In the last two years, crypto prices have risen rapidly due to low interest rates, expansion of central bank balance sheets, and government stimulus, according to Morgan Stanley.
Now that the US Federal Reserve and other central banks are slowing their balance sheet expansion and preparing the markets for interest rate hikes, leveraged crypto markets are declining. Moreover, recent price slumps have caused retail investors to lose enthusiasm.
The total crypto market capitalization is currently standing at $1.82 trillion, down 3.4% in the last 24 hours.
Total Crypto Market Cap and Volume Chart by TradingView
Bitcoin is trading at $38,983, down 8.3% in the past seven days.
Below are the worst-performing coins of the past seven days, among those with a market capitalization of $1 billion or more.
Loopring posted the most severe weekly declines, down 33.4% over the past seven days. At the time of writing, LRC was trading at $1.
LRC is an exchange and payment protocol based on the Ethereum network that helps to build decentralized exchanges.
As of today, its Total Value Locked (TVL), which counts all deposits made in DApps using that cryptocurrency, stands at $397.33 million, twice as low as its peak of $786 million on Nov. 2. That suggests LTC is losing its appeal. Its TVL/Market Cap ratio is 3.66, which indicates overvaluation.
Kadena (KDA) was the second-worst performer, down 25.3% for the past seven days. At the time of writing, KDA was trading at $6.97.
Founded by Stuart Popejoy, former blockchain lead at JPMorgan, and Will Martino, tech lead for the SEC's Cryptocurrency Steering Committee, Kadena aims to fix Ethereum's biggest problem, network congestion. Like Ethereum, it allows people to create NFTs and smart contracts. In contrast to Ethereum, Kadena offers no-fee transactions.
In a month, it lost 37%. Nevertheless, its incredible annual growth of over 4,700% suggests it has the potential to recover and regain lost ground.
Internet Computer (ICP)
Internet Computer (ICP) fell 24% in value for the week, trading at $24.26 at the time of writing, which also puts it in the weekly losers' club.
Blockchain-powered Internet Computer (ICP) is a public network that enables smart contracts to run at web speed and scale while helping to reduce computational costs.
The cryptocurrency has gone into a nosedive from its peak of $750 in 2021, making investors question whether it has any future growth potential.
Despite its claims to be the third innovation in the blockchain, following Bitcoin and Ethereum, it hasn’t demonstrated comparable performance yet. It seems as if the project is drowning in its own ambitions without getting anywhere near its goals.
Quant was launched in June 2018 as a global network that connects blockchains and networks without reducing their efficiency or interoperability. It is the first project to solve the problem of interoperability by creating the first blockchain operating system.
Quant was trading at $126.75 as of last check, down 23.4% over the past week, and down 33.1% over the last 30 days.
However, the price of QNT is 570% higher than a year ago, and has seen many bullish moves since the beginning of 2021. With this in mind, it’s likely that the cryptocurrency has the potential to remain a competitive player on the market in 2022, despite its current weakness.
Following the initial spike on "Dogefather'' Musk’s tweet that Tesla would allow Dogecoin to be used to purchase its merchandise, DOGE has fallen below the levels it was trading pre-tweet. Having posted a 21.6% weekly decline, Dogecoin is currently trading at $0.1537.
Speculative in nature, meme coins’ near-term returns are heavily reliant on news flow, or lack thereof.
The price action of Chainlink (LINK) was soaring at the start of this year, but the recent crash has caused investors to suffer serious losses. Currently trading at $19.61, Chainlink lost 20.6% over the past seven days.
Chainlink is a blockchain abstraction layer that makes smart contracts universally accessible. As a decentralized oracle network, Chainlink interconnects blockchains with external data feeds, events, and payment methods, enabling smart contracts to become the dominant form of digital agreement with critical off-chain information.
LINK's utility for blockchains is evident in its growing popularity. But can Chainlink's success help to boost the token’s price?
Chainlink continues to develop its ecosystem, with functionality such as staking and cross-chain interoperability protocol (CCIP) planned for 2022.
Despite these developments, Link's price action remains in limbo since its crash from ATH of $52.70 in May 2021.
It remains to be seen if it can recover and reach stable growth.
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P.S. This article has been originally published by Cointelegraph.