Ripple’s CEO Says Ripple is Aiming to Overtake SWIFT

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, shared a lot of information about how he expects the world’s 3rd largest cryptocurrency by market cap will integrate itself with the banking industry and attract more customers. The interview covered a range of topics, including SWIFT, regulation, growth in institutional investment, and Ripple’s role in the banking industry.

Garlinghouse rebutted claims made by SWIFT that blockchain technology would not be a solution to global banking challenges, saying:

The technologies that banks use today that Swift developed decades ago really hasn’t evolved or kept up with the market…Swift said not that long ago they didn’t see blockchain as a solution to correspondent banking. We’ve got well over 100 of their customers saying they disagree.

When asked about the difficulty in capturing institutional investment, Garlinghouse said that regulatory certainty has played a big role in driving institutional funds into the market, noting how the arrival of startups like Bakkt has opened up the market to these investors.

Ripple Ending 2018 On a High

Ripple has had a phenomenal 2018, trading places with Ethereum as the 2nd-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, and on-boarding several major banking partners onto its RippleNet global payments platform. The XRP token acts as a proxy currency that can be used by banks to quickly and cost-effectively make cross-border payments.

The claims made by Ripple’s CEO is backed up by data — Ripple released a Q3 report that evidenced a growth in institutional investment, and multiple cross-border payments have already been conducted by partner banks.

Despite all of this, Garlinghouse believes that 2018 didn’t quite hit the expectations, as far as institutional investment was concerned, of analysts. On the whole, however, he was extremely optimistic about the market’s prospects.

Like the market’s investors, Garlinghouse believes that the market has been burdened with hype, and the long-term survival of digital assets lies in their ability to solve real-world problems, not making castle-in-the-sky claims.

Garlinghouse’s comments revealed a high confidence in those problem-solving capabilities of Ripple:

What we’re doing and executing on a day-by-day basis is, in fact, taking over Swift,” Garlinghouse said after earlier remarking that “SWIFT is owned by the banks. We are here to help the banks.

While rumors of a partnership between SWIFT and Ripple have been making the rounds, the CEO confirmed that no such collaboration would be taking place. For the moment, Ripple seems focused on providing effective solutions to the banking industry’s problems. 

1 Comment

  • alex
    Posted December 15, 2018 8:50 pm 0Likes

    That’s another fake news made by ripple. Would you trust a company that is based on trolls and fake news? All cryptos are losing big value, including xrp, whilst SWIFT is growing bit time and innovating with a solid, reliable platform.
    Banks need trust, reliability, authority, not a company made of trolls. SWIFT is world number one for over 40 years, innovative and it’s there to stay, Ripple is one of the thousands of fintech ideas most of which will disappear soon, because crypto is mostly a bubble – despite blockchain is a great idea and also SWIFT proved that, simply not sustainable at the moment. SWIFT will enter blockchain if/when it’ll be convenient for all players but in the meantime gpi is the number one.
    Stop posting these fake news, the economy that works and grow in a sustainable way, in the long term, is not a bubble but needs solid foundations and an excellent reputation. Like SWIFT, not this ripple… that sounds like a rip.

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