The SEC lawsuit against Ripple continues to have a ripple effect on XRP
XRP whales holding at least 1 million coins have dropped significantly
Grayscale has removed XRP from its large-cap fund and sold its XRP bags to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash
It has been less than two weeks since the SEC announced that it was suing Ripple for carrying out an unregistered securities offering of XRP. News of the lawsuit has resulted in several crypto exchanges halting the trading of XRP as they wait for a verdict.
XRP Whales Drop in Number
In addition to the above, the number of XRP whales holding at least 1 million coins has been on a constant decline since the SEC announcement was made. According to data from the team at Coinmetrics, approximately 154 whales have left the category of those owning 1 million or more XRP. Below is their observation of the declining number of XRP whales alongside a graphical representation of the drop.
…the number of addresses holding large amounts of XRP has dropped precipitously since the SEC’s announcement of charges against Ripple. The number of addresses holding at least 1M XRP dropped from 1,721 on December 21st, the day before the announcement, to 1,567 by January 3rd.
Grayscale Removes XRP From its Large Cap Fund
Furthermore, the team at Grayscale recently announced that they rebalanced their Digital Large Cap Fund and removed XRP in the process. The XRP removed has since been sold and all cash proceeds used to purchase the remaining fund components of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. The new components of the fund are as follows.
…the Fund Components were a basket of 81.63% Bitcoin (BTC), 15.86% Ethereum (ETH), 1.08% Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and 1.43% Litecoin (LTC) and each Share represented 0.00047489 Bitcoin (BTC), 0.00287011 Ethereum (ETH), 0.00047537 Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and 0.00167314 Litecoin (LTC).
Why Grayscale Removed XRP from its Large Cap Fund
Grayscale went on to explain that the removal of XRP was due to Genesis Global Trading Inc., the authorized participant of the fund, announcing that it will suspend trading of XRP effective January 15th, 2021.