Ripple has already made huge moves in the past couple of weeks, pumped largely by news of greater acceptance by banks and credit card companies. At the time of writing, it has surpassed Ethereum by market capitalization and is the second largest cryptocurrency with $87 billion. XRP surged to an all-time high of $2.80 on December 30th and is still trading high at aroud $2, in the beginning of 2018.
According to reports, Ripple could soon be joining Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash on Coinbase. Acceptance and ease of access is everything in the crypto world. The easier it is to buy something, the more demand will increase, which, in turn, increases value. Coinbase makes it simple for non-technically minded people to invest in cryptocurrencies using fiat. A number of analysts have already speculated that one of the world’s largest exchanges, servicing 32 countries, will be adding Ripple shortly.
Ripple is the hot coin of the moment, and the likelihood of a Coinbase acceptance is high. Its blockchain is superior to Bitcoin’s in terms of speed and price, making it a better alternative to trade with. Transaction verification times for BTC are painfully slow, often taking several hours. In addition to that, the fees can be as high as $30 for Bitcoin. Compare that to just $0.0004 for XRP, and you have a good option for low cost, high speed crypto transfers.
Coinbase’s Chief Executive Officer has already told CNBC that more altcoins will be added in 2018. The most compelling evidence for Ripple’s arrival on the exchange is a video on Twitter from a self-proclaimed crypto insider.
This will make it so much easier for people to buy #Ripple $XRP. I've had so many people ask me how to buy XRP and there's just no easy solution right now. @coinbase will provide the on-ramp to allow so many more without technical expertise to buy in. https://t.co/JLLaeCXLMD
— Logan Kugler (@logankugler) January 2, 2018
If Bitcoin Cash was anything to go by when it was listed on Coinbase, we could see a similar price spike for Ripple. BCH jumped from around $1,900 to over $4,100 in two days, so it would not be too outrageous to say that XRP could easily reach $5.
Currently, XRP is still riding high from its surge last week. 24 hour volume is over $2 billion, and South Korean Bithumb has the lion’s share of trade with 38%.
[Full disclosure: The author of this article is a Ripple (XRP) holder.]
NOTE: This article is not an investment advice. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational and based on external analysis and we do not warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future
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