How is blockchain changing the money transfer process?

Let us dig a little deeper.

What can cryptocurrency do to money transfers?

  1. Speed
    Blockchain is a distributed ledger and hence, no longer needs heavy queues that usually involve bureaucratic approvals, which make the entire process too tiring, and yes, you got it right, SLOW. Blockchain operates on Smart Contracts, which is a contract written in the lines of code and auto operates according to the conditions mentioned in the contract. Every modification in the data is notified to the contributors of the blockchain. This means that the transactions and any change to the data are communicated in real-time. The conventional methods often take 2–3 days to complete an overseas money transfer, which can be achieved in minutes with Blockchain. It integrates global markets and facilitates global money transfer.
  2. Clearing and Settlement
    The money transfers accustomed to the traditional ways often adds up to 7% transaction cost overall and more for global money transfers. This is quintessential because of the middlemen involved in clearing and settling the transactions. Blockchain can reduce this cost by 127 times. Researchers drew this conclusion by closely studying 1800 transactions on the basis of their clearance time and cost, and with the help of reports published by World Banks. This is ubiquitously helpful when it comes to global transfers, which conventionally delays the clearing process and hence the settlement. With the speed that an ideal model of Blockchain provides and the costs it reduces can open up new opportunities for investments altogether.
  3. Fundraising
    If you are wondering what about the IPO facility that keeps you a helping hand when you have to raise funds from the public. You do not have to worry about that; Blockchain offers you an alternative to this, too, with something known as an ICO or Initial Coin Offering. ICO is very similar to an IPO, just instead of raising funds through FIAT, you get tokens, but also the process is much smoother and transparent. Once these have been issued, they can be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges where the market forces then decide the value of the token thereafter, just like a traditional stock market. However, the existing crypto exchanges are centralized, and the aim is to inflict decentralization to further develop and ease the exchange process
  4. Secure
    This one is obvious. Blockchain is a distributed ledger wherein every node gets notified with a mere interference with the data. Everything is approved by the users through Proof of Work, so you know there is nobody waving a wand and making things secure. You have full control over your funds. Your money transfers are transparent as you can verify their allocation in real-time. As a user, you feel more confident when, at every step, you are assured. Since the blockchain system uses hashing, it reduces the risk of manipulation by avoiding one single point of failure. It makes the system less prone to cyber-attacks, with a consensus network protecting the spirit of Blockchain as a decentralized platform.

Drawbacks

  1. A bit complicated
    When you’re lending or making a payment using your traditional currency, you do not have to know the technicalities of it because there aren’t any. But when it comes to Blockchain and cryptocurrency as it practically revolves around technology. This is just a temporary inconvenience that can be fought with little awareness and education about the concept. Just like the internet effect, initially, people thought it was too complicated to adapt, but now we can’t live without it.
  2. The fiat-Fiat mindset exists firmly.
    Since we all are set in the ways of traditional Fiat money transfers, it’ll be a long time when we get comfortable with cryptocurrency. The cryptocurrency transfer is swift, but since a majority of them prefer to convert it to, say dollars. Now since many institutions are not on board with the entire cryptocurrency, the conversion often becomes expensive and slow. This is persistent because there are;t outlets that accept cryptocurrency as a means of payment. This will develop with gradual uplift in the idea of cryptocurrency as a means of money transfers. This also causes a lot of trouble when it comes to overseas transfers; you have to pay a double-conversion fee, (for example, if you want to transfer euros from the US, you’ll be charged for dollar-bitcoin, then bitcoin-euro conversion)

Where does that leave the discussion?

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