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Will Tether Quake The Crypto Market This Week?

A Big Nothing Burger Or The Pin That Pops The Bubble?

If the events in the crypto market of December 2020 teach us anything, it’s that the actions of the financial regulators can cause quakes that have a tremendous impact on crypto prices.

Think back to late November and early December. There was an abundance of enthusiasm towards XRP with the (back then) forthcoming airdrop of Spark tokens. In late November, the price of XRP stood at 26 cents.

Airdrop Of Spark Tokens

With the interest in holding XRP tokens so as to benefit from the Spark airdrop, crypto investors were rushing into XRP, and drove its price above 70 cents.

The upward momentum in price was invigorating.

Even after the airdrop, the price of XRP was hovering around 60 cents as late as December 20.

Enter The SEC

Then the news hit.

The SEC had filed a lawsuit against Ripple. The price immediately crashed to 20 cents, wiping out more than 2/3rds of XRP’s value in a matter of days.

The moral of the story: actions taken by financial regulators can have an overwhelming effect on price.

Fast-forward to today. An important deadline has arrived in the case of Attorney General of the State of New York v. iFinex Inc. (the parent company of both Bitfinex and Tether).

Tether vs. New York State

Some history of this case:

Back in April 2019, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) accused stablecoin operator Tether of covering Bifinex’s $850 million losses by sourcing its USDT to cover the shortfall. Nevertheless, Tether replied calling this accusation in “bad faith” and “riddled with false assertions”. Note NYAG has filed charges against iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether.

During the preliminary injunction in May 2019, Judge Joel Cohen extended the deadline to ninety more days. By August 2019, NYAG presented another proof and evidence in the case highlighting how Bitfinex and Tether were allegedly involved in covering up the $850 million losses. Later, the NYAG also called out iFinex’s motion “an improper attempt to impede a lawful investigation”.

The case took an interesting turn last year in September 2020 when Judge Cohen ruled that both Tether and Bitfinex should produce documents disclosing their financial relationship. In addition, he also passed an injunction barring Tether to issue loans to Bitfinex by ninety more days.

Deadline Extended

Last month, on December 9th, 2020, Attorney General Letitia James filed a document requesting Judge Cohen to extend the timeline to January 15. The Attorney General said that “the parties continue to cooperate on the production of documents in response to the 354 Order, and anticipate that the production might be finalized in the coming weeks.”

Two days ago, Friday, January 15, was the d-day for iFinex to produce necessary info and the documents so that NYAG is able to continue the investigation further. iFinex had to produce documents detailing the issuance and redemptions of Tether’s USDT stablecoins, and also disclose the trading activity on Bitfinex concerning Bitcoin and USDT.

We’re currently at the crossroads of the most crucial cases in the crypto space. Tether’s market cap has grown to $25 billion, and the token currently sits at #3 on coinmarketcap’s list of the largest cryptocurrencies in existence.

Will Tether Drag The Entire Crypto Market Lower?

Some market analysts believe that the issuance of Tether is being used to prop up the price of Bitcoin, and by extension the entire crypto market. Others, such as Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj, Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School, stated on a recent podcast, “Based on our evidence there, there’s no effect of tether issuance on crypto asset prices.”

While there were no new statements from the NY Supreme Court on deadline day, a statement is likely to be forthcoming this week.

If and when the statement unfolds, the BIG question for the entire crypto market is “Will it be a nothing-burger, or will it be the pin that pops the crypto bubble?”

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Kraken Joins Growing List Of U.S. Exchanges Delisting XRP

XRP just is not winning now, as Kraken currently stands as the newest crypto exchange set to suspend trading in XRP tokens. The reason given, similar to the a number of other institutions as well as exchanges which dropped XRP like a hot potato in recent weeks, was because of the SEC enforcement actions brought against Ripple.

Kraken announced on Jan. fifteen that it will halt trading in XRP for US residents. From the company’s statement:

Given the recent SEC filing against Ripple Labs Inc., we are halting XRP trading for U.S. residents no later than January 29, 2021 at 5pm PT (January 30, 2021 at 1:00 UTC). We may begin implementing this process at any time on January 29, 2021, so all U.S. clients are strongly encouraged to resolve their positions prior to that day.

U.S. residents with open XRP spot positions on margin should satisfy their margin obligations by January 28, 2021 at 11:59pm PT or their positions will be liquidated in accordance with our Terms.

The exchange specified that US residents would still be in a position to deposit, hold, and withdraw XRP after the freeze takes place. The activity impacts just US residents; “Clients residing in some other places aren’t affected.”

The announcement additionally contains a FAQ list. It covers subjects like just how long the ban can last (they will adjust to any kind of change in the SEC saga). The upcoming change to a deposit-hold-withdraw mainly regime might improve when the circumstance should improve. Furthermore, the company’s plans about the Spark token airdop remain unrevised.

The SEC Move

News about Ripple has been decidedly negative since the SEC filed its lawsuit against Ripple. The SEC claims that the company sold $1.2 billion of unregistered securities in the type of XRP tokens. Former CEO Christian Larsen along with current CEO Brad Garlinghouse can also be charged with offering another $600 million in unregistered securities in the type of XRP.

Ripple Labs is actually guarding itself in court and in the media. Garlinghouse especially has taken to Twitter to clarify the company’s position, stating that nobody has been quiet, neither can they give up this fight. Garlinghouse claims to be on the proper side of the facts and of history, and is looking forward to Ripple’s day in court – in addition to engaging with the brand new SEC leadership when appointed.

Ripple Treading Water

Exchanges with substantial US exposure even moved fast. Garlinghouse observed that the US accounts for approximately five % of XRP holders, though the exchanges kept a watch on compliance. Bitstamp, Binance, Coinbase, along with OKCoin are actually among the exchanges which have signaled stoppages.

In a single indication as to just how Ripple is going to leave this eddy of exercise, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, commonly recognized as ‘Crypto Mom‘, reported in a recent interview that fees like these frequently get settled out of court.

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Polkadot Surges 37% To Claim #4 Spot Ahead Of XRP

The Ripple news of late has been very complicated for XRP supporters. XRP has been on a losing streak ever since the US SEC filed a lawsuit against it in late 2020. The coin has since lost its third spot to Tether (USDT), and then also the fourth spot within the past 24 hours. Right after a short term rebound during which it regained the fourth position it had held, XRP currently lost it once again to Polkadot (DOT).

Polkadot cost surged 37% in the past 24 hours, and DOT replaces XRP as the 4th largest coin by market cap. Polkadot has been surging for rather some time now, initially starting about December 28th. Right after reaching the cost of ten dollars in the first days of January, the coin has been trading sideways until January 10th, when it dropped back again to somewhat above eight dollars.

The drop was short lived.

Right after that, nonetheless, it began a brand new price surge which took it up by about 85% in a single week. Actually, within the last twenty four hours, the coin has gone up by 37%. The market cap of it hit $15.6 billion, while the day trading volume of it rests above $7.5 billion at the time of writing.

XRP, meanwhile, is actually trading in the red for the past 7 days, down a modest 11.7%. The coin however, has risen by 4.17 % within the last twenty four hours. The market cap of it stands at $12.9 billion at the time of writing, while the trading volume of its sank under $4.3 billion.

Huge Exchanges Began Eliminating XRP

The turn of the calendar continues to be quite chaotic for XRP. First, the SEC sued its parent company, Ripple, for offering an unregistered security. Next, the coin got delisted from a selection of exchanges, in which smaller exchanges can manage to eliminate it right away, while much larger ones, including Binance, announced that the coin was going to be delisted in mid January.

The removal of its from Binance as well as the peers is likely the reason behind a good priced dip which XRP is experiencing at this time. The coin currently sits at $0.2817, with the price tag continuing to work lower. Meanwhile, Polkadot is actually seeing an immediate rise in usability, with a few reports actually professing that Asian traders are actually making use of it to forecast the cost of Bitcoin.

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Litecoin and XRP Battle It Out For Spot In Top 5 Cryptocurrencies

Litecoin (LTC) and XRP traded places in market capitalization rankings over the weekend, highlighting the impact of the recent lawsuit against Ripple filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

The so-called “flippening” happened early Sunday when Litecoin’s market cap hit $9.95 billion following a more than 11% surge in price. XRP, meanwhile, had declined in excess of 40% over a 24-hour trading period

The battle for a spot in the top 5 cryptocurrencies by market cap continues to rage on.

As of yesterday, XRP was back in the fourth position with a market cap of $10.5 billion. Litecoin, meanwhile, was worth just over $10 billion. In the last week, Litecoin’s price has gained more than 30% while XRP during the same time period has only risen by about 8%.

Litecoin’s price has more than doubled since mid-December, climbing to $163 at the time of this writing from a low of about $70 on December 11, 2020. XRP was also on a tear before the SEC announced a lawsuit against Ripple for allegedly violating securities laws. From its peak to its low, XRP price tumbled more than 73%, according to CoinMarketCap data. XRP has only recovered a portion of what it lost.

XRP’s road to recovery is likely to be a bumpy one as investors await the outcome of the litigation — a process that legal experts say could take several years to play out. We do have the opion – just our opinion – that a settlement will be reached sooner rather than later. Without a settlement with the SEC, the value of XRP could struggle to regain momentum. A wave of delistings at major exchanges has also dampened enthusiasm for XRP.

Meanwhile, Litecoin’s ascendancy likely has more to do with Bitcoin than any change in the project’s underlying fundamentals. Being the oldest of the cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin has assumed the role of the leader. Where Bitcoin goes, the altcoins follow.

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies rose to all-time high today, surging past $950 billion.

Litecoin vs XRP


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Binance To Delist XRP Trading On January 13, 2021

XRP continues to make the news. We’ve previously reported on the lawsuit that the Securities and Exchange Commission filed against Ripple, causing a major price crash in XRP.

Then Bitwise axed XRP from its crypto index fund.

That was followed by Bitstamp suspending trading in XRP for all U.S. residents.

Ripple’s lawyers were busy during all the flurry preparing a response to the SEC lawsuit.

Maybe it was the holidays, maybe it was wishful thinking, but along the way investors developed some hope that the worst of the bad news had already hit and bid up the price of XRP in anticipation of better days ahead.

Alas, it was not to be as more bad news just crossed our desk. Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has announced that it is delisting XRP trading for U.S. residents beginning on January 13, 2021.

A statement on the company’s website reads:

Effective Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10am EST, XRP will be delisted from Binance.US. XRP trading and deposits will be suspended. 

When will XRP investors get a break from the barrage of bad news?

You can read the full statement here.

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Bitstamp Suspends XRP Trading

Bitstamp has announced its suspension of XRP trading for U.S. citizens, joining the rapidly growing list of other crypto exchanges that have moved to remove the token from their platforms.

Starting from Jan. 8, 2021, Bitstamp’s U.S. customers will no longer be able to deposit or trade the fourth-largest cryptocurrency. From Bitstamp’s statement on XRP:

“In light of the recent SEC filing against Ripple Labs Inc., which alleges that XRP is a security, we are going to halt all trading and deposits of XRP for our US customers on 8 January 2021 at 9 PM UTC. We will closely follow the unfolding situation and continue to adapt accordingly.”

As reported by us two days ago, Ripple was slapped with a bombshell lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC on Dec. 22, causing the XRP price to plummet.

Earlier today we reported that XRP was bouncing back from its 3-day price crash, and was up over 40% in the past 24 hours. However, Since the news of the Bitstamp news was released, XRP’s price rise has fizzled, with the current price at the time of publication only up 10.4%.

Notably, Bitstamp is the first major exchange to drop XRP due to its predicament with the regulatory watchdog. The Luxembourg-based company was founded back in 2011. The Bitwise Crypto Index Fund has also axed its holdings of XRP.

XRP Trading Suspended At Bitstamp
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XRP Surges More Than 40% On Christmas Day

Just as easily as XRP can drop 40% in one day, it can also rise 40% in one day:

The price of XRP crashed more than 50% this week after the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple — the company closely associated with XRP — along with its executives Brad Garlinghouse and Christian Larsen for selling over $1.3 billion worth of XRP to the public.

As of early morning East Coast time in the U.S., the price of XRP has jumped more than 44%, providing XRP crypto bulls with a much welcomed Christmas gift.

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A Cryptocurrency Airdrop Provides Free Coins

A Cryptocurrency airdrop comes in two forms – Manual and automatic. The former is meant for the general users to have a look over the way the distribution will be carried out and monitor the distribution process itself; the latter is meant for the use of experts in the field, those who know how to manipulate the distribution in order to manipulate the price change. Automated Cryptocurrency airdrops are sent to all the wallets with the help of email notifications. The first kind of distribution is called the Delayed Distribution and as the name suggests, will be sent after a short period of time. The second kind, the Post-dated Distribution will be sent to the addresses registered after the expiry day specified in the contract.

The Recent Ripple Airdrop

Essentially, Ripple is adding Flare Network, a new protocol, to the XRP ecosystem. Flare Network will bring more support to owners of XRP tokens, specifically adding decentralized finance or DeFi functionality to the XRP ledger. As part of this, Flare Network has a native token, Spark (FLR). Over the weekend, any holders of XRP tokens received free Spark tokens. And after driving XRP prices up, it appears that the SEC Ripple lawsuit is now weighing on the crypto.

Still not sure exactly what this airdrop news is all about? DeFi functionality represents cutting out the middlemen from direct purchases, loans, betting, insurance and various other types of transactions. Decentralized finance is one of the biggest appeals of the crypto space — and up until now, most DeFi applications have run on the Ethereum (CCC:ETC) platform.

Now that XRP wants to differentiate itself, many bulls will likely appreciate that through Flare Network, XRP will be able to sustain smart contracts and bridge itself to existing Ethereum applications. For Ripple then, the Spark (FLR) airdrop is a way of kick-starting an important milestone.

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SEC Lawsuit Filed Against The XRP Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Ripple — the company closely associated with XRP — along with its executives Brad Garlinghouse and Christian Larsen for selling as well as the ongoing sale of over $1.3 billion worth of XRP to the public.

In the filing, the SEC charged since 2013 up to the present time, the defendants have sold over 14.6 billion XRP in return for cash or other consideration to fund Ripple’s operations. 

The SEC said Ripple never filed a registration document, and, therefore, it never provided investors with information all companies that sought investment from the public regularly supplied.

The SEC lawsuit alleges that Ripple broke securities laws by selling XRP directly to consumers across exchanges. According to the complaint filed by The Alliance for Financial Innovation (AFI), Ripple acted in bad faith by not requiring users to sign a disclaimer when offering the discounted currency. Additionally, according to the complaint, Ripple instructed investors to disregard the “Ripple Statement” which is issued by the SEC when promoting the discounted currency. In addition, the complaint claims that Ripple promoted the statement on its website and in emails to customers without disclosing that the advertising was deceptive and in violation of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines. As a result, for lack of any express requirement that customers sign a disclaimer or other agreement, investors have reportedly been sending money to the XRP office for their own private investments. As a result, due to the lack of a disclaimer, the SEC found that Ripple broke securities laws by advertising the discounted currency and not requiring users to purchase a product as a security in advance of making a purchase.

The SEC on Wednesday formally sued Ripple, alleging that its co-founder Christian Larsen and CEO Bradley Garlinghouse “created an information vacuum” that allowed them to sell XRP into a market that only had information they chose to share.

According to the SEC’s lawsuit, the duo ignored legal advice that the cryptocurrency could be considered an investment contract and therefore was a security.

“From a financial perspective, the strategy worked,” raising at least $1.38 billion “over a years-long unregistered offering of securities,” the SEC said. “Ripple used this money to fund its operations without disclosing how it was doing so, or the full extent of its payments to others to assist in its efforts to develop a ‘use’ for XRP and maintain XRP secondary trading markets.”

Larsen and Garlinghouse both fervently have denied the SEC’s allegations, publicly arguing that XRP is a currency and should not have to be registered with the SEC as an investment contract. The company has also questioned the lawsuit’s timing – SEC Chairman Jay Clayton is soon to step down – and said the U.S. government and other regulators had previously given XRP currency status.

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