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XRP’s journey to $1: Could an appeal hinder things?

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Now that the regulatory agency’s action has changed the course of the case, will XRP be affected?

XRP's journey to $1: Could an appeal hinder things?

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  • SEC’s decision to appeal could negatively affect XRP’s trajectory.
  • If Ripple wins again, then the ride above $1 could be all but confirmed.

Undoubtedly, the recent favorable ruling for Ripple [XRP] in its legal battle against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) injected fresh optimism into the XRP community. And of course, it propelled the token’s value upward. 


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However, recent developments like the SEC confirming it was going to appeal the court’s decision raises the question of whether XRP’s path to $1 could face disruption. 

Before the SEC’s decision to appeal the previous ruling, Judge Torres, the judge in charge of the case, had approved the motion for a pre-trial, which many predicted could slide the three-year-old case into 2024.

But now the regulatory agency’s action has changed the course of the case, will XRP be affected? Previously, when the euphoria around the XRP win was considerably high, there were several predictions that the token could surge much higher than its current value, with the first target at $1.

Posing risks to the ledger

However, XRP has not been able to meet up with the projection despite the impressive rally at some point. If the appeal goes in favor of the SEC, the optimism around the token could change to a gloomy nature. But what metrics could be affected?

First off, since XRP’s win, activity on the XRP Ledger (XRPL) has been quite impressive. And according to Whale Chart, there has been an average of 1.2 million transactions on the ledger since August began.

The XRPL is Ripple’s decentralized public blockchain which helps in the verification and confirmation of XRP transactions. Besides the law of demand and supply, XRP’s slightly deflationary nature means that the XRPL also impacts its value.

If the appeal ends in a judgment reversal, then the daily amount of XRPL trustlines, as shown below, may decrease. And if this happens, XRP may also fall from the $0.62 region it has been holding on to dearly.

XRP price and XRP ledger

Source: Santiment

Metrics need to align

Conversely, another win for the token might unilaterally push it to $1 or above.

XRP’s price volatility has fallen since its hike in April and mid-July. At press time, the volatility was 0.083. Thus, XRP’s price may not fluctuate within a wide range.


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Another metric that might be vital in influencing XRP’s price action is network growth. As a measure of adoption, the network growth shows the number of new addresses being created on a network.

XRP price volatility and network growth

Source: Santiment

At press time, the metric was down to 427, signaling a drop in traction. For XRP to escape a drawdown irrespective of the outcome of the appeal, these metrics discussed may need to align upwards.

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Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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