Cryptocurrency XRP tumbles 24% after U.S. SEC charges Ripple

LONDON (Reuters) cryptocurrency XRP fell 24% on Wednesday after the US Securities and Exchange Commission commissioned blockchain associate Ripple to conduct a $ 1.3 billion unregistered securities offering would have.
XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency by market value, fell to $ 0.33, the weakest in a month, following the SEC announcement. Two executives of a San Francisco-based company were charged for personal gains they received from the offer.
Ripple has declined the fees, stating that XRP is a currency and does not need to be registered as an investment contract.
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Financial regulators around the world are still grappling with regulating Bitcoin, XRP, and competing cryptocurrencies. Markets are closely watching the regulatory developments that could determine whether cryptocurrencies make the leap from a niche to a mainstream asset.
XRP, which often moves along with Bitcoin, hit its highest level since 2018 in November when a rally in cryptocurrencies gained momentum.
But after falling on Wednesday, XRP has lost half of its value since early December. Bitcoin was trading 1.5% lower at $ 23,477.19.
(Reporting by Karin Strohecker, Editing by Tommy Wilkes)

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