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Dilip Rao: Ripple can help Islamic banks transform their systems and extend the reach

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Blockchain technology of Ripple has been seen as an innovation with lots of prospects in it. It has also been recognized as a boost to Islamic Finance lately. The fact is, more Islamic financial institutions around the world today are considering blockchain technology in general (not just Ripple’s) as the way forward. These institutions are considering it as a sharia-tool that can help to foster cross-border payments, financial inclusions, reduce fees, and help in the administration of Sharia certifications.

Islamic start-ups seem not to be content with the traditional banking systems, and hence, they are looking for better ways to grow with innovative technologies.

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Blockchain tech such as Ripple‘s is seamlessly offering better changes in the finance industry today, and it has become a cue to Islam to support innovations. The acting general manager at the Shariyah Review Bureau, and acting general manager at the Shariyah Review Bureau, Mansoor Munir, stated:

When we speak about innovation in technology or economics, for example, then Islam strongly recommends coming up with solutions to help solve the problems that mankind faces.”

It is important to note that the Islamic Finance industry lacks lots of prospects and it faces problems which probably can only be solved by blockchain technology. These problems include solving sharia-compliant contract and validation. However, lots of experts in the industry are pleased about the addition of blockchain technologies, such as Ripple.

Subsequently, lots of Islamic banks and financial institutions are aiming to use blockchain technology and one financial company trailing on this is the Al Rajhi Bank – one of the most prominent Islamic banks in the world today. Al Rajhi Bank is known to be the first Islamic bank in Saudi Arabia to make use of blockchain technology, and it executes thousands of transactions daily.

The bank stated through one of its spokespeople:

Al Rajhi Bank is betting big on technology. Blockchain is just one initiative that falls under our digital growth strategy.” Al Rajhi has gone global ever since its first success with the use of blockchain technology last year.

To foster its cross-border transactions, Al Rajhi partnered with Ripple and has benefitted from Ripple’s blockchain tech. Meanwhile, Ripple’s global head of infrastructure innovation, Dilip Rao, stated that,

“Distributed ledger technology offers a more collaborative and democratic platform that can reduce costs and extend the reach of financial services into both the banked and unbanked sectors of the global economy.”

The usage of blockchain technology in the Middle East is a big drive and can help the financial sector of the region – due to the level of remittance payments that go in and out of the region.

According to a survey by the First Abu Dhabi Bank, the total remittance outlays in 2016 was more than $100 billion, and since then, the total costs of these payments have remained extremely exorbitant. Relevant to it, Rao stated that banks in the Middle East could make use of Ripple’s technology to foster their transactions and remittance payments with low cost.

Ripple and other blockchain technologies will not only foster remittance payments, but will also solve the problem of validity, and Munir (Shariyah Review Bureau general manager) has explained that blockchain technology will be used to solve the problem of forged fatwas and other Sharia certificates.

There are no doubts that blockchain will boost the financial systems of Islamic banks and other financial institutions. Ripple as the forefront technology to play this role will help reduce the hassles of cross-border transactions in Islamic finance.

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Can Sharding Fix the Limitations of Blockchain or is the Network Doomed?

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Performance and scalability issues have bottlenecked the future development and real-life application of popular mainchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Many methods have been employed to solve this problem, but all of them have their own pros and cons.

The Impossible Trinity – safety, decentralization and scalability, coined by the blockchain world, bars the way to the future and the industry has fought hard to figure out an optimized solution. Sharding, proposed by Ethereum, has been viewed as one such candidate.

What is sharding?

Sharding technology splits a network into smaller partitions called shards, which contain an independent state and transaction history. The idea behind this is to divide a huge amount of workload into smaller pieces to make life easier for every participating node.

If sharding were to be adopted, each node will only need to keep a part of the network’s information, instead of downloading the whole ledger, which can lead to a large data file. Subsets of nodes grouped into one shard will only process transactions specific to that shard. By doing this, the network will be able to process many transactions in parallel, and the performance will continue to increase with more nodes joining in, thus making the network highly scalable.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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