April 19, 2024
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Ripple Plans USD-Backed Stablecoin Launch

Ripple, the issuer of XRP, has announced its intentions to launch a United States dollar-backed stablecoin over the next five years, aiming to rival industry leaders Circle and Tether.

Aiming for Market Share in Stablecoin Ecosystem

Ripple’s chief technology officer, David Schwartz, disclosed in an interview with Cointelegraph that the stablecoin project has been in the works for more than a year. He stressed the potential for expansion in the stablecoin sector, which is presently valued at $150 billion, and stated that there is room for more large firms to join existing leaders.

Ripple’s stablecoin will be pegged to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio and backed by a mix of dollar deposits, short-term US government Treasury securities, and cash equivalents.

Schwartz emphasized the company’s dedication to openness and compliance, mentioning aspirations to replicate Circle’s compliance-focused strategy.

Circle’s transparency report indicates a small surplus of reserve assets supporting circulating USDC tokens. Source: Circle

Ensuring Transparency and Credibility

To bolster trust in the stablecoin, Ripple plans to subject its reserve assets to regular audits by third-party accounting firms and will publish monthly attestations. Schwartz acknowledged parallels with the early days of Tether’s stablecoin, emphasizing Ripple’s focus on credibility, track record, and financial stability.

The top 10 stablecoins by market capitalization. Source: CoinMarketCap

Despite XRP’s utility in Ripplenet for real-time settlement and remittance, Schwartz underscored the need for a stablecoin to cater to markets where XRP liquidity might be limited.

He emphasized the importance of providing multiple avenues for customers to enhance their experience and access broader markets.

Tether’s USDT spans 15 blockchains, while Ripple’s stablecoin will launch on XRP Ledger and Ethereum. Source: Tether

The introduction of a Ripple stablecoin aligns with the company’s broader ecosystem goals, including complementing its recently launched automated market maker to enhance liquidity and capitalize on arbitrage opportunities across assets.

With ambitions to rank among the top players in the stablecoin market, Ripple aims to leverage its reputation and expertise to drive adoption and capture market share in the evolving digital asset landscape.

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