Shaurya Malwa · 9 hours ago · 3 min read
XRP has seen its fair share of rallies over the past two years, but the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization has been underperforming its crypto peers. Case in point: from its all-time high around $3.30, the cryptocurrency has tanked 95 percent, underperforming Bitcoin’s relatively mere 67 percent drop from its high.
At one point three weeks ago, the cryptocurrency was nearing three-year lows, where it was trading prior to 2017’s jaw-dropping bull run.
A report from crypto data provider Messari indicates that the first quarter of 2020 for XRP was no different than the altcoin’s macro trend over the past few years, as it managed to actually earn the title of the “worst performer” of a collection of top digital assets.
XRP was one of the worst-performing cryptos in Q1
According to Messari, “XRP was the worst performer in Q1 of the top 25 assets” in its “currencies sector,” which excludes Bitcoin. This means that XRP underperformed Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Monero, Stellar, and many other cryptocurrencies over the course of the first quarter of this year.
$XRP was the worst performer in Q1 of the top 25 assets in our currencies sector excluding bitcoin
— Messari (@MessariCrypto) April 10, 2020
Although XRP has since recovered, the cryptocurrency fell so low that it briefly lost its long-held seat of being the third-largest digital asset by market capitalization, with Tether — whose market cap has exploded over recent weeks due to increased demand for stablecoins — briefly ascending the ranks.
XRP’s performance comes in spite of Ripple — the fintech company that is closely involved with the cryptocurrency — reducing the number of coins it sells each quarter, seemingly responding to the market conditions and the fear amongst XRP investors that it is depressing the price of the asset.
Data for Q1 of 2020 is still unavailable as the quarter just ended, unfortunately, but Q3 and Q4 of 2019 saw the value of XRP sold by Ripple, who owns a large portion of the coins, fall off dramatically from $252 million to $66 million in Q3, then a mere $13 million in Q4.
The trend may worsen, analysts fear
XRP already had a poor quarter according to Messari’s report, but analysts expect the cryptocurrency to trend even lower in the coming weeks and months.
Peter Brandt — a veteran commodities trader known to be a Bitcoin maximalist when it comes to digital assets — posted the below chart to Twitter on “Black Thursday,” writing:
“I said I would never again post a chart of XRP. But, I thought you all might be interested in what it means to have ‘White Space below’.”
While he didn’t convey a price prediction for the cryptocurrency, the comments in response to this tweet quickly filled in the gaps; what he depicted was that purportedly is no price support for XRP until it falls back into the single-cent range, then potentially even lower.
I am breaking a promise.
I said I would never again post a chart of $XRP
But, I thought you all might be interested in what it means to have …
"While space below" pic.twitter.com/Pse2DkEXfp
— Peter Brandt (@PeterLBrandt) March 12, 2020
Brandt’s warning against XRP’s future prospects came shortly after he remarked that if he looks at the chart of Bitcoin “without bias,” he sees a “sub-$1,000” price.