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XRP Poses Major Threat to Big Banks, Says Crypto Exec

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In Brief

  • Panos Mekras, founder of two crypto firms, states that Ripple's XRP can disrupt the banking industry globally.
  • Mekras argues that the current banking system is outdated, with XRP eliminating the need for pre-funded liquidity.
  • He believes that XRP's ability to instantly settle funds presents a significant threat to major banks' monopoly.
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The founder of two crypto companies highlights how Ripple’s token, XRP, presents a significant threat to prominent banks worldwide.

“Ripple was the first company after 4 decades to threaten the system in such a big depth. They found a powerful weapon and decided to leverage it to democratize the financial system,” Panos Mekras declares.

XRP Could Break Banks Control in Finance

In a recent series of posts on X (formerly Twitter), Panos Mekras, the founder of Digital Generation Financial Services and Anodos, outlines how XRP could potentially shake up the financial industry.

While acknowledging the commonly used argument that the current financial system is “outdated and inefficient,” he points out that the system banks use to send money doesn’t actually involve the movement of funds:

“SWIFT, owned by some of the biggest banks, is the most popular system for sending money around the world with over 10,000 institutions in its network. With this system, no money is ever moved, just account entries in correspondent banks’ ledgers get adjusted (credited/debited).”

He attributes this to small banks facing the challenge of establishing a direct connection and having “pre-funded money” with banks worldwide. As a result, smaller banks depend on larger banks that serve as intermediaries.

International Bank Wires Image. Source: Panos Mekras
International Bank Wires Image. Source: Panos Mekras

He suggests that while other global industries are becoming more interconnected, banks have lagged behind.

“In a time when the global economy is more connected than ever, it’s shocking that there isn’t a complete payments network that allows seamless and efficient transfer of money around the world,” he states. He urges for the worldwide integration of XRP into society.

“The need for connection, accessibility and interoperability has never been greater.”

To learn more about the history of the SEC’s legal action against Ripple, Read BeInCrypto’s guide: Everything You Need To Know About Ripple vs SEC

However, he explains that Ripple employs a tool that enables XRP to instantly settle funds with an “actual transfer of value.” He notes XRP’s ability to present a threat to major banks holding monopoly over the market:

“XRP used as a bridge currency in a cross-border payment can eliminate the need for pre-funded liquidity, as well as the need for the many correspondent and intermediary banks.”

Despite Ripple recently achieving a partial victory against the SEC by the court ruling that XRP is not deemed a security when sold to individual investors, the SEC has promptly taken strong measures to appeal the case.

Recently, the SEC was approved to file an appeal against the decision.

Ripple and the SEC have both suggested appeal dates for the upcoming hearing, set to occur in Q2 2024.

Ripple states it is available anytime throughout the quarter, while the SEC marked out 19 specific days during the period. However, it has yet to set a final date.


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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in...