- XRPL has low institutional and retail demand because of limited technological capabilities and regulatory uncertainty around XRP
- Ripple tried to curb XRP’s circulating supply inflation, but without organic demand, it’s not enough to sustain price growth
- XRP lags behind the market and is likely to continue doing so until Ripple finds a way to facilitate organic demand for its token
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Ripple, and its XRP token, is one of the oldest projects in the cryptocurrency space, forming in 2012. Ripple’s value proposition was appealing to banks and settlement systems—offering to increase efficiency and cut costs with their solution.
The company’s token, XRP, boasted low fees and fast transaction times, placing the altcoin in direct competition with expensive and slow incumbents like Bitcoin. Despite these advantages, the coin has still failed to generate traction so far.
Leading Layer 1 platforms like Ethereum host a multitude of projects aimed at various audiences, from investors to RPG players. Implementing Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, or DAOs, is already a norm, and thanks to projects like Chainlink, blockchains can easily integrate with the outside world, financial institutions included.
By today’s standards, XRP Ledger (XRPL) has limited capabilities, which gets in the way of adoption among retail users. Institutional clients aren’t eager to use XRP for transactions, either, and holding it on their balance sheets is questionable given regulatory uncertainties surrounding the token.
It’s now evident that XRP’s benefits are unclear. Meanwhile, the XRP circulating supply continues to grow steadily, creating downward price pressure. This dynamic will continue until Ripple finds a way to grow the XRPL user base.
Blockchain, Not XRP
Ripple has set its sights on entering the lucrative payments market. This industry involves banks, payment processors, and remittance providers, each of which has sizeable expenses for moving money around the globe.
The usual process for transferring funds is slow, which can be problematic for unstable fiat currencies. To get around this, companies keep accounts in different countries with prepositioned liquidity. Once a sender sends money, a receiver gets the same amount minus fees from their local liquidity pool, so there is no need to carry physical cash.
Ripple’s principal value proposition is to provide a fast and cost-effective blockchain complete with a cryptocurrency to relieve companies from keeping large amounts of idle capital. The project’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) platform enables the transfer and conversion of currencies “in seconds.”
ODL is the part of the more extensive RippleNet network that gathers over 200 banking and financial partners. Besides ODL, RippleNet offers xCurrent and xVia blockchain-based payment systems that don’t use XRP.
While RippleNetwork has quite a few partners, it has created very little demand…