Money is Moving Faster. Time for you to Understand.

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As the world move closer to widespread adoption of ISO 20022, the future standard for international transactions, what can we expect from the cryptocurrency world? For one, it is unlikely that major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) will be used for conducting cross-border transactions. Not only is Bitcoin built on a proof-or-work consensus, but its transaction time is exceedingly slow compared to other projects in the fintech space. Bitcoin is also not currently an ISO 20022 compliant digital asset.

Of the thousands of cryptocurrencies in existence, the following currently comply with the ISO 20022 standard: (courtesy cryptopolitan.com)

One only needs to visit the ISO 20022 website to dive deeply in the guts of the project. Here, you can explore the many members of the standards committees across the five domains that the standard will address. The business domains are: payments, securities, cards and related retail financial services, foreign exchange, and trade services.

As far as the ISO standard’s syntax, the most widely used is eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML). This is not to be confused with the digital asset minted by Steller, the Lumen (XLM). The reason for using this syntax is simple, it is the most widely used method for encoding documents electronically.

Real Time Gross Settlement processing (RTGS) is speeding up the movement of money. It facilitates the electronic movement of money from bank to bank in seconds, settling out with near immediacy. This enhancement of transaction speed creates new levels of liquidity by freeing up funds that would otherwise be used as nostro/vostro or delayed settlement through old messaging systems, such as SWIFT MT. Follow this link to see a timeline of the adoption for ISO 20022 and RTGS across the globe.

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The ISO 20022 project is over a decade old and quickly approaching unilateral adoption across the global monetary system. Referring back to the five business practices gives you a good understanding of the impact that the world of finance will experience in the coming months. While many cryptocurrency projects are left seemingly unaffected, watch for the legal outcome of one particular company engaged in the global payment remittances sector, Ripple. While the US Securities Exchange Commission is trying to convince the legal system that the cryptocurrency XRP was sold as an unregistered security, the digital asset XRP does comply with the ISO 20022 standard and the company Ripple is on the ISO 20022 Payment Standards Evaluation Board as an expert for one of the five business practices: payments.

Best,

Rand

This is not investment advice. I am not an investment advisor. This is for entertainment and informational purposes. Consult a licensed financial advisor before trading.

Blockchain Impacts – Understanding ISO 20022

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Most people have never heard of SWIFT, nor do they have any idea of how money have moved around the globe for the past 40+ years. Regardless of catching up to speed now, the world of international payments is about to receive a major overhaul. There is a massive amount of information regarding this standard and by 2025, all financial institutions will have to be able to process ISO 20022 compliant payments. The five business domains that ISO 20022 covers are: payments, securities, cards and related retail financial services, FX (foreign exchange), and trade services.

The new standard, currently in an opt-in phase, will allow for open and transparent messaging between financial institutions around the globe. Within the new syntax-rich messaging system is a central repository containing the information necessary to support the various APIs.

In order to move the current financial messaging system from the existing legacy system, a team of dedicated professionals work to support the migration to the new system. This is a delicate transfer and must be performed with diligence, since not all institutions are migrating at the same time.

Putting it simply, all major currencies that exist have already adopted ISO 20022 or have a migration plan to adopt. The reason, in a nutshell, is the improved efficiency that this standard provides. End-to-end processing of payments messaging are streamlined, and delivery is straight forward. SWIFT MT has been the legacy system enabling payments to move around the globe since the 1970s. This will no longer be the case.

Interesting information about ISO 20022 can be found on the Payments Standards Evaluation Group page on the ISO 20022 website. Under the list of EXPERTS, two of the member entities listed in the column dominated by countries are in fact, not countries. These two member entities are SWIFT, the current legacy payments system, as well as Ripple. Ripple is a US based company deeply engrained in the development of RTGS (real-time gross settlement) digital ledger technology. Ripple is also embattled in a lawsuit that was brought on by the US Securities Exchange Commission in December of 2020. SWIFT is a registered expert on the list of all business domain experts while Ripple is on the list for payments.

If you are interested in the payments portion of the ISO 20022 standard, research ISO 20022 compliant digital assets. Any financial institutions that are processing payments on the SWIFT MT network will be switched over to the ISO 20022 standard by November 2022.

To understand the standard more intimately, I suggest viewing the standards website for the most specific information.

Best,

Rand

This is not investment advice. I am not an investment advisor. This is for informational and entertainment purposes. Consult an investment advisor.

ISO 20022 and Crypto

Monumental changes are on the very near horizon in the Finserv sector. As early as August 2022 (next week), financial institutions will be able to opt-in to the ISO 20022 standard through the SWIFT community. By November 2022, the option will be generally available.

Let’s look at some of the details. ISO 20022 is the standard for electronic data interchange between financial institutions. It will be the standard messaging system for financial institutions around the globe to track and monitor payments. This means that the way money moves globally is changing. The SWIFT network is the standard method used to move money around the globe and has been the legacy system in use since the 1970s. Technology is now available and being deployed that will allow the exchanges payments messages to be transformed under the ISO 20022 standard. This change will produce efficiencies on a massive scale.

How does this relate to crypto? Currently, there are seven (7) ISO 20022 compliant cryptocurrencies. They are XLM, HBAR, MIOTA, XDC, XRP, ALGO, and QNT. These currencies represent different transaction systems, but have made their business use case compliant with the standard that is quickly becoming the way money moves around the globe.

Furthermore, both Ripple and Stellar are members of the ISO 20022 Standards Body. Each company has minted a native cryptocurrency that run on their digital ledger technology and they are XRP and XLM, respectively.

Cheers,

Rand

All opinions are my own and should not be considered investment advice. I am doing this to provide entertainment.

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How Fast is Money?

This will be a short one and really a question, at that. How fast is money? Why does that matter? What does it mean if it moves faster?

Money is an interesting idea. I think we can agree to that when we really stop and think about it. Over the centuries, it has taken on many forms: minted currencies, animal hides, jewelry, gold and silver, to good old “faith and credit.” It really boils down to a psychological acceptance of something that holds a value to receive something else in exchange.

That said, we believe in money. The United States has its dollar, the British kept their pound (says something about their feelings regarding the Euro), the Japanese have the Yen, and so on.

Money moves at a pace. Sometimes, longer than others. Likely for a reason that the average retail trader or average person doesn’t understand. It takes 3-5 business days for money to clear in a personal checking account. This is 2021 folks. We are purchasing tickets to fly Space X rockets and we have to wait 3-5 business days to get $100 in our checking account? I doubt the duration is the same for large institutions to move money from one to the other. Credit cards instantly record your spending, so why the delay in other applications? Money moves at different speeds.

Why does the speed of money movement matter? In the case of the retail end user, it matters the same as it does for the multi-national institution moving millions or billions of dollars. You want your money when you want it. The difference is, your $100 does not impact the economy the way $100 billion impacts the economy. We know that money can move at different speeds. It can post to your account instantly, but not clear immediately. It can be spent immediately at a store, or to pay a bill. It moves at different speeds when accounts are directly linked, you use a wire transfer, or deposit a paper check. Automation speeds up the movement of money. Digitalization facilitates faster than pen and paper.

If money moves faster, everything from your $100 check to a $100 billion transfer between banks, will effect global economies. If money, and I mean global money, in the realm of trillions in value can move and be utilized in seconds, rather than weeks, days, or even minutes, what kind of profound effect will that have? The United States has been issuing stimulus money over the course of the last year. (Disclosure: This is an exercise in the speed of moving money, not the politics of stimulus money.) We know that many people spend it as soon as it’s received. Reducing the time it takes to issue that money would effectively allow that money to be spent sooner, which in turn keeps money moving through the economy earlier than it did. This could be a game changer for a business that may close its doors if not enough customers came through their doors, or a mortgage payment was delayed because someone lost their job and was a month away from foreclosure.

All that said, if global money moved faster across all spectrums, what problems would that solve? How much does liquidity impact the different people, both linear and vertical in terms of value, across the financial spectrum? Does reducing the time it takes to move money from days or weeks to a matter of seconds mean something to you? I believe it does.

One such proponent of increasing liquidity is currently in a legal battle with the SEC. the outcome may be telling of which way finance is headed.

– Rand

All opinions are my own and should not be considered investment advice. I am doing this to provide entertainment.

Tweet = Control = Bitcoin Control?

Tweets from business leaders like Elon Musk reshape the landscape of assets like bitcoin in a matter of minutes. Be mindful, though. Elon is in the business of sustainable energy and mining bitcoin consumes massive amounts of energy.

Musk bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin only a short time before expressing that Tesla will no longer accept bitcoin for payment, pushing the price of bitcoin downward. If bitcoin mining operations in China were crippled by substantially lower the value of the cryptocurrency, it could pave the way for renewable energy companies like Tesla, controlled by Musk, to bring the operation to the United States.

Bitcoin miners need to have the asset at certain levels in order for the operation to be profitable, at least to break even. Each time bitcoin halves (May 2020), the value of the coin needs to appreciate in value for the operation to remain financially viable.

Gaining control in business sometimes requires making it no longer financially viable for a competitor to perform business operations. Digital assets is business, and big business at that. To give some perspective of where this decade old industry reaches today, we should include financial markets and institutions, energy, government regulators, consumers, and retail business across the globe. It is a world-wide part of the economy and to think it will not continue to progress is to be obtuse.

Musk, among other industry titans, have the opportunity to gain massive influence over the industry, and they know it. Post a “tweet” and sink the market? Effecting billions of dollars has never been so immediate. It also opens an opportunity to bring control of bitcoin mining operations to the United States amid a loosely defined regulatory period surrounding the cryptocurrency market.

Musk has a monumental opportunity to mine digital assets (those that require that activity) through renewable energy, rather than coal power currently deployed in other countries.

– Rand

All opinions are my own and should not be considered investment advice. I am doing this to provide entertainment.

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The Noise can be Distracting

Just over ten years since the creation of Bitcoin, we have one of the most controversial presidents of modern times blasting the existence of Bitcoin publicly. Why would the president of the United States take time to cast opinion on something “based on thin air?”

One can only assume that cryptocurrency has been gaining traction behind the scenes and if the general public has just been brought into the loop from a political standpoint, you can be certain that the big players have already made substantial stakes and plans in the future of cryptocurrency. The confusion is being brought to the future retail investors and there is no better way to that than to politicize an effort.

Understand that the value of the US dollar is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. It is no longer backed by physical gold. It is based on a form of psychological trust. This trust propels the economy and gets the honest person up in the morning to go out and make government backed money to support their living.

Honestly, it shows that if we really understood where the value of a dollar comes from, it should see magnificent swings in its value based on the majority party of any given election cycle, more so when a major change of party or leadership takes place.

Both the dollar and digital assets are based on trust in something. Albeit, one will not be hard pressed to find opposition of either asset class. Imagine the possibility of transferring trust from a politicized government backed currency to a system of checks and balances that resides on a global public ledger tracking all transactions without the ability to tamper. Take this notion even further and visualize a system of digital assets that improve and validate the flow of currency, real estate, contracts, goods and services globally in a regulatory framework that enhances transparency and accountability.

Let us see what October brings with various digital asset opportunities.

Best,

Rand

Words and opinions are my own. This is for entertainment purposes and to share my own opinions. This is not financial advice.

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The bulls have it, the bears want it. Will crypto pull from a market correction?

The general feeling of continued market stability is coming under question. Some have proposed severe market downturns. The inevitable will happen, but when?

Whether you believe that someone has the crystal ball on market forecasting is entirely up to you. I am a student of history and history does repeat itself, though not entirely in the same manner or breadth each time, the overall cycle does come full-circle. I like to be prepared.

Will cryptocurrencies become a new hedge against market corrections? Will they replace, compete, or partner with precious metals and other traditional bear market safe havens?

As we near the decision of whether the SEC will permit Bitcoin ETFs (delayed until September 30, 2018), I believe that we will see a shift into this new asset class by large investors, banks, family trusts, and eventually, the individual investor. VanEck has proposed a $200k minimum to ensure that investors are in fact accredited and fractional shares will not be available.

Volatility will continue due to uncertainty in the news and various other sources about which cryptocurrencies will be the best bet in both the short and long term. For the up-to-date investor, that is anyone’s game. Regulatory frameworks are well under way, though likely out of sight to the average investor. As regulatory frameworks are developed, the landscape will change. Lobbyist groups, such as the Blockchain Association, are currently leading the charge across the political landscape representing companies like Coinbase, Polychain Capital, and others.

The end of Q3 and all of Q4 should have some very interesting action that I believe will give a little more perspective to the digital asset sphere. Particularly, the SEC review for the Blockchain ETFs and certain work in the blockchain/crypto sphere that is expected to go live, affecting the use of particular cryptocurrencies.

Best,

Rand

NOTE: As the domain name of this site suggests, the content my blog posts are opinion and not investment advice of any kind. Do your own research before making any decisions to invest (or not to invest). I am not a financial advisor. I am simply sharing information I gather from across the web, news, and media outlets and drawing my own possible conclusions.