While the $169.42 million figure represents a 31% increase in comparison with $129.03 million in Q4 2018, Ripple’s institutional direct sales figures saw an even greater uptick. This quarter, the firm reported $61.93 million for such sales — up over 54% from $40.15 million in Q4 2018.
XRP’s programmatic sales for this quarter were meanwhile reported at $107.49 million — up almost 21% from last quarter’s $88.88 million figure. Overall, Ripple’s XRP sales accounted for 0.32% of total XRP trading volume in Q1 2019 — up from 0.24% in Q4 2018.
For Ripple’s Q1 escrow activity, the firm reports it released 3 billion XRP (1 billion per month) over the course of the quarter; however, 2.3 billion XRP were returned and put into new escrow contracts over the same time period. The remaining released 700 million XRP are being used in diverse ways to support the Ripple ecosystem, the report states.
The report further details that XRP’s volatility of daily returns in Q1 2019 was 2.9% — making Q1 the reportedly second-lowest volatility quarter since Q4 2013. In terms of XRP’s rolling volatility of 30-day returns, the report outlines that it steadily declined over the course of the quarter, eventually falling to its reportedly lowest levels since Q3 2016.
Average XRP daily volume was at $595.28 million, consistent with Q4 2018 levels, even as XRP’s price declined, the report states. Moreover, rolling 30-day correlation with other top crypto assets such as bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) remained consistently high throughout Q1 2019, the report continues.
In other XRP news, Ripple reveals that 19 further crypto exchanges listed the asset in Q1 2019, reportedly bringing the total number of exchanges listing XRP worldwide to roughly 120.
Ripple also reports that its cross-border payments network RippleNet surpassed 200 customers at the start of the new quarter, and heralded the participation of a further 13 financial institutions.
As previously reported, new banks implementing RippleNet in Q1 2019 included India’s Federal Bank and Oman’s second largest bank by market value, BankDhofar. When RippleNet’s customers surpassed 200 in January, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse claimed that fiat volatility risk during weekend market closures was a contributing factor to the network’s popularity.
To press time, XRP is trading at $0.299, down 0.8% on the day, according to CoinMarketCap.