Is a Crypto Asset's Marketcap Placement Relevant Today?

in #crypto4 years ago

The Halvening is now behind us and celebrations are subsiding. However, external interest in our still very niche market space, appear to have gone in the other direction. Old friends who got into crypto when emotions were at fever pitch, seem to be the first port of call and believe it or not, some even held all the way up until now! In fact, I was asked something just yesterday evening by a mate of mine. How important is a digital asset's positioning is on the "Coinmarketcap" website. He himself is quite heavily invested in Bitcoin and EOS. Well, thereafter the conversation went quite deep but I thought it would also be cool to highlight a few of my own thoughts about this arguably divisive subject.


Well, I reckon the most important thing to look at is the total marketcap of the entire crypto space, currently standing at around $244 billion dollars. Now look at the market capitalization of, let's say, Amazon. The behemoth company sits at over $1 trillion. More than four times the "whole" crypto market combined. I mean, as far as I'm concern, there's your answer right there. Crypto currency is a potentially revolutionary form of transacting and fast-payments finance spanning the whole world and yet we can only encompass a fraction of some of the biggest companies out there. Hell, even Microsoft and Google are over $1 trillion each.

The point is, I feel we are way too early in the game to give any credence to the positioning of any digital asset in existence today and therefore quite hard to ascertain how much better it is than its various counterparts. It's akin to a roller coaster ride and hence can in no way invalidate the importance of another coin over or below it. And the same goes for many other coins out there with similar stories to tell. Some have even gone as far as to say the present state of the market in akin to "sludge at the bottom of a swamp", biding our time until we eventually evolve into something far, far greater than what crypto is now. Everything is very experimental and I think that sums up my feelings for crypto as a whole. Although that's not to say I don't hold it in high regard or think we are on to something world-changing. All I am trying to say is that things take time to mature and crypto is still at the very start of it's "decades-long" journey to mass global acceptance.

But this doesn't stop the competition being as fierce as it is. After the apocalyptic run BTC had from a few cents all the way to where it is now, everybody wants to create the "next big token" and prove their unique use-case selling point for crypto currencies. This is a great thing for us as it is producing a surge of interest and innovation via a myriad of talented individuals, albeit mostly from a purely developmental standpoint. All this activity taking place whilst the rest of the world sleeps on it. And this is where sites like "Coingecko" and "Coinmarketcap" become relevant, to some degree at least. It paints a nice pictorial view of where each coin lies in relation to the other. An at-a-glance comparison to see where your direct competition lies, within a narrow context of criteria. But to make these bold statements that a coin you own is better than any of the rest, knowing the interchangeable nature of the charts, is a little conceited and forthcoing.

Let's come back to this topic in about ten years time and see what's what. I'm sure many of us will be very surprised at the results we find.


Hope you enjoyed this post, please look out for more on the way... (author: @ezzy)


I think its sort of an irrelevant pissing contest and a marketing gimmick, you need to look at the value a currency creates and the product it produces. I think most crypto projects aren't producing shit so that's why market cap is so important. It creates a hollow financialised oversimplification of a project in my opinion

Nicely put... The only thing I'd add is for us long-term veterans in the space, we have quite a good understanding of what's a so-called "good" project or not, as the case may be. When all the dumb money starts to flow in, should BTC go on a rampage once again, the rankings may have more relevance in that context.

We shall see, my friend.

Oh I fully agree, I've actually taken positions in some alts just because I know that's where the dumb money will go so maybe I am a hypocrite. I did it in the last run and this time I'm even more aggressive. Sadly I'll have to dump those bags on someone should the run come

Yep, makes a lot of sense what you say. I do think Hive is one of those few that are producing pretty good stuff

I think it serves as another factor in the metrics of the speculator; helps in deciding where to invest by showing where others have invested. It says nothing about how viable the actual investment is.

Totally agree. "Speculator" being the overarching operative word. :)

Very important to know about this👌