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Ripple’s XRP Price Struggling — Is This the End as Max Keiser Predicts Facebook Coin Will Take Over?

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While the cryptocurrency markets have been down of late, there has been very little to be excited about from a Ripple point of view. The company’s XRP token has failed to kick on during the cryptocurrency spring, and maybe it is down to losing its niche.

There is a bigger and bigger drive for coins that accomplish what XRP does, and despite being one of the first, there is major competition emerging from big companies like JPMorgan, as well as now Facebook.

Max Keiser, a well-known cryptocurrency commentator, has said he believes Facebook’s hugely hyped GlobalCoin will do away with the need for hundreds of altcoins, including XRP. It remains to be seen if GlobalCoin will hit the same niche, but it does feel like it has a chance.

A cryptocurrency killer

There are hundreds of cryptocurrencies currently on the market, and not many would argue against the fact that many are not needed and a bit of a waste of space. There are niches which have a lot of competition, like the smart contract blockchains of Ethereum, Cardano, NEO, etc.

Ripple’s XRP solution to cross-border banking payments is a well known cryptocurrency, but is still just a startup and a minnow in the eyes of JPMorgan and Facebook.

Keiser is a big believer in Bitcoin, but not as fond of the massive altcoin market behind it.

Should XRP be worried?

Keiser has a point about the power of a coin backed a company of the magnitude of Facebook, but he may be stretching things a little with GlobalCoin’s reach.

XRP’s niche is, and always has been, towards banks and making partnerships there. On the other hand, GlobalCoin will be a broad token, but one targeted at individuals rather than businesses.

Questions continue to be asked about the interoperability of blockchains, and perhaps that is where this arms race will be headed. XRP can be a banking solution, and GlobalCoin one for the people, but there should be a drive to be able to get them to work seamlessly together.

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Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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As the bitcoin price fails to see upside momentum, the crypto market is at risk of a deeper pullback in the short-term. While the bitcoin price sustained the $6,000 level for an extended period of time, altcoins have continued to see more downside.

Well-known trader DonAlt said:

“BTC looks like it could go up, down or sideways. Alts look like they could go down, down or down.”

The bitcoin price has been on a decline as of late primarily due to the drop in appetite for high-risk assets. Altcoins present additional risk, which investors are seemingly unwilling to take.

Altcoins seem battered, as crypto market loses tens of billions of dollars

Since March 7, within about three weeks, the valuation of the crypto market has dropped from $264 billion to $175 billion, by around $89 billion.

Consequently, altcoins underperformed against both the USD and bitcoin, as investors flocked to stablecoins like Tether.

After the overnight 5 percent drop in the bitcoin price, technical analysts foresee a steep drop ahead for bitcoin in the near-term. Strong support levels for bitcoin are found at $5,800 and $5,250, according to crypto trader Michael van de Poppe.

Poppe said:

“Brokedown after a distribution pattern and clear rejection of the $6,900 area. On the first support around $6,000-6,100 here. Might be testing $6,400 before continuing to drop, primary level for support is $5,800 and more heavily the $5,250 area.”

The altcoin index perpetual futures on FTX indicates a massive 56 percent drop in the altcoin market within merely 43 days, dropping to levels unseen since 2017.

The altcoin index perpetual futures on FTX drop as crypto market slumps
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Market is exhausted

Similar to the U.S. stock market, based on the performance of altcoins in the past two weeks, it is highly unlikely that the altcoin market sees the so-called “alt season” until the global economy rebounds from the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

There is a clear lack of buy orders and buying demand across all exchanges and assets within the crypto market, increasing the probability of a larger correction to hit the entire asset class in the near-term.

As financial analyst Koroush AK said:

“Most businesses and individuals still have 1/2 months runway. Assuming handling the virus lasts several months not several weeks. Let's see how many want to be holding, let alone buying, bitcoin when struggling to pay bills and put food on the table.”

The low cash buffer of small businesses, which on average is estimated to be 29 days, leaves the U.S. and European economies at risk of continuous decline in the first half of 2020.

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Joseph Young is an analyst based in South Korea that has been covering finance, fintech, and cryptocurrency since 2013. He has worked with various recognized publications in both the finance and cryptocurrency industries.

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