Coinbase announced that it will halt trading of the XRP cryptocurrency, after the Securities and Exchange Commission last week deemed it a security (versus a digital currency).
The largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange said it will suspend trading of XRP in its market by mid-January. Last week, the SEC suggested that cryptocurrency exchange Ripple Labs raised $1.3 billion through its sale of XRP without registering it or applying for an exemption for seven years; if XRP is considered to be a security, traders are supposed to pay taxes on capital gains.
Coinbase said in a blog post that following the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple Labs, it has decided to suspend the XRP trading pairs on its platform.
“Trading will move into limit only starting Dec. 28 and will be fully suspended on, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. PST.”, Coinbase said. However, it also mentioned that that timing can’t be guaranteed.
Coinbase also mentioned that despite the halting of XRP trading, it will continue to support XRP on Coinbase Custody and Coinbase Wallet. That means, customers would still be able to avail deposit and withdraw functionality.