Real Vision chief executive Raoul Pal is explaining why he is a holder of the XRP and how he sees the crypto asset’s risk/reward ratio.
The former Goldman Sachs executive says in a new interview with Thinking Crypto that he bought a position in XRP about a year ago, citing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against the payments company Ripple as a primary factor.
“I bought it for the reason that A) It does have use cases and it is being used, and B) The court case is a phenomenal risk/reward.
It got heavily discounted in the price, and then I looked at it and thought, ‘Well, what’s it going to do? Fall 100% from here to zero? But if it gets solved, it’s [up] 10x.’ And I’m like, ‘Well that’s a no-brainer.’ Why would you not take a 10-1 risk/reward that has a catalyst around it?”
The SEC filed charges against Ripple last December alleging that the San Francisco-based payments company sold XRP as an unregistered security during its launch. The regulator alleges that XRP remains a security to this day.
Pal says his XRP bet hinges entirely on the court case.
“It’s all about this court case, right?
Because the price can’t go anywhere – it got delisted from everywhere. It can’t go anywhere until it’s resolved, because the richest, most powerful country on Earth is not allowed easily to invest in it.”
Ripple chief executive Brad Garlinghouse said last month that he was hopeful the legal battle would be resolved next year.
XRP is trading at $0.814366 at time of writing and is down -0.86% in the past 24 hours.