BTC is Better For Global Remittances Than XRP - Bitspark

CEO George Harrap is sure that the first cryptocurrency is much more practical because it is accepted by much more companies to pay
28 May 2019   685

The head of Bitspark, George Harrap, expressed the opinion that Bitcoin is better suited for cross-border payments than the Ripple's XRP token, which was specifically designed for this purpose, Crypto Briefing reports.

In particular, Harrap is sure that the first cryptocurrency is much more practical because it is accepted by much more companies to pay. At the same time, various services use XRP rarely because of its insufficient liquidity when exchanging for fiat currencies. This situation makes the Ripple token expensive to pay.

Bitspark researchers have published a report that assesses the suitability of various cryptocurrencies for making international payments. Thus, experts assigned Bitcoin and Ethereum “medium degree of suitability”. At the same time Stellar, thanks to the built-in decentralized exchange and the convenience of issuing stablecoins, received a higher mark.

The xRapid and xCurrent solutions, where the XRP token is used, are assigned a low degree of suitability due to their low liquidity when interacting with fiat money. In particular, according to Harrap, xRapid is convenient for operations with one currency, however, interaction with several monetary units is fraught with considerable difficulties. For example, an attempt to convert US dollars to Kenyan shillings will require payment routing through various channels and, possibly, conversion into various currencies, which translates into significant commissions.

The number of Ripple gateways that exist hasn’t changed in four years and basically consists of bitcoin exchanges for people to speculate on the price of XRP for BTC. None of these companies are remittance companies, nor are they using XRP for its intended purpose.
 

George Harrap

Head, Bitspark

Also in the company's report says that despite the low rate of transactions, the level of mass adoption of bitcoin is high, and it is more often used in payments than XRP.

There are no liquid Nigerian naira (NGN) and Ethereum (ETH) market, EOS and Vietnamese dong or XRP and Philippine peso markets. The only market which has sufficient liquidity and people willing to provide a local currency in exchange for a cryptocurrency is usually bitcoin.
 

George Harrap

Head, Bitspark

CoinMetrics researchers recently revealed a discrepancy of $ 84 million in Ripple reporting and XRP blockchain data.

VanEck & SolidX to Withdraw BTC ETF Application

Bitwise and Wilshire Phoenix' Bitcoin applications are still pending
18 September 2019   180

The bid for Bitcoin ETF launch by VanEck and SolidX, considered the most likely candidate for approval, was withdrawn amid continuing uncertainty from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

VanEck and SolidX planned to place their Bitcoin ETFs on the Chicago Options Exchange (Cboe). However, as follows from the notification published on Tuesday, on September 13, the latter withdrew the application for a change in the rules, which, if approved, would allow launching the corresponding tool.

Previously, SEC postponed the solution several times at the request of VanEck and SolidX. The last time this happened in August was when the decision on Bitcoin ETFs from Bitwise Asset Management and Wilshire Phoenix was also postponed.

The final deadlines for decision making on Bitwise and VanEck / SolidX applications were on October 13 and 18, respectively. Wilshire Phoenix's decision is due on September 29th.

It should be noted that over the past few years, various companies have sought approval from the SEC to launch exchange-traded funds, but each time the regulator refused. Most often, the reasons for the negative decision were explained by the risks of market manipulations and insufficiently developed market control tools.