JAN 16, 2024
Hong Kong’s HKVAC drops XRP from top 5 crypto index
The Hong Kong Virtual Asset Consortium (HKVAC), a digital asset group in China's special administrative region, has announced modifications to its core cryptocurrency index, reshuffling the top contenders to the detriment of XRP, the payment solution token developed by Ripple Labs.
Solana takes top 5 slot
Effective as of this Friday, HKVAC will replace XRP with Solana (SOL) in its Top 5 Large Cryptocurrency Index, signaling a shift in the composition of its benchmark index.
HKVAC is a collaborative effort between Hong Kong-based industry participants such as crypto exchanges and licensed ratings agencies. Its aim is to optimize the risk management capabilities of the crypto sector and in that way, assisting market participants including local regulatory bodies.
Crypto exchange platform HTX, previously known as Huobi, became the first member of HKVAC in 2023. It was joined by iPollo, KuCoin, LK Venture, Nano Labs, Purise, Wealthking Investment, G-Rocket Global Accelerator, Hong Kong Data Infinity Technology and others in making up the organization’s membership.
The HKVAC's Top 5 index reflects the global cryptocurrency ranking based on market capitalization, maintaining a pulse on the ever-evolving crypto landscape. However, beyond market cap, the digital asset group considers additional factors such as market valuation, investability and liquidity in its index rebalancing decisions.
Solana’s growth and progression
Solana, currently ranked as the fifth-largest cryptocurrency, has been making substantial strides in the market. Despite the 2022 collapse of the FTX crypto exchange, which significantly impacted SOL's price, the cryptocurrency has made an impressive recovery. Over the past year Solana has surged by 315%. Presently, SOL boasts a market cap of $41 billion, securing its position in the top echelons of the cryptocurrency market.
In contrast, XRP, the ousted cryptocurrency, has experienced a more modest price growth during the same period. As of the latest data, XRP holds the sixth position in the cryptocurrency ranking, with a valuation of $31 billion. The decision to remove XRP from the Top 5 index was met with a 3.9% decline in its value, settling at $0.57. XRP had moved within the Top 5 index in October of last year.
It was added to the index alongside SHIB in 2023. At the time of its formation, HKVAC emphasized that market capitalization was one of the primary criteria incorporated within the evaluation, which extends to 30 cryptocurrencies. A re-evaluation is carried out each quarter on the basis of that market cap criterion.
Crypto rating reshuffle
The HKVAC's reshuffling extends beyond the Top 5 index, impacting other leading cryptocurrencies. Notable changes include the removal of Filecoin (FIL), Binance USD (BUSD), Maker (MKR), Hedera (HBAR) and TrueUSD (TUSD) from the Global Large Cryptocurrency Index. These have been replaced by Near Protocol (NEAR), Internet Computer (ICP), Immutable (IMX), Optimism (OP) and Injective (INJ). Additionally, Avalanche (AVAX) is set to replace Tron (TRX) on the HKVAC Top 10 Global Large Cryptocurrency Index, effective this Friday.
These adjustments come amid Hong Kong's ongoing efforts to bolster the cryptocurrency industry within the region. In December, the financial regulator in Hong Kong signaled its readiness to accept spot crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This move aligns with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's review of 11 spot bitcoin ETF applications, ultimately approved on Jan. 10.