Recently, Ripple’s token XRP got listed on Colodax, the Indian crypto-exchange. Despite no real changes in its own price, the development shed light on the Indian cryptocurrency market, a country where just yesterday, the Reserve Bank of India’s jurisdiction on cryptocurrencies was questioned by the Indian Supreme Court.
Colodax offers low trading fees, in addition to offering instands deposits and withdrawals and faster transactions in INR within 30 minutes. According to the blogpost, the security offered by Ripple’s public ledger makes it a preferable choice for trading.
By adding XRP under its belt, the platform now offers more than 10 trading pairs namely, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Stellar, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, PundiX, 0x and Tron. This news was released by the exchange’s official Twitter handle. The tweet read,
“You can buy/sell and trade #XRP on @colodax. Take advantage of our Broker network and get instant INR Deposits and Withdrawals! #ripple#xrp #xrparmy #xrpcommunity #cryptocurrency#IndiaWantsCrypto”
With the Supreme Court of India still delibrating the future of cryptocurrencies in the country, many crypto-enthusiasts were curious about the exchange’s actions, in light of present RBI restrictions. The exchange responded to these concerns by commenting,
“RBI had directed all banks to stop providing any services to exchanges accounts. To ensure smooth INR withdrawals and deposits we had build a network similar to P2P [Peer-to-Peer] and we are calling it Broker to Peer i.e B2P. This helps our Indian traders to trade worry free.”
XRP’s likely bullish breakout may lack significant momentum
After consolidating under the $0.260 mark for a majority of last week, XRP’s price exhibited a growth of over 4 percent which improved its valuation to $0.265 on 14th Sept. XRP’s value underwent correction afterward and at press time, was valued at $0.257. However, short-term charts of XRP exhibited another positive outlook.
XRP 1-hour chart
Source: Trading View
On 14th Sept, XRP breached short term support at $0.255; the valuation tested resistance at $0.264 but did not surge past it. At press time, the price was declining but a descending channel pattern was forming in the charts. The price movement of XRP navigated within the channel formation but it was observed that the pattern was breached by a couple of fakeouts toward the downside. The real bullish breakout was yet to surface in the charts and it was expected to transpire in the next few days.
50-Moving Average also completed a bullish crossover with 100-Moving Average indicating a trend reversal toward the bulls.
XRP 4-hour chart
Source: Trading View
4-hour chart of XRP exhibited a similar pattern of a descending channel. A bullish breakout was indicated as trading volume also decreased in the charts, confirming validity of the pattern. Fibonacci retracement lines suggested that the price faced immediate resistance at $0.261, which should be easily breached during the bull surge. The long-term resistance at $0.2655 should be tested if higher bullish momentum comes into play.
However, Relative Strength Index appeared a little bearish as traders seem to exit the market at press time.
XRP’s price treaded positive patterns in the chart but few indicators suggested that the breakout will likely entertain a price hike. Resistance line at $0.260 should be re-tested but a positive breach was unlikely.
Bitso XRP liquidity index breaks all time high as XRP/MXN trading volume surpasses BTC/MXN
On September 14, XRP/MXN trading volume surpassed BTC/MXN volume on Bitso, a Mexican cryptocurrency exchange.
Bitso is one of the of exchanges that accepts fiat from financial institutions and executes transaction via xRapid. The surge in trading volume was associated with this increase in xRapid volume on Bitso. XRP Research center on Twitter announced:
“The Mexico @Bitso Liquidity Index just broke previous all-time high.
Also, for the 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘 in years, the #XRP/MXN trading volume reported to CMC 𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗣𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗗 #BTC/MXN volume.”
When XRP/MXN surpassed BTC/MXN trading volume, XRP was more liquid at the time as compared to Bitcoin in the US-Mexico Corridor. Bitso founder, Daniel Vogel shared this news with the community. However, XRP/MXN takeover was brief and was taken over by the large trading volume of BTC/MXN, at press time.
Apart from the trading volume, Bitso’s liquidity index broke its previous ATH.
Source: Twitter, XRP Research Center
XRP finally broke out of its months-long bearish trap to note a rise of 3.82% within an hour. The price of the coin started climbing from $0.25455 and rests at $0.26294, at press time. The coin surged by over 5% in a day with a market cap of $11.30 billion and 24-hour trading volume of $951.79 million.
XRPXRP’s distribution is now greater than half as Ripple’s escrow balance stands at under 50 billion
The year 2017 is well-remembered in the crypto-community as the ‘magical year’ that churned out many billionaires if not, generous returns against investments. XRP, which was once valued at $0.0063 in 2017, sprung to the value of one dollar in December 2017, finally topping at $3.84 in the same year. At the time, Ripple had pledged 55 billion of a total 61.69 billion XRP allotted to them, in escrow. Out of the total 99,991,355,092 XRP, Ripple owned 6,462,128,816 XRP, while 38,531,538,922* XRP were distributed.
Source: Hodor’s blog
Ripple established 55 contracts of 1 billion XRP that allowed the release of 1 billion XRP on the first day of every month. Keeping up with the contracts, the currency XRP reserves in the escrow have reached 49,400,000,013 XRP, at press time. Considering the amount held by Ripple [7,566,921,567] and the total XRP distributed [43,024,433,511*], it would be safe to say that more than 50% of the total XRP has been distributed.
However, ‘Ripple dumping XRP’ has been doing rounds in the ecosystem and these accusations don’t seem to be ceasing. After Ripple availed the 1 billion XRP released from escrow in September 2019, it moved 500 million XRP to another wallet from its escrow wallet. This acted as fuel to ongoing speculations about the San Francisco-based company trying to slam the price of the coin.
After the dubious movement, Ripple further transferred 100,000,000 XRP to Jed McCaleb, one of the founding members who left Ripple in 2014. McCaleb, who went on to form Stellar Lumens, held XRP worth $20 billion in early 2018, according to New York Times. Following his parting from Ripple, McCaleb signed an agreement with Ripple, assuring the community of not dumping the entirety of his holdings. Instead, he promised to do so in small amounts over time. With McCaleb no longer associated with Ripple, the community was taken aback with this transfer and the discussion over XRP’s price escalated.
XRP’s YTD return is noted to be -33.04%, while its inflation rate was sky-high at 27.89%. The market dominance of XRP has picked up the pace to 4.28%, but lags when compared to Bitcoin, which has a dominance of 69.59% in the cryptocurrency market. Despite several partnerships, the price of XRP has not seen a rise. Instead, it is slumping further. With multiple crests and troughs in the market, the price of XRP noted a meager rise and was valued at $0.2533 with a market cap of $11.09 billion, at press time.