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South Africa’s Xago launches XRP-exclusive gateway, exchange in the country

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With an intent to generate liquidity for XRP in South Africa, the Cape Town-based fintech company, Xago, has revealed the launch of a custom-built exchange and “Ripple gateway” in the country. The exchange exclusively enables trading, sending and receiving of XRP, while employing RippleNet to do the same.

According to Xago’s official press release, the company’s latest move is attributed to RippleNet’s quick settlement between wallets, which minimizes exposure to volatility. Crypto-fanatics and businesses would be able to trade and utilize the Ripple Ledger, along with XRP, as the exchange would serve as a market-making platform.

Once Xago acquires adequate liquidity, the exchange would go on to launch a payment switch. The switch would act as a connection to retailers through their existing hardware and software systems, eliminating the need for card networks for retailers, while RippleNet and XRP act as a medium for cross-border payments.

CEO of Xago, Jurgen Kuhnel, has claimed that he believes that Ripple has taken Bitcoin’s role in eliminating double spending to another level.

Additionally, the platform claims to offer low transaction fees and would operate on a mobile number based identity system. The exchange’s Chairman and investor, Mark Chirnside, elaborated on the significance of the same and said,

“This is no small step on the journey of Xago.io. With this launch and with the welcomed constructive approach we take with regulatory compliance and best practice, this platform holds the promise to reduce cost and friction, at a very interesting time in the payments arena.”

CEO Kuhnel further suggested that the platform would continue to explore solutions that would be beneficial to consumers in low to middle-income countries.

Source:ambcrypto

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XRP’s correlation to overall market fell towards November-end: Report

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The Bitcoin [BTC] market has lost 0.54% of its value in December 2019, with the king coin’s price movement recording recurring dips. A recent dip of 2.45% contributed to the price of the world’s largest crypto tumbling down from $7,450.62 to $7,268.03. Following the loss, Bitcoin tried to recover. However, it was stuck at $7,337.32, at press time. As most cryptos are correlated to BTC, the king coin’s fall impacted the rest of the crypto-market too.

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Source: Coinstats

According to OKEx’s recent research report, the king coin “brought back its connectedness” to the overall market, which was slightly higher than Ethereum [ETH].

The research report read,

“BTC brought back its connectedness to the overall market, slightly higher than ETH, which kept the top seat for more than three months. This means not the only market cap, but also its directional movements in overall crypto are ALL on BTC.”

Following the recent volatility in the crypto-market, major tokens on the exchange saw an increased correlation in November 2019, more than the previous month. The report also noted that the overall relationships of the tokens with each other appeared positive.

Source: OKEx

Source: OKEx

OKEx’s utility token, OKB, showed a positive correlation to major tokens, irrespective of volatility in the market during November. Even though Ethereum’s connectedness lagged when compared to Bitcoin’s in the month of November, there was a rise in BTC and ETH correlation with other coins.

Similarly, after a close analysis of major tokens during the first and second weeks of November, it was found that XRP showed “growth in relation to other major tokens.”

Source: OKEx

Source: OKEx

A comparative analysis of the second and third week of November also reported a higher connection of Tron [TRX] and Ethereum Classic [ETC] to the overall market, along with XRP.

Source: OKEx

Source: OKEx

However, as November ended, XRP changed its direction of integration to the overall market. Further, an analysis of the newly introduced BTC/USDT Futures also found that there was minimum correlation to its underlying movements.

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XRPL transactions on ODL platform amount to over $100 million in Q4

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Transactions executing on Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity [ODL] platform, previously known as xRapid, is on the rise. The fourth quarter continued to exhibit positive metrics for the XRP ecosystem despite the market’s bearish price momentum. In the latest development, XRP enthusiast, H_M_X revealed that transactions on the MXN corridor amounted to over $100 million out of the total $108 million ODL flow in the fourth quarter.

Source: Twitter | H_M_X

According to the above chart posted by H_M_X, there has been a three-fold increase in ODL flow in the latest quarter [that still has 20 more days to go] as compared to the third quarter which recorded nearly $33 million.

Source: Utility Scan

Data from Utility Scan also suggested an increase in USD volume per corridor in the last 24-hours. The above chart depicted a significant increase in activity in the MXN

corridor. According to data on Utility Scan’s dashboard, 42 ODL transactions were conducted most of which were to Bitso from Bitstamp on December 7th, while a few of them were to Coins.Ph.

Despite the Mexican corridor dominating the charts, Ripple’s Philippines corridor has also noted an uptick in ODL transactions. Interestingly, liquidity Index also noted a spike in the liquidity for PHP/XRP corridor.

ODL utilizes XRP as a bridge asset between multiple support currencies, thus eliminating the need for the traditional Nostro-Vostro accounts. XRP market volume on Bitso recorded significant uptrends, but CoinsPh managed to outpace Bitso recently.  H_M_X also spotted the largest ODL transaction conducted on CoinsPh, which clocked 250,000 XRP. According to the XRP proponent, the value was achieved at a rate faster than on Bitso.

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XRP may face further losses after closure of falling wedge

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Despite the current upside momentum exhibited by the cryptocurrency market, XRP was trading below its crucial $0.23 resistance point and has been tagging slightly above the $0.21 support area. At press time, XRP was trading at $0.22 after posting minor gains of 1.96%.

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Source: Coinstats

XRP’s 1-Hour Chart:

Source: XRP/USD on TradingView

XRP’s hourly chart exhibited the formation of a rising wedge pattern with its price bouncing between two up-sloping and converging trendlines. This suggested a potential bearish breakout in the near-term. The decline in volume further provided validity to the pattern formation. On a positive note, however, the moving averages sustained a bullish crossover on December 6th and appeared to be diverging with 50 MA swinging higher, while 100 MA was hovering below it.

This bullishness could indicate that the coin might climb to the immediate resistance at $0.23, a crucial point that has curbed XRP bulls on multiple occasions. Following which the price could suffer a subsequent fall as the wedge comes to closure.

If the trend persists, the coin could see its price fall to the immediate support at $0.21; the next support for XRP was found at $0.20.

Source: XRP/USD on TradingView

MACD sustained a bearish crossover as the leading line slid below signal line. This further indicated a bearish phase for the coin in the near term. RSI indicator was in the overbought zone as it hovered well above 50 median.

Conclusion:

XRP’s pattern on its hourly chart indicated a potential bearish breakout following the closure of a rising wedge. The bullish moving averages could possibly suggest the coin could regain ground above $0.22 for a brief period followed by a price slump. Despite high buying pressure among the traders, XRP’s price could revisit $0.21 and $0.20 if the downward pressure continues.

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