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Uphold CEO: We Took a Risk by Not Delisting XRP, and It Paid Off


Uphold CEO Simon McLoughlin elaborates on why the XRP army continued supporting the platform after XRP started trading on rival exchanges.

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In an interview with Uphold exchange CEO Simon McLoughlin, the discussion turned towards the recent re-listing of XRP on various exchanges. 

Lewis Jackson, the interviewer, expressed that the return of XRP to top exchanges likely eased strains on Uphold’s trading system. While McLoughlin acknowledged the positive impact of the re-listings, he pointed out a fascinating observation. 

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McLoughlin noted that when rival platforms like Coinbase began re-listing XRP, it was priced higher than on Uphold. Despite the favorable competitor offering, the CEO revealed that Uphold saw a consistent influx of net deposits. 

The turnout was particularly contrary to Uphold’s initial expectation of outflows. They had projected that the XRP investors would move their XRP bags from Uphold to other XRP trading platforms.

…We saw net deposits into Uphold. We expected to see outflows, but actually, we consistently saw net inflows, which was pretty interesting, and I think it’s partly to do with the fact that for two years, we supported the XRP community when all of the other exchanges didn’t. And we feel very proud to have taken that risk.” McLoughlin said.

Why XRP Army Support Uphold

McLoughlin attributed the unexpected result to Uphold’s unique history of supporting the XRP community for the past two years. Uphold allowed the trading of XRP while other exchanges delisted the digital asset amid Ripple’s regulatory lawsuit. 

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The Uphold CEO expressed pride and a sense of vindication for taking the risk of not delisting XRP. Furthermore, McLoughlin ascribed the turnout to users’ trust in Uphold, especially regarding its security practices. 

“I do think that in this climate, people put a huge premium on trust and security and transparency,” McLoughlin remarked.

Moreover, McLoughlin argued Uphold is the only platform that publishes its customers’ real-time assets and liabilities on a public website. According to him, the information about users’ assets under its watch has continuously updated itself every 30 seconds since 2014. 

Also, he highlighted that RSM Robson Rhodes, a well-regarded audit firm in the US and UK, has vetted Uphold’s transparency practices.

Uphold’s Driving Principle

Meanwhile, McLoughlin delved into Uphold’s foundational ideals. According to him, it traced back to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. McLoughlin highlighted that Uphold emerged as a response to the vague operating procedures of traditional banks. 

In his words:

“[People] didn’t know what financial institutions were doing with customer money behind the scenes because banks are inherently opaque.”

Therefore, Uphold created a financial institution that never lends out customer funds and openly displays its assets and liabilities.

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Abdulkarim Abdulwahab
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Abdulkarim Abdulwahab is a blockchain writer with a specific interest in journalistic writing. He covers breaking events in the crypto community and blockchain industry. Over the past year, he has published over 1,500 short-form and long-form content for Web3 publishing firms.

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