Q. "It drives me nuts that I can't get a straight answer on what the difference between ripple and XRP is. Maybe you can help me?"
A. Ripple is a software solutions company that offers banks a software called Ripple Connect. This software uses ILP (InterLedger Protocol) to transfer US dollars between banks for a minimal fee.
The Ripple company basically sells and licenses software to financial institutions to help make the sending of money abroad faster, cheaper and easier.
XRP, on the other hand, is the actual crypto-currency which exists independently and outside of Ripple Connect, which offers fast transactions and is high in liquidity for investors and traders.
Whenever you buy XRP you are buying the crypto-currency which has different properties than other crypto-currencies.
You can read more about the differences from an article Joshua Benton, Analyst for South African Investor wrote recently by going here…
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