Distributed ledger startup Ripple has endorsed three cryptocurrency exchanges as its “preferred partners” for transacting with its xRapid payments service, which uses the cryptocurrency XRP. Announced Thursday, Bittrex, Bitso and Coins.ph will now serve as Ripple’s “preferred digital asset exchanges” as part of its efforts to build out the XRP ecosystem. Cory Johnson, Ripple’s chief markets strategist, told CoinDesk that the firm is essentially encouraging all of its clients in the U.S., Mexico and the Philippines to use those three exchanges, respectively, for sending funds using its xRapid service. “So in the U.S. we’re saying the gold standard, our official partner is Bittrex. So any bank can go to Bittrex and have guaranteed liquidity on the spot, trade their dollars for XRP, zip over to Mexico to Bitso, our preferred partner there, and convert [to Mexican pesos],” he said in an interview. The financial institutions would need to have accounts with
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