The big questions then for those intrigued in the cryptocurrency’s long-term potential are when it will make its debut on the exchange, and what effect that would have on its price.
Adding Ripple to Coinbase would make it vastly easier for more casual cryptocurrency users to gain access to its XRP tokens, which for now are only available on less user-friendly exchanges like Bitstamp](https://www.bitstamp.net), Bittrex, Kraken, and GateHub. Buying XRP tokens is certainly doable, but it requires more steps than Coinbase’s simple interface would enable.
Lowering the barrier to entry figures to increase demand for Ripple, and there’s recent precedent for just how big an effect that can have: Bitcoin Cash debuted on Coinbase last month and gained a staggering $5,000 in value almost instantly, more than double its previous value of $3,500. The launch was also a complete mess, as trading had to be halted two minutes in amid allegations that Coinbase staffers were engaged in insider trading.
There’s no specific timeline for when Coinbase might add Ripple. For now, it only offers four cryptocurrencies: bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash. Those represent four of the six biggest cryptocurrencies by market cap. As the current second biggest coin, Ripple is the obvious missing addition to Coinbase’s offerings.
Coinbase reportedly has plans to add new alternative coins throughout 2018, and it’s hard to see how XRP tokens wouldn’t be on any such list. Its transaction fee is a fraction of a cent, compared with as much as $30 for bitcoin transactions, which could help cement demand for the new token among Coinbase users looking to invest.
If that does happen, it will mark quite the turnaround story for Ripple, considering Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong dismissed it and other altcoins in February 2015 as being unworthy of attention.
While that comment may seem short-sighted now, it’s worth pointing out Ripple only began exploding in value this past December. Not being able to see how a cryptocurrency is doing three weeks, let alone three years into the future is no great crime — though that does rather underscore just how uncertain everything remains for Ripple and other coins as they navigate these ever-changing waters.
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Sourse: inverseInnovation || January 2, 2018 |||