Ripple is now the world’s 2nd most valuable crypto currency.
It had already overhauled ethereum briefly yesterday before the latter usurped its previous state. This time around, Ripple – which also doubles up as a payment network – has built a substantially higher valuation.
At 13:46 UTC, it was trading at $2.20 per coin, up 22% from its price 24 hours ago, and had a judgment of $85.2 billion. A single ethereum could be bought at $687.96, and the crypto currency was worth $66.2 billion in the markets. (See also: Ripple Briefly Topped Bitcoin Cash To Be 3rd Largest Crypto currency.)
The price of a single bitcoin continued to slide. At 13:51, it was worth $12,781.07, down 11.41% from its price 24 hours ago. Since December 27, the crypto currency has fallen by 22%. That figure is even more steep, almost 54%, since its high of $19,661.63 less than two weeks ago.
Other cryptocurrencies were mostly in the red. Cardano, a three-month-old cryptocurrency, was the exception and had gains of 23% from its price 24 hours ago. At 14:00 UTC, the cryptocurrency market was worth $558 billion, trending downward from a high of $625.6 billion.
Ripple’s rise through the ranks has been sudden and dramatic. Unlike bitcoin, which has risen consistently through the year, Ripple’s price has increased in spurts. For example, it spiked in June 2017 and, afterward, two weeks ago. The most recent increase came on the back of data about banking consortiums in Japan and South Korea testing the cryptocurrencies for cross-border payment transactions.
Ripple’s payment network focused on bringing down costs and time required for such transactions. According to Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, certain global banks that sit at the top of the banking chain control liquidity in world markets for businesses and retails. This causes delays in clearing payments. “That’s crazy. We live in the age of the Internet, and we should be able to move our money in real-time,” Garlinghouse said.