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Ripple pins hopes on Biden administration as co-founder sells 28.6M XRP

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After ending 2020 facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Donald Trump’s administration, Ripple’s leadership is looking to the new year and a new U.S. President to bring a change in regulations more favorable to the firm.

According to a post on the Ripple website featuring comments from key executives, the firm is predicting the incoming Biden administration will most likely “bring a renewed focus on regulation and enforcement” in the crypto space.

“As we’ve seen, a lack of a clear regulatory framework over the last four years in the U.S. especially has left fintech and blockchain players in a state of limbo,” the post said. “Other countries like the UK, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan are miles ahead.”

Both Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen have been vocal about their criticism of the SEC’s policy of “regulation through enforcement” prior to the lawsuit.

Stu Alderoty, general counsel for the firm, was quoted in the piece as saying he believes the Biden administration would make crypto regulation a top priority over the next four years because it “understands its implications for public and private sector innovation.”

“Intelligent, well thought-out regulations communicated effectively and uniformly applied can help level the playing field and unleash innovation and further mainstream adoption here in the U.S.”

Garlinghouse echoed this sentiment yesterday, praising Biden’s nominee for SEC chair, Gary Gensler, as an individual more likely to be friendly to Ripple, and the crypto and blockchain industry as a whole:

Congrats to Gary Gensler! We’re ready to work with SEC leadership and the broader Biden administration to chart a path forward for blockchain and crypto innovation in the US. https://t.co/EEloq4lwrG— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) January 18, 2021

The news comes as Jed McCaleb resumed his extraordinary sell off of portions of the 9.5 billion XRP he received as a co-founder of Ripple before leaving the firm in 2014. Crypto analyst Leonidas Hadjiloizou reported that yesterday McCaleb sold 28.6 million XRP — roughly $8.5 million at the time of publication — following 25 days of no apparent activity after news broke of the Ripple SEC lawsuit.

McCaleb still has billions of XRP tokens available in his wallets. In December, Whale Alert reported that the Ripple co-founder liquidated 1.2 billion XRP in 2020 for more than $400 million, bringing the total number of his remaining XRP tokens to roughly 3.25 billion at the time of publication, or $970 million.

Ripple is currently facing a lawsuit from the SEC filed in December alleging the firm has been selling XRP tokens in violation of U.S. securities laws. The case is scheduled for a virtual pretrial conference on Feb. 22.

At the time of publication, the price of XRP is $0.30, having risen 2.9% in the last 24 hours.

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FG will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government won’t capitulate to extort by crooks who target honest school understudies in the assumption for immense payment installments.

The President revealed this in an online media proclamation on Friday night, in response to the seize of understudies in Zamfara.

“Our essential target is to get all the school prisoners protected, alive and safe,” Buhari said.

He added that the FG had the ability to convey monstrous power against the criminals in the towns where they worked; notwithstanding, the Army was restricted by the chance of substantial losses of guiltless townspeople and prisoners who may be utilized as human shields by the scoundrels.

“A prisoner emergency is an intricate circumstance that requires most extreme persistence to shield the casualties from actual mischief or even severe demise because of their captors,” he said.

The President said criminals and fear based oppressors ought not engage the fantasy that they were more remarkable than the public authority.

“They shouldn’t confuse our limitation with the compassionate objectives of ensuring blameless lives as a shortcoming or an indication of dread or goal.

“We won’t surrender to coerce by outlaws and crooks who target blameless school understudies in the assumption for colossal payment installments,” he added.

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The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Abutu Yaro, said, “We are giving a valiant effort alongside all sister security offices, individuals from the vigilantè gathering and the state government to get to the lower part of this matter.”

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VP Osinbajo disagrees with CBN, calls for crypto regulation

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has as of late called for Crypto guideline knowing completely well the job Crypto plays in the worldwide monetary environment as he thought that such disturbance frequently prepares for progress.

Osinbajo additionally exhorted the SEC, and Central Bank of Nigeria in making an administrative guide, while completely valuing the position of the CBN, Nigerian SEC, and law requirement organizations on the potential maltreatments of crypto resources.

The VP further focused on the significance Cryptocurrencies would play in the coming a long time as they will undoubtedly challenge conventional banking, including hold banking, in manners the world hasn’t yet envision, focusing on the requirement for Nigeria in being ready for a particularly seismic move.

He likewise called for scaling up of government-private area mediations in light of the fact that, “the errand of public improvement necessitates that we fire on all chambers, after all at one phase China was building 1.9m lodging units each year.

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Oil prices drop as gasoline demand from U.S refineries remain poor

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Oil costs endured huge misfortunes at the mid-week exchanging meeting London. Oil brokers are basically going short on macros uncovering a sudden form in U.S. unrefined inventories.

The flood in U.S oil inventories was owing to the phenomenal frosty spell that hit a key energy center on the planet’s biggest economy during the earlier week accordingly stopping fuel interest from treatment facilities that had to shut down.

At the hour of composing this report, Brent unrefined was down 0.60% floating around the $64 per barrel.

In any case, both significant oil benchmarks stayed over the $60 value levels.

The latest information from the American Petroleum Institute uncovered a flood of 1.026 million barrels for the week finishing Febuary.19. Oil specialists had before foreseen a 5.372-million-barrel drop.

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at Axi in a note to Nairametrics talked on winning economic situations burdening the dark hydrocarbon

“With unnecessarily extended situating and profoundly vulnerable to any negative news, WTI dropped towards the $61 level after the API stores hopped +1.026 million barrels versus the past draw of 5.8 million barrels during the time frame finished on February 19.

“Albeit the product costs dropped following the bearish reserve information, bulls likely will not charge back to the pen en masses as the seething ashes around the Middle East liability take steps to touch off indeed as the US-Iran struggle keeps on stewing however at a higher warmth level today.”

What’s in store: Still, Oil savants expect greater perceivability on oil merchants move toward the finish of one week from now with the following round of month to month OPEC+ gatherings. Outside of an ascent in international danger, potential gain energy could be restricted in the coming days as oil brokers grapple with OPEC+ next move.

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