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Standard Chartered Plans on Extending the Use of Ripple (XRP) Network

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A multinational company based in London, England, who provides financial and banking services, Standard Chartered, announced their plans to extend their use of Ripple (XRP) Network. Their plan is to provide payments across the border for additional five pairs of countries by the year’s end.

Standard Chartered, a banking company from England, is known for operating a large network that has over 1,200 outlets and branches. The company runs its business in 70+ countries of the world while providing jobs for more than eighty-seven thousand employees.

The company is using Ripple

Recently, however, this company decided that their influence can expand even further through a partnership with Ripple (XRP).

Ripple is known for making connections if nothing else. It connects exchanges of digital assets, banks, various corporations, as well as many payment providers. They all come into contact with each other through RippleNet, which allows them to transfer money in an instant pretty much anywhere around the globe.

The bank’s decision to publicly announce its use of Ripple’s network came with a goal of unlocking a new trading corridor worth $15 billion. The corridor in question is between Singapore and India, and it is expected to be unlocked in November of this year.

Basically, the system’s use is mostly for increasing the payment speed. The corporate supply chain of the bank includes a lot of sellers and buyers, and the ability to process their transactions with more speed will be of great use for improving the company’s business practices.

Plans for the future

Bill Winters, the CEO of Standard Chartered, is a banker from America. He replaced the company’s previous CEO, Peter Sands, back in June of 2015. His plans to expand the bank’s business through the use of Ripple’s network were discussed in the bank’s report regarding the Q1 for this year.

In it, he dedicated special attention to the bank’s investments regarding the innovation and similar initiatives. He stated that the company is using blockchain tech in order to streamline payments across the border. This is, however, only a part of the first corridor that will provide payments live, and in real time.

The corridor in question will be between India and Singapore, and it was initiated by the company during the previous year.  There are plans to expand these new capabilities to additional five pairs of countries, and that is expected to be achieved during this year.

Ripple seems to like this idea very much, especially since it includes blockchain tech and decentralized currency. It will allow the bank to use their technology in a somewhat centralized structure. The bank will, of course, take advantage of the fast transactions, but will also manage to keep transactions under control through the use of centralized structures.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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