On the first day of each month 1,000,000,000 XRP is released from Escrow and sold to corporate clients of ripple. This is essentially the rate of supply and underlying supply schedule. Once all XRP has been distributed from Escrow, all XRP will be in circulation. This is in my view an alternative method to mining as XRP can not be mined.
BINANCE XRP FUTURES:
One of the world's leading exchanges, Binance, added XRP to its trading platform. The coin is available in the form of XRP/USDT perpetual contract with leverage up to 75x. It means that XRP is now available for margin trading. Binance explained more about their new product with this comment:
"The Perpetual Contract is an attempt to take advantage of a Contract - specifically, the non-delivery of the actual commodity - while mimicking the behavior of the Spot market in order to reduce the price gap between the Price and the Mark Price. This is a marked improvement compared to the traditional Contract, which can have prolonged or even permanent differences versus the Spot Price."
The contracts are traded against the stablecoin Tether (USDT), and users can choose between 1x and 75x leverage. trading is extremely risky, with the potential for big profits and devastating losses. It allows users to enter positions that are larger than their account balance, and perpetual contracts have no expiration date. It is believed that this event heavily contributed to XRP leading a crypto market rally on Monday. According to the market data compiler CoinMarketCap, the price rose by approximately 10-12% depending on where you measure it from. According to a new report from the exchange, BTC , which launched in September, have consistently posted higher than spot trading for the leading cryptocurrency.
Binance says its Bitcoin futures contracts recorded a median daily of $923.1 million in December, while the spot market displayed $285.6 million daily .
Source: Binance Research
Although this chart shows a rise in the average level and greater dynamic range would suggest that XRP is getting traded more recently. However according to the market data compiler CoinMarketCap, the remains fairly consistent and flat. However zooming in to the total market you can clearly see that Binance has cause a spike up in from 1,000,000,000 USD/24 Hour to 2,300,000,000 USD/24 Hour just after launching their XRP . Will this be the beginning of a trend up for the trading volume? We shall see. Probably yes.
NEW RESISTANCE MANIFESTING:
With upper spikes of around 0.21USD - 0.22USD it would seem that this would be a daily if not weekly target to break through. The sooner it comes the more contagious buying becomes.
PREVIOUS STRONG SUPPORT @ 0.30USD:
For the first third of 2019 XRP appeared stable at 0.30USD. This gave a lot of people hope the bottom was in, however traders were rekt as the price went for pretty much the entire second half of the year after a 2 month long fake out to 0.50USD.
Mid May will see the Bitcoin mining reward reduced by 50% causing a huge fall in the rate of supply. If people still want to be buying this at the rate they are, this may naturally start a gradual yet extended BTC bull market until the bulls run out of steam. If the BTC halving creates more bull euphoria in the crypto space. XRP being in third place will be likely to increase in value. Last BTC halving help push XRP into second place, knocking Ethereum off the number 2 spot.
AS ALWAYS THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE.