•Solana’s SOL token was one of the biggest losers in digital-asset markets on Monday, plunging 4.7%.
• Crypto analysts speculated there might be a connection to the recent drama surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX exchange and his trading firm, Alameda Research.
• One theory is that Alameda might try to dump its SOL tokens in a bid to raise fresh liquidity.
• Another possibility is that the token was losing steam after the Solana blockchain’s big Breakpoint conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal; the event concludes Monday.
The plummeting price of SOL
Yesterday, the crypto world was in for a shock as one of the biggest losers in digital asset markets was SOL, plunging a massive 4.7%. Speculation abounds as to why this may be, but many fingers are pointing to the recent drama surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX exchange and his trading firm, Alameda Research. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what is really going on with SOL. But whatever the reason may be, it’s clear that this token is in for a rough ride in the near future.
One theory is that Alameda might try to dump its SOL tokens in a bid to raise fresh liquidity. This would hurt the price of the token and could explain the sudden drop. Another possibility is that the token was losing steam after the Solana blockchain’s big Breakpoint conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal; the event concludes Monday. It’s possible that investors were selling off their SOL tokens in anticipation of bad news coming out of the conference.
Alameda Research is founded by FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried who has always been a staunch proponent of Solana.
FTX is a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange launched in 2019 by Alameda Research. The firm is headquartered in Singapore with an office in San Francisco. FTX offers a variety of products including futures, options, and leveraged tokens. The exchange also has its own native token, FTT, which was launched in 2019.
In the past, Bankman-Fried has been vocal about his support for Solana, even going so far as to call it the “best blockchain” in an interview with The Block. Recently SBF is embroiled in a rather bitter feud with Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao and this situation is probably a negative look for everything crypto.
Another theory thinks that the Solana token lost some value after losing steam from the Lisbon-based Solana Breakpoint conference.
Solana is no stranger to drama with its constant crashes and shutdowns which have more or less been rectified. The blockchain has a bit of a negative reputation and the slowdowns and shutdowns have not helped it much.
Some of the more recent drama surrounding Solana started when a user on Twitter accused FTX of manipulating the price of SOL by using wash trading.
Wash trading is a form of market manipulation that involves artificially inflating or deflating the price of a security through the simultaneous buying and selling of the same asset.
The accusation was leveled at FTX after it was noticed that there was an unusually high amount of SOL trading taking place on the exchange. In response to the accusations, FTX released a statement saying that it had not engaged in wash trading and that the high volume of trading was due to “natural market demand.”
The statement did little to quell the fears of investors, and many began to sell off their SOL tokens. This likely contributed to the price drop that we saw yesterday.
At this point, it’s impossible to say for sure what is going on with SOL. But whatever the reason may be, it’s clear that this token is in for a volatile ride in the near future. For those invested in SOL, or considering investing, it’s important to keep a close eye on developments and be prepared for more price fluctuations.