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Japanese financial company SBI Holdings Inc. has formed a capital tie-up with Fukushima Bank Ltd. As part of the partnership, the regional lender will integrate Ripple-powered payment application MoneyTap

The announcement states that MoneyTap will help Fukushima Bank increase customer convenience while reducing operational costs.

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Unprofitable Japanese banks

As reported by The Japan Times, SBI will become the bank's top shareholder after acquiring an 18 percent equity stake. Fukushima Bank has been struggling to find a path to profitability, but the recent deal could make a difference. 

Overall, 45 out of 105 regional banks in Japan remain unprofitable for the second year in a row due to the country's monetary policy. The Bank of Japan has been pushing quantitative easing for the past six years in order to boost spending, but it puts a lot of pressure on banks that keep struggling with earnings. 

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MoneyTap as a solution

The MoneyTap app was launched by the Japan Bank Consortium back in March 2018. The app allows its users to make bank-to-bank transfers with the help of telephone numbers or QR codes.        

As reported by U.Today, SBI Ripple's MoneyTap onboarded four more regional banks, including Awa and Kita-Nippon, at the beginning of September, which brought the total number o financial institutions using the application to 29.

Thus, Money Tap continues to swell with additional partners after Resona, the fifth largest Japanese financial institution, abandoned the app back in April.  

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Blockchain Capital's Spencer Bogart has recently published a list of 2020 predictions for cryptocurrency predictions. The most remarkable one concerns Bitcoin fees that are expected to surpass $100 next year due to the growing demand for transactions.

Back in December 2017, during the heyday of crypto, the average Bitcoin transaction fee increased to $55. As of Dec. 12, 2018, it is just at $0.52, BitInfoCharts data shows.    

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Bitcoin blast past a new all-time high 

According to Blockchain Capital, Bitcoin is set to experience another price rally in 2020 that could push its price above the current all-time high of $20,000. However, it is very unlikely to touch reach $1 mln (sorry, John McAfee).  

The crypto community expects the BTC price to skyrocket because of the upcoming halvening after the enormous returns of the previous two events. This time around, the reward for each mined coins will be decreased to just 6.25 coins. 

As reported by U.Today, the famous stock-to-flow model, which measures the coin's value by determining its scarcity, would be invalidated if Bitcoin didn't surge past the $100,000 mark before December 2021. 

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Privacy coins get delisted 

In the meantime, Blockchain Capital suggests that 2020 is going to be a tough year for stablecoins. Major exchanges could be forced to delist the likes of Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC), and other anonymous cryptocurrencies due to growing regulatory pressure. 

The writing is already on the wall. ZEC, which recently reached a new all-time low, was delisted from Coinbase UK back in August. In October, OKEx Korea moved to delist all major privacy coins but later decided to review its decision.     

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