Crypto investors were delighted with the long-awaited ruling on the SEC case against Ripple. The SEC’s allegations of illegal securities offering resulted in a partial win for Ripple.
At one point yesterday, XRP jumped by over 100% against the USD, demonstrating the relief following the multi-year court case, even though it was only a partial victory for Ripple. After the initial spike, the market calmed down slightly, and XRPUSD is currently trading 66% higher post the court ruling.
The entire crypto market surged on the news. Coins previously mentioned as securities by the SEC, such as SOL (+28%), ADA (+25%), and MATIC (+25%), profited the most in terms of week-on-week performance.
Bitcoin and Ethereum felt less of an impact but are still trading higher, with BTCUSD breaking the $31,000 resistance level and ETHUSD trading above $2,000 again.
Coinbase, which also faces ongoing cases against the SEC for unregistered security offerings, rallied 25% yesterday on the news.
So, what’s the fuss about? The U.S. judge ruled that Ripple’s sale of XRP on public exchanges did not violate federal securities law. However, the ruling was specific to the Ripple case: the judge stated that Ripple’s XRP sales on public exchanges were “blind bid/ask transactions” where buyers could not be sure if they were buying from Ripple or someone else in the market.
Furthermore, investors buying XRP on public exchanges could not reasonably establish a direct connection between Ripple’s efforts and the expected profits from their investment in XRP. In the case where Ripple sold XRP via private placement to hedge funds and other sophisticated investors, the court ruled that it was indeed an unregistered sale of securities.
It seems a bit peculiar that this ruling is being called a “landmark victory for Ripple” on social media and in many articles published shortly after the ruling. While it was indeed a partial victory for Ripple and the crypto landscape, it was also confirmed that XRP is considered a security, at least under certain circumstances. It is important to remember that this was just one court ruling, and others will need to confirm or challenge it.
More significant would be the enactment of proper legislation for cryptocurrencies in the U.S.
Nevertheless, since the crypto market has been inundated with negative news for so long, receiving some positive news has been a significant relief for everyone involved.
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