While media attention has largely shifted to stories concerning record setting stock markets and volatile ‘meme stocks’ (a term now as meaningless as ‘hipster’ and ‘Karen'), the Crypto market has settled into its own subdued rhythm.
The Crypto market is still thriving, but without the media attention that it enjoyed a couple of months ago. Admittedly, the price of many top digital assets practically halved in value from their peaks a couple of months ago. Although taken in the grand scheme of things, their respective present values are basically unchanged from where they were before Elon Musk lent his influence to Bitcoin and Dogecoin and kicked off the crypto bull run.
As of July 2021, the top crypto assets have achieved a more ‘natural’ price, as evidenced by relative stability in their respective prices.
Stability entered the Crypto market about a month ago. Consequently, opportunities when trading digital assets has contracted slightly. Take, for example the past seven days, Bitcoin has moved less than 4.4% in price, while Litecoin has moved 5.2%.
With this being so, the crypto space is vast, and many projects can still experience the volatility that traders are interested in taking advantage of.
Let’s explore some of the more volatile crypto assets of the past week. Coincidently, at the time of writing, more examples cropped up. Perhaps this is a sign of an uptick in volatility.
Dogecoin is still in a precarious position. The fanfare it generated earlier in the year hasn’t exactly dissipated, but its aura of excitement has definitely dimmed. Still, Dogecoins trade at US$0.20 per coin at the time of writing, which is at a price in an order of magnitude larger than where it was when, seven months ago, the calendar ticked over into 2021.
In the past seven days, Dogecoin has moved -15% in price.
I hadn’t originally intended for this Ethereum to be included in this article, as it was moving sub-10% in the week. However, volatility has picked up recently. In the past seven days, Ethereum has moved -16.5%. Ethereum is currently trading at ~US$1,950.
Internet Computer, down by 15.1%
Shiba Inu, down by 18.4%
Compound, down by 19.8%
Litecoin, while being one of the most successful original altcoins, has generally been overlooked by crypto investors over the past couple of years. However, in 2017, Litecoin was on top of the world for many reasons. For one, it enjoyed a comfortable position within the list of the top ten cryptocurrencies. For another, the coin’s founder, Charlie Lee, was one of the most popular crypto personalities on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), able to move markets with a single tweet.
At its 2017 height, Litecoin was trading at US$360 each, a record held until May 2021, when it topped out at US$413. Notably, Litecoin’s new fresh high was not that much more than its 2017 high. This is notable if you compare it to other coins that ballooned far beyond their respective 2017 heights. Take Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Doge, for example; the worst performing of these three was Ethereum, yet still clocked in a fresh 2021 record 169% above its 2017 high.
Litecoin is currently floating just outside the list of the top ten crypto projects, at number fourteen. While comfortable in the top twenty, it is frequently jostling for position in the capitalisation hierarchy with the assets on either side of it, Chainlink and Solana.
I do not think it will re-enter the top ten list. Although, I do appreciate several characteristics of the coin; It has a low-ish circulating supply, it has been around for a decade, and the Litecoin Foundation has initiated some exciting projects (e.g. Litecoin/Visa cards that easily transfers Litecoin to cash at a point of sale)
However, its value proposition is a little less sexy than other projects. As such, Litecoin doesn’t generate the same media or public interest as its compatriots.
Barring the coin’s attachment to Elon Musk, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), or another meme, some other events will have to take place for Litecoin to re-enter the top ten. But, despite that, Litecoin should remain solidly in the top twenty.
Before the end of the year, investors will re-learn that blockchain networks are not suitable to displace every technology. In this respect, I think it is safe to say that the terribly named Internet Computer will fade into oblivion. Its use case is as silly as VeChain’s and BitDegree’s.
I suspect Ethereum-like networks will be the next big thing in the crypto space. Ethereum network fees are excessive and several alternatives to the sluggish-legacy network have been growing in popularity. I think this trend will continue. As such, I expect Solana to move up the hierarchy and Cardano to strengthen its position against Dogecoin and Ripple.