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Ripple’s XRP Price Analysis and Prediction 2019: Keeps Its Footing Against Bitcoin During The Market Slump (June 6th Update)

Total Market Cap Analysis

Let’s first look at what the overall market is doing. As you know, all coin prices are highly correlated with bitcoin’s price action and by extension with the whole market. Every time we see a surge or plunge of the total market cap, it spills over to the individual coins and their prices.

Market has lost almost $30 billion in three days dropped through a crucial Fib786 height at $241 billion after invalidating the uptrend line it formed and respected since end April. A drop to support at $219 billion is now likely.

This should be the rebound zone back up to test the $241 billion mark from the other side.

As mentioned above, the overall market movements influence individual coins and XRP is no exception. A good thing for XRP holders is that Ripple kept its value in terms of satoshis.

Daily XRPBTC

XRP almost gave away all the May 13th – May 17th (big move of 1600 sats) gains over bitcoin. It then found support at 4600 sats and reversed back up to hit 5400 sats and touch the MA50. It bounced off of it and is now at 5060 sats.

XRP is hanging right on EMA20 around 5100 sats after being rejected at a sturdy resistance zone of Fib236 at 5600 sats that needs to be shattered before XRP can attack the Fib618 at 6500 sats.

Breakdown zone for XRP is still the 4700 sats that, if lost, could see XRP go all the way down to 4000 sats. It literally has no significant support below it aside of couple of meek local supports at 4600 and 4400 sats.

If we apply Tom DeMark’s TD Sequential indicator on the chart, we see an interesting signal. This indicator serves the purpose of identifying a price point where an uptrend or a downtrend exhausts itself and reverses. TD Sequential indicator consist of two components. TD Setup is the first one and it is a prerequisite for the TD Countdown – the second component.

TD Buy Setup requires at least 9 consecutive closes are lower than the corresponding closes 4 trading days earlier (Close[i] < Close[i − 4]; Index: i ~ Current Bar). XRPBTC closed the 9th candle and true to the letter, the downtrend reached an exhaustion point and XRP reversed back north. However, the new TD Setup got invalidated after 4 candles and new one has started again, today’s candle is the third in the row.

One pattern formation can be spotted on XRPBTC daily: symmetric triangle. The symmetrical triangle, which can also be referred to as a coil, usually forms during a trend as a continuation pattern. The pattern contains at least two lower highs and two higher lows. Considering that the intermediate trend for XRP is bearish, this is a bad omen for XRP. However, symmetric triangle is widely considered as a unreliable indicator since it often also goes in the opposite direction of the trend continuation.

Nevertheless, at least we know that a significant move is upon us soon. The behavior of the total market will play a big role for this move – should bitcoin stumble to touch below $7k levels, XRP is almost certainly falling down from this symmetric triangle, probably to its support at $4.7k.

4H XRPBTC

On the 4 hour timeframe, XRP has found support at Fib382 level and will probably range in the so called golden ratio zone between Fib382 (5113 sats) and Fib618 (4699 sats).

All moving averages are clustered together in a very narrow space signalling an imminent big move. EMA20 and MA200 also form a strong support for XRP at this height, around 5k sats.

4H XRPUSD

XRP was ranging between $0.38 and $0.40 with no power to break out of the channel up until six days ago. With bitcoin’s outbreak on USD pair that also saw XRP hold its ground against BTC, we saw XRPUSD smash the upper boundary of the channel and XRP flown all the way up to $0.47 and Fib618 of the ABC Fib extension tool. It failed to break this breakout zone and bounced all the way back to Fib236 at $0.40. It is now hovering around this area, piercing it from both sides. MA200 is right below this height and will act as a support should XRP stumble.

Breakout level is at the previous high at $0.47 and breakdown level is at $0.35.

XRP is up 39% in USD on the week and still down 5% on BTC in the same time-frame. XRP has now joined the rest of the market in terms of its gains against on USD – it is now 20% up since the start of the year, after being down up to yesterday.

Trading volumes are looking good: reported volume in the last 24 hours was $919m and “Real 10” volume was $38m. So, the reported volume is 24x larger than the “Real 10” volume (trading volume on the exchanges that prevent wash trading). This means that XRP’s liquidity is massively inflated which is pretty much the case with the vast majority of coins.

Moreover, XRP comparatively has a weak buy support, according to coinmarketbook.cc. Buy support is measuring sum of buy orders at 10% distance from the highest bid price. This way we can eliminate fake buy walls and whale manipulation and see the real interest of the market in a certain coin. XRP currently has $20.9 million of buy orders measured with this method, which sets XRP buy support/market cap ratio at 0.17% which is a very low ratio among the bluechip coins. Bitcoin and Ethereum have a 0.27% and 0.28% ratios, respectively. This novel metric indicates there are a lot of manipulations, inflated liquidity and fake orders on XRP trading pairs.

Social Metrics

XRP’s market sentiment score, measured by the market analytics firm Omenics, paints a neutral picture.

Omenics wraps its analysis up into a single simple indicator known as the SentScore, which is formed from the combination of five different verticals: news, social media, buzz, technical analysis and fundamentals.

XRP currently has a Sentscore of 4.7 which is defined as “the neutral zone”. You can see that Reddit buzz has back to average level after a dip in the middle of the month with Twitter activity regarding XRP decreasing marginally. Search volume on search engines has picked up, with a noticeable peak in the beginning of the second week of April.

Overall, Omenics’ Sentscore is an excellent indicator of community interest and can provide useful insight into which coins are trending right now.

Mid May Update: Fundamentals

XRP has been ranked as the A category – attractive with overall 771 points as of May 9th. By far the strongest metric that contributed to this great score is developer activity that got 825 points, followed by user activity with 730 and market maturity that had 654 points. For comparison, BTC has the same A mark but with 861 overall points while Ethereum is highest ranked as S (superb) with 925 points.

Below are some of the most important news around the project in the last 30 days.

  • Ripple executive Marjan Delattine confirmed that 10 financial institutions are actively using XRP and that “the volume is increasing every day”.
  • eToroX adds 3 pairs for XRP, 2 of which are XRP based.
  • Coil, the San Francisco-based startup founded by former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas, just opened the public beta on its blogging platform designed to help scribes earn XRP.
  • At the Financial Sector Conference on April 24, Saudi British Bank (SABB) announced the launch of its Instant Cross-Border Transfer Service, a payments infrastructure based on the Ripple blockchain network that utilizes crypto asset XRP for liquidity. With nearly $50 billion in assets, SABB initially joined the Ripple network in January 2018 with the support of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) to use emerging technology in the blockchain to process payments.
  • Stock exchange operator Nasdaq has added yet another cryptocurrency index – this time for the XRP.
  • According to The Block’s research, Ripple has cumulatively sold $890 million of XRP out of which 34.4% was sold to the exchanges and 65.6% was sold to the institutions. Ripple sold $169.42 million in XRP in the Q1 2019, which is the highest quarterly sum that Ripple has ever sold. The second highest amount of XRP was sold by Ripple in Q1 2018.source
  • At the recent Euronet conference call, Michael J. Brown, Chairman, CEO and President, announced to the world, yet another partnership that will excite the Ripple ecosystem. The partnership is between Ria Financial Services and Ripple.
  • According to Ripple CEO, Ripple signs 3 production contracts per week in Q1/2019. Source
  • Ripple-backed XRPL Labs released XRPayments on Playstore and App store twitter.com
  • Rakuten Bank listed XRP on their platform which introduces millions to XRP.
  • U.K. based RationalFX, boasting over 180,000 registered clients, announced partnership with Ripple for international payments.

Below is our long-term forecast where we cover general market movements and sentiment shifts before delving deeper into the specific predictions for XRP.

XRP Intro

This year the company Ripple and its crypto currency XRP had a lot going on: The violent crash in 2018 brought worry lines on the forehead of followers and investors. From more than three dollars per coin in the meantime, it went down to below 0.30 USD by December.

However, the crypto currency recovered in December 2018 and numerous new partnerships and projects were concluded. Where is the journey going in 2019? The XRP forecast looks promising. But is 500 US dollars per coin really possible? The forecast.

General Market Movements and Sentiment Shift

The downfall of altcoins that were mainstream media darlings at the start of the year, XRP among them, can be attributed, in part, to novice investors getting scared off once the bear market kicked in with a vengeance. Every resurgence of bitcoin in recent period, was met with the, for the most part, inability of altcoins to rally with it. Reason for that can be rookie investors learning from their mistakes, while smart money that was previously watching from the sidelines has begun to enter into bitcoin.

These entities weren’t about to buy BTC when it was trading at an all-time high, but they’ll take a look now, having missed the boat the first time around. None of them, it seems, are interested in altcoins however, despite the fact that many are trading at a 5x discount. Institutional investors may be cautious, but they’re not foolish.

What does the ICX future look like?

Some altcoins will continue to have some speculative value for the foreseeable future. But just like the now infamous tulips, the hysteria will eventually subside. We are already witnessing the first phases of that slide and even though most of the bag holders react emotionally to articles that criticize their coins, I am just observing the developments on the market. You better start emotionally detaching yourself from your “great sounding” coin because if goes nowhere, ideas are worthless without execution and real users that see value in the project.

Our XRP Price Prediction for 2019

XRP, as the rest of the market, is tied at the hip of bitcoin’s price action. If bitcoin embarks on another bull run, XRP can hope for one as well. Since that is very unlikely, don’t expect much to change for XRP price-wise in this year. So 2019 will be a year of boring sideways action with minor bitcoin ignited jumps and slumps.

In general:

The main currency in cryptocurrency markets is Bitcoin and given this, altcoins tend to fuel Bitcoin runs and Bitcoin tends to do the same in return. Given this relationship, Bitcoin price movements (or lack thereof) tend to effect altcoin prices.

When Bitcoin goes up swiftly, it will likely:

  1. Suppress or depress altcoins as money flows into Bitcoin;
  2. Or, take altcoins along for the ride

In cases when Bitcoin plunges, it will likely:

  1. Depress altcoins as money flows into fiat;
  2. Or, cause altcoins  to boom as money flows into them, but this is rarely the case.

When Bitcoin moves sideways, it will likely:

  1. Cause altcoins to mimic that as traders wait for a clear sign on the direction of the market;
  2. Or, cause altcoins to flourish as traders look for returns in altcoins and try to get favorable trades in terms of BTC pairs.

What does ChainLink future look like? See our LINK Price Prediction 2019

To summarize, Bitcoin is the focal point of the crypto market in many ways, and with BTC trading pairs on every exchange, the gravity of Bitcoin is hard to evade.

The majority of projects will fail — some startups are created just to gather funds and disappear, some would not handle the competition, but most are just ideas that look good on paper, but in reality, are useless for the market. 

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum said:

“There are some good ideas, there are a lot of very bad ideas, and there are a lot of very, very bad ideas, and quite a few scams as well”

Onchain Metrics

Usage of XRP ledger has decreased in the last year, from the peak it had back in January of 2018 when it exceeded 1 million transactions per day. Right now, that number is much lower, hovering from 350k to 800k.

xrp ledger chart
source:XRPcharts

Ripple Status Quo


The bank crypto currency – so called because the company cooperates with many international banks and payment service providers to build a global payment network – is often scorned in the crypto scene. Many supporters of other currencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, Dash or Ethereum do not like the crypto currency around CEO Brad Garlinghouse because it relies on the banks.

Many other cryptos want to make exactly these banks superfluous and create decentralization. CEO Brad Garlinghouse’s company, on the other hand, uses its technology to offer payment services that enable money to be transferred to other countries and currencies within seconds. And that at 40 to 70 percent lower costs.
It has often been written that XRP performed significantly worse than all other top currencies in 2018. But that’s not true. If you look at charts, you can see that the XRP behaved exactly like the entire market has.

That is not particularly good now, but also by no means bad. One cannot say thus that the bank crypto currency performed worse, than the competition. But what are the forecasts for the coming year?

Currently XRP price is in a range of 0,30 USD and 0,40 USD. Only if it breaks out sustainably can it move back towards the 1 dollar mark. Or at least if you follow the charts. One looks at the chart – the development of the price over the last few months and years – and receives important signals from an analysis.

The forecast for the coming years


There are numerous sites that have predicted potential future price targets. The truth is: No one can really know. You can only get close to a goal by good arguments and numbers.

The experts of investinghaven.com expect that the coin can rise up to 20 dollars within one year. That sounds better. But what arguments can they put forward?

Thus the authors say that the XRP gains in value, because one can settle thereby world-wide payments in the future. Every year, about 30 billion US dollars would only be incurred in fees for international transfers and currency exchanges. The Ripples system could save about $16.5 billion. And it would do so every year.
The company is also planning another application called Xpring. This will allow even more people to work on the blockchain and use the coin. Goods will also be developed and traded on the Blockchain. The authors attach great importance to this and think that the bank crypto currency will become the number one in its field, similar to the large platform companies Facebook, Amazon and Google.

And this platform or network effect is likely to cause further increases in forecasts for the crypto currency. These platforms function according to one principle: The winner takes it all.

The experts thus arrive at a forecast of 20 USD. In support of this, they take the long-term chart. If this is continued into the future, an XRP coin could actually cost USD 20 next year.

Further reasons for a positive forecast


Together with its partner American Express, the company has succeeded in gaining a foothold in the Chinese market. American Express is allowed to settle in the Chinese currency Yuan and thus the XRP is likely to be used for currency exchange. This step was very important, because China is a gigantic market and is already paying a lot electronically.

CEO Brad Garlinghouse and his product manager Craig DeWitt were very enthusiastic about this step and the entry into the Chinese market. China is expected to have about ten billion credit cards in circulation by 2020. This will result in an enormous payment volume and thus a positive forecast.

Another reason is that there is no XRP mining. All about 100 billion XRP that will ever exist have already been created. That tightens the supply and causes rising prices sooner or later.

In addition, payments must be paid with 0.00001 XRP fees which are burnt, so the amount of circulating coins slowly but surely decreases. This won’t have a huge effect over the next few years, but in the long run, these circumstances should not be ignored.
Also important are the partnerships with the banks Santander and UBS, as well as the credit card provider American Express. Through these already existing cooperations, further companies should become aware of the bank crypto currency, which will lead to a further positive XRP forecast.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is already using the company’s blockchain technology. Millions of people in the third world will be able to have a bank account on their smartphone and get a digital loan. The companies Visa, Amazon and Google could also be interested in working together.

Because these companies worldwide are turning over billions of dollars, but the money sometimes takes up to five days to get to the right account. With blockchain technology and XRP, this should be much faster and cheaper.

Ripple and XRP in 2020


Let’s look a year further and venture a forecast for the future. After Ripple 2018 didn’t go particularly well and the year ended with a minus of about 60 percent, the question arises what will happen in the coming years. There should not be another XRP crash. The currency’s intrinsic value is too high. But what seems realistic now?

We have already seen a few forecasts and also reasons for a positive outlook. In 2020, the value of the XRP should continue to rise significantly, because many experts see 2019 as the year of fate for most crypto currencies. Only those who have an application case in the real world are likely to survive in the long term.

After all, numerous coins exist only because someone wanted to earn money through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) – an IPO of a crypto currency, for example – or because the coin is supposed to be a store of value like the Bitcoin. But there is no need for 2000 stores of value. So it should now be sorted out, which means that there will only be a few hundred crypto currencies left.

These should then rise in price because they have shown that you need them and their blockchain. One of them is always the XRP, which is why the XRP ple forecast for 2020 looks very good. There are no concrete price targets here. But if things go well next year, the XRP coin is likely to exceed $20 in the following year.

Final words

What does the final forecast look like? Basically, no one can say exactly where the coin is going. However, it seems that there are many more positive opinions than negative ones. The bank crypto currency has many applications and is used by many international companies.

These partnerships are likely to become even more numerous in the future and the coin will come into circulation even more. Due to the platform and network effects, the price should be forecast higher than today. Forecasts are always difficult, but chart technically possible.

For the coming years there are forecasts up to more than 20 US dollars and even 500 US dollars are proclaimed from time to time. That seems to be a bit too high again, but the XRP could gain up to $100. Then it would have a similarly high market capitalization as gold. Why shouldn’t that be possible?

Torsten Hartmann

Torsten Hartmann has been an editor in the Captainaltcoin team since August 2017. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in politics and economics. He also gained professional experience in parliamentary work and strategic communication before moving to journalism. Since 2017, he has devoted himself to blockchain technology, focusing in particular on the many different applications in politics, business and society.

You can reach Torsten at torsten@captainaltcoin.com or via social media links below.

1 comment

  • this is all very well and we’ve heard the story before about Ripple being focused on money transfers.
    Even if we were to accept the idea that in some cases XRP might be used as a sort of exchange token to go from one currency to another, I cannot see why the notional value of the XRP token would logically be any higher than what it is today…
    1 – in this scenario the tokens are not “consumed” as such so there is no impact on the supply quantity which in any case is large at 100 billion tokens. A shrinking supply might otherwise have justified a higher value…
    2 – What’s in it for the banks who are currently raking vast amounts of money in transfer fees, have they suddenly morphed into philantropic organizations? I don’t think so.
    3 – currently the transaction fee is very small, but of course if the value of XRP was to increase substantially then the fee would also rise… Which brings me to the fact that volatility generally would make XRP unsuitable for currency exchanges therefore it has to be stable if that’s going to be its role, even if transaction times are short. Imagine XRP spiking/crashing while a transfer is on its way then what?

    All in all I fail to understand how XRP could have any more value, in fact all would indicate a lower value would benefit its main users – the banks…
    I am definitely no expert, so I would be happy to hear technical opinions that prove me wrong, cheers.

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