Ripple (XRP) has finally found its strongest support in months. The weekly chart for XRP/USD shows Ripple (XRP) bouncing off a historical resistance that extends all the way to Jun 2017. This is not the only trend line support Ripple (XRP) has found. The chart shows that previous resistances during the downtrend have turned into supports. That way, the price has also found another trend line support (shown in yellow) which further strengthen the prospects of a trend reversal. The bear market seems to be finally over for XRP/USD as the price has now corrected to its full potential. Just like the previous bear market, we have seen Ripple (XRP) form a double bottom. Next we will see similar price action to the one between June and November last year.
This would mean that the price of Ripple (XRP) is likely to recover short term but it is unlikely to reach a new all time high before mid 2019. The price is expected to consolidate all the way till mid 2019 after which it is expected to breakout aggressively to reach a new all time high possibly around $5. Ripple (XRP) has recently seen a new wave of investors flock towards it, even during the bear market. While most cryptocurrencies are losing entire business or development teams to the market meltdown, Ripple (XRP) seems to be the only cryptocurrency gaining from the turmoil. Not only has Ripple (XRP) managed to hold its ground better than most coins, it has also taken the opportunity to stage a coup against Ethereum (ETH). As of now, the difference between the two is more than $3 billion which is unlikely to be bridged anytime soon.
If Ripple (XRP) continues to grow at its current pace, it may even challenge Bitcoin (BTC) at some point in the future. The weekly chart for XRP/BTC already shows that Ripple (XRP) is on the verge of a major breakout against Bitcoin (BTC). The cryptocurrency market does not make much sense right now. The product of a hash war between two Bitcoin Cash teams, Bitcoin SV is now just one step behind Stellar (XLM) and is already ahead of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). All of these developments point to one thing and that is that small cap altcoins or ICOs are not the only ones in danger. Even large projects like Bitcoin Cash (BCH) can be at risk of going belly up. This realization has made a lot of investors rethink their approach to investing in cryptocurrencies.
The best thing about a bear market is that you can clearly see how much a certain project is worth. If Ripple (XRP) can rise to second spot during a bear trend, that speaks volumes regarding its future outlook and the faith of investors in this project. The average investor with less than 5 Bitcoin (BTC) in total holdings is very unlikely to sell at these levels. Most of the bloodbath that we have seen recently can be attributed to major sell offs either by companies desperately looking to stay afloat or by the likes of Roger Ver or Calvin Ayre paying for their mistakes. Either way, Ripple (XRP) has managed to outperform all of them and that is going to count for a lot when the dust settles.
XRP closes bullish week breaking 200-day MA; on the doorsteps of the Golden Cross
On the back of the most successful week for XRP, the second largest altcoin in the market has broken, what could be equated to the first inkling of the Bitcoin [BTC] bull run. Following Coinbase’s greenlight to its New York customer to engage in XRP trading, the altcoin shattered its 200-day moving average.
Bitcoin, prior to the April 2 ascendance, which was trading at just over $4,000 and on the back of a slew of reasons, broke the $4,623 200-day moving average (at the time) creating an impetus for a prolonged pump. XRP, following the mammoth 41 percent price rise on 14-15 May, has mirrored the king coin’s rise.
The 200-day MA of XRP, which, at press time, stood at $0.352 was shattered at around 0300 UTC on 14 May, where the cryptocurrency saw a massive 25.59 percent daily gain. Continuing to ride the Coinbase bulls, the cryptocurrency added another 12.27 percent daily price rise the following day, ending its slumping streak which persisted for much of 2019.
Interestingly, the XRP price rise could not have come at a more opportunistic time. During the early days of May, when Bitcoin was breaking resistance after resistance, and anchoring an XRP-less altcoin rise, Ripple’s cryptocurrency was in a slump. In fact, the other digital asset that aims to attract an XRP-esque market, Stellar Lumens [XLM] was also in a slump prior to last week’s rise.
On a year-to-date analysis, the two cryptocurrencies jointly referred to as the “Bank Coins,” contrastingly declined by over 12 percent each, as other coins like Litecoin [LTC], Binance Coin [BNB] and even Bitcoin [BTC] saw triple-digit gains. To answer back to their crypto-contemporaries, XRP and XLM were, by far, the highest gainers during the aforementioned period, wiping clear their slumping trends.
The only coins in the top 10 that are down YTD are $XRP and $XLM, which share identical strategies of trying to become global payment platforms. Their returns are nearly identical as well:$XRP -14.76%$XLM -14.87%
Looks like Mr. Market is bearish on the bank coins@onchainfx
— Ceteris Paribus (@ceterispar1bus) May 7, 2019
Another key indicator for the Bitcoin price rally lasting almost two months now was the realization of the “Golden Cross.” On April 23, the king coin saw its 50-day MA cross-over its 200-day MA as the price rose above $5,350, confirming the coming of the BTC bears, which have since pushed Bitcoin’s price over $8,000.
XRP is on the verge of realizing its very own Golden Cross. Following its May 14 rise and the current green candle-stick, albeit with a major anchoring role played by Bitcoin’s ascendance, the 50-day MA for the altcoin has been broken. If the current trajectory continues, like BTC, XRP could see the 50-day surge above the 200-day and begin a major bullish swing, if Bitcoin’s prices are to go by.
Ripple Reveals Expansion of XRP-Powered xRapid, Amazon Files Crypto Patent, and Bitcoin’s 21 Million Club Hits New Record
Ripple and XRP
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse says the company’s XRP-powered cross-border payment solution xRapid is up and running in both Argentina and Brazil.
Garlinghouse, who has a history being the first to announce key developments at Ripple, revealed the new corridors in response to a question on xRapid at the Swiss National Bank’s recent conference on the international monetary system.
“People are getting liquidity that exists in the marketplace in local regions between XRP and the Philippine peso, XRP and the Argentine peso, XRP and the Brazilian real. And it’s tapping into that liquidity that exists in the marketplace.”
So far, Ripple has publicly touted xRapid adoption in Mexico and the Philippines, with companies such as Mercury FX powering payments between the two countries.
Amazon Crypto Patent
Amazon has been granted a new patent that outlines a number of ways to create proof-of-work cryptographic systems.
The proof-of-work algorithm is used by Bitcoin and a number of other cryptocurrencies as a method of verifying transactions.
BREAKING: Amazon has filed a patent in the US for a proof-of-work system that leverages cryptography.
There’s not a large company in the world who isn’t going to join the revolution.
THE VIRUS IS SPREADING 🔥
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) May 16, 2019
The patent does not go into specifics on exactly what the systems would be used for.
Rumors of Amazon’s potential entry into the world of crypto have long persisted. The company owns amazonbitcoin.com, which redirects to the company’s official website. Amazon Web Services is also heavily invested in blockchain solutions.
Bitcoin’s Exclusive Club
The number of Bitcoin addresses holding more than 1 BTC is reportedly at an all-time high.
Crypto researcher Kevin Rooke used data from the blockchain explorer OXT to plot the rise of BTC accumulation since 2009.
A total of 732,982 addresses are now in the exclusive “21 million club”, a phrase referencing the total supply of Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin virus continues to spread.
732,982 Bitcoin addresses now own more than 1 BTC.
— Kevin Rooke (@kerooke) May 16, 2019
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse claims 6% of SWIFT transactions require human intervention
Amid reports of Ripple allegedly misrepresenting the actual amount of XRP in their escrow accounts, the US-based blockchain tech firm continues to be one of the fastest growing networks in the world. Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse, during a recent session at the Swiss National Bank Conference, claimed that around six percent of SWIFT transactions required human intervention.
Speaking on the subject of interoperability, Garlinghouse termed it an important factor while scaling the cross-border remittance issue. He stated:“We’re trying to solve a problem, selling technologies to banks and financial institutions to solve a cross-border payments problem.”