold storage starting from today, September 6, 2019. As such, the recent whale transfers and the said event could be closely related.

There were, however, others in the space who found the thought of over $1 billion worth of Bitcoin being sent to a wrong address hilarious. If that were the case, it would’ve meant the individual behind the transfer had just lost their entire holdings since Bitcoin transactions are irreversible. 

$600 Paid as Fee for Billion Dollar Transaction

These aside, it was also noted that only $600 (0.06 BTC) was paid as the transaction fee. Given that a billion was sent but it only attracted a few dollars in fees, several members of the space pointed out how remarkable that was.

On the other hand, the sender seems to be covering their footprint since efforts to track the payments from the sending wallets is proving a challenge. A crypto user, for instance, said:

“I don’t know how many of these “mixing wallets” there are. Every single tx I follow leads to a new one. Someones trying to hide these coins, that’s for sure. All of them look like they are still active today.”

Nonetheless, these wallets will still be monitored closely in a bid to ascertain if the sender’s motive is to dump the BTC in the market, which could tank the asset’s price. 

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