With Bitcoin maintaining its position above the $10,000 mark, the crypto-market saw a host of significant whale movements between wallets. In spite of the larger market’s sideways movement, Ripple and its token, XRP, have benefited from the king coin’s surge.Whale Alert, one of the web’s major cryptocurrency transaction trackers, shared news of a significant transfer on Twitter. The tweet read,
“500,000,000 #XRP [131,218,427 USD] locked in escrow at Ripple”
500 million XRP were locked in escrow, and had a time stamp of 04:50:42 UTC on 3 September 2019. The hash recorded for the escrow was 0ECCB576AEE1B58F25AE7148B985CD3EE472F2E889DE657B335D474DD9EF84E3. These XRP were locked in escrow with a transaction fee of 0.0005 XRP and a block height of #49777228. The transfer was carried out from Ripple’s wallet address rsjFB8mPWqiZgPUaVh8XYqdfa59PE2d5LG, successfully over Ripple blockchain in 500 drops. Just a couple of minutes before this, Whale Alert notified the crypto-community about,
“200,000,000 #XRP [51,974,090 USD] transferred from Ripple Escrow wallet to Ripple”
XRP were transferred between Ripple’s escrow wallet address rDdXiA3M4mYTQ4cFpWkVXfc2UaAXCFWeCK and Ripple’s wallet address rBg2FuZT91C52Nny68houguJ4vt5x1o91m. The time stamp recorded for this transfer was 04:48:21 UTC, 3 September 2019 and hash for the transfer was C7890ED7140BAB1D4B7F86D93AEAC6B83C490FFFA6B1EC65A5D22B63928CDAC7. Transaction was done over Ripple blockchain with a transaction fee of 0.0005 XRP. Also, the transfer was done in 500 drops as the block height recorded for the transfer was #49777191. Previously, Whale Alert had informed the community,
“300,000,000 #XRP [78,078,428 USD] transferred from Ripple Escrow wallet to Ripple”
The transfer happened over Ripple blockchain with a transaction fee of 0.0005 XRP. This transfer was deemed successful in 500 drops, having a timestamp of 04:46:50 UTC, 3 September 2019. The block height was #49777167 as XRP were transferred between Ripple’s escrow wallet address rDdXiA3M4mYTQ4cFpWkVXfc2UaAXCFWeCK and Ripple’s wallet address rp6aTJmW3nq1aKt3Jmuz4DPRxksT5PBjpH. Highlighting yet another transfer, Whale Alert tweeted,
“500,000,000 #XRP [130,130,714 USD] transferred from Ripple Escrow wallet to Ripple“
The transfer was initiated over Ripple’s blockchain with a timestamp of 04:45:10 UTC, 3 September 2019. Also, a transaction fee of 0.0005 XRP was charged as the transaction was deemed successful in 500 drops. The block height for the transaction was #49777141 as XRP were transferred between Ripple’s escrow wallet address rDdXiA3M4mYTQ4cFpWkVXfc2UaAXCFWeCK and Ripple’s wallet address rsjFB8mPWqiZgPUaVh8XYqdfa59PE2d5LG. Hash for the transfer was 9479E74779378110E2E38A9C92690B2E6654C8A83CD94E284C6FED2A90898B90.
It would thus seem that XRP whales have become wildly active after a long period of dormancy.
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.
XRP Community Fund is now an official foundation registered in the Netherlands
In a bid to bolster XRP adoption, as well as help build the XRPL ecosystem, XRP Community Fund has been registered in the Netherlands as an official Foundation. What began initially as an idea, the XRP Community Fund was initiated by XRPL lead developer Wietse Wind, along with several other community members. The official announcement read,
The XRP Community Fund is now an official foundation, registered in The Netherlands https://t.co/zfekYi4ogu
— XRP Community Fund (@XRP_Fund) September 10, 2019
The XRP Community Fund will be used to finance the development of tools, apps, integrations, or plugins, dedicated to ramp up XRP adoption for consumer and small business payments. The Foundation hopes to bring in more developers to the community.
“Bounties will be available for developers working on tools requested over a longer period of time by the XRP Community.”
The projects pitched by community members will be selected carefully. The projects need to be ‘doable within a decent amount of time,’ should target a great audience, and should ideally have a decent amount of votes. Once the idea is selected, the Community Fund voting committee will consult with the Community Fund tech’s advisors to make a list of requirements. If the requirements are met, “the bounty will be released by a MultiSigned transaction by the voting committee.”
Incorporated on 9 September, the fund has been deployed to finance the creation of a WooCommerce payments plugin. Additionally, the fund was also used to cover for Google BigQuery costs and create a Slack Channel for XRP UNL validator operations. Wietse Wind’s latest project that was still in stealth mode was also financed by the non-profit foundation.
XRP Community Fund’s eight original board members with voting privileges include notable members of the XRP community such as Tiffany Hayden, Wietse Wind, and Hodor, among others. These three directors have a ‘signing weight’ of 2 for releasing XRP funds to promising developers, while the rest of the board members will have a ‘signing weight’ of 1. According to Hodor’s post regarding the voting procedure, “the quorum will be 5 votes, so that the three directors can use funds at their discretion to pay the bills of the foundation, etc, and the remaining 5 members can exercise the power of overriding the decision if necessary.”
AMBCrypto has reached out to Wietse Wind for a comment on the development and the article will be accordingly updated.