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Breaking: Ripple’s CTO Demystifies Burning 40.7 Billion XRP Escrows (crypto-news-flash)

Ripple CTO David Schwartz addresses concerns over the burning of Ripple’s XRP escrows, shedding light on the company’s strategy to prevent XRP from entering circulation by “blackholing” associated accounts.
Ripple now opts for monthly releases of XRP from escrow, with a majority relocked and a portion reserved for sales.

Ripple CTO David Schwartz has provided clarity on the burning of Ripple’s XRP escrows by responding to inquiries from XRP enthusiasts regarding the company’s handling of the cryptocurrency. With more than 40.708 billion XRP held in escrow accounts, there has been considerable interest within the community about the potential burning of these reserves.

Schwartz outlined how Ripple will achieve the effect of burning escrows by “blackholing” the associated accounts. He elaborated on Ripple’s capacity to take unilateral measures to prevent XRP from these escrows from entering circulation. Thus, it would effectively render the associated accounts inaccessible. This explanation comes at a time of heightened concern within the XRP community over Ripple’s extensive involvement with the cryptocurrency as well as its periodic release of XRP from escrow accounts on a monthly basis.

If you define “burn the escrow” to mean “ensure that no XRP from the escrow can ever get into circulation”, then Ripple could do that unilaterally by blackholing the account the escrow cancels into.

— David “JoelKatz” Schwartz (@JoelKatz) February 19, 2024

The discussion surrounding the burning of XRP escrows has been intensified by recent controversies in the cryptocurrency market, including allegations of price manipulation by a crypto company through programmatic sales. These developments have heightened the frustration of XRP enthusiasts, who perceive Ripple’s actions as potentially impacting the market dynamics and devaluing the cryptocurrency.

Schwartz’s clarification provides valuable insights into Ripple’s approach to managing its XRP reserves and addresses concerns regarding the company’s influence on the cryptocurrency. While Ripple retains control over the release of XRP from escrow accounts as part of its market management strategy, Schwartz’s explanation underscores the intricacies and considerations inherent in the XRPL ecosystem.

Ripple CTO Clarifies on Their XRP Holdings

Schwartz acknowledged that Ripple has shifted its strategy away from the original plan to disperse its significant XRP holdings. He indicated that initially, the company aimed to distribute its holdings through giveaways, but encountered challenges with this approach.

Consequently, Ripple opted for an alternative route as it preferred not to retain such a large amount of XRP for an extended period. While Ripple has been releasing 1 billion XRP from escrow monthly. A majority of these tokens are typically relocked, with a portion reserved for sales.

We were originally hoping to get our holdings way down in just a few years mostly using giveaways. That strategy just didn’t work. We don’t want to be holding lots of XRP for decades, but it’s not clear what other options we have.

FWIW, I believe the primary drivers of XRP’s…

— David “JoelKatz” Schwartz (@JoelKatz) February 19, 2024

The CTO stressed that the company has no option but to continue selling its XRP holdings to decrease its overall holdings. Additionally, he countered the notion that ecosystem developments are the primary drivers of XRP’s price.

Amid all these developments the XRP price continues to inch ahead. As of press time, XRP is trading 0.22% up at a price of $0.5625 and a market cap of $30.69 billion.

February 20th stands as a pivotal day in the ongoing Ripple vs SEC legal battle, as Ripple will unveil its financial records and address the SEC’s interrogatories. The extension granted by Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn for remedies-related discovery underscores the intricate nature of the case and the importance of deliberate consideration before any rulings are made.

To clarify some misunderstandings, today marks the extended deadline in the #Ripple (#XRP) v #SEC case for remedies-related discovery. However, we won’t have access to the information Ripple has provided until the SEC files its brief on March 13. It’s unlikely that we’ll receive… pic.twitter.com/W6UZDSfyIW

— Marcel Knobloch aka Collin Brown (@CollinBrownXRP) February 20, 2024

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