SharesPost Token Index down 71 percent since inception, yet “less worse’ than ETH
The downward trend in the overall crypto market has continued through November. The bitcoin cash fork event during mid-November and the beginning of a regulatory crackdown on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) appear to have sparked the high volatility and negative sentiment amongst crypto investors. The SharesPost Token Index which tracks the top 15 tokens by marketcap and has decreased from 57.51 to 28.52, a 50.4 percent decline, during the month of November 2018. This dive compares to the moderate, 2.5 percent, gain seen during the month of October. Benchmarking the Index to popular cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) paints a similar story to the large value cut for the month. The Index underperformed both by roughly 13 and 7 percent respectively.
Overall, since inception, the Index has outperformed ETH but underperformed BTC. The Index has decreased 71.5 percent while ETH is down 75 percent and BTC down 36.75 percent since July 1, 2018. Holochain (HOT) is the only token that had a positive growth, of 25 percent, during this period.
During November, every index constituent declined more than 20 percent. While the overall market has been on a downward trend, the index constituents that declined the lowest amount during the month of November were BAT, PPT, and REP in rank order. Basic Attention Token (BAT) enjoyed some (relative) price support since listing on Coinbase in mid-October. Zilliqa is on track to launch its Mainnet in Jan 2019 and OmiseGo has completed its first plasma iteration, designed to increase transaction speeds on the Ethereum blockchain. Binance on the other hand has been on an investing spree. The cyrptoexchnage has invested over $2.5 million in an Australian travel company and over $3 million in a US crypto trading desk.
The worst performing index constituents during the month were WTC, LRC, and NPXS. Each of the tokens shed more than half their value over the course of the month. Waltonchain (WTC) likely saw the greatest drop during the month given the lack of information the project makes available for developers– the project doesn’t have a GitHub community.
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) had a hard fork, or a deviation in protocol, resulting in two versions of BCH: BCHABC and BCHSV. Interestingly enough, BCH itself came about from a hard fork from BTC in 2017. In the end, Bitcoin Cash ABC (Adjustable Block Cap) took the title as the new Bitcoin Cash while Bitcoin Cash SV (Satoshi Vision) is seeking to emerge as a new token and is changing its name to Bitcoin SV. Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor, claims that Bitcoin SV is more in line with the original intent of Bitcoin.
As mentioned, the hard fork preceded a major slump in digital asset market cap. The aggregate value of cryptocurrencies dropped to around $130 billion by the end of the month. This figure compares to the market high earlier this year of over $800 billion.
Despite the major price volatility, November was not entirely negative. Specifically, SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, hinted to future approval of a digital asset ETF. During the Consensus Invest Conference, he outlined his remaining doubts in the ETF asset category. Among those reservations he targeted the lack of proper marketplace surveillance and the dearth of a gold-standard in custody. Generally, the Chairman wants surety that crypto markets cannot be manipulated and that investors won’t have their digital asset investments easily stolen. As Clayton said, “those kinds of safeguards do not exist currently in all of the exchange venues where digital currencies trade.’
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