Speculation that RippleNet and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) were planning to integrate may have caused the market cap of ripple (XRP) to briefly overtake that of ethereum to take the second position in the overall crypto market.
SWIFT Says it isn’t Joining RippleNet
This was based on the belief that with the integration, RippleNet — an enterprise blockchain which does not use XRP — would serve as a gateway to convincing SWIFT members to adopt XRP-integrated Ripple products like xRapid in the future.
Fueling the rumor was the fact that SWIFT had announced that beginning in November its new standard in cross-border money transfers, SWIFT global payments innovation (GPI), would be upgraded with the GPI tracker being extended to all payment messages for 11,000 banks on the network across 200 countries. With this upgrade, the rumor went, about 4,000 banks would now get access to Ripple products.
However, these rumors have been dismissed by SWIFT, according to Finance Magnates. Through its public relations firm, the bank-owned payments network that was founded more than four decades ago denied that the upgrade had anything to do with RippleNet:
“I’m not sure where those rumours are coming from but the upcoming standards release … is entirely unrelated to RippleNet.”
Possibly also contributing to the speculation are some developments which have taken place in the last couple of years. In April of last year, for instance, Ripple hired a former SWIFT executive who was responsible for selling its GPI offering, Marjan Delatinne, as its sales director for Europe.
Worlds Apart in Terms of Speed
Speed, transparency and traceability. With #SWIFTgpi, we are proud to be delivering on our #payments promises to the global community. https://t.co/4p5TTETneY #InsistOnSWIFT pic.twitter.com/XI6YiUEwdv
— SWIFT (@swiftcommunity) November 5, 2018
Had the speculation been true, such a partnership could potentially have seen SWIFT greatly benefit from the RippleNet, especially with regards to transaction speeds. While RippleNet claims it can route “payments efficiently and leverage instant settlement to transact in seconds,” SWIFT says that even with the upgrade, only 50% of the SWIFT GPI payments are credited in under half an hour — and SWIFT thinks that this is worth bragging about.
Prior to the brief “flippening” earlier this week, the market capitalization of XRP had overtaken ethereum’s a couple of times this year, as CCN had previously reported.
Ripple Says Sales of XRP Cryptocurrency Grew 31% in Q1
Blockchain payments startup Ripple has reported a 31 percent increase in sales of XRP over the first three months of the year.
The San Francisco-based firm sold a total of $169.42 million in XRP in Q1, compared with $129.03 million in the previous quarter, it announced Wednesday.
Ripple further said that direct institutional sales of XRP totaled $61.93 million in Q1 – 54 percent more than the previous quarter. Programmatic sales of the cryptocurrency, meanwhile, grew from $88.88 million to $107.49 million, an increase of 21 percent.
It’s not all good news, though. The total volume of XRP traded globally decreased by about 2 percent to reach $53.85 billion in Q1 as compared to $54.82 billion in Q4 of last year.
Further, looking at the year-on-year figures, XRP sales have not shown significant growth. In Q1 of 2018, the firm sold $167.7 million-worth of XRP, which is just 1.03 percent less than Q1 of this year.
Ripple said that it released 3 billion XRPs out of escrow accounts in Q1 2019 and additional 2.30 billion XRPs were returned and put into new escrow contracts. “The remaining 700 million XRP not returned to escrow are being used in a variety of ways to help support the XRP ecosystem,” the firm explained.
XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is now listed on around 120 exchanges, as 19 new exchanges moved to list the cryptocurrency in Q1 2019, according to Ripple’s data.
January to March 2019 was also the second-lowest volatility quarter since Q4 2013 for XRP, Ripple added, as “rolling volatility of 30-day returns steadily declined throughout the quarter.”
Ripple’s Q1 sales account for 0.32 percent of XRP’s global volume, reveals report
Ripple, a leading U.S based Fintech company providing payment settlement solutions, released its Q1 report for the year 2019. The report provides insight into the amount of XRP taken out from the escrow account, the firm’s financial progress, and an overall update on the XRP market.
The report stated,“Ripple’s Q1 sales accounted for 0.32 percent of global XRP volume. Three billion XRP were released out of cryptographic escrow, 2.30 billion returned to escrow. XRP is now listed on approximately 120 exchanges worldwide”
The report also stated that Ripple withdrew 1 billion XRP each from its escrow account over the last three months, a total of 3 billion XRP. Out of this, over 700 million XRP was used for the development of the ecosystem, while the remaining 2.3 billion XRP was deposited back into its escrow account.
Notably, the report stated that the firm sold $169.42 million worth of XRP in the first quarter, an increase to 0.32 percent from 0.25% in Q4 2018, in terms of sales in global XRP volume. On one hand, institutional direct sales also saw a significant increase from 2018 Q4, growing from $40.15 million to $61.93 million. On the other hand, programmatic sales also saw a massive hike from 2018 Q4, rising from $88.88 million to $107.49 million.
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Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019
Cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP/USD) is trading at 0.3197. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend on Ripple. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands.
Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019
As part of the forecast Ripple course is expected to test the level of 0.3270. Where should we expect an attempt to continue the fall of XRP/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 0.3020. The conservative Ripple sales area is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at 0.3290.
Cancellation of the option to continue the decline in the Ripple rate will be a breakdown of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands. As well as the moving average with a period of 55 and the closing of quotations of the pair above the 0.3320 area. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for XRP/USD. In case of a breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, one should expect an acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Ripple (XRP/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019 implies a test level of 0.3270. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 0.3020. The conservative area for selling Ripple is located area of 0.3290. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will be a breakdown of the level of 0.3320. In this case, we should expect continued growth.