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Garlinghouse Highlights Real-World Utility as Essential for Cryptocurrency’s Legitimacy

12 Mar, 2024

12 Mar, 2024

  • Garlinghouse highlighted the significant influence of rising Bitcoin ETF volumes and the upcoming halving event on the cryptocurrency market.
  • Ripple’s CEO emphasized the necessity of coupling market optimism with tangible applications and real-world utility for genuine progress.
  • XRP saw a notable increase in investment interest, while Ripple engaged in ongoing legal proceedings with the SEC.

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple Labs Inc., recently shared his insights on the current state of the cryptocurrency market, with a particular focus on the rising volumes of Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and the upcoming Bitcoin halving event. Garlinghouse pointed out the pattern of the broader cryptocurrency market reacting to Bitcoin’s performance, a trend consistent across multiple market cycles.

In a recent post on X, Garlinghouse highlighted the “soaring” volumes of Bitcoin ETFs and the upcoming “halving” event, observing their significant impact on the broader cryptocurrency market. He explained that such events historically prompt an increase in market optimism, underlining the pattern of the crypto market “following BTC’s lead.”

Drawing from his extensive experience across various market cycles, Garlinghouse stressed the importance of grounding this optimism in real-world utility and tangible applications. He argued that for the cryptocurrency market to achieve genuine progress and maintain sustained growth, its advancements must extend beyond speculative interest. 

Garlinghouse’s commentary extends beyond market dynamics, reflecting a broader industry shift towards valuing cryptocurrencies for their practical utility. Under his leadership, Ripple has been at the forefront of leveraging blockchain technology to facilitate efficient cross-border payments.

Ripple also focuses on enabling financial institutions to efficiently trade between cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies at a lower cost. By utilizing blockchain technology, the company offers concrete solutions aimed at addressing real-world challenges.

Coinciding with these observations, Bitcoin’s price recently hit an all-time high above $72,000, positioning it among the top eight assets globally, even outpacing Silver. This surge comes as the cryptocurrency community anticipates the halving event next month, a major event expected to impact the market further.

The comments from Ripple’s CEO follow a notable trend in investment interest toward XRP, as detailed in a recent Coinshares report. It was revealed that XRP-focused investment products experienced a significant increase in interest, receiving a $1.5 million influx in just the last week. This investment surge has contributed to a cumulative total of $2.3 million since the beginning of March. Since the start of the year, the total investment in XRP-oriented products has reached $9 million.

Meanwhile, Ripple is currently engaged in legal proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC recently requested an extension to submit briefs concerning remedies in the lawsuit, a motion Ripple consented to. This development is noteworthy within the context of the case, as it is the first instance of either party seeking an extension in the remedies briefing schedule.

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