XRP (XRP) Price History
XRP price moved +6.06% over the last 24 hours. The XRP to USD conversion rate is currently $0.64 per XRP and the circulating supply of XRP is 54,539,091,398 XRP. Therefore, the current XRP market cap is $34,749,909,319.
Over the last year, XRP price is +67.96%. The highest price of XRP in the last year was $0.82 and the lowest price of XRP in the last year was $0.36.
About Ripple (XRP)
Ripple XRP is a cryptocurrency built for efficient payments. Ripple is the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP. Ripple created XRP as a decentralized cryptocurrency native to the RippleNet payment platform. RippleNet was created in 2012 by Ripple to offer banks and financial institutions a real-time settlement system that allows for secure, instant financial transactions that can span the globe. RippleNet uses XRP to processes transactions extremely quickly, handling about 1,500 transactions per second. Ripple (the company) now acts as principal steward in the funding and development of the XRP Ledger and plays an important role in its development and digital economy.
What is XRP (XRP)
XRP is a cryptocurrency created by Ripple Labs in 2012. The group designed the currency to be a fast and efficient way to transfer money across borders without the need for intermediaries like banks.
Who created XRP?
A team of developers, including David Schwartz, Jed McCaleb, and Arthur Britto created the XRP Ledger (XRPL) in 2011. One year later, the three developers joined forces with Chris Larsen to create "NameCoin." Shortly after, the team rebranded again to OpenCoin before finally settling on the name Ripple Labs Inc, in 2012.
Chris Larsen, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, previously co-founded E-Loan, an online mortgage lender, and Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending platform. Larsen's interest in finance and technology led him to explore the potential for blockchain technology in cross-border payments.
Jed McCaleb, another co-founder of Ripple, is a well-known figure in the cryptocurrency world. He created Mt. Gox, the first Bitcoin exchange, in 2010. McCaleb left Ripple in 2014 to start Stellar, an open, blockchain-based platform for cross-border payments.
Arthur Britto is a software developer who worked on the early versions of the Ripple protocol. He is credited with creating the first version of the Ripple consensus algorithm, which allows validators to process transactions quickly and securely.
David Schwartz is an American computer programmer and cryptocurrency expert who is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ripple. Schwartz previously served as the Chief Technical Officer at WebMaster Incorporated.
The team developed XRP to serve as a fast and secure means of making cross border payments, particularly for financial institutions and businesses. Unlike traditional digital currencies that rely on proof-of-work mining algorithms, XRP is pre-mined, and distributed by Ripple through a variety of channels. Today, users widely trade XRP on multiple exchanges. A range of businesses and institutions also use XRP for international money transfers and other financial transactions. Despite its success, Ripple Labs has faced regulatory scrutiny and legal challenges in recent years over the sale of XRP.
Today, Ripple has partnerships with major financial institutions, banks, and payment providers around the world, including Santander, American Express, and Standard Chartered. Countries such as Montenegro have also partnered with Ripple to explore the company's central bank digital currency (CBDC) solution.
How XRP works
XRP, the native currency token, operates on a unique consensus mechanism known as the XRP Ledger Consensus Protocol. Before the separation between Ripple Labs and XRP, this mechanism was called the Ripple Protocol Consensus Algorithm (RPCA).
Unlike traditional proof-of-work or proof-of-stake mechanisms used by other types of cryptocurrency projects, the XRP Ledger (XRPL) relies on a network of trusted nodes. These nodes validate transactions and maintain the network's integrity. Network participants can add trusted nodes to Unique Node Lists (UNLs) to improve transaction processing reliability. Validators do not receive any form of rewards for their active participation.
Nodes reach a consensus on the state of the XRP ledger by comparing their copy of the XRP Ledger. This consensus process allows for fast and efficient transaction processing, making XRP an attractive option for businesses and financial institutions.
Ripple's network of trusted nodes validates XRP transactions and adds them to the XRP Ledger. The transaction fee for XRP is a fraction of a penny, making it an affordable payment platform for businesses and individuals. Transactions are also settled almost instantly (between 3-5 seconds), making XRP a faster option compared to traditional banking systems.
Holders can store XRP in a variety of wallets, including software wallets and hardware wallets. These wallets allow users to securely store their XRP and make transactions on the network. XRP wallets are compatible with a range of devices, including desktop computers, mobile phones, and dedicated hardware. Additionally, Ripple has developed its own crypto wallet known as the XRP Ledger Wallet, which developers have specifically designed for storing and managing XRP tokens.
XRP's unique consensus mechanism, stable tokenomics, fast transaction processing, and flexible storage options can make it a compelling option for businesses and financial institutions.
The specific tokenomics of XRP support its use as a means of transferring value across borders. Like Bitcoin and other projects in the cryptocurrency market, the XRP native token has a fixed maximum supply of 100 billion tokens. A fluctuating part of which is held in reserve by Ripple. Via escrow unlocking, the protocol distributes tokens across a variety of channels, including sales to institutional investors and exchanges. This distribution model is intended to provide a stable and predictable supply of XRP and make it a more reliable option for cross-border transactions.
Key events in the history of XRP
In 2012, the four co-founders created Ripple Labs and began developing its decentralized network for cross-border payments. The following year, the first version of the Ripple protocol was released.
In 2014, Ripple introduced XRP as a digital asset that people could use to facilitate cross-border transactions on the Ripple network. In 2015, Ripple launched its Interledger Protocol, which enables interoperability between different payment networks. In 2017, XRP prices experienced a significant increase, reaching an all-time high of $3.84 in early January 2018. In 2020, Ripple was hit with a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that XRP was an unregistered security. Although a judge found that XRP sold to the public did not constitute an unregistered securities sale, the case is still working its way through the appeals process.
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