XRPL Architect Debunks XRP Price Misconceptions

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Written By Maya Cantina

David Schwartz, the chief technology officer (CTO) at Ripple and a key architect of XRP Ledger (XRPL), recently addressed misconceptions surrounding the price dynamics of the popular cryptocurrency XRP. In a social media exchange, Schwartz clarified several points, including the relationship between staking, securities regulations and XRP’s utility as a payment asset.


The conversation began with queries regarding the potential classification of staking as a security and its implications for cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH). Schwartz responded by questioning the logic behind such classification, emphasizing that staking itself is not a tradable asset and does not involve transactions typically regulated under securities laws.

Another point of discussion was whether XRP’s efficiency as a payment asset hinges on its price. Schwartz affirmed that a higher price for an asset with a fixed supply, like XRP, enhances its practicality for payments and intermediation. He dismissed the notion that Ripple desires a lower XRP price for payment utility as “nonsensical.”

Presently, XRP is valued at $0.63, with Ripple reportedly holding over 40.1 billion XRP in escrow accounts.

XRP to USD by CoinMarketCap

Schwartz’s remarks come amid ongoing debates within the community regarding the fundamental drivers of cryptocurrency. With XRP’s price and its role in Ripple’s ecosystem under scrutiny, Schwartz’s explanations aim to provide a clearer understanding of XRP’s value proposition and its relevance in the broader crypto landscape.


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