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Mitsubishi Partners with Ripple (XRP) to Test the New Payment System

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The recent announcement by Mitsubishi Corporation and MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) states that there are plans to use Ripple technology in order to achieve cross-border payments. According to Mitsubishi, achieving the international remittance via Ripple (XRP) will be both faster as well as less costly.

Mitsubishi plans to test Ripple’s services

Ripple (XRP) has been known for entering large partnership for a long while now, and that trend doesn’t seem to end. Just recently, MUFG and Mitsubishi Corporation announced that they too will use one of Ripple’s products. The plan is to achieve much faster, as well as cheaper international payments.

Another announcement revealed that Standard Chartered, which is UK-based, will also participate in the process. As for Mitsubishi, the company plans to take this process and bring it to the point where it can become practical for everyday use.

The statement also uncovered that the transaction will use Singaporean dollars. The currency will be sent from Thailand to Singapore. After that, one of Mitsubishi’s subsidiaries will use an account in the Ayutaya Bank to transact the funds to a previously-established account owned by Mitsubishi Corporation Affiliate. The account will be located in Standard Chartered’s base in Singapore, which also explains the participation of this company.

Further comment regarding the process stated that the current practice when it comes to international money transfers is to use the SWIFT network. This process, which was once praised for what it allows, is now deemed too old. A common complaint says that it takes too much time, as well as a lot of fees, which is of little surprise, considering that it goes through numerous banks on its way to the final destination.

Ripple continues to advance

According to the statement, Ripple’s distributed ledger tech was tested, and the results also showed that it can completely eliminate the possibility of fraud. It was also established that it works much faster, and at much lower costs than other, more traditional methods of money transfer.

Thanks to this, but also its other products, Ripple has caught the eye of many large corporations across the world. It already announced ten new partnerships back in 2017. These largely include financial institutions like SEB, YES BANK, MUFG, Cambridge Global Payments, BBVA, Akbank, eZforex.com, Axis Bank, as well as Star One Credit Union.

Bank of Tokyo’s General Manager, Hirofumi Aihara, has commented on the announcement of these partnerships back in 2017. He said that the company is glad to have an opportunity to work with Ripple. The partnership was expected to lead to finding new methods of payment transfers via blockchain. That way, the customers’ experience would be improved. As a demonstration of the bank’s commitment to this new technologies, he also announced that they will be joining Japan Bank Consortium, which would allow them to work with other banks of Japan toward the larger use of Ripple’s products.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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