PNC Becomes First U.S. Bank to Use RippleNet for Cross-Border Payments

Siamak Masnavi

PNC Financial Services Group ("PNC"), one of the largest banks in the U.S., has reportedly gone live with RippleNet, thereby becoming the first U.S. bank to use Ripple's global payment network for processing cross-border payments.

As previously covered by CryptoGlobe, on 19 September 2018, cross-border payment specialist Ripple announced that it had signed up PNC Bank, a top 10 U.S. bank. 

PNC is the eight-largest U.S. bank, according to the latest numbers from S&P Global Market Intelligence, with around $392.84 billion in total assets. It has over eight million customers (consumers, small businesses, and large corporations) that use its "various deposit, lending, credit card, cash management and investment services," and retail branches in 19 states. Ripple said at the time that its technology "will have an immediate impact on each of those groups, enabling PNC’s commercial clients to receive payments from overseas banks in real time."

By using Ripple's xCurrent product, a commercial client in one of the U.S. states can now receive a payment from a UK customer will be able to receive payments almost instantly, which has a transformative effect on the way "they manage their accounts receivable and allowing them to better manage their working capital." The plan was to use Ripple's xCurrent product in production as soon as possible.

Asheesh Birla, Ripple's Senior Vice President of Product, said  back in September 2018 that Ripple is hoping that once PNC has become comfortable with using xCurrent, it can get PNC to also use Ripple's liquidity solution, xRapid:

With PNC, the idea is to get a few corridors lit up with xCurrent … When they're ready to start talking about emerging markets, we'll introduce them to xRapid. We're working to get them started with xCurrent so it's not a completely new feature to move to xRapid.

Earlier today (August 29), FinTech Futures reported that PNC Treasury Management "has gone live with RippleNet":

The ability to receive a payment from an overseas buyer against their invoices instantly, transforming the way they manage their global account receivables and allowing them to better manage their working capital.


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38% of Crypto Exchanges Interact With High-Risk Entities in 25% or More of Their Transactions

Leading cryptoasset data provider CryptoCompare has published an updated version of its cryptocurrency Exchange Benchmark. The report details that 38% of crypto exchanges interact with high-risk entities in 25% or more of their transactions.

According to CryptoCompare’s Exchange Benchmark, interactions with high-risk entities are considered when the cryptoasset data provider is raking exchanges. These interactions are measured according to CipherTrace’s Interaction Risk Score, which profiles transactional risk by “deanonymizing risky entities and illicit activities to identify criminal sources of funds and money laundering exposure.”

CryptoCompare then scores exchanges according to the percentage of transactions conducted with entities deemed high-risk. These include criminals, darknet markets and vendors, gambling projects, malware operators, cryptocurrency mixers, ransomware operators, and OFAC sanctions addresses.

The benchmark details that addresses with up to 25% of transactions conducted with these entities receive some points, but those above said mark receive none. Notably, 38% of cryptoasset exchanges were above it.

Data shared in the report detailed that Top-Tier cryptoasset exchanges, those graded AA to B in the report, interact less with these entities, while Lower-Tier exchanges, those rated C-E, interacted more. While both AA-related exchanges, Coinbase and Gemini, had no interactions with high-risk entities, some of the exchanges with A, BB, and B ratings did.

As CryptoGlobe reported, the Exchange Benchmark also revealed Top-Tier exchanges are gaining market share against Lower-Tier exchanges. It details that top-tier exchanges accounted for 32% of the global volumes in Q4 2019, while in the first quarter of this year they accounted for 36%.

In the second quarter of 2020, the Top-Tier exchanges already accounted for 40% of the global trading volume. In June these exchanges got to a 46% market share. Lower-Tier Exchanges, have seen their share of the space’s total trading volume drop from 68% to 60% in the last three quarters.

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