Q1 2021 XRP Markets Report

Ripple publishes the quarterly XRP Markets Report to voluntarily present transparency and common updates on the corporate’s views on the state of crypto usually together with the XRP market, similar to quarterly gross sales updates, related XRP-related bulletins and commentary on earlier quarter market developments. 

As an XRP holder, Ripple believes proactive communication and transparency are a part of being a accountable stakeholder. Moreover, Ripple urges others within the {industry} to comply with its result in construct belief, foster open communication and lift the bar, industry-wide.

Executive Summary 

The first quarter of 2021 was an exceptionally robust interval for crypto. Total crypto market capitalization ballooned from ~$800B to virtually $2T within the span of three months, and institutional adoption was as soon as once more a key driver of this acquire. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs individually introduced plans to incorporate BTC as a part of their wealth administration choices, whereas BlackRock started buying and selling BTC futures. 

Over $3B value of BTC ended up on the steadiness sheets of publicly traded companies, which is roughly the worth of all institutional purchases in 2020, and the {industry} noticed a large-scale industrial use case when Tesla introduced it started accepting BTC immediately for funds. While there have been industrial makes use of of crypto together with BitPay and Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity resolution for years, Tesla is likely one of the first examples of a giant non-financial providers participant leaping into the {industry}. 

As extra refined contributors started coming into the house, markets additionally grew to become extra leveraged, evidenced by the expansion of by-product markets. Open curiosity in BTC and ETH futures tripled within the first quarter in February, which noticed open curiosity develop to $150M from 0 through the quarter. Open curiosity in XRP futures doubled from $250M to $500M. That quantity briefly shot as much as $2.1B within the first two weeks of Q2. 

The development of leverage is additional exemplified by the variety of compelled liquidations that occurred in Q1. Three separate occasions individually contributed to $1.5B in liquidations throughout by-product exchanges when BTC value fell by solely 10%. To put that into perspective, the 50% BTC crash in March 2020 which was dubbed Black Thursday, led to a complete of $1.4B in liquidations.

The State of U.S. Crypto Regulation 

As we have now stated from the very starting, the SEC’s lawsuit towards Ripple can have a profound affect on the crypto and fintech {industry} as a complete. A wholesome market requires regulatory readability and consistency, however the SEC’s present method – regulation by enforcement – has brought about havoc for U.S. XRP holders, builders, content material suppliers and small companies that use and depend on XRP and the XRP Ledger. The U.S. crypto {industry} wants a transparent path ahead and, because the lawsuit continues, we hope its final result will present among the regulatory certainty that’s desperately wanted for {industry} maturation and progress for all market contributors within the U.S.

Key lawsuit updates because the earlier report:

  • On April 22, the SEC filed a movement to strike Ripple’s Lack of Due Process and Fair Notice protection which states that the SEC had not adequately warned each Ripple and the broader market that XRP was thought-about an funding contract.
  • On April 19, lawyer John Deaton filed a movement to intervene on behalf of greater than 12,000 XRP holders (and others) claiming that the SEC doesn’t characterize – and is the truth is hurting – their pursuits.
  • On April 16, Ripple filed a movement looking for to cease the SEC from contacting overseas regulators and requesting discovery exterior the principles of federal process and the Hague Convention on this matter. 
  • On April 6, Ripple’s movement to compel discovery was granted largely by the Court. The SEC is required to supply paperwork concerning BTC, ETH and XRP.
  • On March 19, Ripple prevailed in its lawsuit towards Tetragon, a Ripple investor. The Judge stated that since there was no official willpower concerning XRP’s standing, Tetragon’s declare {that a} “securities default,” as outlined of their funding paperwork, occurred is fallacious. Ripple was additionally awarded $3.5M in attorneys’ charges and prices.

On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) Momentum Continues 

To meet rising demand for ODL, Ripple agreed to amass 40% of Asia’s main cross-border funds specialist, Tranglo. This partnership will assist Ripple develop the attain of ODL to the APAC area, beginning in Southeast Asia and supporting present corridors such because the Philippines.

Disciplined, Responsible Stakeholders: Q1 Sales and Purchases 

Last quarter, complete XRP gross sales by Ripple, web of purchases, had been $150.34M (USD) vs. $76.27M the earlier quarter. The improve in XRP gross sales might be attributed to deeper engagement from key ODL prospects. For effectively over a 12 months, Ripple has not offered programmatically.

Ripple continued to interact in gross sales to help ODL and key infrastructure companions as a part of offering elevated XRP liquidity to enhance the ODL expertise of sure prospects, eliminating the necessity for pre-funding and enabling on the spot world funds. 

Total gross sales by Ripple, web of purchases, ended the quarter at 7 bps or 0.07% of worldwide XRP quantity according to CryptoExamine TopTier (CCTT) volumes. This is in comparison with complete gross sales within the earlier quarter of 5 bps according to CCTT. 

Sales Summary ({dollars} in hundreds of thousands) This autumn 2020 Q1 2021
Total ODL-related gross sales* 111.12 150.34
Total purchases 34.85 0.0
Sales (web of purchases) 76.27 150.34
Global XRP quantity This autumn 2020 Q1 2021
ADV XRP ({dollars} in hundreds of thousands) 1,610.25 2,264.26
Total XRP quantity ({dollars} in billions)** 148.15 203.78
Net gross sales as % of complete quantity 0.05% 0.07%

*ODL-related gross sales embody leases, OTC and XRP gross sales to help ODL (together with Line of Credit) and key infrastructure companions. 

**Note: Figures had been compiled utilizing the CryptoExamine API for every day TopTier mixture volumes which displays complete XRP quantity in {dollars} by exchanges that CryptoExamine lists within the TopTier. Ripple continues to guage its benchmarks given challenges, similar to faux quantity, that proceed to persist within the {industry}.

Certain wallets which are getting used for XRP gross sales additionally present short-term leases to market makers. This is value noting given they’re typically mischaracterized by market contributors as gross sales. Leases are finally returned to Ripple. 

Reported Volume

CCTT’s reported every day quantity for XRP elevated considerably in Q1 2021 from This autumn 2020. The common every day quantity reported was $2.26B in Q1 vs. $1.61B within the earlier quarter. Notably, XRP volumes posted 4 of the best quantity days ever recorded. 

XRP Price and Volume


XRP’s normal deviation of every day returns over Q1 was 9.0%, representing a lower in volatility from This autumn’s 9.6%. XRP’s volatility over the quarter was increased than that of BTC (3.4%) and ETH (4.4%).

Rolling 30D Standard Deviation of Daily Returns 

Ripple’s Escrow 

In Q1 2021, three billion XRP had been launched out of escrow (one billion every month) consistent with prior quarters, and the official escrow association. In complete, 2.7 billion XRP had been returned and subsequently put into new escrow contracts all through the quarter. For extra data on the escrow course of, see right here. Note: All figures are reported primarily based on transactions executed through the quarter.

There was a slight uptick of dialog round Ripple “flooding the market” final quarter, as many proceed to misconceive the mechanics of the escrow course of that are merely transfers between Ripple treasury and escrow administration accounts. In different phrases, these transfers don’t equate to Ripple distributing XRP.

Ripple is dedicated to transparency as mirrored by this quarterly markets report. As famous above, XRP gross sales and distributions (similar to leases that are returned to Ripple) might be attributed to ODL. Ripple performs a accountable position within the liquidity course of. Outside of Ripple, nevertheless, massive XRP holders do exist as is the case with different main cryptocurrencies like BTC and ETH.


Data signifies that Q1 2021 was 1 / 4 of XRP accumulation. The variety of “whale” wallets, outlined as wallets with balances of at the very least 10M XRP, elevated from 308 to 319. Similarly, the variety of wallets holding between 1M and 10M XRP elevated from 1,125 to 1,196. 

Source: Santiment

Similarly, ETH noticed important accumulation as effectively. The variety of wallets holding at the very least 1,000 ETH elevated from 1,178 to 1,253 through the quarter.

On-chain Metrics

Last quarter, the variety of lively XRPL wallets elevated as on-ledger exercise grew. In Q1, complete on-ledger fee quantity was $62.3B, representing a 23% improve quarter-on-quarter, whereas the variety of complete on-ledger pockets addresses elevated 15% from 2.35M to 2.70M.  

On Ledger Weekly Volume

XRP Integrations

Global XRP infrastructure noticed important growth and innovation in Q1 and early Q2 together with:

  • Bitrue, a cryptocurrency buying and selling platform, added a number of XRP pairs and recorded important development as every day buying and selling volumes elevated by 400%. Additionally, Bitrue launched a FLR/XRP pair, buying and selling IOUs of the Spark token that are set to be distributed in Q2.
  • Independent Reserve, considered one of Australia’s largest crypto exchanges, launched XRP/SGD and XRP/USD buying and selling pairs.
  • Kucoin alternate added an XRP/USDC pair.
  • The Multibank group launched MEXBIT, an alternate catering to institutional prospects, to supply providers for belongings together with XRP.
  • Lykke relisted XRP citing the token’s functionality to bridge the hole between blockchain and conventional finance. 

In addition, Wanchain and Huobi ECO Chain (HECO) constructed cross-chain bridges to the XRP Ledger, including new integrations into DeFi. Separately, CoinShares, the most important crypto asset supervisor in Europe, launched an XRP exchange-traded product on the first Swiss Stock Exchange SIX and reported a big improve in XRP inflows.

Broader XRP Community 

For builders and entrepreneurs, the previous quarter offered new alternatives to construct numerous use instances on the XRP Ledger as curiosity in crypto continues to skyrocket. While nobody firm or particular person can observe each challenge being constructed on this open-source know-how, there are a whole bunch of use instances from cross-border funds and lending to marketplaces and custody options.

  • Travala, a blockchain-based journey reserving platform and utilized by 1000’s of shoppers worldwide, accepts cryptocurrencies as fee.
  • Uphold gives a debit card that permits shoppers to pay in cryptocurrencies and fiat.
  • Wirex gives a journey card for purchasers to alternate and spend cryptocurrencies.
  • Puma Browser is a non-public, cell Web3 browser that makes it simple to help micropayments and pay creators utilizing cryptocurrencies.
  • Forte offers instruments for recreation builders to combine blockchain know-how and crypto into new and present video games.
  • Audiotarky is a streaming platform the place artists and labels are paid immediately utilizing crypto for downloads.

Developers select to construct on the XRPL to reap the benefits of its inexperienced attributes and distinctive functionalities to maneuver worth. The XRP Ledger is the primary main carbon-neutral blockchain and inherently power environment friendly, assuaging excessive power consumption and prices that builders expertise when constructing on proof-of-work blockchains.

Ripple is only one participant in a broader neighborhood constructing on the XRP Ledger. Learn extra at xrpl.org and in GitHub challenge repositories.

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