Ripple’s XRP Near Crucial Support Level Against BTC

The dollar price of Ripple’s token XRP has remained relatively flat, with a long-time gradual slide for all of 2019. But the story about price action may be hidden in another pair, XRP/BTC.

XRP Closes In on Crucial Level Against BTC

XRP may be nearing another crossroad level, though not expressed in terms of dollar price. The Satoshi position of the asset tells another story and reveals the confidence of changing directions.

Top TradingView Bitcoin analyst Jacob Canfield, sees this week’s pivotal point for XRP at 2,350 Satoshi. Breaking below that level at close may signal further losses for the crypto asset.

The Satoshi price is especially critical, given that XRP proponents expect the coin to eventually replace BTC, by merit of its faster network. However, when it comes to trading, altcoins no longer go in cycles against bitcoin.

Ripple’s Crypto No Longer Used in BTC-Based Speculation

Back in 2017, altcoins were used for speculation, to gain bigger bitcoin positions in the end. But now, moving from the leading coin to an altcoin is seen as too risky. Despite the nearly two-year bear market for altcoins, most expect the slide to continue with significant new downside moves.

Canfield also added that XRP could have decoupled from BTC earlier, by establishing its position as a base pair asset.

However, XRP has a thin market where it is indeed a base pair asset, and this has not helped the coin in its long decline.

In the past week, the global payments system asset slid from above 3,000 Satoshi, down to lows of 2,615 Satoshi. The new period will show if the price recovers, or unravels to a lower level. In the past year, XRP slid from above 10,000 Satoshi, entering a stage where the decline again threatens to accelerate.

XRP has a relatively small bitcoin (satoshi) market, while Tether (USDT) makes up as much as 37% of all volumes. But the move against BTC may show a further loss of faith that the Ripple project will displace bitcoin’s network as the leading cross border payments solution.

Low XRP prices posed a problem since the asset is considered to have the potential to rally. But even the low prices are not a guarantee XRP would not continue lower and cause personal finance losses. XRP locked in an almost 50% loss in dollar terms since the beginning of 2019, but a 60% loss in BTC terms.

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Source: Bitcoinist