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Ripple co-founder Jed McCaleb sold 1.20 billion XRP since 2014

Ripple co-founder Jed McCaleb sold 1.20 billion XRP since 2014

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A recent report reveals that one of Rippleโ€™s co-founders is constantly selling his XRP holdings. As the circulating supply of this token continues rising, there could be some serious implications on its price.

Whales continue dumping their holdings

In a recent blog post, Whale Alert, a blockchain analytics provider, cataloged Rippleโ€™s founder and former CTO Jed McCaleb as an artificial whale. This term is used to describe individuals who receive a substantial amount of cryptocurrencies for โ€œfreeโ€ upon the inception of the project or by other means.

According to Whale Alert, McCaleb received 9 billion XRP throughout the years as part of his compensation for his role as a founder of Ripple.

The transaction tracking service provider was able to identify over 90,000 transactions that appear to be related to McCaleb. Thus far, Whale Alert found that the former CTO at Ripple sold 1.05 billion XRP between 2014 and 2019. At an average price of $0.129, this amount of tokens is equivalent to $135 million.

Total XRP sold for USD by Jed McCaleb
Total XRP sold for USD by Jed McCaleb. Source: Whale Alert

Despite the massive sell off seen over the past few years, Whale Alert maintains that today McCaleb continues to sell his XRP holdings. As a matter of fact, he sold 19 million XRP during the first month of the present year and still holds around 4.7 billion XRP that are worth over $1 billion.

Whale Alert pointed out that McCaleb is not the only one with intentions to sell his XRP holdings. Ripple co-founder Arthur Britto also holds billions of XRP in escrow that will become available sometime in the near future.

The massive sale by McCaleb adds to the $1,220 million worth of XRP tokens that Ripple has sold since 2016. According to Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz, this could be one of the main factors why XRP lost 46.30 percent of its value throughout 2019 and that trend may continue.

Novogratz said:

โ€œ[XRP] did underperform immensely last year [and] I think it will underperform immensely again this year and itโ€™s just because of the supply.โ€

XRP prepares for a retracement

Despite Novogratzโ€™s assessment of the XRP token, this cryptocurrency is up over 60 percent since mid-December 2019. It surged from a low of $0.176 to recently hit a high of $0.289. Following the considerable price increase in such a short period of time, multiple technical patterns now indicate that XRP could be bound for a correction.

XRP appears to be getting rejected by the upper boundary of a parallel channel where it has been contained since Dec. 17, 2019. Since then, every time this crypto hits the top of the channel, it retraces to the middle or the bottom. But, when it reaches the bottom of the channel, it rebounds to the middle or the top.

If this technical pattern continues to hold, a pullback to the lower boundary of the channel is very likely. In addition, the TD sequential indicator is currently presenting a sell signal in the form of an aggressive 13 adding credence to the bearish outlook.

XRP US dollar price chart
XRP/USD by TradingView

Nevertheless, a bullish impulse that allows XRP to break above the ascending parallel channel could be the catalyst for a further advance. Moving above this significant price hurdle could push the price of this cryptocurrency up to $0.35.ย  At that price, McCaleb holdings would be worth $1.65 billion.

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