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Bitcoin’s pump pulls down XRPBTC to low of December 2017

Aakash Athawasya

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Bitcoin's pump plummets XRPBTC to low of December 2017
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In the cryptocurrency market, there are few coins with stronger communities than Bitcoin and XRP. The first and third largest cryptocurrencies in the world have been battling it out for years along the lines of use-cases, customers, and inevitably, price. While qualitative arguments can be made for the first two categories, the third one is all about the charts, and according to the charts the Bitcoin maximalists have a leg up over the XRP Army.

With the recent price swing of Bitcoin taking it within touching distance of the five-figure mark, for the third time this year, and the lack or corollary movement for the altcoin, the XRPBTC chart has hit an all-time low. The chart which measures the price of XRP against that of Bitcoin has slumped to a value of $0.00002317. In the last week alone, the pair lost 16.25 percent of its value.

Notably, this is the lowest value of XRP relative to Bitcoin since the high of December 2017, when the latter was priced close to $20,000, its highest price point to date. The previous low for the pair was $0.00002403, back in mid-March prior to the events of ‘Black Thursday‘ which saw Bitcoin lose over 45 percent of its price in a single day, marking the worst daily drop for the cryptocurrency in the past 7 years.

Source: XRPBTC via Trading View

In a two-week time frame, in December 2017, the XRPBTC pair’s price moved from $0.00001412 to $0.000212, which is a 1330 percent move, as both Bitcoin and XRP rose, but the latter move close to $3 was higher in proportion to Bitcoin’s move to its ATH. Since then, however, the pair kept dropping till September 2018, and rose for two months till the end of 2018 as Bitcoin closed off its crypto-winter at just above $3,000. Following a rise to $0.000099 in late 2019, the XRPBTC pair has been falling ever since, losing 75 percent of its value in the past 16 months.

After having a dismal 2019, being the worst-performing coin in the top-10, XRP began the year in good stead, with its absolute price rising to a third of the dollar in February, sparking debate on social media of the cryptocurrency equaling a single unit of the fiat currency by the end of 2020. However, since hitting the $0.33 mark on 12 February, its price began to fall and was anchored to as low as $0.13 by Bitcoin’s March 12 drop.

Looking ahead this trend is likely to continue as Bitcoin is scheduled to go through its third halving in the next week or so. With the pandemic-induced economic uncertainty still ravaging markets, Bitcoin, seen as a risk-on asset will continue to see a surge of interest while XRP plying its operations with several banking entities around the world, may take a while to recover, if not on absolute terms, very likely on a relative basis to Bitcoin.

Aakash is a full-time cryptocurrency journalist at AMBCrypto covering primarily the US market. A graduate in Finance and Economics, his writing is centered around regulation and institutional investment within the cryptocurrency space. He is also an aspiring triathlete.