XRP seems to be doing well for itself ever since it overtook Ethereum [ETH] to become the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world [by market cap].
Ripple, on the other hand, has also performed splendidly, considering its partnerships with a plethora of banks and FIs around the world. Ripple wants to build an ecosystem on the RippleNet for remittance and cross-border payments, and it plans on doing the same by leveraging the cryptocurrency XRP.
In the long-term, Ripple will emerge as a winner and along with it will rise XRP, considering the developments going on Japan’s SBI Group and SBI Holdings, which are planning to disrupt and reshape the whole of Japan’s payments industry with XRP as a tool to accomplish it.
The road so far:
The year 2017 was the year of the bulls which projected the prices of every cryptocurrency in the ecosystem to plummet to unfathomable depths. XRP attained a price of $3.349 per token and the market cap at this point reached $145 billion on January 04, 2018, right after Bitcoin hit its peak on December 17, 2017.
Most analysts in the market expected Bitcoin and every other cryptocurrency to pump higher. While some people in the XRP community believed that the price will shoot up from here to $10, others were mesmerized by BearableGuy123, Ripple and XRP’s very own jester, who put out riddles, and people interpreted the price of XRP to reach an appalling $589 by the end of 2018.
Most of the people in the community thought that it would be possible due to Ripple’s payment solution xRapid, which leverages XRP as a bridge currency to perform cross-border payments.
Brad Garlinghose, the CEO of Ripple, said in one of his interviews:
“I’ve publicly stated that by the end of this year I have confidence that major banks will use xRapid as a liquidity tool, this calendar year. By the end of next year I would certainly hope we would see in the order of magnitude of dozens.”
This statement of Brad Garlinghouse made people believe in the jester.
Another reason why people expected the price to reach $589 or “$5.89” was due to Ripple’s plan to launch “Cobalt” which, according to the Ripple, would drastically decrease the already fast transaction time.
People in the community speculated that since Cobalt’s mass number is 58.9, the price could inadvertently reach $589 or $58.9 or $5.89 by the end of the year.
As the year 2018 came to an end, some people admitted that it wouldn’t happen, while others still believed that $589 is attainable.
There were some massive improvements and updates that the company Ripple had provided, like the signing up of 200+ banks. More than five banks across the world have started using the xRapid payment solution now. MercuryFX successfully transferred money across the border using xRapid recently.
Apart from the above, R3’s Corda Network was turned on, which will use XRP as a
SBI Holdings, a consortium of banks across Japan, announced a partnership with R3 and set-up a joint venture to improve Japan’s payment industry.
What to expect?
The XRP community speculates that the partnership between SBI Holdings, R3, and Ripple puts XRP smack in the middle of SBI CEO’s [Yoshitaka Kitao] plans to launch XRP across Japan in efforts to reshape and restructure their payment system before the Osaka Expo 2025.
The chart below shows the year 2018 so far and how the cryptocurrency XRP has performed over the year 2018. A strong downtrend can be seen hanging over the XRP daily price chart that extends from January of 2018 till date.
The one-day chart shows the formation of two distinct falling wedges for XRP as seen in the chart above. Falling wedges are usually trend reversal patterns that indicate a breakout depending on where there are formed.
The first wedge spanned 256 days and the breakout that occurred pushed the prices by 192% i.e., the prices shot up from $0.26 to $0.76. The second wedge has so far ranged for 141 days and a breakout might happen at any moment. There is, however, a possibility of prices moving sideways for a couple more days.
If the breakout happens, it could drastically increase the price of XRP to two possible levels, the first $0.5798, and the other level, a bit higher than before, $0.7971, which is the highest point of the wedge.
The longer time-frame for XRP shows a very different scenario as the prices are forming a descending triangle pattern, and as per the definition, it is a bearish signal.
The volume for the weekly chart also shows a declining trend, further substantiating the descending triangle pattern. The prices might dip in the upcoming days as the price might dip a little lower, possibly to the $0.18 to $0.14 range.
This range could be the capitulation range and there is a probability that the bull run might begin after the weak hands get out of the market.
The Ripple and XRP community is particularly fond of XRP and are expecting the prices to the moon due to the success of xRapid. As per recent unfoldings, many banks have started using xRapid.
Moreover, SBI Holdings has partnered with Ripple and R3 and is on a plan to disrupt the Japanese payment industry and simultaneously reshape the payments infrastructure. SBI plans to leverage XRP to make it happen and the CEO of SBI, Yoshitaka Kitao has very ambitious plans to make that happen by 2025.
Considering all the above facts, it can be said that the price of XRP could very well disregard the Technical Analysis and shoot up higher, breaking all the resistance points and maybe even crossing the previous highs at $3.65 when xRapid goes into full effect, or when FIs and Corporate players start using Corda.
CRYPTO ADOPTION INTENSIFIES: NEW CRYPTO PLATFORM EXPLORES ADDING XRP
XRP has been boosted a lot this year by Ripple. The San Francisco-based company has been promoting all of its products and has been making sure to boost the adoption of the digital asset XRP as well.
New platform to add XRP
Now, the crypto trading platform called Luno is exploring the addition of XRP in Malaysia.
The company’s GM of Southeast Asia, David Low, said that XRP could debt on the exchange as early as 2020, according to the Malaysian Reserve.
He also cited Ripple’s efforts to use the coin to power cross-border remittances.
“It is definitely a possibility we are exploring. However, it is not yet listed on Luno…” Low said.
He continued and explained that “Ripple also has a remittance use case which we are excited about. That’s why we want to introduce it to Malaysians, as it allows people on the platform to access and learn about it, and figure out new
According to the reports coming from the online publication the Daily Hodl, Luno is one of three exchanges that has been approved to sell digital assets in the country.
Ripple launches a new portal for developers
Ripple created a new portal for developers.
The portal that Ripple is creating is called Xpring.io and it’s designed to provide developers a one-stop-shop in order to manage “everything they need when it comes to integrating payments into their applications and a way to unify the various platforms they already use,” according to official notes.
The platform also features a custom wallet that allows engineers to test XRP payments and also to create addresses.
This can all be achieved without having to spend fiat currency.
Other than this, in terms of pricing, Ripple and XRP fans have been hoping to see a boost in the price of the digital asset, but this failed to happen in 2019.
XRP Liquidity Index Surges Past 9 Bln, Leaving Previous All-Time High Behind
The Liquidity Index for XRP paired with MXN reaches another all-time high of 9 mln, taking the XRP adoption in this sector to a new level-
The Ripple-invested Mexican Bitso exchange is a partner of Ripple and MoneyGram in the Mexican On-Demand Liquidity corridor launched this year. Bitso is the largest Mexican exchange and its participation in the Ripple and MoneyGram’s project has been successful.
The Liquidity Index for XRP in Mexico adds another million
The Liquidity Index for the XRP/MXN pair is growing fast, leaving behind one all-time high after another.
Today, on December 14, this index has taken a new level and got over the 9-mln mark with the daily progress being 92 percent.
The highest liquidity mark achieved previously was slightly under 8,568,000.
Another active ODL corridor leads to the Philippines through the local Coin.Ph exchange and its liquidity index has also risen for the first time recently.
XRP gets mentioned by the US government
As reported by U.Today, the US governmental agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has for the first time mentioned XRP in its document, describing the asset as a reliable remittance method which makes the process much
The document called Ripple and XRP a safe harbor. It also called Ripple one of disruptors of the remittance industry, as well as the new SWIFT’s GPI system, a rival of Ripple.👉MUST READ
Large XRP transactions keep pestering the community
Recently, a large XRP transaction was spotted by the Whale Alert Twitter account when a whopping 150 mln XRP was sent from one anonymous account to another.
Many in the XRP community often criticize those who do them, with Ripple getting the largest portion of criticism, when every month it releases 1 bln XRP from its escrow account. The community believes that these dumps keep the coin’s price low.
There may be a grain of truth in this, since the XRP price has been unable to cross the $0.30 threshold for a long time and recently, after dropping below $0.22, it has been floating in the $0,21 area.
Even the much-expected SWELL conference, annually conducted by Ripple, did not push the XRP price to the North, breaking expectations of many investors.
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Ripple-Based Remittance Firm SendFriend Claims to Save Up to 80% in Fees
Blockchain-based money transfer startup SendFriend utilizes Ripple’s technology to save up to 80% in remittance fees, according to a blog post published on Dec. 12.
SendFriend uses Ripple’s xRapid product for cross-border payments, converting between the United States dollar, XRP and Philippine pesos and circumventing the longer process of traditional banking systems.
Philippines-focused remittance platform
SendFriend’s money transfer app aimed at reducing annual remittance fees for cross-border Filipino workers claims to lower such transaction costs by up to 75%. What makes it possible, according to the startup’s CEO, David Lighton, is RippleNet’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) technology.
With ODL, RippleNet’s users can utilize digital token XRP to bridge two currencies in three seconds. “We can now source liquidity, on-demand and depress those transaction costs by
Blockchain payment network enhancement
SendFriend joined the RippleNet payment network in January, along with other financial industry players such as JNFX, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank. In February, SendFriend received $1.7 million in investments from Ripple, the Mastercard Foundation, MIT Media Lab and Barclays among others in a funding round.
In late July, Chile-based peer-to-peer remittance company CurrencyBird also joined RippleNet. The partnership ostensibly allows CurrencyBird to add new routes to its more than 50 already existing destinations, new currencies, better prices and faster transfer speeds.
That same month, in a bid to drive greater financial inclusion, Philippines-based UnionBank launched a payments-focused stablecoin pegged to the Philippine peso.