Ripple Activity Surges in May with a Major Unlock of 500 Million XRP Tokens

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As the calendar turned its page to May, a flurry of activity stirred within Ripple, the renowned crypto firm behind the alternative cryptocurrency, XRP. Foremost among these movements was the company’s customary monthly escrow unlock which, much to the intrigue of crypto-enthusiasts worldwide, unfettered an impressive cache of 500 million XRP tokens.

The routine nature of such an unlock might suggest it goes largely undiscussed, yet Ripple’s May unlock commanded quite an opposite response. Alarm bells sounded over the potential effect on the XRP price, fueled by the lingering specter of past allegations against Ripple of market manipulation.

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The sheer volume of this unlock certainly painted a compelling picture, yet a more nuanced exploration suggests that only half of the typical billion tokens was released this month. The exact impact of this cutback remains to be seen, the prophecy of how these tokens might flood the market looms over XRP’s price trajectory.

Auditing the recent on-chain data reveals even more fascinating details. Of the 500 million newly-unleashed tokens, Ripple directed a significant chunk – 300 million XRP – to an escrowed (2Not4co2op) account. The remaining 200 million found a new home in a separate wallet (4vt5x1o91m). Intriguingly, though, these tokens did not head for escrow, stirring speculation that Ripple may yet sell them, though no such action has taken place thus far.

In true plot-twist fashion, Ripple pocketed yet another 500 million tokens, courtesy of an anonymous sender’s wallet (ymFZmKxEsF). However, these immediately took a course for an escrow account. The net result allows the community to breathe a collective sigh of relief: the bulk of XRP received by Ripple in the past 24 hours have returned safely to escrow.

As these numerous transactions played out, the crypto community was set aflame once again with whispers of Ripple’s alleged practice of dumping XRP on unsuspecting holders. Allegations of XRP sales impacting the token’s price have long haunted Ripple, as prominent figures like crypto YouTuber Jerry Hall have publicly accused the firm of deliberately suppressing the altcoin’s price.

However, it’s not all naysayers on the horizon. Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer has unabashedly defended the company, asserting that its XRP sales are not the puppet masters behind the token’s price movements. Ripple has walked its talk, pulling the plug on programmatic sales, and hence ensuring its transactions no longer influence exchange prices.

Amid its protracted legal tussle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ripple has shown proactive steps to avoid transgressing securities laws. Court filings hint at Ripple’s approach to inoculate itself from possible legal entanglements, adopting over-the-counter (OTC) sales to stave off further SEC scrutiny.

Despite the whirlwind of events surrounding Ripple, the XRP token’s resilience has shone through. Data collected by CoinMarketCap reveals a healthy surge, with the token’s trading price touching $0.5 at the time of reporting – up over 2% in the preceding 24 hours.

Even as tumult continues to make Ripple a captivating actor in the crypto-sphere, the curtain has not yet fallen on its riveting performance. For all the critics, skeptics, and loyal enthusiasts – the Ripple saga persistently transcends expectations as one of most thrilling serials on the crypto stage.