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Hong Kong Virtual Asset Consortium Drops Ripple’s XRP from Index, Announces Replacement Token

In an official statement released by HKVAC, a leading authority in providing ratings for digital asset trading platforms and crypto market indexes, it was revealed that Ripple’s XRP has been removed from the top five global crypto index. In its place, Solana (SOL) has been introduced to the index.

As of the latest data, XRP is priced at $0.58, while Solana stands at $95.

Additionally, the top 10 index has seen a reshuffle, with Avalanche (AVAX) taking the place of Tron’s (TRX) token. Avalanche, currently valued at $36.14, experienced a surge in December 2023 while other cryptocurrencies faced declines.

Ryan Mcmillin, Chief Investment Officer at Merkle Tree Capital, suggested that the growing interest in AVAX might be attributed to partnerships with traditional banks such as JPMorgan and Citi, collaborating with the Avalanche Foundation for real-world asset tokenization initiatives.

In a surprising twist, TRON, which had faced a drastic decline during the bear market cycle of 2018 to 2020, making a staggering drop of over 98%, showcased a remarkable recovery in 2023, achieving a 100% rally.

The HKVAC also announced the inclusion of several tokens in its global large crypto index. Internet Computer’s (ICP), currently valued at $12.91, Near Protocol’s (NEAR) at $3.37, and Optimism (OP), Injective (INJ), and Immutable (IMX) have been added to the index, according to Cointelegraph.

It is worth noting that the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong emphasized that crypto transactions facilitated by these ETFs must take place through SFC-licensed crypto platforms or authorized financial institutions, ensuring a regulated and secure environment for crypto transactions within the region.

As Hong Kong continues its efforts to embrace the evolving crypto landscape, the HKVAC’s latest index revisions reflect the dynamic nature of the crypto market and its impact on traditional financial institutions.

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