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Introducing XRP and Ethereum Classic - and How to Buy Them in Canada

Introducing XRP and Ethereum Classic - and How to Buy Them in Canada

Digital currencies offer traders the rare opportunity to gain access to an emerging asset class based on revolutionary technology. However, it's essential to make informed decisions about the specific digital currencies in which you transact.

In this post, we'll look at two of the longest-established and most high-profile digital assets in the space: XRP and Ethereum Classic, both of which are now available to buy, sell and trade on Bitvo.

What You Need to Know about XRP

The digital asset that powers the Ripple ecosystem, XRP, is designed to offer banks and other financial institutions the liquidity necessary to facilitate fast and reliable cross-border payments. In other words, banks and other financial institutions use XRP to transact and settle payments from country to country. Additionally, XRP can also serve as a bridge currency.

Speed is the primary reason why XRP makes this possible. Unlike other blockchain-based currencies that can take up to 30 minutes to confirm a transaction, XRP transmits in just seconds. XRP is also highly scalable, capable of handling roughly 1,500 transactions per second.

Released in 2012, the Ripple Protocol and XRP are two of the oldest such entities in the digital currency space. Because it offers near-instant transactions based on a shared public ledger, XRP has speed advantages that mining-based digital currencies lack, making it well-suited for enterprise use.

Ripple, which is the third-largest cryptocurrency project by market cap, has partnered with a long list of banks, and its XRapid technology (powered by XRP) has been put into full commercial-scale use by several of these institutions. Overall, Ripple is one of leading projects in the digital currency space in terms of enterprise adoption.

Though the use of XRP and XRapid in the banking industry is still limited and in its early stages, XRP has the potential to see much greater adoption in the years ahead, should early reports of its utility prove favorable.

What You Need to Know about Ethereum Classic

Many new to cryptocurrency believe that Ethereum Classic is a "hard fork" of Ethereum, the popular smart contract platform. Hard forks are essentially new and distinct versions of existing blockchains based on changes to the underlying technology.

The reverse, however, is true: Ethereum Classic is the original blockchain, and Ethereum is the newer project based on the original protocol.

The divergence occurred in 2016, after a security exploit resulted in 3.6 million Ether tokens being transferred between accounts without owner consent. The Ethereum community was split on how to address the situation; some favored making changes to the underlying code to roll back the actions and compensate holders, while others maintained that the immutability (or unchangeability) of the blockchain was paramount, and the results of the exploit should stand.

Ultimately, the majority voted in favor of restoring the lost Ether by creating a new hard fork -- the project today known as "Ethereum." Meanwhile, the original chain was rechristened "Ethereum Classic."

As you might expect, both projects share a lot in common. Ethereum Classic allows people to transmit value to each other via tokens while also enabling the use of autonomous smart contracts. The platform can be used to create decentralized applications (or Dapps), which are essentially software applications built on blockchains. By doing this, developers can take advantage of the trustless nature of decentralized networks.

Today, Ethereum Classic remains one of the busiest blockchains in terms of network activity, and has several development teams working to build out and refine the technology.

Where to Purchase Ethereum Classic and XRP

Choosing the right digital currency exchange is a critical part of smart trading. If you're in Canada and looking for a trusted digital currency exchange to purchase XRP and Ethereum Classic, Bitvo is your best choice.

Bitvo is Canada's premier digital asset exchange, offering seamless transactions, competitive fees, access to a variety of digital assets and robust security.

Please visit Bitvo's website today for more information.

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