Ripple Releases Q4 2018 XRP Markets Report
Recently, Ripple released the Q4 2018 XRP Markets Report on Ripple Insights. As per the report, Ripple managed to sell 129.03 million USD worth of XRP in the fourth quarter of 2018, and a grand total of 535.56 million USD for the whole year!
Talking about XRP sales, the report said:
“In Q4 2018, Ripple sold $88.88 million worth of XRP, programmatically. This represented 0.16 percent, or 16.2 basis points of the total XRP volume traded globally in the fourth quarter.
In addition, XRP II, LLC — a Ripple subsidiary that is a registered and licensed money service business (MSB) — sold $40.15 million worth of XRP in institutional direct sales.
In total, the company sold $129.03 million worth of XRP in Q4. In 2018 overall, the company sold $535.56 million worth of XRP.”
Moving on to Q4 escrow activity:
“In Q4 2018, three billion XRP was again released out of escrow (one billion each month). 2.4 billion XRP was returned and subsequently put into new escrow contracts. The remaining 600 million XRP not returned to escrow is being used in a variety of ways to help support the XRP ecosystem, including the RippleNet Accelerator Program and Xpring investments like Securitize.”
Talking about the volatility and volume:
“In Q4, we saw an overall settling of XRP volatility compared to quarters’ past. XRP’s volatility of daily returns was 5 percent – the lowest quarterly average since Q4 2016. Conversely, we saw the average daily volume for XRP increase substantially. The average XRP daily volume was $595.7M – the highest quarterly average since Q1 2018.
In addition, towards the latter part of Q4, XRP’s correlation with top digital assets returned to the elevated levels seen through the end of Q1 2018 through early Q3 2018.”
Over 30 new exchanges listed XRP in Q4 pushing the total to over 100 exchanges worldwide which list XRP. Nine exchanges listed XRP as a base pair against at least one other cryptocurrency. Binance, for example, listed XRP against TRON (TRX) and Zcoin (ZXC).
Talking about how the quarter went for xRapid, Ripple said:
“In early October, Ripple’s product xRapid – which uses XRP for on-demand liquidity – became commercially available. MercuryFX, Cuallix and Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union were the first to sign on. Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union, a wholesale cooperative financial institution that serves more than 1,400 member and client credit unions throughout the United States, will use xRapid on behalf of their members to create a new cross-border payment service.”
Moving on to general market commentary, starting off with stablecoins:
“The quarter brought increased media attention to stablecoins – digital assets that are pegged to fiat currencies such as the United States dollar. The biggest stablecoin news of the quarter came when Bloomberg reported that Tether – a widely used stablecoin – was potentially solvent. Before the report was issued, many in the blockchain space were concerned that Tether did not have a dollar backing every Tether issued. The report has tempered those fears for the time being.”
Adding to it:
“While stablecoins are an interesting technology and worth exploring, the industry should be cautious about coins backed by a single entity, as compared to decentralized digital assets. Stablecoins can introduce counterparty risk and trust back into the system and have the potential to undermine the entire thesis behind blockchains and digital assets.”
Finally, moving on to market maturation:
“The market continued to mature in Q4. First, we saw an increase in enforcement actions against questionable crypto projects, including ICOs. By weeding out these projects, the market will naturally contract as legitimate projects thrive and experiments or scams disappear.
In addition, we saw reputable financial institutions both in the U.S. and abroad continue to push ahead with their digital asset or blockchain plans.”