Cross-border payments nowadays take place through slow and expensive correspondent banking. Decentralized Ledger Platforms (DLPs) might bring change by offering a payments backbone which requires no central trusted party. Examples of such DLPs are Ripple, Stellar, Hyperledger and Open Transactions, which are all follow-ups of the disruptive Bitcoin protocol. Financial institutions are not eager to adopt the Bitcoin, but the technology behind the Bitcoin itself, the blockchain, is promising and… CONTINUE READING