Subscribe & Save 5% on Cryptonary Pro!
Ripple XRP

Regulated Hong Kong exchange OSL suspends XRP trading with immediate effect

  • Crypto exchange OSL suspends XRP trading after the SEC filed a suit against Ripple.
  • Ripple maintains its innocence and argues that XRP is a currency and not a security as claimed by the SEC.
  • XRP has lost more than 35% of its value in the last 24 hours, resulting in more than $5 billion being wiped from its market cap.

A licensed Hong-Kong exchange OSL halted all trading and payment services related to XRP.

The exchange announced that it was taking the decision in light of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing a suit against Ripple and two of its principals – CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder and Chairman Chris Larsen.

OSL halts XRP trading

The exchange said it was suspending XRP trading with immediate effect until further notice.

The SEC filed a complaint and charged Ripple and its two executives with raising more than $1.3 billion in an ongoing and unregistered sale of XRP tokens. The securities regulator sees XRP as a security.

In its press statement, the SEC alleges that “Ripple raised funds beginning in 2013, through the sale of digital assets known as XRP in an unregistered securities offering to investors in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Though Ripple’s focus is on getting the SEC’s enforcement action out of the way, it has to be wary of exchanges delisting its cryptocurrency.

Two crypto exchanges, CrossTower and Beaxy have followed in the footsteps of OSL in suspending the trading of XRP tokens.

In its defense, Ripple claims that XRP is a currency – just like Bitcoin and Ether – and not a security as alleged by the SEC.

Garlinghouse wrote a letter, which he called the SEC’s attack in the United States, to Ripple employees asking them not to worry because they “will get through this.”

The SEC is completely wrong on the facts and law and we are confident we will ultimately prevail before a neutral fact-finder,” wrote Garlinghouse.

XRP’s price tanks

Ripple, which was previously the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has dropped to the fourth position after being overtaken by the stablecoin Tether (USDT).

Ripple is down 35% in the last 24 hours and nosedived 34% in the past 7 days. Each XRP token was trading at $0.649 on December 17.

XRP down more than 35% in the past 24 hours following the SEC’s enforcement action against Ripple | Credit / Twitter

Sign up for our FREE mailing list

Join 12,590 others now and get actionable research and analysis sent directly to your inbox.

Post a Comment


Delivered to your inbox, every Sunday evening.