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Ripple’s xCurrent adopted by India’s Kotak Mahindra Bank

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Leading Indian private sector bank, Kotak Mahindra has announced its collaboration with Ripple in order to improve their cross-border remittances. The bank will be using the settlement solution of Ripple named xCurrent, which will enable them to decrease the time associated with remittance payments by several minutes.

The Chief Digital Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Deepak Sharma says:

“We harness new technologies to simplify and enhance banking services for our customers. xCurrent ticks all the boxes, and enables us to offer our customers a more transparent and efficient global payments service using blockchain. Joining RippleNet also expands our payment network globally by allowing us to connect with other members.”

Ripple’s South Asia Managing Director, Navin Gupta says:

“The payments problem is a global problem, particularly for those in emerging markets trying to send regular, low-value remittances overseas. Kotak Mahindra Bank can offer its retail customers a step-change improvement   in their inward remittance experience thanks to xCurrent, and we look forward to connecting them to other RippleNet members to expand their global remittance offering.”

Over 25 global financial organizations including the famous British bank, Santander UK uses Ripple’s xCurrent to enhance their customer experience when it comes to cross-border transactions.

A Ripple enthusiast named XRPTrump tweeted:

“Indian private banking Giant Kotak Mahindra Bank (2nd largest by Market Cap) joins RippleNet. Will use xCurrent for cross-border txns. Kotak has a bigger Market Cap than both previous RippleNet partners Yes Bank & Axis Bank combined!”

A Twitterati named Ecent says:

“Beyond the joys of seeing another partner join RippleNet I am happy to see another example of there being SO MUCH going on behind the scenes that we’re not aware of. The #xrpcommunity needs to exhale. The professionals at Ripple & Coil are hard at work building the ecosystem”

According to a recent survey, India’s inward remittances have reached $69 billion during the previous financial year, which is 8 times more than its outward remittances. As the inward cross-border remittances are increasing every year, many Indian banks such as ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, Axis Bank are obtaining various blockchain technologies to advance their online transactions.

Ripple has another advanced technology called xRapid which provides liquidity for cross-border payments. However, this product has not been adopted by many banks as of now.



Mike, a blockchain supporter commented:

“Hopefully xRapid on the horizon for them.”

Another Twitterati named Anirban Biswas says:

“Been a customer of @KotakBankLtd for 2 years and I can say that in March they did a massive overhaul of the send/receive section of their app into a much strealined payments section. Very similar to PSPs. Now with this news it makes sense.”





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Laira is a full-time writer at AMBCrypto. She is a Computer Science graduate and she has about 1-year experience in writing. Her enthusiasm and keen interest in developing her knowledge about blockchain and cryptocurrency led her to be a part of AMBCrypto. She currently does not hold any value in cryptocurrency or its projects.

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Has XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?

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Hash XRP decoupled from Bitcoin? Is it due to immense pressure from manipulators?
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Opinion: Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, has had over ten years to grow. However, other altcoins did not have the liberty, due to which Bitcoin exerts its dominance over almost all altcoins in the ecosystem, be it Ethereum, XRP, or Cardano. The price of altcoins generally tends to rise if Bitcoin’s price surges rapidly. The same can be said about the downtrend as well, which is why altcoins are said to be coupled with Bitcoin.

However, the recent buzz on crypto-twitter is that XRP is on the verge of decoupling from Bitcoin. A Twitter user @XRPMOONSHINE tweeted:

“DO ME A FAVOR OPEN UP A BTC/USD CHART AND AN XRP/USD CHART. THEY HAVE DECOUPLED AND ARE MOVING DIFFERENTLY.”

In a very general sense, the comparison of the price change of XRP and BTC gives a crude understanding of whether the prices have actually decoupled or not. Hence, the daily chart attached below shows the price of BTC and XRP against the US Dollar and extends from August 2018 to April 2019. The price of XRP seems to be following a lag from the price of BTC and do not necessarily mean that it has decoupled.

However, there are timeframes where the price of XRP has moved completely unrelated to that of Bitcoin. For example, the meteoric rise of XRP from September 18 to 22 was far higher than the price pump of BTC over the similar timeframe; but the drop of XRP from November 18 to December 16 was exactly the same as that of BTC’s.

Furthermore, XRPMOONSHINE suggested that XRP price was being manipulated. He tweeted:

“It is being manipulated to keep it from rising. For example look at XRP/BTC pair. Keeping it under the down sloping resistance from .80 in September. Thats what I mean by Suppressed, Although im expecting a fairly large move to the upside before 4/24/19.”

The “idea” of the price of XRP being manipulated is not unpopular within the XRP ecosystem as Peter Brandt, a famed trader, suggested the same in one of his tweets.

Brandt tweeted:



Conclusion

XRP may have started to decouple from Bitcoin, but it surely hasn’t decoupled completely. The notion that XRP is being manipulated to keep its price below certain levels can also not be confirmed without proof.





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