Advantages of trading Ripple with a regulated online broker
XRP is available from many exchanges. Some consumers are reluctant to use exchanges after the Mt. Gox liquidation in 2014. This was a bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy after the theft of 850,000 bitcoins. At the time, this represented 7 percent of all bitcoins, with a total worth of US$ 473 million. Regulation of exchanges in many countries is still under development. As a result, funds held on exchange platforms may be subject to loss if the platform fails.
In contrast, strict requirements are placed upon regulated brokers to protect consumers. Companies such as AvaTrade, therefore, offer clients a more secure trading environment. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority regulates brokers and AvaTrade has European Economic Area authorization, recognized by the FCA. Requirements for brokers include high accounting standards and the maintenance of sufficient operating capital. Client funds are also kept in separate accounts, sequestered from business funds.
Trading through exchanges can also affect market price. Brokers are able to trade outside the market by matching buyers and sellers. This allows traders to buy assets, such as XRP, without influencing prices.
The fundamental influences of Ripple
Increasing numbers of institutions use the Ripple protocol. Last year, Ripple partnered with a Japanese consortium of banks to create a payment network. In September 2016, Ripple announced another interbank group, the Global Payments Steering Group, for global payments. It includes Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and other big names. More recently, in April 2017, Ripple announced that ten additional financial institutions have joined their network. Ripple partners include the likes of CIBC, Deloitte, Earthport, Mizuho, Santander and Standard Chartered.
XRP is one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world, after bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash. XRP were all created in a single event and there is a fixed number of 100 billion. Ripple, the company, owns about 61 percent of XRP. Traders have voiced concerns that Ripple may flood the market with XRP. In response, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse announced that 55 million XRP will be put into escrow during 2017.
On June 8, 2017 the price of XRP was US$ 0.2953 and the total market capitalisation was US$ 11 billion. XRP has increased 4,500 percent since January 1, 2017, when it opened at US$ 0.006523 and BTC 0.00000677.
Ripple quick facts
- Ripple was founded in 2012 and is based in San Francisco, California.
- XRP are also called ripples. The smallest currency unit is 1 millionth of 1 ripple, known as a drop.
- XRP began trading at US$ 0.005874 and BTC 0.00005594 on August 4, 2013.
- On May 17, 2017 XRP traded at US$ 0.4224 and BTC 0.0002372, the highest to date. The 24-hour volume was US$ 478 million.
- The current 30-day XRP volume stands at US$ 5.75 billion.
- First broker to include Ripple as a trading instrument: AvaTrade.
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