- Ripple signs new partnership with MoneyGram
- Using xRapid MoneyGram will leverage XRP to have faster and cheaper transactions
Ripple has just signed a new strategic partnership with MoneyGram, one of the largest money transfer companies in the world.
Through this partnership, Ripple is expected to become MoneyGram’s partner for cross border payments and exchange settlements using virtual currencies. The information was released by Ripple in a recently published statement.
Ripple Announces Partnership With MoneyGram
As per the announcement made by Ripple, during the next two years, Ripple will be providing MoneyGram with cross border trading services and foreign exchange settlement through digital assets. At the same time, Ripple has decided to provide a capital commitment to the company, allowing them to draw up to $50 million in exchange for equity.
Through this partnership, MoneyGram will be using the xRapid product developed by Ripple to reduce the reliance on pre-funding bank accounts. Funds would be sent from one currency and settled in another currency in other countries.
The xRapid product uses the XRP digital asset in order to make fast and cheap transfers. XRP is one of the most efficient digital currencies for settlement with transaction fees that are just fractions of a penny.
MoneyGram Chairman and CEO, Alex Holmes, commented about this partnership:
“Through Ripple’s xRapid product, we will have the ability to instantly settle funds from US dollars to destination currencies on a 24/7 basis, which has the potential to revolutionize our operations and dramatically streamline our global liquidity management.”
At the moment, MoneyGram is operating in a $600 billion global remittance market and it has served millions of customers in different countries around the world. MoneyGram relies on traditional foreign exchange markets in order to be able to meet its market obligations.
After the announcement released by Ripple, the price of the XRP digital asset moved over 5% from $0.43 to $0.45.
A few weeks ago, several rumors spread regarding Ripple purchasing MoneyGram. It seems that Ripple had something prepared, and this partnership seems to be very important for the future of the third largest digital asset.