The National Bank of Kuwait has opened up direct remittances with Jordan using XCurrent but not XRapid. Ripple has many major banking partners with some of the biggest and powerful banks in the world. A lot of these huge banking institutions like XCurrent but no one is really using XRapid yet. What Ripple needs to do is to get people to really use the XRP token. It is very important for the future of the XRP ledger. It’s nice that the banks are using Ripple’s software XCurrent, but for the benefit of the XRP holders, XRapid is the innovation that is needed to be adopted.
A big thing holding back wider use of XRP is of course regulations. Regulations in so many countries are holding back basically what could be a tidal wave for XRP. So as they continue to work through these different regulations in multiple jurisdictions all around the world, we will see more and more of these banking partners actually hopping onboard and using the XRP token but it might take some time before that can actually happen. Although not at a large scale still there are some use cases of XRapid currently in areas such as Philippines and Mexico.
Ripple has also been working on getting a lot of exchange partners for XRapid such as Bittrex, Bitstamp, Coins.ph and Bitso which are all working to help bring XRapid to life. For XRP to get to the next level it has to get used by the banks but the banks out of regulatory fears or conservativeness, they are using XCurrent and not XRapid or the XRP token yet.
Binance has added different pairs with XRP as the base currency. Currently, it is paired with only TRON and Zcoin at this time. As time moves forward, we are surely going to see other pairs such as XRP to Litecoin or XRP to Cardano. Although the news does not seem exciting it is really important that XRP does get added in terms of creating value for XRP because the more trading pairs we have, the more volume we are going to have and more people are going to be exposed to it.
We have seen some very big accounts pushing a lot of XRP around in the tunes of 90 million XRP or 70 million XRP which are not owned by the company but large whales who are moving it around and probably some of these would be looking to move it to exchanges to dump it into the markets.
Uphold has announced that their largest holding ahead of bitcoin is XRP which shows that there are a lot of XRP enthusiasts who are using uphold. This may be a continuing trend for a lot of different exchanges as XRP is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies.
When the Nasdaq cryptocurrency exchange gets launched it seems that XRP would be one of the tokens listed there. This could be a very big catalyst for the price of XRP.
What we really need for XRP more than just price catalysts and more ways to speculate on the price is actual adoption and use.
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