Top 3 Ripple Price Predictions for 2018 ~

Top 3 Ripple Price Predictions for 2018

(Updated January 10, 2018) Promising “to do for money what the internet has done for information,” Ripple, a cryptocurrency introduced to the world in 2012, is set to disrupt the banking industry in an unprecedented way. Not only is Ripple a coin of value, but it is also a payment processing system that is meant to overthrow the current incumbent system serving banks ever since 1973, the SWIFT system.

It is for this reason that Ripple has been adopted by several large banks, including UBS and Credit Agricole. Due to this wide adoption by public investors, large venture capitalists, and big banks, Ripple has the fourth largest market capitalization within the cryptocurrency space, standing at 19 billion dollars. Where this capitalization will go from here is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, we can make a few educated Ripple price predictions for 2018 based off of the information we have today.

Top 3 Ripple Price Predictions for 2018

Probably you are here because Ripple is now at $2 when two weeks ago it was $3,8. Lets not forget that 2 month ago it was at $0.2020. Before we delve into the topic at hand, it is important to understand the difference between Ripple and other cryptocurrencies as well as how this difference might affect Ripple’s price moving forward. To start with, although cryptocurrencies are built on blockchain technology to combat the double spend problem, the way this blockchain technology functions differs from one cryptocurrency to another. For instance, Bitcoin uses what is known as proof of work (PoW) to validate a block, whereas other cryptocurrencies, most notably DASH, use an algorithm called proof of stake (PoS).

Remarkably, Ripple uses neither proof of work nor proof of stake. Instead, it uses a unique consensus protocol that is more scalable than anything Bitcoin has to offer. To put matters into perspective, while Bitcoin can process seven transactions per second, Ripple has the ability to process 1500 transactions in the same second. Furthermore, this scalability is complimented with speed. In other words, a single transaction on the Bitcoin network can take up to 60 minutes to process, but the same transaction on the Ripple network will be done in a matter of second.

However, Ripple’s true genius lies in its ability to refurbish an old method for modern purposes. As a matter of fact, Ripple relies on a system for its payment processing that is reminiscent of the Medieval process of “Hawala,” where financial intermediaries were used to make payments and remittances seem instantaneous. What’s even more interesting is that the Ripple network can be used to trade any asset with any other asset. Consequently, just as two people dealing in two different currencies can interact through the Ripple network seamlessly, two people holding entirely different asset classes, let’s say gold and agricultural products for example, can perform a trade on the spot, so long as there are intermediaries who are willing to facilitate this transaction.

Naturally, you should be wandering what this all costs. After all, a network that can help you trade in any asset class, at any time, and at near instant speed must cost an arm and a leg in transaction costs, right? Yet, this is not the case. Transaction costs are minimal, and they are incurred to prevent someone from spamming the network (which means that these transaction costs are used to make sure that people performing a transaction are serious about it, rather than just overloading the network for their own malicious purposes). Interestingly, the money deducted during every transaction is destroyed altogether. Regardless, you shouldn’t worry because the total amount of Ripple coins that will be issued is 100 billion dollars, so losing a fraction of a fraction of that during every transaction is a miniscule price to pay.

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Now that the stage is set, here are the top three Ripple price predictions for 2018.

1. A Ripple Coin May Reach Five Dollars or Even Hit the 10 Dollar Range

When I first wrote this article the price of a single Ripple was hovering around the 70 to 85 cents region. It was at $3.8 and now is back at $2 after it was close to $1,5 on the 10th of January 2018! With the news coming from South Korea saying that they will ban cryptocurrencies is hard to do any predictions. What I can say is that it can easily go back to $3,8 since in the last few weeks from total market cap almost 150 billion USD disappeared. If those big players come again into the game it can even go to $5. You can do the math by yourself using the number of coins, the price and the market cap. Is hard to go higher, because at $7 the capitalisation would be higher than bitcoin, I doubt.  

We have to agree that Ripple superior technology makes it an excellent candidate to replace the antiquated SWIFT system, resulting in more and more banks getting on board the Ripple train. Over and above, there have been rumors that Coinbase, the famous cryptocurrency exchange, is planning on adding Ripple to its list of tradable coins come mid-2018. Considering the fact that Ripple is now on third spot as cryptocurrency this prediction is close to real. Should these rumors be true, this would make Ripple more accessible to public investors, which should increase its adoption rate. Hence, five, or even close to $7 dollars is a fair Ripple price prediction.

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2. If Ripple Manages to Become the De Facto Payment Processor for Banks, It Is Possible for Ripple to Hit the 20 Dollar Mark

Although this prediction is a bit more forward looking than 2018, this year will dictate how things play out in the future. In other words, in the event of Ripple delivering on its promises of speed, scalability, and low transaction costs, it should come as no surprise when several banks decide to switch to this powerful platform and start relying on it. If that’s happening, for sure the price will increase. It really depends on how many people will invest, if total market cap would jump to 1.5 trillion USD for sure there is room to climb for Ripple.

To get a sense of how big a market this is, it is worth knowing that the U.S. Treasury estimates that the SWIFT system facilitates the transfer of 5 trillion dollars a day, which roughly translates to 1.25 quadrillion dollars a year! With a quadrillion dollar market that is ripe for the picking, it would come as no surprise if someone accused our Ripple price predictions for 2018 of being conservative. Don’t forget that it can be very risky. If after implementation something goes wrong with these transactions it will fall for sure!

3. Like Everything Else, Ripple Has Some Downsides That Cast a Shadow on Its Otherwise Bright Future

Apart from all the problems that plague the whole cryptocurrency space, which we’ve covered in our Bitcoin price predictions for 2018, Ripple has its own issues to struggle with. For one thing, its future supply of 100 billion coins may pose a hindrance to the appreciation of this currency. In comparison, Bitcoin is planned to have 21 million coins total, and Ethereum is destined to max out at 100 million, allegedly.

To complicate matters further, Ripple’s position as the preferred payment processor for banks may alienate some of the more mainstream investors. After all, plenty of avid fans of blockchain and what it stands for (decentralized currencies and all that) decried a cryptocurrency meant to support the banks.


Ripple is a budding cryptocurrency that is showing plenty of promise. Regardless, similar to other digital coins, its price has been experiencing some volatility, though nothing compared to what Bitcoin has been going through lately. Given its advanced technology and reliable infrastructure, Ripple is expected to shoot past several other cryptocurrencies, and if banks adopt this technology as several experts are predicting, the sky is the limit. With that said, the abundant supply of Ripple coins along with the networks focus on serving the banks may prove problematic.

As always, making Ripple price predictions for 2018 is a very tricky subject, and a lot of it is speculative. Yet, it is always important to make do with what we have. Bearing that in mind, tell us what you think in the comments below, and let us know whether you think we missed anything. Also, how do you think Ripple compares to other cryptocurrencies? Would you invest in it, or do you have your eyes set on another coin?
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38 responses to “Top 3 Ripple Price Predictions for 2018”

  1. Shaun says:

    Bought ripple today, expect it to double by March

  2. Aaron Sontag says:

    Sorry to dissapoint, but it only took 2 days. Lets see wher we are in March!

  3. Peter says:

    I just bought 100K

  4. Chandra says:

    How do we buy Ripple, thru what site?

  5. Ashish says:

    Can I buy more or sell

  6. AP says:

    I planned to quit work and tell my boss he can go code himself, if it quadrupled. Now its a bitter sweet feeling… So near yet so far.

  7. Ranga says:

    What are the options (& simplest one) to buy ripple in US ?

  8. Santa says:

    How can I buy ripple? And which wallet is the best to keep ripple safe.

  9. CNMarius says:


    please tell me what platform you use for buy ripple. Thanks

  10. MattyIce says:

    I invested when Ripple (XRP) was at $0.21. I am absolutely floored at its recent drive. Seems to be settling around $2.10. I expect that it wont do much for the next few days. I would prefer that South Korea would not put a bunch of restrictions on Cryptocurrencies. That seems to slow Ripple’s up swing. IF coinbase starts to allow purchase of Ripple directly expect large gains quickly. Rumor is that is happening first quarter of this year.

  11. Mike says:

    XRP/USD will easily reach $100 by the end of the year. Not because I believe it should, or it’s worth it or any of that nonsense. This is the spitting image of the dot com boom and the ripple chart looks identical to many charts I have archived from that time frame. It will go much higher. I just hope I don’t wait too long to sell.

  12. allen nocon says:

    How can I buy Ripple?

    • John says:

      Buy litecoin or ethereum on coinbase via creditcard, transfer to binance, and then buy xrp

    • Himu says:

      From binance

    • philip pitts says:

      bittrex or cryptopia….. go ahead and make an account now

    • NEIL says:

      buy bitcoin on coin base and deposit it to binance and after transfer is success exchange it for XRP. simple procedure max limit $750 with a credit card instantly under 15 min. With a bank account buying on coin base in app 10 days.

    • Dara says:

      you can buy ripple on binance app

    • Nick says:

      Sign up through Coinbase and get verified. Once done sign up through binance. After that buy a cryptocurrency through Coinbase (suggest litecoin due to trading fees) and transfer it to binance. Once your “litecoin” is tranfered to binance trade it for bitcoin. Once you have bitcoin you can trade it for ripple on binance.

    • Ruben says:

      Allen nocon, for example you can buy it on Plus500

    • markus says:

      On binance, where i bought mine, had some errors with google auth but with authy app it worked directly. Damn my money is sky rocketing. I think ill buy more =)

    • tj says:

      create an account through coinbase,
      Purchase bitcoin on coinbase.
      Send your bitcoin to another platform that carries ripple. (Binance,Gatehub.etc…)
      Purchase ripple with your bitcoin!

    • PPan says:

      buy bitcoin on coinbase and use shapeshift to exchange it for ripple

      • Alexander from InvestingPR says:

        It depends where you are from. Coinbase does not support some countries. You can try Luno as the account is checked in 3 days. As for exchanges Binance and yes Shapeshift should be ok.

  13. Zafar Yaqoob says:

    Thanks for this article Buy can You please tell me how can I buy Ripple through USD, I know how to buy ripple through Bitcoins But I want to know buy with USD also How to buy with ripple with PayPal.

  14. Richard K says:

    I don’t know if I think right or not, but I guess that someone will correct me in that case 😉

    Many say that the amount of xrp, 100B is to much.
    But if ripple aim for the swift market that is about $5 trillion a day, then 100 billion is to little.
    How much must a xrp be worth in $ to cover the need of $5 trillion?

    Even with a small % of the swift market make a big need of xrp cash flow to make it work.

    As I see it one xrp must be around $1000 to $10000.

    Do i think right?

    • Alexander from InvestingPR says:

      Richard I am afraid I don’t agree. At this point a lot of the ripple is not in the market. Imagine, 2 people are having 66% Ripple. If they decide to put it on the market price will drop. Also, the capitalisation is very important and thats why it can’t go to $1,000. Even if the market cap for Ripple would be at 700 billion USD which is the total, the price would be still lower. The problem is that when the banks do the transfer they dont actually need the Ripple coin to do it.

      • Richard K says:

        Alexander, thank you for your input.

        I understand what you mean about potential problem if they drop all the tokens directly out on the market.
        But i dont think they will, their business with the banks and other financial institutes seem to be a too serious business they won’t risk to hurt or determine.

        About the xrp needed or not for transactions, there are a little unclear and different info about that. Some say that only the ripple protocol is needed. But its also said that every transaction will be made with a fraction of xrp fee. That fraction is also a loss of xrp that will no longer exist, like selfdestruction.

        Do you mean that xrp after all won’t be needed and that fee will be paid with US$ or what currency?

        If its like that, then the xrp must get a fixed price, otherwise transactionfee can be unlimited or at least compared with todays swift fees.

        So that’s why i think that xrp will be needed for transactions with ripple. At least in the future when the test periods is made and those who test it now will change to ripple.

        I hope that you understand what i mean.

  15. Johnny says:

    Hey, where would you suggest to buy ripple asap? For example, Bitstamp has a 2-week verification queue.

    • Alexnder from InvestingPR says:

      Johnny, there is not much you can do actually.It depends on the amount you would like to invest. If its under euro 5,000 you can set up an account on, they will verify your account in 3 business days. After that you just use an exchange. Good luck and let us know how it went.

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