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    MoneyGram is still running at a loss, but Ripple might help the company to revive its luster

Ripple-Backed MoneyGram Releases Its First Earnings Report Since Starting Using XRP in Q3
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International money transfer giant MoneyGram has unveiled its Q3 earnings report where the company highlights its partnership with Ripple. MoneyGram became the first company of its kind to utilize Blockchain at scale. 

"Our third quarter results reflect the continued transformation of our business as we increasingly focus on customer experience improvements, cross-border digital growth and industry-leading innovation through our strategic partnership with Ripple," said Alex Holmes Chairman and CEO.

In its Q2 report, Holmes confirmed that it will utilize XRP for conducting cross-border payments as a result of the partnership.   

"The commercial agreement allows MoneyGram to utilize Ripple’s xRapid blockchain product, as well as XRP, Ripple’s cryptocurrency, to facilitate cross-border settlement."

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As reported by U.Today, Ripple acquired a hefty $30 mln stake in MoneyGram back in July, which was seen as a major turnaround for both companies. The deal was initially signed for two years. MoneyGram shares almost doubled in value following the announcement, breathing a new life into the struggling business.     
  
Meanwhile, XRP/MXN volumes on the Mexico-based Bitso exchange experienced a substantial increase around the same time MoneyGram started using XRP in the country. 
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With that being said, MoneyGram is yet to become profitable. The Dallas-based company reported a net loss of $7.7 mln in the third quarter. At the time of writing, MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGI) is down by almost seven percent in just one day.    

However, if to consider the disruptive potential of Blockchain and Ripple, it might finally find a path to profitability with its massive bet on XRP.   

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According to cryptocurrency influencer Chris Burniske, both Bitcoin and Ethereum already represent formidable collateral economies.

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Moving beyond a medium of exchange

In his earlier tweet, Burniske also predicts that holding Bitcoin as a collateral could eclipse its medium of exchange (MoE) use case.  

He even goes as far as claiming that Bitcoin could morph into an off-chain collateral for the world. 

Burniske states that Ethereum has already created a burgeoning collateral economy around it. Apart from extending its utility beyond a pure MoE, this could also drastically decrease the coin's volatility because of all DeFi use cases.   

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The next big thing in crypto

As reported by U.Today, Genesis Capital, a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG) that rules the roost in the cryptocurrency lending sector, had a record-breaking third quarter with a whopping $870 mln in new originations. 

In Q3, Bitcoin remained the best collateral for crypto with fiat money and altcoins breathing down its neck. The share of USD loans increased by 25 percent quarter-over-quarter.

However, a group of Wall Street traders made a dire warning about crypto lending, claiming that the breakneck speed of its growth could result in another crypto bubble. 

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