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Ripple CEO Claims XRP Has "Zero Inflation" Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum

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Wed, 05/26/2021 - 14:46
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Alex Dovbnya
The premined XRP token has a "zero inflation dynamic," says Ripple CEO Brad Garlingouse
Ripple CEO Claims XRP Has "Zero Inflation" Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum
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In his recent CNBC interview, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse claims that XRP has a "zero inflation dynamic" because all existing tokens have been premined:          

All of the XRP that has ever been created has already been created, so it’s zero inflation dynamics.   

Garlinghouse says that Ripple owns a lot, but XRPL's consensus algorithm prevents the creation of more tokens.

This, according to the executive, sets it apart from proof of work (PoW) cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are still being mined.     

Ripple currently holds 6.1 billion XRP tokens, with 47.7 billion more locked in the company escrow.

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Usual talking points

When asked about the lawsuit brought against the company by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Garlinghouse reiterated Ripple's defense that XRP is not an investment contract because the token's holders cannot claim a stake in the company.    

Furthermore, Garlinghouse continues to insist that Ripple does not control XRP, which is a widely disputed claim:   

Ripple doesn't control XRP. XRP is an open-sourced technology, very analogous to Bitcoin. In contrast, XRP is very efficient in terms of speed of transaction. It is a carbon-neutral blockchain.

The executive has also touted the company's cross-border payments business, claiming that it can unlock "trillions of dollars":     

We can make them real-time, very efficient, very low-cost, and that’s good for the global economy. We can unlock trillions of dollars of kind of trapped capital to make the economy more efficient.

Traditionally, Garlinghouse is also bemoaning the lack of regulatory clarity by the U.S.   

As reported by U.Today, the SEC is now asking for a court order to depose more Ripple employees.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.