Global Coin Report had earlier anticipated the XRP mega breakout that happened on Friday, 21st of September. All our team had to do, was observe the charts and recognize there was a massive spike in the trade volume of the digital asset right after the announcement that xRapid might go live in the next month or so. There was also the additional interest of the digital asset via social media platforms. The discussions are still evident and include how Ripple solutions in the financial industry, will bring the much-needed blockchain revolution to the banking industry. After seeing the recent success, we decided to take a look at the future of Cardano (ADA).
Cardano (ADA) Plans on Doing the Same Thing
One of the core missions of the Cardano project is to develop a decentralized blockchain and cryptocurrency with smart contract capability, as well as delivering more advanced features than any protocol out there. Cardano has made financial smart contracts simpler through the Marlowe Project.
Marlowe does this by allowing the user to write financial smart contracts by simply visually composing known building blocks. The existing building block toolbox has three categories: observations, contract and the money to be transferred in ADA.
Perhaps Marlow can be used to design very simple smart contracts to power cross-border payments or even peer-to-peer automated payments. Looking at the future of Cardano, the smart contract capability on the Cardano platform could create something similar or better than Ripple’s xRapid.
Catering for the 3 Billion Unbanked Globally
One of the organizations that contribute to the development of Cardano, is IOHK. According to the Cardano website, IOHK is committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to three billion people that don’t have them. Majority of the unbanked reside in emerging countries that are in Africa and Asia. Once Cardano spearheads financial inclusion in these regions, it would have done something far much greater than Ripple is doing by courting the global banks through RippleNet.
One thing that has helped increase the financial development of these emerging markets, is mobile banking that has been spearheaded by services such as MPesa in Kenya. Such services allow anyone with a registered mobile SIM card, to use it as a mobile bank. The owner of the SIM can then proceed to transfer funds through MPesa, as well as securely storing it on the network. The parent company of the service – Safaricom Limited – has seen its revenue increase exponentially by simply charging a small convenience fee with each transaction.
If Cardano were to come up with such a service that directly uses ADA, then the sky is the limit for the digital asset. Such a feat would be greater than xRapid and xCurrent combined.
Future of Cardano
It is with the above brief future possibilities of the Cardano project, that we can compare its current value in the markets of $0.09, to that of XRP mid last year. This was when Ripple was finalizing the development of its software solutions of xVia, xRapid and xCurrent. As a matter of fact, the team at Cardano are also finalizing a lot of the back-end functions such as the earlier stated smart contracts.
Observing the circulating supply of both XRP and ADA, the coins in are 39.8 Billion and 25.927 Billion respectively. With a difference in supply of 13.873 Billion, it is clear that once ADA starts to blossom in the market, it could even outperform XRP’s peak value of $3.82 seen back in January.
However, if we consider the Cardano project to being where Ripple was in May 2017, then the project and coin have another 1.5 years to come up with a working product and to propel its adoption in solving real-life problems. Therefore it would be prudent to consider slowly accumulating some ADA religiously on a monthly basis for the next 1 year or so.
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