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Meme Coin Frenzy SHIB, Others Fueled By Dogecoin

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Shiba Inu has been the talk of the crypto-verse and mainstream media recently. It is a meme coin themed around the Shibu Inu dog, a Japanese dog breed that Dogecoin (DOGE) is also basing its image on.

According to data from CoinMarketCap, SHIB hit its all-time high of $0.0000388 on May 10 after it surged more than 2,500 percent from trading at $0.00001478 on May 7.

The token has now been listed on most of the major exchanges, such as Binance, Coinbase, FTX, OKEx and even Binance’s Indian counterpart, WazirX. It had also briefly broken into the top 20 cryptocurrencies list by market capitalization. Currently, it has dropped off in the rankings, with a market cap of just over $6 billion. Earlier on May 10, SHIB’s market capitalization hit an all-time high of over $13.5 billion.

SHIB was launched in August 2020, soon after Dogecoin’s hype on TikTok sent the coin to a two-year high. According to its “Woof Paper,” a total of 1 quadrillion tokens were minted, 50 percent of which was locked into Uniswap with the keys thrown away. The other half, however, was sent to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s wallet in an uninvited fashion.

The intention behind sending 50 percent of the tokens to Buterin was to ensure price stability since ideally, the demand-supply dynamic wouldn’t allow the price to swing rapidly since one entity owns a large portion of the circulating supply.

However, Buterin gave away over $1 billion worth of SHIB to a coronavirus charity in India known as the India Covid Relief Fund. This led to the price of the coin crashing by over 50 percent almost immediately as the market began to panic.

According to the coin’s woofpaper, it claims to be the “Dogecoin Killer,” citing the enormous supply of the token as a differentiating factor between the two. In fact, on May 10, the demand for Shiba Inu grew so much that Binance ran out of ETH addresses since the token is based on the Ethereum blockchain.

Johnny Lyu, CEO of KuCoin — a crypto exchange — spoke with Cointelegraph about the positives of such high demand from retail investors: “It can be considered as a way to quickly learn about blockchain and the cryptocurrency industry. It provides new users with a lower threshold compared to some mainstream cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.”

As the token is competing with DOGE, it’s important to assess how it’s performing relative to Dogecoin. At the time of writing, SHIB is trading in the $0.000016 range, amounting to around 10,000 percent of gains in the last 30 days in comparison to around 300 percent gains in the same 30 days for Dogecoin, which is currently changing hands at roughly $0.50. Speaking of Dogecoin’s use cases, Lyu further elaborated:

“Dogecoin has a unique cultural symbol along with abundant application cases. For example, SpaceX announced recently that it will launch the DOGE-1 moon mission, and the cost will be paid by Dogecoin. This will allow more people to learn about and use Dogecoin along with Musk’s preference for Dogecoin.”

DOGE crashed by more than 25 percent following Tesla CEO’s Saturday Night Live appearance where he dropped several references to the meme token. His appearance also led to the price of Tesla dropping 14 percent, thus losing nearly $20 billion in market value.

However, on May 14, Musk made an announcement that he would be working with the DOGE development team to “improve system transaction efficiency.” This news led to the rebound of the token’s price from $0.38 to trading in the $0.50 range as the community envisions further adoption by brands and firms as payment options available to retail investors.

Jake Wujastyk, chief market analyst at TrendSpider — a technical analysis software company — told Cointelegraph that the DOGE price drop before SNL was not a coincidence: “This flush in price to the mid-$0.30s was conveniently timed right before this announcement by Elon Musk.” He further added:

“Dogecoin moved down to the volume shelf around $0.35 earlier in the week (an area where people who originally had profits in the $0.40s+, were back to break even). This is exactly where technical traders should have expected a bounce as supply dried up in this area (due to a lack of profits held by those that held DOGE around $0.35 originally).”

While SHIB is currently the most talked-about dog-themed meme coin apart from DOGE, there are several other highly volatile and speculative dog meme tokens that are floating around in the crypto-verse, which were launched in the hope to replicate the performance of DOGE.

One of the other coins from the same development team as SHIB is called LEASH. This coin has a limited total supply of just 107,647 tokens. Due to this low supply and the hype around the project, the sister token of Shiba Inu has seen astronomical gains of 6,500,000 percent since the beginning of May.

Another such coin is Kishu Inu (KISHU), a token themed around Shiba Inu’s distant relative, the Kishu. The project’s white paper speaks of a farming decentralized application in the future similar to SHIB’s upcoming ShibaSwap marketplace where users can swap the token and even earn rewards through staking. The coin is currently changing hands at $0.00000001, posting over 4,000 percent gains in the last 14 days.

Another coin that is trying to capture the DOGE hype is Dogelon Mars (ELON), a coin based on Elon Musk and his love for space travel. Similar to SHIB’s tokenomics, upon minting, 50 percent of the supply was sent to Buterin’s wallet address, and the other 50 percent was locked on Uniswap in a liquidity pool with an Ether (ETH) pairing. ELON is currently trading at $0.00000070 and has posted over 220 percent gains in the last 14 days.

It doesn’t end there. There are many more projects that are trying to imitate the financial performance of Dogecoin — UnderDog (DOG), Doge Token (DOGET), DogeFi (DOGEFI), DogeSwap (DOGES), PAW Token and ShibaCorgi Token, to name a few. In fact, there is now even a CAT token, which was launched by Netflix show Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

Wujastyk further elaborated on the feasibility of these dog-themed meme tokens: “There are many coins popping up and simply riding the Dogecoin coattails. Most of these coins have no utility at all other than being a vehicle of speculation.” He further added: “These are mostly just coins riding the coattails of the current coin mania. Generally, this does not end well and many new traders will likely get burned.”

Since most of these dog-themed meme coins apart from DOGE are Ethereum-based ERC-20 standard tokens, the hype around them led to additional congestion on the Ethereum network and thus drove up the gas fees. Consequently, the price of dabbling into these coins has now increased substantially.

The blockchain is currently in the process of transitioning to Ethereum 2.0, which will see a proof-of-work consensus model replaced by a proof-of-stake consensus that aims to improve the scalability of the network and thus reduce gas fees for investors. But this process will take some time to conclude.

In the meantime, the general love for dogs and the desire to become quick millionaires like several DOGE investors are leading to meme coins flooding the market. But whether it is just a bubble or if there will be a paradigm shift in crypto due to these tokens remain to be seen. Most likely, Doge will pave the way for these coins and decide their future based on its own adoption and price action.

Disclaimer: The coins described above are highly volatile and speculative in nature. This article is not an endorsement of these coins. If you opt to trade any of these coins, do so at your own risk.

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Lympo Launches NFT Staking, Enabling Users to Utilize NFTs and Receive Monthly Rewards

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Lympo, the sports NFT ecosystem and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, announced that it has launched NFT Staking, which allows users to monetize and receive rewards for locking up and delegating their NFTs issued by Lympo and their partners. Lympo’s NFT Staking will deliver additional value and utility to its community of NFT holders.

Up to this point, the Lympo NFT Minting Platform allowed users to stake LMT and partner tokens to mint sports NFTs depicting and officially licensed by top-level athletes. With the launch of NFT staking, Lympo has created a way for users to monetize their NFTs through monthly staking rewards.

Lympo’s NFT Staking will allow NFT holders to delegate or lock up their NFTs in staking pools. Users stake up to 15 NFTs together with LMT tokens and receive between 2% and 17.5% of the value staked in rewards every 30 days based on how many NFTs they stake and their rarity. The first Lympo NFT staking pool offers a total of 888,888 LMT (~$220,000) in rewards.

In the future, Lympo will partner with other NFT projects to release joint NFTs which can be staked to get double rewards in the form of two different types of tokens. Just like double reward pools on DeFi platforms, this will enable cooperation on this new Lympo GameFi product, opening new venues for additional value to NFTs.

Staking allows users to utilize their NFTs beyond collectible value and generate additional LMT that they can utilize in the Lympo NFT ecosystem. With multiple staking pools, a dynamic reward system, and community engagement events enabled through NFT staking, Lympo is pioneering new NFT staking mechanics.

Ada Jonuse, CEO of Lympo, said, “Lympo is taking big steps to bring the latest innovations into the GameFi sector. NFT Staking is one of the first methods that Lympo is using to provide additional utility to our NFTs. We have designed the process to be as fair as possible and we will be monitoring the NFT staking platform to make tweaks if necessary. Our goal is to integrate the Lympo NFTs into as many different activities and games as possible and to create a broad network of industry-wide partnerships for NFT interoperability in games and other GameFi products.”

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Bitcoin Drops Over $10,000 in Value in 24 Hours

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Global financial markets rout plunged Bitcoin, the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency, by $10,000 to $47,000 a coin, according to the data obtained from Coindesk.

Bitcoin was trading at slightly above $57,000 a coin on Friday before falling by 17 percent or $10,000 to $47,000 within 24 hours to further highlight the state of the global financial markets amid growing concerns over the Omicron COVID variant spread.

Ether, the second most capitalised cryptocurrency, also sheds 10.26 percent to $4,047.96 a coin while Solana, XRP, Terra (Luna), Cardano and Stellar dropped 10.19 percent, 17.54 percent, 11.96 percent, 13.95 percent and 16.74 percent to $204.67, $0.796952, $60.85, $1.40 and $0.292059, respectively.

There is no clear reason as to why bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are falling besides rising global uncertainty surrounding the fast-spreading Omicron covid variant.

Selling pressure in the Bitcoin spot market seems to have dragged on the entire cryptocurrency before triggering huge stop losses in the derivative markets.

“The evidence points to this being yet another derivative-induced selling event,” wrote J.C. Parets, chief market strategist for All Star Charts technical research, in a note Saturday morning. “The September flash crash had the same drivers as this selloff — leverage was flushed from the system in a violent fashion, which later enabled the market to eventually move higher toward a new all-time high in October.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding financial assets, El Salvador, the first country to accept Bitcoin as a legal tender, announced it has bought the dip. President Nayib Bukele acquired 150 Bitcoin for about $48,700 a coin.

Tether (USDT), the largest stablecoin by market value, moved away from its 1:1 peg against the US Dollar to $1.025, largely because of its usage as a hedge against market uncertainty. Traders usually move their cryptocurrency to USDT during high market uncertainty.

“Our expectation for the coming days/weeks is sideways choppy price action. A contraction and basing process is likely to take place after such a violent move and we want to treat sharp upward rallies suspiciously right now,” added Parets.

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Bitcoin and Ether Will be Outperformed by Solana in 2022: deVere CEO

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Cryptocurrency Solana is likely to again outperform both Bitcoin and Ethereum, the world’s two biggest digital currencies, in 2022, according to the CEO of a $12bn financial giant.

The bullish prediction from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organisations, comes amid another sharp bearish dip for leading cryptocurrencies on Friday.

Bitcoin, Ethereum and Solana were down around 5.7%, 6.8%, and 8.9% respectively over the previous 24 hours of trading.

Mr Green says: “End of the week trading was hit by negative sentiment of high-growth stocks, which went on to impact Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap which, in turn, weighed on the wider crypto market.

“Despite this current volatility, crypto investors who have consistently stayed in the market have generally had a positive year. Year-to-date Bitcoin is up 46%, Ether 376%, and Solana around 13,000%.

“Savvy investors – both retail and institutional – know that crypto is the future of money. In times of volatility, in which there are lower entry points to top up portfolios, they typically continue to drip-feed money into the digital assets market.”

He continues: “I’m confident that a key one to watch in 2022 is Solana, currently the fifth largest crypto by market cap. It started off the year trading at around $2, now it’s changing hands on the deVere Crypto app for about $200.

“It’s likely it will outperform both Bitcoin and Ethereum again next year.

“Why? Because of its masterful technology and its cost-effectiveness.”

Mr Green explains: “Solana is a blockchain platform that has superior high transaction speeds, processing over 2,500 transactions per second – main rival Ether’s is 15 – and at a lower cost and without compromising decentralisation.

“Like Ether, it supports smart contracts, which are algorithms that are designed to operate automatically based on predefined agreements on blockchain technology.

“This revolutionary tech will ultimately change the way almost all business and financial services are delivered in the future. As such, a growing number of decentralized finance (DeFi) applications are moving to Solana.

“They’re also attracted by the considerably cheaper fees compared to Ether, whose prices have exploded in recent months.”

In September, the Solana network went down for about 17 hours. At the time, on Twitter, Solana explained a large jump in transaction load to 400,000 per second overwhelmed the network.

“It’s a young network still and this was just a temporary glitch,” comments Nigel Green.

He concludes: “In-the-know investors are watching it with interest.

“There’s no reason why it shouldn’t again outperform headline grabbers Bitcoin and Ethereum next year if the current momentum continues.

“It’s a momentum driven by a booming DeFi space as retail investors seek alternative funding opportunities and institutional investors continue to pile in.

“2022 will be Solana’s breakout year.”

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