Ex-Ripple Director Explains Why XRP Has Slid Amid Good News

XRP price remains low despite positive developments for Ripple due to the ongoing SEC lawsuit.

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  • The price of XRP has remained stagnant despite positive developments for Ripple, the company behind the crypto.
  • The ongoing lawsuit with the SEC has cast a long shadow over XRP, with the judge’s decision expected to be critical.
  • A favorable ruling could have opened doors for U.S. institutions to collaborate with Ripple. 

The price of XRP, the native token of the XRP Ledger (XRPL), has remained stubbornly low despite a series of positive developments for Ripple, the company behind XRPL. This has left investors and industry observers scratching their heads, especially considering the recent bullish trends in the broader cryptocurrency market.

XRP Price Stalled by SEC Lawsuit

Analysts point to the ongoing legal battle between Ripple and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a major factor hindering XRP’s growth. Sean McBride, a former director at Ripple, recently highlighted the critical impact of the pending court decisions on XRP’s valuation.


In July 2023, a judge’s initial ruling that XRP wasn’t a security caused the price to surge by 100%. However, those gains proved temporary. The ongoing lawsuit and the possibility of an appeal continue to dampen investor sentiment.

"Nothing significant is going to happen with the price of XRP until Judge Torres makes her decision," McBride stated. "Once that happens, we'll find out more about what's really going on. A favorable ruling could open the door for US institutions to finally work with Ripple."

While the legal battle takes center stage, Ripple hasn’t been idle. The company recently established a 1 Billion XRP fund to support XRPL development in East Asia. Additionally, Ripple has made strategic acquisitions like blockchain firm Metaco and Standard Custody & Trust Company and is planning to launch a stablecoin for the XRPL ecosystem.

Looking ahead, speculation surrounds a potential SEC appeal if the court rules in Ripple’s favor.  McBride believes it wouldn’t derail progress unless the ruling itself is unfavorable.

McBride acknowledged these positive moves but cautioned against unrealistic expectations. “Ripple is not perfect,” he remarked. “They are constantly evolving their strategy and are self-critical. They’ve secured Money Transmitter Licenses across the US, and clear US regulations would be another major boost, especially with the recent developments in Congress.”


Despite the current challenges, McBride remains optimistic about Ripple and XRP. “I’m a big fan,” he reassured, “but that doesn’t mean I’m blind to the realities.”

As of today, XRP trades at $0.4831, a far cry from its pre-lawsuit highs. Whether the price rebounds significantly will depend on the outcome of the legal battle and broader market conditions.

On the Flipside

  • While Ripple is making strides in Asia, wider XRP adoption by financial institutions globally could be a key driver for price increases, which isn’t extensively addressed.
  • Even a favorable court ruling might not guarantee clear regulations for XRP, potentially hindering broader institutional investments.

Why This Matters

This price stagnation of XRP, despite positive developments for Ripple, highlights the chilling effect regulatory uncertainty can have on cryptocurrency markets. A clear SEC ruling on XRP’s status, even if unfavorable, could unlock the asset’s potential and provide much-needed clarity for the entire crypto industry.

If you’re interested in the recent price decline of XRP, this article dives into the reasons behind it and analyzes expert opinions on whether it will fall further:
XRP Price Drops: Will it Fall Below $0.47? Experts Weigh In

This article explores the opposing viewpoints on XRP’s future price. While some analysts predict a surge, others warn of a bearish trend:
XRP Price Takes a Dive, But Analyst Predicts “Legendary” Surge

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.