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XRP Falls Below $0.60 Amid SEC Legal Battles, Uncertainty

  • Ripple's XRP price dropped below $0.60, marking a period of continued decline amidst debates over Coinbase's legal challenges with the SEC.
  • The legal disputes between Coinbase and Ripple highlight significant issues, particularly regarding XRP's status as a security, influenced by the SEC's departure from the "Howey" test.
  • Technical analysis shows XRP trading in a narrow range with bearish indicators, and its future price movement is closely tied to the outcomes of ongoing SEC legal cases.
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In South Africa, the cryptocurrency community is closely monitoring Ripple (XRP), which recently experienced a dip below the critical $0.60 (approximately R11.28) mark for the first time in almost ten days. This drop marks a continued period of decline for the popular altcoin, amidst ongoing legal debates surrounding Coinbase’s setback against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The intertwined legal disputes involving Coinbase and Ripple have significant implications. Central to Coinbase’s defense is a prior ruling on XRP by Judge Torres, which suggested that XRP was not a security at the point of sale on exchanges. This decision, initially viewed as a partial win for Ripple, is now under scrutiny following the judge’s refusal to dismiss the SEC’s lawsuit against Coinbase, echoing the regulatory body’s stance that Coinbase functioned as an unregistered securities intermediary.

Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Stuart Alderoty, has openly critiqued the SEC’s approach in the Coinbase lawsuit, highlighting the regulator’s inconsistent definitions of a crypto ecosystem. Particularly, Alderoty points out the SEC’s deviation from the “Howey” test, which is essential in determining whether an arrangement qualifies as an investment contract under US securities law. This deviation places XRP’s classification as a security or non-security under intense scrutiny, influencing the legal challenges faced by both Ripple and Coinbase.

From a technical perspective, XRP is navigating a challenging trading environment, with current prices fluctuating between $0.5670 (about R10.66) and $0.6686 (approximately R12.57), which serve as significant support and resistance levels, respectively. The bearish sentiment is further supported by indicators such as the Awesome Oscillator (AO) and the Relative Strength Index (RSI), both suggesting downward pressure on the price.

For investors and traders in South Africa, the outcome of these legal disputes and their impact on XRP’s market performance holds considerable interest. The potential for recovery or further decline hinges on several factors, including the resolution of SEC legal challenges and the altcoin’s ability to maintain key support levels in the face of market volatility.


Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email: