With the mixed outlook in the digital currency ecosystem today, XRP has joined the list of altcoins that have decoupled from the dominating price effect of Bitcoin (BTC) in the short term. The cryptocurrency is changing hands at $0.3869, up by 6.01% at the time of writing. Effectively, XRP is now gradually clearing off the deficit it has accrued over the past week.
It is quite difficult to catch XRP in a steady uptrend owing to the current uncertainty surrounding its status as to whether it is a security or not. With the lawsuit that tangled its associated payments firm Ripple Labs Inc and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) gradually approaching its scheduled end, the coin's strongest supporters appear to be on a buying rampage today.
The entirety of fundamentals driving up the buying interest in XRP is hinged on its growing utility as a payment token in different jurisdictions. Ripple has been inking different partnerships with other payment start-ups around the world, a move that has a positive undertone for XRP in the long run.
The optimism surrounding XRP also hinges on the fact that should the ongoing case go against Ripple, the token would have gotten the necessary foothold in countries where its operations can proceed without being hampered.
XRP's ownership is ubiquitous
XRP's reputation is more robust than many of the emerging digital currencies around today. Besides being the sixth largest cryptocurrency atop a market capitalization of $19.6 billion dollars, it also has a wide ownership base.
In a rare revelation, the now-defunct FTX Derivatives Exchange notably owes its customers as much as $93 million worth of XRP coins, per an earlier report by U.Today. With the token now billed as the main asset to power a new smart contract push through XRP Ledger, more widespread ownership is billed to be recorded in the near term.