Today, XRP experienced a significant price surge, rising by 5% and outperforming all other top 100 altcoins. This upward movement followed the resignation announcement of David Hirsch, the Chief of the Crypto Asset and Cyber Unit in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Around 10:30 a.m. UTC on 17 June 2024, David Hirsch announced his departure from the SEC via a LinkedIn post. In his message, Hirsch reflected on his nearly three-year tenure, expressing pride in the achievements of the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit team. He mentioned that his time at the SEC involved complex and challenging investigations, which were successfully handled through collaboration and combined efforts with various partners.

Hirsch expressed his gratitude towards mentors, colleagues, and friends, highlighting the team-oriented nature of securities enforcement. He also shared his excitement about future challenges and his immediate plans to take a break and travel with his family before his son heads to college in the fall.

Shortly after Hirsch’s announcement, the price of XRP saw a notable increase. Analyzing the 1-day XRP-USD price chart, a significant uptick in XRP’s value can be observed around the time of the announcement. The chart shows a steady climb starting from approximately 10:30 a.m. UTC, which correlates with the timing of Hirsch’s post. Before this surge, XRP was trading around $0.488, and it reached as high as $0.512, marking a clear positive response from the market.

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Year-to-date, XRP has experienced significant volatility, reflective of broader market trends and regulatory developments. Starting the year around $0.64, XRP faced a downward trend, reaching lows of approximately $0.48 in early February. This decline was influenced by market uncertainties and regulatory pressures. However, XRP managed to stage a recovery, peaking near $0.72 in late March, driven by positive market sentiment and speculative trading.

Since then, the price has fluctuated, with notable dips in mid-April and early May, aligning with market-wide corrections. As of mid-June, XRP has rebounded from its recent lows, bolstered by the news of regulatory changes and leadership shifts, including the recent resignation of David Hirsch. The current price surge to $0.512 reflects renewed investor confidence and highlights the cryptocurrency’s resilience in navigating a complex regulatory landscape.

Source: TradingView

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