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Ripple XRP vs. SWIFT – A rivalry that has barely started

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Ever since cryptocurrencies appeared in the financial landscape, they have proven to be highly efficient instruments to transact with. An average operation with a cryptocurrency usually lasts just a few minutes, an issue that the banking sector has been definitely fighting against for so long, and that’s without including the extremely high fees the sector charges per transaction, another problem cryptocurrencies have managed to solve.

In this matter, one of the cryptocurrencies that have shown remarkable advances with respect to cross-border payments is without any doubt Ripple (XRP). Through Ripple Labs, the company has created a package of solutions integrated on products such as xCurrent and xRapid, products that attack specific problems of the industry such as privacy of the data, costs, speed, and liquidity.

Ripple has managed to collaborate with several bank institutions across the globe; is currently partnered with at least 100 banks, and the truth is, this seems to be just the beginning. Ripple has stated its next primary goal is that major bank entities would fully adopt their product xRapid at the end of the year, a fact that, of course, puts Swift, the current cross-border payment platform in use, in not the best position.

Let’s see how this rivalry goes!

The first touché of Ripple

Back in April, Ripple made an audacious move by partnering with one of the largest banks in the world, Banco de Santander. The agreement was to collaborate in the elaboration of a blockchain-based service that would allow the users of the bank in the UK, Spain, Poland, and Brazil to make transactions using different currencies.

The strategic alliance represented a breaking point for Swift as Banco de Santander is one of the major bank entities in the world. And if we count the signings the company is doing with financial institutions every day; the current payment platform has for sure everything to lose.

As a matter of fact, Ripple has managed to ally with at least 100 banks to the date, among we can find, of course, the mentioned Spain bank which now appears very happy with the results of the collaboration with Ripple.

Regarding that, the head of operations, technology, and innovation of the bank, Ed Metzger, stated the results were very positive, he said,

“We have had very positive feedback and good take-up. It gives the customer much more certainty over how much money will arrive in the destination account.”

The blockchain has demonstrated to be a much cheaper, quicker, and efficient technology when it comes to treating cross-border payments, so this can definitely mean a check warning for the correspondent banking system Swift.

The Swift’s Reply

As it was expected, Swift decided to counterattack and made some improves in its messaging platforms, at the time that started as well the testing of the blockchain technologies to give Ripple a taste of its own medicine.

However, as the test that involved 34 bank entities from all around the world concluded, it all appears like it would be tough to fulfill the scalability goals using a blockchain system, which proves, of course, the skepticism the company keeps regarding the cutting-edge technology.

Regarding this, the head of banking at Swift, Harry Newman, said that the,

“Blockchain technology is not straightforward to scale and it is not yet appropriate to do so”

He continued and commented that he understands the correspondent banking model is an old-fashioned invention of 1998, but when it comes to speed, Swift has already managed to do payments in just a matter of minutes using the Global Payment Innovation system.

Furthermore, he criticized the fact that Ripple is only being adopted in a merely way as banks have integrated only the solutions provided by one of the products of the company, xCurrent. He said,

“If you don’t have money on the blockchain you are just doing a different kind of messaging system for correspondent banking”

The main issue in the crypto sphere and its solution

As we know for a fact, the primary concern of the crypto community and the focus of many of the detractors of the sector focuses on the volatility cryptocurrencies have shown during its existence. In this matter, a more prominent commented solution has been the creation of the dubbed ‘stablecoins,’ an invention that may not be so far from its inception.

The idea is to build up a cryptocurrency token backed by fiat currencies deposited at central banks across the globe. As of the moment, Circle, the cryptocurrency, and payment group based in Boston have already started a project to create the USD coin, the first crypto of the ‘stablecoin’ type.

Although this project is very much unlikely to solve the situation between Ripple and Swift, it may offer a solution for one of the most significant issues of the industry.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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