Crypto Won't Replace Fiat, XRP CEO Says

But head of Ripple believes that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution
05 September 2018   1378

Ripple's CEO Brad Garlinghouse is convinced that the fiat currency will not lose relevance in the near future and called "senseless" the possible replacement of traditional currencies with digital assets. The future of crypto currency lies in cross-border transactions, Garlinghouse said in the Stanford Legal podcast. This is reported by CoinSpeaker.

I don’t think we’re going to be buying coffee at Starbucks with Bitcoin or XRP anytime soon. I think we’ve got to ask ourselves: What problem is that solving? You were talking about paying for the day spa bill and how you do that, but I think in some ways the friction – fiat currency, the US dollar in this case works pretty well, and so we need to make sure it’s better than that before we talk about it as a currency…
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

According to Garlinghouse, cryptocurrencies can be used in the st way in international payments and as a means of preserving value. This is especially true of crisis and weak economies, with a high level of inflation. He noted that the average annual inflation of the currencies of countries outside the G20 is about 6%.

There are economies where the fiat currency is at best a weak currency. And in those contexts, if I were a consumer experiencing hyperinflation – would you rather hold a cryptocurrency or your fiat currency? And in a lot of those cases, you’re seeing people take their dollars, or not dollars, pesos of various sorts, and saying, ‘I’d rather hold this because it’s a better asset to hold in terms of its potential appreciation and lack of inflation.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

The head of Ripple stressed that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution. He also noted the Ripple, which allows to conduct international transactions "almost in real time". This will help many companies save time and resources.

We had one of the largest banks in Australia, the CEO told me that 40% of all of their consumer wire transfers result in a customer service phone call. The frustrating thing for the bank is not only do they have to absorb the cost of taking a customer service phone call, they also deliver the news that they don’t know wait a couple more days it’ll probably be there.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Earlier, the Northern District Court of California rejected a class action lawsuit filed by investor Ryan Coffey against Ripple Labs Inc. on behalf of everyone who bought XRP tokens after January 1, 2013. The company was accused of illegally manipulating the price of XRP.

Ripple to Sell $169.42M Worth XRP in Q1 2019

It's 31% more than in Q4 2018, when company was able to sell less than $130M worth XRP
25 April 2019   197

Ripple published a financial report for the first quarter of 2019, indicating that during this period it managed to gain $ 169.42 million from the sale of XRP cryptocurrency. The value increased by 31% compared with the fourth quarter 2018, when XRP was implemented at $ 129.03 million.

Direct institutional sales brought the company $ 61.93 million compared to $ 40.15 million in the previous quarter. The indicator of “programmable sales”, that is, sales carried out with the help of intermediaries, also increased and amounted to $ 107.49 million against $ 88.88 million.

XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019
XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019

Total XRP trading declined by about 2% to $ 53.85 billion in the first quarter of this year, against $ 54.82 billion in the fourth quarter of the previous year.

For comparison, for the same period last year, Ripple managed to sell XRP for $ 167.7 million, that is, a change in the indicator was about 1%.

In the first quarter, Ripple released 3 billion XRP from its escrow wallets. At the same time, 2.3 billion XRP were returned and entered into new escrow contracts. “The remaining 700 million XRP not returned to escrow are being used in a variety of ways to help support the XRP ecosystem,” explains the company.

In the middle of the month, it became aware of the decision of the Japanese bank Resona to withdraw from the MoneyTap payment project being developed by Ripple.