Leading crypto-payment based company, Ripple, owner of the fourth most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalization, recently unlocked 1 billion XRP, worth $280.658 million, from an escrow account.
Nairametrics monitored this movement via advanced crypto tracker, Whale Alert. These occurred in two different periods, each bearing 500 million XRP transactions in real-time.
It then set up a plan to release about 1,000,000,000 XRP monthly for sale to be used as funding for its operations, and to invest in startups of interest, with the rest kept back in the escrow accounts.
What this means: In simple terms, the implication of this is more liquidity in the Ripple network, as more investors will now have access to XRP.
Quick fact: Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. It is an open-source platform that is created to allow quick and cheap transactions.
Ripple has gained the attention of major global banks, like Standard Chartered, and Barclays for international transactions worldwide.
Why Ripple is gaining popularity
Recall that a few months ago, the U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked excited about Ripple as a tool for bringing simplicity and openness to the financial industry. It said:
“To the degree banks and credit unions increase their reliance on closed network payment systems for sending remittance transfers and other cross-border money transfers, the Bureau notes that this could result in greater standardization and ease by which sending institutions can know exact covered third-party fees and exchange rates.
“The Bureau also believes that expanded adoption of SWIFT’s GPI product or Ripple’s suite of products could similarly allow banks and credit unions to know the exact final amount that recipients of remittance transfers will receive before they are sent.”
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