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Ripple Partners with Major European Money Transfer Service, Proving XRP's Potential

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  • Ripple makes good on its promise to increase the adoption of XRP in banking by partnering with Azimo

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San Francisco-based blockchain monolith Ripple has joined forces with London-based remittance service Azimo.

As part of their partnership, Azimo will open an On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) corridor to the Philippines with XRP being used as a bridge currency. 

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Put your money where your mouth is

Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple, often mentions that only those digital assets that real use cases will survive during his interview. His main talking point is that XRP strives to solve a real-life problem. 

The recent tie-up with Azimo proves that XRP is more than a speculative asset that made Ripple Labs founders rich. Richard Ambrose, the CEO of Azimo, has revealed that the ODL solution has already helped them to cut down the cost of money transfers from between Europe and the Philipines by almost 50 percent.  

"Ripple’s ODL solution has significantly reduced the cost and delivery time for cross-border transfers, and our customers are seeing the benefits."

Ripple will pay Azimo to use its product in order to cover infrastructure expenses. As reported by U.Today, MoneyGram was also paid $8.9 mln in Q4 to use Ripple's ODL.      

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A slew of new partnerships

Earlier today, Ripple also made an announcement about striking deals with three remittance startups in South Korea to improve the local cross-border payments industry. However, they will not utilize ODL. 

Meanwhile, Azimo joins the growing list of RippleNet members (such as FlashFX, goLance, and MoneyGram) that already rely on the XRP-based payment solution for making transfers 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry β€” from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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  • A lone whale was able to move the BTC price by more than $400 on the Kraken exchange

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The Bitcoin price briefly surged to €6,190 (about $6,800) on Kraken after a lone whale bought more than 1,000 BTC.

At press time, the benchmark cryptocurrency is changing hands at $6,469 on the exchange.  

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Whales pull all the strings 

While it's tempting to assume that a major whale has decided has reentered the market after BTC's disastrous performance in March, deep-pocketed holders are prone to manipulating prices to make easy money. Hence, traders should be cautious not to appear on the wrong side of another sell-off.    

As reported by U.Today, there was a theory that the massive April 2 pump that kicked off the glorious 2019 rally was orchestrated by one major player who took advantage of low liquidity on numerous exchanges to pump the price. 

Back in June 2019, a savvy Coinbase user sold $213 mln worth of BTC and bought back the whole thing shortly after to earn a whopping $10 mln in practically no time.  

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A $328 mln Bitcoin transaction  

In the meantime, Whale Alert, the service that tracks large transactions across multiple blockchains, has spotted a mammoth-sized Bitcoin transaction that is worth more than $328 mln. 

However, it appears to be an internal transfer, which means that it will not affect BTC's price action. 

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