Ripple to Launch US Dollar Stablecoin In a Challenge to USDT and USDC

Written By
I. Mitic
April 05,2024

Ripple, a leading blockchain company known for its XRP cryptocurrency, just announced its plans to launch a US dollar-pegged stablecoin.

This officially marks Ripple’s entry into the $150 billion stablecoin market currently experiencing unprecedented growth, setting a stage for a potential reshaping of the current dynamics and the level of innovation in the space currently dominated by Tether and Circle.

The upcoming stablecoin is to be backed 1-to-1 by US dollar deposits, short term government treasuries and other cash equivalents.

Ripple's announcement emphasizes the stablecoin's role in enhancing their existing financial services, particularly in making cross-border payments more efficient and less volatile.

Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple's CEO, expressed confidence in their product's distinctiveness, emphasizing its backing by tangible, low-risk assets and Ripple's commitment to transparency and regulatory compliance. "This market will look different [in the future], certainly based on size," Garlinghouse told CNBC, underlining the anticipated growth and evolution of the stablecoin market.

The move toward a stablecoin offering not only an expansion of Ripple’s products, but also a response to an increasingly regulated crypto market environment, shifting economic factors and the company’s ongoing struggle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the classification of XRP as a security. 

“Looking back, launching a stablecoin sooner would have been beneficial.” said David Schwartz, Ripple’s CTO. “However, the current economic conditions and the increased interest rates make now an ideal time for entry. We aim to provide a stable, regulated option that can serve as a foundational element for DeFi and institutional applications."

As Ripple embarks on this new venture, the crypto community and financial institutions will closely monitor its impact on the stablecoin landscape and the broader digital economy.

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