A Cryptocurrency Is About to Be Used Around the World, and It's Not Bitcoin

Sending money across international borders could soon be a job for cryptocurrency.

It's not that families are suddenly sending Bitcoin to relatives abroad; instead Ripple, which fashions itself "a provider of leading enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments," is aiming to be a bridge currency for transfers between countries.

Ripple announced Monday that it has partnered with MoneyGram International. Ripple will invest $30 million in MoneyGram, which will use Ripple's XRP blockchain product as part of the foreign exchange settlement process.

"This is a huge milestone in helping to transform cross-border payments," said Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple. "MoneyGram is one of the largest money transfer companies in the world and the partnership will continue to further the reach of Ripple's network."

So far most cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP have been treated more widely as investments rather than actual currencies. 

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