XRP Can Be Next Futures Market

Crypto Facilities has been operating a futures market for the Ripple for almost 18 months now
20 March 2018   1744

Crypto Facilities from UK has been operating a futures market for the 3rd largest cryptocurrency, developed by Ripple Inc., for almost 18 months now. While CEO of Crypto Facilities, Timo Schlaefer, until recently, did not disclose information about this product, he believes that the quantitative indicators indicate that the wider distribution of derivatives based on XRP is possible. This is reported by Coindesk.

We have pretty good order books. And we're in the process of working with some of the large market makers to draw that further.
 

Timo Schlaefer

CEO, Crypto Facilities

While before the launch of futures for bitcoin in the US, several more months remained, Crypto Facilities, without creating excessive noise, entered into an agreement with Ripple and launched futures for XRP in addition to its own bitcoin futures, regulated by the UK Financial Supervision Authority.

Later, when CBOE and CME Group launched their first futures at the end of last year, the volume of trading in futures for XRP Crypto Facilities reached $ 14.2 million per month, and by the time of the expiration of the first CBOE futures - was already $ 24.6 million.

Nevertheless, few outside the company knew about the existence of this tool, and especially its scale.

The launch of XRP futures took place in October 2016, but the instrument did not cause much interest until April 2017. Then in one month the volume of trading increased more than 3 times and reached $ 3.08 million, and a month later - $ 12.1 million. Simultaneously with this  the price of XRP raisd from $ 0.03 in April to $ 0.34 in mid-May, after which there was a significant decline.

However, in January 2018, in the volume of trading in futures again reflected the price of a digital asset, and the figure jumped to $ 24.6 million, while the price of XRP updated the maximum at around $ 3.53.

XRP Futures Trading Voume
XRP Futures Trading Voume

Schlaifer argues that he has every reason to believe that the next crypto-currency instrument that will enter the broader traditional market will be tied to the XRP course. Information of Schlaifer can be supported also by the fact that Crypto Facilities took a direct part in creating the bitcoin index for the CME Group.

Although the representatives of the Chicago trading platform refused to comment on the situation, it is known that the CME Group participated in the B series of financing Ripple in 2016, when the startup attracted $ 55 million. Soon after, the former head of options for precious metals CME Group joined Ripple as head by XRP markets.

Responding to a request from the media, the representative of CBOE referred to last year's statement by the head of the exchange, who said that the company is ready to add new crypto-currency options.

CEO LedgerX also said that his company is interested in the possibility of launching XRP futures. However, this issue, he said, requires further elaboration, which is already being handled by a specialized group.

So, for example, it seeks to establish whether sales of large volumes of XRP are related to an attempt to manipulate the market, which may be especially important for futures, which will be calculated at fiat.

 

Ripple to Write Open Letter to US Congress

Ripple's execs asked congress to support the development of the technology
29 July 2019   329

Brad Garlinghouse, head of California-based Fintech startup Ripple, and co-founder Chris Larsen, wrote an open letter to the US Congress on the eve of relevant hearings at the Senate Banking Committee. They asked lawmakers to decide on regulation, but at the same time not painting them with a broad brush.

So, Garlinghouse and Larsen are convinced that cryptocurrencies will complement fiat currencies, and not put their existence at risk, and the United States, in their opinion, should lead the development of the industry.

According to them, without proper regulation, there are risks for innovation, tax revenues and jobs in the blockchain industry.

We urge you to support regulation that does not disadvantage U.S. companies using these technologies to innovate responsibly, and classifies digital currencies in a way that recognizes their fundamental differences—not painting them with a broad brush.
 

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple &
Chris Larsen, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Ripple

Earlier, Garlinghouse agreed with US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin that cryptocurrency could not replace Fiat.

Probably, the head of Ripple fears that lawmakers will not understand the differences between cryptocurrency and Libra digital currency, and will introduce the same regulation for them.

Despite the fact that Ripple was able to significantly increase its customer base after the Facebook initiative was announced, Garlinghaus had already expressed fears that excessive attention to Libra could harm the industry as a whole.

On Tuesday, July 30, the US Senate will hold hearings on the regulation of cryptocurrency, during which the CEO of Circle company Jeremy Allair, a member of the Congressional research service Rebecca Nelson and a law professor at the University of California Mehra Baradaran will speak.