XRP Has Started to Recover 'With a Vengeance', eToro's Senior Analyst Explains

Omar Faridi

XRP, the third largest digital asset in terms of market capitalization, has been “pumping hard” recently - as eToro’s senior market analyst, Mati Greenspan pointed out via Twitter.

In his detailed Twitter thread, Greenspan wrote: “While the rest of the crypto market is stalling, $XRP is pumping hard this morning.” He added that XRP “went quiet” from December 11th, 2018 to late January 2019. However, the digital asset’s price has started to recover “with a vengeance” since January 26th, Greenspan noted.

According to the experienced analyst’s observations: “$XRP volumes have been dominated by Bitcoin and Tether $USDT over the last six months. However, we can see that dynamic tapering off in the last few days.”

Commenting on XRP’s price, Twitter user “Macro CryptoRevolution” (@MarcoCryptoRevo) mentioned that “rumors drive the price” in the digital asset market. He predicted that the performance of XRP and bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, would be correlated for the “next few years.” He remarked:  

XRP for the banks and conservatives. Bitcoin for the free thinking people! #BTC Future.

At press time, XRP is trading at $0.3403 as its price has surged by nearly 9% in the past 24 hours - according to CryptoCompare data. The market capitalization of XRP tokens currently stands at just over $13.7 billion.

Giant Omani Financial Institution Joins RippleNet

Ripple Labs, the San Francisco-based fintech firm that has supported the development of XRP,  recently announced that Oman’s second-largest financial institution, BankDhofar has joined RippleNet, which is Ripple’s global payment network.

Navin Gupta, Ripple’s managing director for the Asia and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, shared a press release (via Twitter) which revealed that the American fintech’s “bi-directional messaging and instant settlement features” would be used by BankDhofar to process international payments in a quick, secure, and cost-effective manner.

XRP Is The "Number One Cryptoasset"

Expressing his confidence in Ripple’s suite of financial products, including XRP, Yoshitaka Kitao, the CEO of SBI Holdings, a Tokyo-based financial services firm that generates an average of $200 billion in annual revenue, recently remarked (translated from Japanese): 

XRP is the number one crypto asset.

Yoshitaka also claimed that bitcoin has “no fundamental value” which is why he thinks the flagship cryptocurrency’s price will eventually go down to “zero.”

Earlier this month, the SBI Group had published its latest financial report (covering a 9-month period ending on December 31st, 2018) in which it noted that XRP was the first cryptocurrency that was integrated into R3’s Corda Settler, which is “an application purpose-built to allow for payment obligations raised on the Corda blockchain platform to be made through any of the world’s payment systems, both traditional and blockchain-based.”

Winklevoss Twins: Wall Street Has Been “Asleep at the Wheel” Regarding Bitcoin

Michael LaVere
  • Winklevoss Twins say Wall Street has been "asleep at the wheel" in acting on bitcoin.
  • Retail investors hold an advantage over institutions in the crypto marketplace. 

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who founded the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, said that Wall Street has been “asleep at the wheel,” in regards to bitcoin in their most recent interview. 

Sleeping on Bitcoin

Speaking with CNN Business on Aug. 22, the Winklevoss Twins explained the value of bitcoin as an investment, while giving their opinion on the risks of the cryptocurrency industry in comparison to the traditional financial sector. 

They were also critical of the established market’s slow acceptance of bitcoin and cryptoassets, claiming that Wall Street has fallen behind in that regard. Tyler Winklevoss argued that retail investors have had the edge of institutions in the market of crypto through their willingness to explore the new asset class. 

He continued, 

“Unlike the internet, which you couldn’t buy a piece of, you can actually buy a piece of this new internet of money. It’s still a retail-driven market, from day one [...] and a lot of people have done really well. Wall Street has been asleep at the wheel.”

In addition, the twins claimed not to be deterred by the high price volatility of bitcoin, and said the risk of missing out was much more compelling, 

“We had to invest because we were afraid of missing out, we couldn't miss out on this future.”

The twins also compared bitcoin to gold, which is becoming a more common financial analogy as investors and analysts view BTC as a digital store of value.