What is the driving force behind the increase in XRP sales this quarter?
One would find it hard to believe this, considering the legal battle ongoing against America’s regulatory watchdogs, but Ripple reported a surge in XRP sales compared to Q4 2020.
As per the insights provided by Ripple, total XRP sales had jumped from $76 million in Q4 last year to almost $150 million in Q1 2021. This incline was directly attributed to the growing demand for RippleNet’s On-Demand Liquidity or ODL service.
“The increase in XRP sales can be attributed to deeper engagement from key ODL customers. For well over a year, Ripple has not sold programmatically. Ripple continued to engage in sales to support ODL and key infrastructure partners as part of providing increased XRP liquidity to improve the ODL experience of certain customers, eliminating the need for pre-funding and enabling instant global payments.”
The same can be observed in the given stats published by Ripple,
What’s the significance?
The rumors circulating about Ripple following the footsteps of Coinbase to launch its IPO/direct listing may have aided in boosting XRP sales as well. Another example of Ripple’s growth was its recent 40% acquisition of 40% stake in Asian cross-border payments pioneer Tranglo as part of its expansion of Ripplenet’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) in Southeast Asia. This partnership would help Ripple meet its growing demand for ODL.
XRP’s global volume, as well as daily volume, highlighted a surge that directly resembled the upward trend in its ODL operations.
- Global XRP Volume: According to CryptoCompare, the total volume for Q1 overshadowed that of Q4 (2020) by almost 38%
- Daily XRP volume too painted a similar picture. CryptoCompare Top Tier reported that the daily volume for XRP increased significantly in Q1 2021 from Q4 2020. The average daily volume reported was $2.26B in Q1 vs. $1.61B in the previous quarter.