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Are Ripple and XRP Getting Ready to Replace SWIFT?

  • Darryn Pollock
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    SWIFT has long been the go-to for cross border payments, but it is in dire need of an upgrade and Ripple believes they are the ones to do it


Are Ripple and XRP Getting Ready to Replace SWIFT?
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SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment.

It has been in operation going on 46 years now and has become the global standard in sending money across borders. However, in its time, it has also picked up some undesirable issues, and it is also starting to show its age – now 46 years old.


It is for this reason that the disruptive power of blockchain technology is being touted as the future of cross border payments, but more specifically, Ripple and its XRP token are looking to be the new standard in this regard.

Ripple, in regards to cryptocurrencies, is probably most similar to SWIFT in that they do have a centralised control hub for their XRP token, but they also have a lot of the added benefits of being decentralised and on the blockchain.

SWIFT has become a political tool in the past, especially in relation to sanctions, and it is also totally reliant on the organisation for the continued running of the network. This is where Ripple can offer a lot more for payments across the globe.

Still running

The combination of having a controlling organisation, such as Ripple for the XRP token, while maintaining the decentralised benefits of a blockchain means that Ripple has a few edges over SWIFT that make it far more attractive for today’s financial world.

Ripple sales director Ross D’Arcy explained during a fintech conference in Croatia:

“I think SWIFT is a really interesting example. Because SWIFT, if you think about it, kind of crosses the lines sometimes and plays a bit of a political role. We don’t see our customers’ transactions. Our customers’ transactions go over the internet. So Ripple could shut down as a business tomorrow and our customers could still transact using our software. The same wouldn’t be the case with SWIFT.”

Non-political

Adding onto the statement from D’Arcy, XRP is a decentralised token that operates on a blockchain and because of this, it is not easy to manipulate or utilise as a tool. SWIFT has been controlled by the US government at times, making them exclude certain countries from the network in order to enact their sanctions.

However, with the XRP token, this will be extremely difficult as, even if Ripple Labs was to be coerced into doing the bidding of a government, they only have seven percent control of the validation of transactions.

A decentralised control that is appealing

Ripple’s benefits over SWIFT are quite clear as the outdated system suffers from a lot of legacy issues. But even the XRP benefits make it more attractive as a successor for SWIFT.

Ripple has been looking to appease and welcome regulators and governments, and by extension banks, by playing by the financial rules. This element of control makes XRP more appealing for companies and countries to adopt.

However, in an ever decentralising world, XRP’s blockchain offering means that there can be no monopolisation or manipulation when it comes to cross border payments.

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Blockchain Adoption Uncovered by Forbes as Billion Dollar Companies Buy In to Drive Technology

  • Darryn Pollock
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    Blockchain adoption by billion dollar companies is probably a lot further along than expected as Forbes has revealed


Blockchain Adoption Uncovered by Forbes as Billion Dollar Companies Buy In to Drive Technology
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Forbes has recently released a list of 50 companies utilizing blockchain technology that are valued at over a billion dollars, these companies include the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, as well as less technical ones such as BP and Walmart.

What is surprising about the list is just how broad the scope of interest is when it comes to blockchain by these massive global companies. The adoption of blockchain, over the last 10 years, has been relatively slow, up until now.


But, in 2019, it seems that the future of technology has been laid out and to get a competitive edge these companies realise that there is a lot that can be done with blockchain and that they need to get their foot in the door.

Heavy hitters

While the Forbes list paints a grand picture of blockchain adoption, it also shows just how far along in the process some of these companies are. For companies to have made it onto the list, they have to have been using blockchain in some sort of effective and tangible way.

There are some, like insurance giant MetLife, which already has a working blockchain, and product, that has been going since 2014. Back then, the adoption of blockchain by major companies was not even heard of – it was more about the starting boom of Bitcoin.

But blockchain is the new leader in the space, taking over the batton from cryptocurrencies which certainly helped raise the profile of the entire ecosystem. If it was not for the cryptocurrency boom, a lot of these major companies would never even have stumbled across the underlying technology.

A drive for blockchain

Now, with the cryptocurrency market right back down again, and a lot of the speculation having been cleared out, there has been a whole year of rather focusing in on blockchain building and its application, instead of making money off speculative tokens.

That change in mindset has really helped major corporations take on the technology and begin experimenting with its efficiency and disruptive powers. There is almost an arms race going on as the advantages the technology can give across a huge spectrum of enterprises, which are massive and very coveted.

A need for enterprise investment

There still remains a debate as to whether blockchain, and crypto, with its decentralised nature, is in need of these major corporations coming in to monopolise the space which was born out of defiance of banks.

However, it would be foolish to think that blockchain can reach its full potential without a drive from big companies with big budgets. Smaller startups and companies are able to bring innovation and excitement to the space, but the mass adoption will only come when the heavy hitters are involved.

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