UnionBank of Philippines has announced its plans to launch cryptocurrency automated teller machines [ATM] wherein users can trade the digital assets for Philippine Pesos. To execute the launch, the bank will partner with xRapid powered e-wallet and financial services firm, Coins.ph.
Justo A. Ortiz, Chairmen of UnionBank, about the deployment of digital currency ATMs, stated:
“We’re going to put up a Bitcoin ATM in our Ayala Ave. ARK [branch]. The machine is here already,”
Coins.ph has made use of cross-border payment solutions such as cost and time efficiency, scalability, and transparency rendered by xRapid’s platform. Apart from XRP, the other major digital assets supported by the it are Bitcoin [BTC], Bitcoin Cash [BCH] and Ethereum [ETH] so far. This Southeast Asian tech firm is a leading name in the cryptocurrency trading space of the country.
With a customer base of around 5 million, Coin.ph has strived for mass adoption of its app to make banking services accessible even for the natives in remote places leveraging Ripple-xRapid’s blockchain tech at its core.
Ron Hose, CEO and founder of Coins.ph while elaborating about the tie-up with Ripple earlier in August last year, stated:
“We are excited to be partnering with Ripple to bring the benefits of blockchain technology to cross-border payments, making sending money home more affordable for 10M+ overseas Filipino workers.”
This development unfolded days after the cryptocurrency regulatory framework was issued in the country through Cagayan Economic Authority Zone. The rules named – Digital Asset Token Offering (DATO) were created with the fundamental aim to bolster innovation in the crypto space and catapult mainstream adoption of the digital asset, all while safeguarding the interest of investors.
In a country where more than 70 percent of the adults don’t hold any bank accounts, striding into the world of crypto by integrating the traditional banking establishment and digital assets, is indeed a big step.
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Bitcoin SV surges by 6.84% in an hour; community speculates massive behind-the-scenes pump
The cryptocurrency market has witnessed major price hikes over the past few weeks, with Craig Wright’s Bitcoin SV emerging as the market’s unlikely performer. The Craig Wright-backed virtual asset, which is supposed to follow Satoshi Nakamoto’s original idea, outperformed every top 10 cryptocurrency over the past week, recording a growth rate of 22.86%.
At press time, the coin had recorded a price hike of 6.84% over the hour, with the coin valued at $228. The coin was traded the highest on CoinBene exchange, where the trading pair of BCHSV/USDT gathered a volume of $96 million. The exchange was closely followed by ZBG exchange, where the trade accounted for 13.62% of the entire trading volume.
According to the chart released by Trading View, a massive green candlestick can be observed. The chart also indicated that at press time, the candles were charting over the Moving Average [MA]. This suggested that extremely high trading volumes were pegged with Bitcoin SV.
Many in the community have speculated that the surge might be due to a massive dump of the coin in the market, after the token hit stagnation since pumping by more than 247 percent recently. The aforementioned price pump pushed the price of the coin from $53.22 to $250.
Previously, it has been suggested that the major pump witnessed within the Bitcoin SV ecosystem might be laden with market manipulation, implying the participation of illicit entities in the conduct of a “pseudo-pump” of BSV’s market. Further, the de-listing of BSV by major exchanges such as Binance may have made it more susceptible to sudden price movements, according to some.
At press time, Bitcoin SV was positioned 8th on the cryptocurrency charts. Despite the pump however, historical trends suggest a major price correction may be in the offing too.
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