Ripple, a leading blockchain technology company, has released a new report titled “Crypto Trends in Business and Beyond,” which highlights payments as the primary use case for holding cryptocurrencies. The report also projects that the tokenization scene will reach a valuation of $16 trillion by 2030.

The report, the second in a series, provides insights into global sentiments towards cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and blockchain technology. It surveyed over 1,700 finance leaders from financial institutions and enterprises, focusing on decentralized finance (DeFi), tokenization, Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and payments.

One of the key findings is that payments are the most mature and widely adopted use case for digital assets. The majority of individuals involved in the crypto scene use digital assets for payments. The survey reveals that 44% of global finance leaders see payments as the gateway to crypto adoption, emphasizing faster payments and cost-effectiveness as the main value proposition for integrating cryptocurrencies into cross-border transactions.

Another significant finding is the growing interest in decentralized finance (DeFi) among financial institutions. Despite being a developing field, 76% of finance leaders express interest in institutional DeFi to drive innovation in risk management, liquidity, and identity. DeFi’s potential to improve operational efficiency, data management, financial flexibility, and access to always-on markets is particularly appealing to finance leaders.

While the report showcases enthusiasm and confidence in crypto and digital assets, it also acknowledges the challenges ahead. Privacy concerns, regulatory clarity, risk management, and price volatility are among the key challenges. Ripple emphasizes the importance of educating financial institutions, governments, and businesses about the potential and significance of crypto to accelerate the Internet of Value.

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