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XRP price declines to $0.56 low as Ripple CLO says SEC director ignores the agency’s “gross abuse of power”

  • XRP price fell to a monthly low of $0.5623 on Thursday, extending losses for a fourth consecutive session. 
  • Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer Stuart Alderoty condemned the SEC Director’s statements on the lawsuit. 
  • SEC Director Gurbir Grewal lashed out at crypto firms for non-compliance in an event by the Practicing Law Institute. 

Ripple (XRP) price is in a downward trend this week, hitting monthly lows at $0.5623 on Thursday, amid a broader correction in major cryptocurrency assets and as the legal battle between Ripple and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) keeps both sides confronted about what should be the status of crypto assets in financial markets. 

Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Stuart Alderoty on Thursday called out SEC’s director Gurbir Grewal for his comments over crypto firms and their non-compliance. The director commented on the regulator’s lawsuits against cryptocurrency entities like Ripple at a two-day event by the Practicing Law Institute. 

Daily digest market movers: Ripple CLO calls out SEC Director for comments on crypto lawsuits

  • SEC Director Gurbir Grewal participated on Wednesday in a two-day event by the Practicing Law Institute, where the executive gave a fifteen minute talk on the crypto industry and his thoughts on regulation. During his speech, Grewal called out cryptocurrency firms for “significant non-compliance” and addressed the SEC’s critiques. 
  • SEC’s top enforcer said the crypto industry has made “creative attempts to avoid the regulator’s jurisdiction” and claimed that the US financial regulator makes up the rules as they go. 
  • Grewal’s comments were met with Stuart Alderoty’s response on X. The Ripple CLO called out Grewal for ignoring the SEC’s “gross abuse of power” and slammed the top enforcer for stating that the agency provides clear guidance. 
  • Ripple has been embroiled in a legal battle with the SEC since 2020. The next key deadline in the lawsuit is April 22, when the payment remittance firm is expected to file their opposing brief to the SEC’s remedies-related filing. 
  • On March 26, the SEC’s filing asked the judge of the case to impose a nearly $2 billion fine against Ripple.

Technical analysis: XRP price likely bottomed out

XRP price falls for a fourth consecutive day, dropping to a low of $0.5623 on Thursday. The altcoin’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the 4-hour chart has dropped to 28.62 early on Thursday before recovering to 30.91.

The RSI drop to the oversold region is typically considered a buy signal for sidelined traders. In other words, the current price could offer traders an opportunity to “buy the dip” before the altcoin begins its recovery. 

XRP price could make a comeback to the Fair Value Gap (FVG) between $0.6030 and $0.6103, on the 4-hour chart. Once this inefficiency is filled, the altcoin could see another correction or a liquidity sweep below $0.5678, a level that held as support throughout March. 


XRP/USDT 4-hour chart 

In the downside scenario, XRP price could see a daily candlestick close below the $0.5623 low and continue to decline toward $0.5386, a level that was respected as support throughout March. 


Bitcoin, altcoins, stablecoins FAQs

Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, a virtual currency designed to serve as money. This form of payment cannot be controlled by any one person, group, or entity, which eliminates the need for third-party participation during financial transactions.

Altcoins are any cryptocurrency apart from Bitcoin, but some also regard Ethereum as a non-altcoin because it is from these two cryptocurrencies that forking happens. If this is true, then Litecoin is the first altcoin, forked from the Bitcoin protocol and, therefore, an “improved” version of it.

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to have a stable price, with their value backed by a reserve of the asset it represents. To achieve this, the value of any one stablecoin is pegged to a commodity or financial instrument, such as the US Dollar (USD), with its supply regulated by an algorithm or demand. The main goal of stablecoins is to provide an on/off-ramp for investors willing to trade and invest in cryptocurrencies. Stablecoins also allow investors to store value since cryptocurrencies, in general, are subject to volatility.

Bitcoin dominance is the ratio of Bitcoin’s market capitalization to the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies combined. It provides a clear picture of Bitcoin’s interest among investors. A high BTC dominance typically happens before and during a bull run, in which investors resort to investing in relatively stable and high market capitalization cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. A drop in BTC dominance usually means that investors are moving their capital and/or profits to altcoins in a quest for higher returns, which usually triggers an explosion of altcoin rallies.


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