Ripple & Swift Going Head-to-Head To Debate The Future Of Global Money Transfers
Next month, we are going to see Ripple and Swift in a face-off at the 1TC conference in Rust, Germany. The panel that will sit in February will see Marjan Delatinne, the global head of banking at Ripple and Wim Raymaekers, the global head of banking market at Swift sharing their views on the future of cross-border payments. It will be moderated by Martin Belin, the founder and CEO of corporate treasury management firm Bellin.
In the past few months, Ripple has made some good moves having acquired over 200 customers with a number of big names from the banking industry. The company also released its much-anticipated product xRapid while working on getting more banks in RippleNet and its other product xCurrent.
As Ripple started making progress, it became a competitor to the popular and decades-old payment system Swift that has reportedly 11,000 customers to its name.
Through its various products and leveraging XRP, the 2nd largest cryptocurrency, Ripple has been able to drastically reduce the time and cost involved in cross border payments. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has previously stated that Ripple has a significant advantage and is all set to take over Swift.
“I think what we’re doing and executing on a day-by-day basis is, in fact, taking over Swift. In that, we’ve now signed up well over 100 banks. Some of the largest Swift-enabled banks in the world are now using Ripple’s technology.”
Meanwhile, Swift is working on its own set of improvements to outdo its competitors. However, it still believes “further progress is needed on the DLT” before it can support mission-critical and large-scale global infrastructure as stated by Swift’s head of research and development, Damien Vanderveken.
Swift’s Former Vs Swift’s Current
With the value of global cross-border payments in the retail sector expected to reach $3.56 trillion in next 3 years, this debate holds immense value.
If the word on the streets is to be believed, this is going to be an exciting and heated debate where Ripple and Swift will finally get to have a real one-on-one with each other.
What’s interesting is Ripple’s global banking head, Marjan Delatinne is a former Swiftemployee (Head Of Business Development, Payments Market Initiatives) that has the XRP community even more excited as one such enthusiast shared,
“…Marjan having come from SWIFT, it would be good to hear her perspective of both sides, which is more important to me than a head to head discussion. Her rationale (which we probably already know) for switching would be very interesting, hearing it from the horse’s mouth so to speak.”
As for the subject of the discussion, it will be covering:
“How will technology affect our daily lives as treasurers, with the banking sector challenged by new concepts and ideas? Are established banking structures going to be turned on their head? SWIFT and Ripple take a look at the future of global money transfers and propose that their specific concepts are set to replace all other approaches. What will the future look like?.”
Bakkt Futures to Launch in the Current Quarter
Managing director and quant strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors Sam Doctor suggested in a Twitter post published on July 19 that Bakkt’s Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts will launch this quarter.
According to the post, which includes a summary of Fundstrat’s takeaways from the Bakkt Digital Asset Summit held on July 18, the firm’s futures will launch in the current quarter. The launch is set to follow tests announced last month, which are scheduled to start next week. The firm believes that the launch will be a catalyst to accelerate entry of traditional institutional investors. The post notes:
“THERE APPEARS TO BE A CRITICAL MASS OF ADOPTERS READY TO COME ON BOARD ON DAY 1 OF THE BAKKT LAUNCH, WITH THE SALES TEAM GAINING TRACTION AMONG BROKERS, MARKET MAKERS, PROP TRADING DESKS AND LIQUIDITY PROVIDERS.”
During the aforementioned event, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Dawn Stump apparently expressed that no current cryptocurrency could threaten financial stability and that the regulator sees a growing demand for Bitcoin futures from the public. Also during the summit, chief information officer at crypto investment firm Blocktower Ari Paul was reportedly confident that once a killer app or user interface makes cryptocurrency on-ramps safe, reliable and as easy to use as Paypal, retail adoption will be enormous.
According to the Fundstrat notes, Paul also said that institutions should not dismiss crypto assets, considering their low correlation with traditional assets and with compound annual growth rates of 200%-300%. He also said that inflation and confiscation resistance of cryptocurrencies are a key value proposition.
Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead, on the other hand, said that most tokens will fail and a handful of base protocols will survive, but with thousands of decentralized applications built on top of them.
As Cointelegraph reported in May, the Intercontinental Exchange is reportedly taking steps to ensure approval from the United States CFTC for Bakkt.
Bitcoin Price Slips 10% in 24 Hrs as Fed Raises Facebook Libra Concerns
Bitcoin Price Slips 10% in 24 Hrs as Fed Raises Facebook Libra Concerns
Bitcoin price (BTC) shed more than 10% on July 11 as markets appeared to react to criticism of Facebook’s Libra from a senior United States lawmaker.
Market visualization courtesy of Coin360
Data from Coin360 sees the majority of cryptocurrencies firmly in the red Thursday, hours after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Facebook’s offering should not continue development.
Libra, which aims to act firstly as a cross-border payment method, allegedly buoyed Bitcoin throughout recent weeks, with commentators arguing its public profile was driving publicity and uptake of Bitcoin itself.
Powell’s demands, which follow similar words from representatives of the Senate House of Financial Services Committee, leant weight to that theory.
“Libra raises serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection, financial stability,” he said during a speech before a congressional committee. “These are concerns that should be thoroughly and publicly addressed.”
“THESE ARE CONCERNS THAT SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY AND PUBLICLY ADDRESSED.”
At press time, BTC/USD traded down 10.4% at $11,530, having risen as high as $13,160 in recent days.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
The drop places the pair still within its recent corridor between around $9,700 and $13,800, with volatility still in evidence across crypto markets.
Altcoins, meanwhile, delivered noticeably worse performance as Bitcoin price fell, with several assets in the top twenty by market cap shedding 15% or more.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, lost a similar amount to Bitcoin, hitting $272 and firmly losing support at $300 once again.
Ether 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Among the worst performers were Bitcoin SV (BSV), which lost 17.2%, and EOS (EOS), which was down 20.2%.KEEP TRACK OF TOP CRYPTO MARKETS IN REAL TIME HERE
Bitcoin Approaches $11,000 With All Top 20 in Green
Saturday, July 20 — crypto markets have seen another upward move, with all top 20 coins by market cap seeing major gains, while Bitcoin (BTC) has approached $11,000 mark again.
After dipping below the $11,000 threshold on July 14, Bitcoin has approached the price point today, with its intraday high of $10,944, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The biggest cryptocurrency added 3.7% to its price to trade at $10,922 at press time. As Bitcoin has seen significant volatility this week, with its price having dipped below $9,500, the cryptocurrency is down around 3% over the past 7 days at press time.
Ether (ETH), the second cryptocurrency by market cap, is up over 5% and trading at $232 at press time. The top altcoin is down 13.4% over the past 7 days.
Ripple (XRP), the third top cryptocurrency by market cap, added 6.4% to trade at $0.339, also seeing a notable growth over the past 7 days, adding up to about 2.6%.
Bitcoin SV (BSV), the ninth top cryptocurrency by market cap, has added over 25% to its value today, seeing the biggest growth among the top 20 coins by market cap.
As of press time, total market capitalization amounts to $298 billion after that number dropped below $250 billion earlier this week. Daily trade volume amounts to around $63 billion.
The new wave of green on crypto markets follows a recent bullish prediction by managing director and quant strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors Sam Doctor, who suggested that much-anticipated Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures contracts will launch in Q3 2019.
Additionally, India’s Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said yesterday that there is no legislation in India that expressly bans citizens from using cryptocurrencies.