Since Satoshi brought Bitcoin to the world, decentralization has been a key value in every blockchain and cryptocurrency project, and Ripple’s XRP is precisely among such. Not only in crypto, BitTorrent (which is now running over Tron’s blockchain network) was also created to be decentralized, so the idea is not exclusive to digital assets but for every internet project that looks to guarantee freedom for users.
And this is why Ripple and its native token (XRP) has been so controversial. XRP is not your standard cryptocurrency. It’s was all pre-mined by Ripple Labs before it went online. On top of that Ripple’s goal has been to help the traditional financial system (think banks, and remittance systems) to eliminate friction in settling payments across borders. This, in particular, has not been that popular among crypto enthusiasts because the whole point in Bitcoin (as stated by the mythical Satoshi himself) is to get rid of banks, fiat currencies, and the global financial system.
And wait, have you been following the recent Ver/Wright hash power show? We believe it has cleared the FUD about Ripple’s XRP being centralized (of course, only for the people who can think neutrally). We all have been facing FUD that XRP is centralized (somehow) and isn’t a ‘real’ cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Now, what is this? We all have seen how only a couple of individuals have tanked things completely. We think this has worked nothing short of vindication for Ripple’s XRP.
Also, Ripple Labs is a private company. It aims to make profits, as any company should. This has created suspicion about the Ripple’s network level of centralization.
Ripple’s David Schwartz has gone out of his way to explain to everybody who will listen that Ripple’s network is, indeed, decentralized, as well as XRP.
And Mr. Schwartz has a point. At least 70% of all Bitcoin’s mining is done in China, despite the Chinese government’s hostility to Bitcoin (but not to alt-coins in general). So while every node in Bitcoin’s network is, in principle, independent, the whole system could be brought down if the Chinese government should decide to block the network from the rest of the world, which is precisely what it did to Google.
Some other blockchain projects are in similar situations as they are mainly based in China, and they’ve not been accused of being centralized as XRP has.
So, compared to Bitcoin, or Ethereum or many other blockchains and cryptocurrencies, Ripple is quite decentralized despite the controversy it’s created.
Another thing to take into account is that XRP was last year’s most profitable coin. It outperformed Bitcoin, and there’s every sign that it will do the deed again this year. While XRP has been fluctuating, it’s been trading on green numbers for most of the last 30 days (it’s at $0.4737 as we write this) and it’s also been gaining ground in the XRP/BTC pairing.
The crypto market will have to decouple from BTC sooner or later (the sooner, the better) and it seems that Ripple’s XRP is leading the way.
There are reasons for that. XRP is proving itself to be useful in the real world. It was initially meant to be a mediating coin for banks to settle international payments. And it’s succeeding. But now you can have a debit card that allows you to use your XRP tokens to pay for goods and services as if it was your standard savings account, and the options keep growing.
So how worried should you be about XRP? We think you could be optimistic. Centralization has never been a real issue for Ripple or XRP, and the token has been profitable and growing consistently. And it’s still very cheap, so it remains a good option.
Just keep this in mind: the market has been going down for 11 months now, but XRP has been going up (despite fluctuations). There is no safe bet in crypto, of course. We know that, and so should you. But as these things go, XRP is not the worst you could do.
Do your homework and research. You’ll find that Ripple’s XRP is very underrated.
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