XRP seems to be doing well for itself ever since it overtook Ethereum [ETH] to become the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world [by market cap].
Ripple, on the other hand, has also performed splendidly, considering its partnerships with a plethora of banks and FIs around the world. Ripple wants to build an ecosystem on the RippleNet for remittance and cross-border payments, and it plans on doing the same by leveraging the cryptocurrency XRP.
In the long-term, Ripple will emerge as a winner and along with it will rise XRP, considering the developments going on Japan’s SBI Group and SBI Holdings, which are planning to disrupt and reshape the whole of Japan’s payments industry with XRP as a tool to accomplish it.
The road so far:
The year 2017 was the year of the bulls which projected the prices of every cryptocurrency in the ecosystem to skyrocket to unfathomable heights. XRP attained a price of $3.349 per token and the market cap at this point reached $145 billion on January 04, 2018, right after Bitcoin hit its peak on December 17, 2017.
Most analysts in the market expected Bitcoin and every other cryptocurrency to pump higher. While some people in the XRP community believed that the price will shoot up from here to $10, others were mesmerized by BearableGuy123, Ripple and XRP’s very own jester, who put out riddles, and people interpreted the price of XRP to reach an appalling $589 by the end of 2018.
Most of the people in the community thought that it would be possible due to Ripple’s payment solution xRapid, which leverages XRP as a bridge currency to perform cross-border payments.
Brad Garlinghose, the CEO of Ripple, said in one of his interviews:
“I’ve publicly stated that by the end of this year I have confidence that major banks will use xRapid as a liquidity tool, this calendar year. By the end of next year I would certainly hope we would see in the order of magnitude of dozens.”
This statement of Brad Garlinghouse made people believe in the jester.
Another reason why people expected the price to reach $589 or “$5.89” was due to Ripple’s plan to launch “Cobalt” which, according to the Ripple, would drastically decrease the already fast transaction time.
People in the community speculated that since Cobalt’s mass number is 58.9, the price could inadvertently reach $589 or $58.9 or $5.89 by the end of the year.
As the year 2018 came to an end, some people admitted that it wouldn’t happen, while others still believed that $589 is attainable.
There were some massive improvements and updates that the company Ripple had provided, like the signing up of 200+ banks. More than five banks across the world have started using the xRapid payment solution now. MercuryFX successfully transferred money across the border using xRapid recently.
Apart from the above, R3’s Corda Network was turned on, which will use XRP as a settlement currency. R3 announced that it had crossed more than 280+ partnerships, which included a couple of central banks.
SBI Holdings, a consortium of banks across Japan, announced a partnership with R3 and set-up a joint venture to improve Japan’s payment industry.
What to expect?
The XRP community speculates that the partnership between SBI Holdings, R3, and Ripple puts XRP smack in the middle of SBI CEO’s [Yoshitaka Kitao] plans to launch XRP across Japan in efforts to reshape and restructure their payment system before the Osaka Expo 2025.
The chart below shows the year 2018 so far and how the cryptocurrency XRP has performed over the year 2018. A strong downtrend can be seen hanging over the XRP daily price chart that extends from January of 2018 till date.
The one-day chart shows the formation of two distinct falling wedges for XRP as seen in the chart above. Falling wedges are usually trend reversal patterns that indicate a breakout depending on where there are formed.
The first wedge spanned 256 days and the breakout that occurred pushed the prices by 192% i.e., the prices shot up from $0.26 to $0.76. The second wedge has so far ranged for 141 days and a breakout might happen at any moment. There is, however, a possibility of prices moving sideways for a couple more days.
If the breakout happens, it could drastically increase the price of XRP to two possible levels, the first $0.5798, and the other level, a bit higher than before, $0.7971, which is the highest point of the wedge.
The longer time-frame for XRP shows a very different scenario as the prices are forming a descending triangle pattern, and as per the definition, it is a bearish signal.
The volume for the weekly chart also shows a declining trend, further substantiating the descending triangle pattern. The prices might dip in the upcoming days as the price might dip a little lower, possibly to the $0.18 to $0.14 range.
This range could be the capitulation range and there is a probability that the bull run might begin after the weak hands get out of the market.
The Ripple and XRP community is particularly fond of XRP and are expecting the prices to the moon due to the success of xRapid. As per recent unfoldings, many banks have started using xRapid.
Moreover, SBI Holdings has partnered with Ripple and R3 and is on a plan to disrupt the Japanese payment industry and simultaneously reshape the payments infrastructure. SBI plans to leverage XRP to make it happen and the CEO of SBI, Yoshitaka Kitao has very ambitious plans to make that happen by 2025.
Considering all the above facts, it can be said that the price of XRP could very well disregard the Technical Analysis and shoot up higher, breaking all the resistance points and maybe even crossing the previous highs at $3.65 when xRapid goes into full effect, or when FIs and Corporate players start using Corda.
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SendFriend goes live in New Jersey; prepared to take on a $11 billion remittance corridor with Ripple
SendFriend, a next-generation remittance service that focuses on cross-border payments between the U.S. and the Philippines, today announced that it had gone live in the state of New Jersey, via a Twitter announcement.
We’re all excited for our launch, and today is the Day (for New Jersey)! Join thousands of Filipinos and come out to the Philippine American Friendship Committee Parade and check out our booth – We will be here all day! pic.twitter.com/PkcrGChwZ9
— SendFriend (@sendfriendinc) June 23, 2019
Ripple and SendFriend’s partnership was announced in late 2018, with the CEO of the latter, David Lighton, expressing his excitement at a Barclays Event in 2019. At the same event, Lighton also confirmed that SendFriend would be using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution that leverages XRP as a liquidity provider.
There is approximately $11.09 billion transferred between the U.S. and the Philippines in remittances every year. These largely use traditional payment methods that are slow and less efficient, when compared to newly developed blockchain-based solutions. The chart below shows the flow of remittances into the Philippines, with the U.S. accounting for the highest volume.
By using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution, money can easily be transferred in a few seconds. Not only does this save millions in fees by taking away middlemen, but it is also less time consuming.
Although xRapid has slashed fees and time for cross-border payments drastically, it has not gained traction due to a lack of regulatory clarity around cryptocurrencies. On February 11, 2019, SendFriend had announced the provision of an option for Overseas Filipino Workers [OFW] to send money “securely and reliably” across borders, with fees that are “65% lower than the industry average” in one “seamless flow.”
David Lighton had said,
“We are humbled by the support of our investors, who share in our vision to reduce the costs and improve the experience for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who send money home to support their families… This investment will allow us to build out our team, focus on community engagement, and marketing efforts.”
A Twitter user @mister_pace, commented,
“Based on these rates. You save about $13 to send 1000 using SendFriend over The next lowest MoneyGram”
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