With BitMEX XRP Derivative Launch Tomorrow, Is Crypto Market Priming for Alt-season?

Published February 4, 2020 | Updated February 4, 2020

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With BitMEX XRP Derivative Launch Tomorrow, Is Crypto Market Priming for Alt-season?

Ripple’s XRP led the alt-season and crypto bubble of 2017. While the ICO bubble in Ethereum hyped the crypto market to astronomical highs, XRP was the highest gainer. 

However, two years post its’ burst, the price has failed to break bullish. It has continued to trade below $0.3 for a greater part of the year 2019. The price of XRP at 4: 30 hours UTC on 4th February 2020 is $0.25. 

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XRP/USD Daily Chart on Bitstamp (TradingView)

As reported earlier on CoinGape, BitMEX has planned to add new XRP contracts tomorrow. 

The added liquidity from one of the largest derivatives exchanges is expected to bring more volatility in the price of XRP. 

Put Your Money where your Mouth Is 

The derivatives contract gives an opportunity to naysayers to short XRP as well. There are many within the crypto space including the CEO of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes who doesn’t believe in the value of ‘XRP’ or altcoins altogether. He tweeted

“Is it called Ripple, XRP, or dogshit? Who knows, who cares. It’s worth more than zero so it’s time to trade the USD pair on BitMEX. Boo-Yaka-sha!”

Leading On-Chain analyst, Willy Woo noted in a recent episode on Tone Vays‘ Trading Bitcoin update

“ With the liquidity on the futures exchanges, you can get in and out of million dollar positions within minutes… You don’t need to hold these coins, if you’re a trader. “

Moreover, an asset never ceases to exist or reach zero dollar valuation. Over time, the liquidity in the asset dries up to near zero values, making it non-existent at the last traded price. Hence, the fact that liquidity is increasing for these assets increases the probability of gains. 

Even Willy Woo is a Bitcoin maximalists classifies altcoins as ‘sh*tcoins’. 

Nevertheless, he also notes, there are some altcoins which have been around for sometime now with oscillator characteristics, these might be primed for gains over BTC as well. 

Do you think alt-season can ensure again? Please share your views with us.

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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com
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