American Express Joins Forces with Ripple to Boost Cross-Border Payments

American Express Joins Forces with Ripple to Boost Cross-Border Payments

American Express has officially declared its partnership with Ripple, marking a significant step forward in the fusion of mainstream finance and cryptocurrency technology. This collaboration will see the integration of Ripple’s $XRP for payments, utilizing the RippleNet system.

American Express Taps into RippleNet

Ripple Labs has announced that American Express will leverage the RippleNet system, accentuating its commitment to using $XRP. This strategic move comes as the financial giant looks to enhance the efficiency of cross-border transactions, particularly between the U.S. and U.K.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said:“We’re taking a huge step forward with American Express and Santander in solving the problems corporate customers experience with global payments. Transfers that used to take days will be completed in real-time, allowing money to move as fast as business today,”

This collaboration is a part of a broader initiative where American Express and Santander are joining hands with Ripple. Payments made through American Express’ FX International Payments (FXIP) platform will now find their pathway through Ripple’s avant-garde blockchain network, RippleNet.

Blockchain: Reshaping Global Finance

Blockchain technology, essentially a distributed ledger system, has revolutionized the way data is stored and processed. Instead of relying on a single central server, information is distributed across a vast network of computers globally. Initially underpinning bitcoin transactions, the scope of blockchain has expanded phenomenally, finding its utility in diverse sectors including payments, trade finance, and identity verification.

According to Marcus Treacher, Ripple’s global head of strategic accounts,“The XRP currency will come into play later on in the evolutionary dynamics and the other players,” 

“The technology we have developed, it separated a connection from the cryptocurrency or the token. So what that means is that a bank or non-bank like AMEX can use Ripple to connect and just exchange value from one fiat currency to another directly, without the need for any intermediate blockchain currency.”

Pioneering financial institutions like JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse, Barclays, and HSBC have ventured into the realm of distributed ledger projects, indicating the massive potential of this technology.

A Leap towards Instant Global Payments

Initially, American Express‘ blockchain project will empower U.S. customers with the capability to execute instant, traceable cross-border non-card payments directly to Santander bank accounts in the U.K. Both financial behemoths, American Express and Santander, have hinted at the possibility of taking this blockchain endeavor global in the near future.

The Role of Cryptocurrency

Ripple has intimated that it’s in the advanced stages of experimenting with its cryptocurrency, XRP, to accelerate payments. This innovation is touted to play a pivotal role in the company’s future partnerships with banking establishments and other finance-centric enterprises.

The fusion of Ripple’s cryptocurrency technology with the robust infrastructure of financial giants like American Express is a testament to the evolving landscape of global finance.

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Maria Morgan is a full-time cryptocurrency journalist at Coinography. She is graduate in Political Science and Journalism from London, her writing is centered around cryptocurrency news, regulation and policy-making across the glob.

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