XRP the native token of the San Francisco based technology giant Ripple came into the news after it was listed Coinbase, in the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S.
In 2018, the Ripple team had tried to encourage Coinbase to list the token which they believed was not a security, and also promised the exchange a fund worth $100 million of XRP.
The exchange persisted that they will adhere to their policy in listing coins. However, many cryptocurrency users are of the belief that this listing could bring to a surge in the price of the coin which attained its
XRP will still find it hard to attain a $1 value by the end of this year because:
1) Its change in price after the announcement was speculative: after the announcement, XRP surged in price by more than 6% and was the best performing coin among the top ten coins in terms of market capitalization. Presently, it is trading below $0.32 and has a negative price change of 1.08%.
2) Binance introduction of XRP pairs could not push the price: the Ethereum community were worried after Binance exchange introduced XRP trading pairs, changed Ethereum market to ALTS market and also placed XRP ahead of ETH even though its trading pairs was lower. That could not surge the price of XRP even though the exchange is the largest in the world.
3) The XRapid experience: in Sept 2018, after it was announced that XRapid will be launched within a few months. The price of the coin increased by more than 100% in 1 week and was tending towards $0.6. That was monumental even after the product was launched in October.
4) The non-performance of other coins listed: other coins had been listed in Coinbase especially ERC-10 tokens. The presence of these coins in Coinbase had not really brought an observable increase in their price. From this, one could really say that XRP might not attain $1 value by the end of 2019.
Peter Schiff Warns Of A Possible Crash Of Bitcoin Below $2,000
Peter Schiff, a stockbroker, and financial commentator took to Twitter recently to voice his opinion on the direction of BTC. Though he said the crypto asset is on his way to $6K, however, warns that things can go worse, driving price below to $2K.
A Possible Crash Below $2,000 For Bitcoin (BTC)
Peter Schiff, is known for his love for gold while exhibiting intense hate for bitcoin. However, he has kept an eye on bitcoin, updating the community about its impending crashes to prove his point that bitcoin is worthless.
Though he admitted possessing some bitcoin, his recent tweet still shows he doesn’t see the asset as a wise choice for smart investors.
Peter Schiff, in his recent tweet, expressed how horrible things were looking for bitcoin. According to Mr Schiff, bitcoin is in a move to complete a popular pattern, the head-and-shoulder, which will see the asset drop in value to about $6,000. Furthermore, he opines that bitcoin could slump drastically below the $2,000 mark if the pattern is completed.
While many do not agree with Peter Schiff, some others think bitcoin crashing below $2,000 would be an opportunity to buy more bitcoin.
All these, however, is happening at a time when the institutional traders are trying to pick some interest in bitcoin as trading on the futures exchange, Bakkt, continues to rise.
At the time of writing, bitcoin is currently trading at $8,062.72, with a market cap of over $145 billion according to CoinMarketCap.
Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price
Time and again, several members of the XRP community have opined that the massive dump of the crypto asset in the market has impacted on its price, negatively. Now, there are speculations for another dip in XRP’s price. The latter is after Whale Alert informed on September 7, 2019, that 100 million XRP tokens have been transferred to Jed McCaleb, Ripple’s co-founder.
Ripple Sends XRP Worth About $26 Million to McCaleb’s Wallet
According to Whale Alert, Ripple transferred 100 million XRP valued at $26,322,440 to Jed McCaleb’s wallet. The transfer has led to the sentiment in the crypto space that XRP might tank below its $0.262 price today. Also, the opinion is due to McCaleb’s reputation for dumping huge amounts of XRP in the market.
McCaleb is Ripple’s co-founder, and in 2014, Ripple transferred 9 billion XRP to him as his share for founding the company in 2012. However, the blockchain company entered a seven-year agreement with McCaleb to control how much XRP he can sell in the market yearly.
Per the agreement, the co-founder could sell $10,000 worth of XRP per week in the first year, $20,000 per week in the second, third, and fourth years, and “750 million XRP per year for the fifth and sixth years.” In the same vein, he could choose to dump 1 billion XRP yearly for the seventh year, and 2 billion XRP yearly after the seventh year.
McCaleb’s Dump of XRP Impacts of Asset’s Market Price
Given that this is the fifth year since the agreement was made, McCaleb can choose to dump thousands of XRP tokens daily. In 2014 when he announced his plans to sell a significant part of his XRP holdings, the value of the asset declined by 40%. As such, the continuous dump of the asset has also been pointed out as one of the reasons why it is not spiking like other top cryptocurrencies.
Asides from being reputable in the XRP community, McCaleb is also a name associated with Mt Gox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges. He founded the platform and sold it off years before its hack. Similarly, McCaleb is the creator of Stellar (XLM), the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.
Nonetheless, the crypto community has aired its views about the potential for McCaleb to release another share of XRP to the market. Crypto BitLord, for instance, said: “Wow. Another cool $26M Jed can unload at market. This shits out of control.” Another remarked that: “know, right?! Private businesses shouldn’t be allowed to exist. The name “Jed” should be banned.”
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