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5.1 Billion XRP Has Permanently Left Ripple’s Escrow Wallets Since 2017: Report

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The amount of XRP held in Ripple’s escrow wallets has reportedly been reduced from 55 billion XRP at the end of 2017 to 49.9 billion XRP at time of publishing.

Ripple, which owns more than half of the total supply of XRP, created the escrow program to manage its sales of the digital asset.

According to the escrow tracker at XRPArcade, Ripple has sold an average of 212.5 million XRP per month to institutions and crypto exchanges.

“At this rate, it will take 235 months (19 years and 7 months) for the last escrow to finish. In July 2039 (10 months ago the expected finish was April 2039 at a rate of 214.3 per month).”

Ripple’s ownership of XRP and its monthly sales are a hot-button issue in the world of crypto.

Back in August, Bloomberg published a report exploring Ripple’s sales as a possible cause of the digital asset’s market slide in 2019.

Despite XRP’s 39.2% price decline in 2019, Ripple strongly denies that its sales have had any impact.

“Ripple, for its part, disputed the increase [in sales]. Programmatic sales of XRP ‘as a percentage of volume and the actual supply inflation rate were lower’ than for Bitcoin or Ether, it said in a statement…

Sales had been tied to trading volumes reported by exchanges, and recognizing that some platforms were misreporting volumes, Ripple has ‘substantially reduced XRP sales,’ a trend that’s expected to continue this quarter, the company said.”

Also in August, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse dropped a tweetstorm further defending Ripple’s sales, which are used to fund its business and to invest in blockchain and crypto companies.

“XRP sales are about helping expand XRP’s utility – building RippleNet & supporting other biz building w/XRP ie Dharma & Forte. Reality is we DECREASED our sales by volume Q/Q and since then the inflation rate of XRP circulating supply has been lower than that of BTC and ETH.

Ripple continues to set industry standards in reporting and transparency (one example is our quarterly markets report). We lay it all out, and it’s not our ‘view’ but fact.”

Ripple sells to institutions over-the-counter and sells XRP on crypto exchanges at an amount of 10 basis points of the overall daily XRP volume.

Ripple says it sold a total of $66.24 million worth of XRP in the third quarter of this year, down from $251.51 million in the previous quarter.

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Despite Rising Ripple Transaction Volume, Analyst Says XRP Still Incredibly Weak

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XRP – the digital token closely associated to FinTech company Ripple – has had a rough couple of years, plummeting from highs of over $3.00 in early-2018 and finding itself caught within a firm downtrend that has persisted throughout all of 2018 and 2019.

Although many major altcoins saw some relief in the first half of 2019, XRP remained stuck within the lower-$0.30 region, and the recent downturn in the aggregated crypto market that occurred in early-November led XRP to plummet to fresh 2019 lows of just under $0.20.

In spite of this bearishness, it is important to note that Ripple’s transaction volume has been on the rise as of late, but this may not be enough to help propel XRP’s price higher in the near-term.

Ripple (XRP) Transaction Volume Gains Some Steam as XRP Inches Lower

At the time of writing, XRP is trading down nearly 2% at its current price of $0.228, which marks a slight retrace from its daily highs of over $0.23.

Over the past week, XRP has been finding strong buying pressure within the lower-$0.21 region, signaling that this is a level of support for the cryptocurrency.

Just below this price level, at roughly $0.20, is another strong region of support that was confirmed in late-November concurrently with Bitcoin’s drop – and subsequent bounce – from lows of $6,500.

It is important to note that Ripple may be showing some signs of fundamental strength currently, as its transaction volume has been rising significantly in recent times, surging from under 1 million daily transactions in late-October to over 4.5 million transactions earlier this month.

The TX number has declined in the time since this number was hit, but it does show that the network is garnering greater utility.

Analyst: XRP Looks Incredibly Weak as Resistance Holds Strong

Regardless of the growing Ripple transaction volume, analysts still anticipate XRP to see further losses in the near-term.

Teddy, a popular cryptocurrency analyst on Twitter, spoke about this in a recent tweet, saying:

“#RIPPLE | $XRP: It has been 8 weeks that price has been testing a resistance imposed 700+ days ago. Any updates? nah, still weak as hell – regardless of you, your mother and neighbor shilling it. Statistically speaking, it’s more like to go to zero than $589.”

Assuming that the fundamental strength of XRP – which is emblematic of its transaction volume, use cases, and trading volume – grows as 2019 nears an end, the embattled cryptocurrency may be able to gain some strength as the new year kicks off.

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Ripple: XRP attempts breakout after rising 8% over the weekend

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XRP is approaching a crucial level of resistance following an 8% rally over the weekend

Ripple’s XRP token is attempting to break out of the $0.23 level of resistance for the second time in two weeks after rallying by 8% since Thursday.

The current level is proving to be a tough hurdle to overcome, especially as $0.23 provided support on three occasions since August before the eventual breakdown on November 24.

XRPXRP / USD$0.223879(-2.35%)Market Cap Rank:#3Market Cap:$9,770,819,38624H Volume:$1,270,885,87824H High/Low:$0.230272/$0.225327Powered by CoinGeckoView Price Chart

One thing to point out is that the 22 exponential moving average on the daily chart is also currently suppressing a move to the upside. If this can be taken out, it could well provide the fuel for a rally to the next level of resistance at $0.244.

A rejection at this level would be disastrous for XRP given it is already trading at its lowest point in more than two years, with price targets emerging at $0.195, $0.167, and $0.15.

XRP is now shockingly 93% down from its all-time high of $3.40 and 55% down from its yearly high of $0.51.

As previously reported by Coin Rivet, the market cap of XRP is now back below the $10 billion mark – a far cry from the $130 billion high seen in January 2018.

However, one positive is that liquidity on XRP trading pairs is still impressively high, with more than $1.16 billion being traded over the last 24 hours.

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Ripple Director of Product Launches XRP Entertainment Marketplace for Music

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Ripple’s director of product is rolling out a new digital marketplace that will allow musicians to sell their songs online for XRP.

Called “xSongs,” the platform utilizes Payburner, an integrated payment system built on top of the XRP Ledger, says Craig DeWitt.

There’s no fee to upload or post songs, and musicians will receive 100% of the revenue from their sales through peer-to-peer XRP payments.

The marketplace won’t support legacy payment methods and allows creators to set their own price.

DeWitt says the short-term goal of the platform is not to make money, but to create a thriving product that increases the usability of XRP.

“If you can build a product that drives significant value to the market, monetization will not be a problem.

Uber loses money on ever [sic] ride they give, but they’ve built something incredibly valuable.”

The project is currently in beta for the uploading/publishing side of the marketplace, which includes a wallet and the ability to manage music.

“Once we’ve gotten enough music uploaded and finished building the front end marketplace, we’ll turn on the purchasing side of xSongs.

This will be the front end to allow anyone to buy songs.” 

That’ll likely happen in a few weeks, after the publishing build-up phase concludes, according to the Ripple executive.

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