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Q3 2021 XRP Markets Report


Ripple publishes the quarterly XRP Markets Report back to voluntarily present transparency and common updates on the corporate’s views on the state of crypto markets corresponding to quarterly gross sales updates, related XRP-related bulletins and commentary on market developments over the earlier quarter. 

As an XRP holder, Ripple believes proactive communication and transparency are a part of being a accountable stakeholder. Furthermore, Ripple urges others within the {industry} to construct belief, foster open communication and lift the bar, industry-wide.

Crypto Market Abstract

In Q3, the NFT mania continued as extra gamers entered the area. ETH was the first beneficiary of the craze with a lot of the NFT minting and buying and selling taking place on or through platforms built-in with Ethereum. OpenSea grew to become a key NFT venue with day by day volumes exceeding over $100M often. Tasks like CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Membership noticed unimaginable demand, resulting in a number of auctions at Sotheby’s. Exercise began transferring onto the Solana blockchain in the midst of the quarter with the launch of Sol Punks, a Crypto Punks copy. Whereas the vast majority of exercise stays on the Ethereum blockchain, different chains are starting to chip away at market share given the excessive fuel charges. In the beginning of the 12 months, ETH accounted for 97% of complete worth locked (TVL) locked on all chains – by the top of Q3, that quantity dropped to 69%. Regardless of the London Onerous Fork, fuel charges in Q3 on Ethereum nonetheless averaged $17.81 per transaction. The XRP Ledger (XRPL) additionally noticed a lot of tasks launch, together with xPunks, Aesthetes and Bored Apes Membership XRPL, profiting from its low transaction prices and excessive scalability. 

Q3 was additionally marked by the rise of the so-called “ETH killers,” corresponding to Avalanche, Solana and Terra, in addition to layer-2 options like Polygon, which noticed their native tokens hit new all time highs. To encourage improvement, many launched $100M+ funds to incentivize exercise on their blockchains. 

Lastly, the third quarter of 2021 noticed digital asset costs backside out, as China’s crypto crackdown reached a crescendo. Bitcoin’s hashrate decline discovered a backside in early July and started rising all through the quarter as miners restarted operations in locations corresponding to Kazakhstan and the U.S. By the top of the quarter, the hashrate was up over 60% since its lows, correlating with the rise in BTC worth. 

Regulatory Oversight Heats Up 

Growing regulatory scrutiny was one other large theme this quarter. SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s public feedback continued to hammer house that, in his view, the crypto {industry} can greatest be described as “the Wild West.” He additionally opined that crypto is making an attempt to remain outdoors the regulatory regime, and that there’s regulatory readability for crypto markets. Nevertheless, many have pushed again – together with different SEC Commissioners, elected representatives and market contributors – that the principles of the highway are nonetheless unclear because the company continues to maneuver ahead with a coverage of regulation via enforcement. As well as, stablecoins remained within the highlight, attracting consideration from regulators over the dearth of transparency relating to reserves and explosive market cap progress.

Replace on the SEC Lawsuit towards Ripple

Final quarter, Ripple hit a milestone with the conclusion of the actual fact discovery part on August 31 – the formal strategy of exchanging info, together with exchanging paperwork and taking testimony, related to the case. The case is presently within the knowledgeable discovery part, the place either side exchanges knowledgeable studies opining on varied facets of the case. In response to an extension request by the SEC, the Court docket has ordered knowledgeable discovery to conclude by mid-January 2022. Whereas the authorized course of could really feel gradual, Ripple has sought, and can proceed to hunt, to expedite the case as shortly as potential. 

Unprecedented On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) Development

Ripple noticed important progress and traction of ODL, which leverages XRP to get rid of pre-funding, cut back operational prices and unlock capital from a various cross-section of worldwide prospects for its greatest quarter on file. Legacy prospects, like SBI Remit, who had been as soon as utilizing RippleNet for fiat-only funds, switched on ODL to get rid of the necessity for pre-funded accounts. Clients have additionally adopted ODL for treasury funds – as crypto liquidity has improved and the market has continued to mature, the product is primed to assist the bigger quantity funds which can be fascinating for patrons seeking to handle their inside treasury operations. 

Transaction quantity (measured in {dollars}) over RippleNet has greater than doubled since final 12 months and ODL transactions are up 130% quarter over quarter. In Q3, ODL transactions accounted for ~25% of complete quantity. All XRP gross sales this quarter are attributed to the expansion and adoption of ODL.

ODL prospects can ship XRP for cross-border funds via third events like exchanges, or instantly via a crypto pockets. By leveraging their pockets to supply XRP on-demand via Ripple, friction is lowered within the cost movement, offering an general enhanced buyer expertise. ODL prospects can now ship to over 20 nations world wide for his or her cost wants.

Disciplined, Accountable Stakeholders: Q3 Gross sales and Purchases 

Final quarter, complete XRP gross sales by Ripple, internet of purchases, had been $491.74M vs. $157.92M USD the earlier quarter. Ripple continued to interact in gross sales to enhance the ODL expertise of sure prospects, eliminating the necessity for pre-funding at exchanges and enabling on the spot international funds. As is the case since This autumn 2019, Ripple didn’t conduct programmatic gross sales this quarter.

Whole gross sales by Ripple, internet of purchases, ended the quarter at 26 bps or 0.26% of worldwide XRP quantity based on CryptoCompare TopTier (CCTT) volumes. 

Gross sales Abstract ({dollars} in thousands and thousands) Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Whole ODL-related gross sales* 157.92 491.74
Whole purchases 0.0 0.0
Gross sales (internet of purchases) 157.92 491.74
International XRP quantity Q2 2021 Q3 2021
ADV XRP ({dollars} in thousands and thousands) 4,492.16 2,075.89
Whole XRP quantity ({dollars} in billions)** 408.80 189.53
Internet gross sales as % of complete quantity 0.04% 0.26%

*All ODL-related gross sales are attributed to the expansion and adoption of ODL

**Observe: Figures had been compiled utilizing the CryptoCompare API for day by day TopTier mixture volumes which displays complete XRP quantity in {dollars} by exchanges that CryptoCompare lists within the TopTier. 

Lastly, in September 2021, Ripple formally made its ultimate switch of XRP to Jed McCaleb. 


Sure wallets which can be getting used for XRP gross sales additionally present short-term leases to market makers. That is value noting given they’re typically incorrectly interpreted by market contributors as gross sales. Leases are finally returned to Ripple. Whole leases excellent in Q3 2021 had been 48.3M XRP. 

Reported Quantity 

Q3 was a weaker than common quarter for quantity throughout most digital property together with XRP. XRP’s common day by day quantity declined by greater than 50% this quarter, whereas ETH and BTC’s volumes declined by ~33% as measured by CCTT. Altcoins corresponding to BCH and LTC noticed volumes decline by greater than 65% quarter over quarter. Solely ETH rivals corresponding to AVAX, LUNA and SOL noticed their volumes enhance quarter over quarter as they reached new all-time highs. 


In Q3 2021, three billion XRP had been launched out of escrow (one billion every month) according to prior quarters and the official escrow association. In complete, 2.6 billion XRP had been returned and subsequently put into new escrow contracts all through the quarter. For extra info on the escrow course of, see right here. Observe: All figures are reported based mostly on transactions executed in the course of the quarter.

XRP Market Infrastructure Replace 

XRP expanded its footprint of derivatives infrastructure in Q3. AAX, an institutional trade based mostly in Hong Kong, launched a brand new XRP perpetual in July, and Bitfinex adopted swimsuit in early September. Individually, ByBit built-in a brand new XRP pair. Moreover, Huobi began to supply a brand new XRP yield product in July, permitting XRP holders to earn curiosity on their holdings.

XRP in DeFi

The XRP Ledger’s built-in decentralized trade (DEX) was the first-ever DeFi software. At this time, there are a variety of third-party initiatives increasing the usage of the DEX – for instance, non-custodial wallets like XUMM and buying and selling platforms corresponding to Sologenic and GateHub enable customers to work together with the XRP Ledger’s DEX instantly. 

XRP is presently out there on different chains and DeFi platforms. One present mission,, which has a TVL of virtually $400M, permits customers to swap, borrow and lend XRPB (wrapped XRP on Binance Chain BEP2). Different extremely anticipated DeFi tasks using XRP are being constructed on the Flare Community which launched its take a look at community, Songbird, in September. Considered one of these tasks is Flare.Finance, an institutional grade DeFi platform.  

As many in crypto construct towards a multi-chain future, there are additionally a lot of initiatives seeking to carry XRP instantly onto the Ethereum community within the coming months. This may enable builders to construct bridges between networks with complementary use circumstances whereas leveraging the advantages of the XRP Ledger. 

Fueling a Tokenized Future

RippleX’s Massive NFT Transfer: Creator Fund

In September, Ripple debuted its $250M Creator Fund which gives assist for creators, manufacturers and marketplaces to discover new use circumstances for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the XRP Ledger, leveraging its innate benefits of velocity, value and sustainability. The fund gives the monetary, artistic and technical assist wanted for creators to interact and finally ship new NFT use circumstances. Ripple has teamed up with NFT marketplaces and artistic companies that can combine with the XRP Ledger to ship a seamless NFT expertise for builders, and assist creators and model shoppers create their NFTs.

Ripple Inks CBDC Partnership

Ripple introduced a partnership in September with the Royal Financial Authority of Bhutan to pilot a Central Financial institution Digital Forex (CBDC) utilizing Ripple’s CBDC answer. This transfer is pushed by the nation’s need to reinforce digital and cross-border funds, broaden monetary inclusion efforts and lengthen its dedication to sustainability as the one carbon-negative nation on this planet. 

Constructing with the XRP Ledger Developer Neighborhood

XRP Ledger On-Chain Exercise Recorded Sturdy Numbers 

Final quarter, there have been a complete of 88.8M transactions on the XRP Ledger with $69.3B transacted through 74.5 billion XRP in quantity. As builders proceed to construct on the XRP Ledger, there are a whole bunch of tasks addressing completely different use circumstances together with:

  • XRPhone permits customers to pay retailers utilizing XRP
  • Nebeus gives crypto-backed loans companies, pockets performance, and cost transfers
  • NFT Riddler permits customers to put bids on NFTs utilizing XRP

Federated Sidechains

In September, RippleX launched a developer preview for Federated Sidechains, which permit builders to construct their very own sidechains whereas leveraging the advantages and performance of the general public XRP Ledger. With Federated Sidechains, builders can add new options to the XRP Ledger protocol, develop new use circumstances – corresponding to sensible contracts and DeFi capabilities – and launch them in manufacturing with out ready for Mainnet acceptance. Final quarter, Ripple co-hosted Apex: the XRPL Developer Summit together with the XRP Ledger Basis, the place David Schwartz introduced RippleX’s dedication to constructing an Ethereum Digital Machine (EVM) sidechain, enabling a compatibility layer for Ethereum-based sensible contracts on the XRP Ledger community.

Over the following few months, builders can look ahead to the next Federated Sidechain milestones:

  • November 2021: RippleX to suggest implementing Federated Sidechains to the XRP Ledger Mainnet within the XRP Ledger v1.8 launch. 
  • H1 2022: RippleX to introduce developer tooling to simply create, launch and take a look at Federated Sidechains and observe cross-chain transactions. 

XRPL Grants Program
Final quarter, as a part of the XRPL Grants program, the primary wave of grantees had been awarded practically $2 million in complete worth from greater than 10 nations world wide. Sponsored by RippleX and supported by others locally, corresponding to XRPL Labs, this system helps the impartial XRP Ledger developer neighborhood, constructing tasks of every kind on the XRP Ledger, to additional the Web of Worth. The primary two waves of grants search to encourage use circumstances associated to NFTs, tokenization and federated sidechains.

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