Why Investors Love Small-Cap Cryptos (aka Low-Cap Gems)

By Richard Knight | Altcoin Investor | 3 Jan 2023

Small-cap cryptos offer the greatest potential for massive price appreciation, early adoption & risk diversification for investors.

Over the last decade, the cryptocurrency market has increased from only a few dozen cryptocurrencies to well over tens of thousands of cryptocurrencies and in this time we have seen some spectacular ROIs come out of the cryptocurrency space.

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are similar to what the internet was like in the late 1990s and is at the cutting edge of technology and transforming our understanding of the ‘form and function’ of money.

Low Cap Cryptos also offers investors the unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of new technologies which have the potential to completely change the world as we currently know it.

Yet for most investors, their main interest is the potential ROI and there is no better opportunity for massive ROI in crypto than within the small-cap markets.

What are Small Cap Cryptocurrencies?

Small-cap cryptocurrencies, broadly also known as “altcoins” or low-cap cryptos and are cryptocurrencies with a small market capitalization.

These cryptocurrencies generally have a market capitalization of less than $1 billion. In comparison, large-cap cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, have market capitalizations in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Small-cap cryptocurrencies may have a number of features or use cases that make them attractive to investors. However, it’s important to note that investing in small-cap cryptocurrencies carries a higher level of risk than investing in larger-cap cryptocurrencies, as they may be more susceptible to price volatility and have less adoption and liquidity.

Market Capitalization Levels for the Crypto Market

The cryptocurrency market covers much more breadth than the traditional (stock) market, especially at lower capitalization levels. For a more decisive market analysis, crypto market cap levels can be categorized into eight different levels.

  • Mega >$200 Billion
  • Large $10B — $200B
  • Mid-Market $1B — $10B
  • Small Market $100M — $1B
  • Micro Market $10M — $100M
  • Nano Market $1M — $10M
  • Pico Market $100K — $1M
  • Femto Market <$100,000

What are Low Cap Gems?

Low-cap gems are those cryptocurrencies that typically fall within the Small, Micro, and Nano market capitalization as well as have the potential for massive growth.

A Small Cap Gem that has the potential to make it to the top 10 cryptocurrencies (by market capitalization) can easily +1,000x. 

One of the best-known examples of this in recent history was the massive growth of Shiba Inu, from an almost worthless unknown token to an increase of over 4,214,917% in less than 1 year.

While this type of price appreciation is rare, it does exist and with the many thousands of cryptocurrencies falling within a small market cap, many investors are on the lookout for the next “Low Cap Gem”.

Benefits of Investing in Small Cap Cryptos?

In addition to the high ROI potential, there are a number of other reasons investors should consider investing in small-cap cryptocurrencies:

  1. Potential for high returns: Small cap cryptocurrencies may have more potential for price appreciation than larger-cap cryptocurrencies, as they have more room to grow. This can be especially true for small-cap cryptocurrencies with strong technology, large community, or unique use cases.
  2. Diversification: Adding small-cap cryptocurrencies to an investment portfolio can help to diversify the portfolio and reduce overall risk.
  3. Early adoption potential: Investing in small-cap cryptocurrencies can give investors the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new technology or project, which can potentially lead to significant returns if the project becomes successful.

Small and Micro-Cap Crypto Trading Strategies

There are two ways to invest in small and micro-cap cryptocurrencies, either adopting a long-term or short-term trading strategy.

The short-term trader isn’t necessarily interested in the technology or the potential of the project and simply is taking advantage of the volatility in the market to make a profit.

Alternatively, the long-term investor is one who sees potential in the project and is ready to hold it for the long term with an expectation of a greater ROI from a long-term position.

However, investors can still leverage both short-term and long-term strategies depending on the coin’s performance.


Investing in cryptocurrencies is unique and unlike any type of investment, the world has ever seen. In particular, the small-cap market offers investors of all sizes the ability to participate in the latest trends and help to develop some of the world’s most cutting-edge software, which furthers our own understanding and comprehension of the ‘meaning and function’ of money.

While investing in highly speculative investments like small-cap cryptocurrencies is considered to be risky, it’s important to do your own research before making any investment decisions and as a crypto investor, to never invest more than you can afford to lose.


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