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Ripple pursues expansion plans amid ongoing SEC rift, but where does XRP stand

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  • Ripple was moving ahead with Europe expansion plans despite the tussle with the SEC
  • Long-term holders of XRP recorded less profits than short-term investors with little to no sign of noteworthy recovery

It seems as though Ripple [XRP] was focused on moving ahead rather than remaining in a ceaseless legal battle against the U.S SEC. In an 18 November interview with CNBC, Ripple’s General Counsel, Stuart Alderoty, revealed that Ripple no longer makes most of its revenue from the United States.

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Ripple broadening its reach

Alderoty noted that the blockchain payment firm’s operation outside the U.S has been responsible for the majority of its income. All this while confirming that Ripple was actively pursuing a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license in Ireland. Not minding the state of the case with SEC, Alderoty said,

“Effectively, Ripple is operating outside of the U.S. It is seeking a virtual asset service provider (VASP) license from the Irish central bank so that it can ‘passport’ its services throughout the European Union via an entity based there.”

However, despite the disclosure, XRP failed to remain in positive dominion. At press time, CoinMarketCap’s data showed that it had lost 0.76% of its previous 24-hour value. In addition, an assessment of the network growth showed a massive turndown.

According to data from the analytical platform Santiment, XRP’s network growth had fallen to 4,264 despite hitting a high of 9,827 on 13 November. At this condition, it implied that XRP found it hard to attract new addresses to the blockchain.

XRP network growth and market value data

Source: Santiment

The above data also portrayed the status of the Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) short and long-term difference. At press time, the value of the MVRV short and long-term difference was -16.82%.

This meant that short-term holders were in higher profits than long-term investors. Hence, long-term holders might need to be tolerant of the crypto winter if they intend to make significant profits from the price drawdown.

Should investors continue HODLing?

Information from the on-chain platform Santiment showed that recent XRP buyers might have bought the short-term top. This inference was due to the high value of the Realized Market Cap HODL waves, as it rose to 2.713. However, the stock-to-flow ratio decreased to 71,900 at press time. This state implied that there were fewer XRP in circulation. In addition, the active supply was scarce when compared to the asset’s total supply.

XRP stock to flow ratio and realized market capitalization

Source: Santiment

Finally, Alderoty told CNBC that Ripple was expecting a final ruling on the case in the first half of 2023. He also stated the firm was working closely with the regulators despite the strained nature of their association.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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