Brad Garlinghouse – Chief Executive Officer of Ripple – said the fintech company was making “pretty good progress” in its legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He expects to reach a conclusion in 2022.
Ripple Takes The Upper Hand
In an interview for CNBC, Brad Garlinghouse opined that the legal lawsuit versus the SEC is going in favor of Ripple. However, the case is unlikely to be solved by the end of 2021 due to its specifics:
“We’re seeing pretty good progress despite a slow-moving judicial process.”
According to the CEO, the judge leading the case has been addressing “good questions” as he “realizes this is not just about Ripple” since the outcome of the legal battle will have a broader impact.
Given that the blockchain payment company is the issuer of XRP, the SEC accused the firm of selling $1.3 billion worth of the token in an unregistered securities offering at the end of 2020.
In its defense, the firm said XRP should not be considered security – a classification that puts it under more enhanced regulatory scrutiny. Furthermore, Garlinghouse opined that the inability of US authorities to implement comprehensive rules in the crypto space is “frustrating.” He even blasted the country’s securities regulator for being the only world agency insisting that the XRP token is indeed a security.
The SEC-Ripple War
Following several accusations from both sides since the start of the legal case, the battle took a turn this August when Ripple defendants fired back with a motion to expose the XRP holdings of SEC employees. The attorneys also wanted to gather “anonymized documents reflecting [the SEC’s] trading preclearance decisions with regard to XRP, bitcoin, and ether.”
Within their motion, Ripple demonstrated that the regulator had “not adopted or imposed” any rules restricting their employees from trading in crypto until January 16, 2018. This would, according to the company, be in line with the Commission’s previous views on digital assets not being securities up until that point:
“At all times from 2013 until at least January 19, 2018, SEC employees were free to buy, sell and hold XRP without any restriction by the SEC.”
The Commission scored a point a few days later by winning access to Ripple’s missing internal Slack messages. Before that, the company refused to hand over a substantial part of the communications citing a processing error as a reason.
According to the SEC, those messages contain “discussions about Ripple’s desire to create speculative trading in XRP.”
XRP price on edge of cliff as Ripple faces imminent collapse
- XRP price falls below key Ichimoku levels on the weekly chart.
- Key oscillator divergence may hint at near-term support.
- The threat of a 34% drop, however, remains likely.
XRP price followed the rest of the cryptocurrency market lower over the weekend. The US Thanksgiving holiday gave cryptocurrency traders and investors some early Black Friday deals, but downside risks remain.
XRP price drops below weekly Ichimoku Cloud, threatening flash crash conditions
XRP price completed the most bearish weekly candlestick close within the Ichimoku system since the week of February 28th, 2020, last week.. The candlestick closed below its final Ichimoku support level, the Kijun-Sen ($0.957). XRP now has very little support structure remaining and will now rely on the Chikou Span as its final hope of support.
The saving grace for XRP bulls is where the Chikou Span is positioned. For an Ideal Bearish Ichimoku Breakout entry to occur, the Chikou Span must be below the bodies of the candlesticks and in open space. Open space is a condition where the Chikou Span won’t intercept the body of any candlesticks horizontally over the next five to ten periods. For the open space condition to be accurate, XRP price would need to close at or below $0.59.
Some bullish warning signals are flashing, however, and could trigger some covering by short-sellers. Currently, XRP price has bounced off the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $0.84 to return above the Kijun-Sen. Another factor contributing to the bounce is the Chikou Span moving above the body of the candlesticks for the first time since the August 13th weekly candlestick.
XRP/USDT Weekly Ichimoku Chart
There is an almost imperceptible hidden bullish divergence between the candlestick chart and the Composite Index. Hidden bullish divergence is when an oscillator creates lower lows while the price chart creates higher lows. Only valid if the prior trend was up – hidden bullish divergence is an early indicator that the prior uptrend will continue. Contributing further to some near-term support is the Relative Strength Index holding the oversold levels of 50 and 40 as support.
Bulls ultimately need XRP price to close at or above the $1.18 level to establish a clear and renewed bull market.
Ripple (XRP) Marketing Narratives No Drama Bells and Whistles
Ripple XRP Marketing Narratives are not Impressing Long-Term Holders in terms of profits.
Worry Wort Investors who have been holding XRP are like: It’s $0.9 from $1.96. what is the point of all the success story posts, partnerships, and projects. XRP price is not going higher. Are you using distraction tactic? Investors have been waiting for several years for the price to go up.
There is no doubt that Ripple is a great project and they are successful in what they do in terms of cross-border payments. Did they ever over promise that the price of XRP will go very high? Or, Are the community assuming that the company implied the price of XRP will sky rocket?
Ripple Technology is great. It is not a scam like many other projects out here. It is doing a lot of good in terms of real-time use.
It just looks like not all cryptocurrencies or tokens are about profit making. Some tokens are about facilitating use cases that are applicable real time. Perhaps XRP is one such token with no drama, bells and whistles.
The kind of services delivered by Ripple requires some stability with the token they use as a mode of exchange. So, investors anticipating high profits need to rethink and know that high profits mean high risk and high volatility. This might not be true about XRP in terms of the kind of services it facilitates for Ripple. May be the expectations of investors is not as realistic.
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40 Million XRP Moved to Binance Exchange and Sold Immediately
Anonymous wallet moves a large number of coins to exchange while the cryptocurrency market recovers
While others decide to keep their coins in cold or hot wallets instead of exchanges, this XRP whale has moved a large volume of funds to a centralized exchange and, most likely, sold immediately.
According to transactional activity on the chain, an anonymous wallet ending in “kskkhi” has moved 40 million coins to a wallet owned by Binance centralized exchange.
Currently, the unknown wallet holds almost 13 million coins. The wallet received 40 million coins just a day before a large transaction from another unknown wallet that holds significantly more XRP.
The exchange between undisclosed whales is purely anonymous and has not been known to the public. The second wallet, which initially transacted 40 million coins to the wallet that sold it on Binance, is currently holding 156 million XRP coins.
The larger wallet might somehow be connected to another centralized exchange since it has been constantly receiving a large number of funds from it, including those 40 million coins.
The realization of coins on the Binance exchange could have led to the rapid retrace of XRP that has been moving with a 2.5% profit today. The current daily XRP volume on Binance is at 156 million coins. The transacted amount represents approximately 25% of the current daily trading volume on the exchange.
At press time, XRP is trading at $0.97 with 0.17% of daily growth that has peaked at 2.5%. Previously, Ripple faced a strong recovery by dropping below the $0.90 zone and then spiking back up to $0.96 in one day.