Why the 66% drop in NFT trading while Ethereum rises? A quick look

The second-largest cryptocurrency in the world, Ethereum, has been enjoying a meteoric rise. The same cannot be stated for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the network.

NFT (Non-Fungible Token) prices are anticipated to return to normalcy once capital has withdrawn from the leading cryptocurrencies. Recently, notable NFT collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, DeGods, Azuki, and Pudgy Penguins have all experienced double-digit losses. Ethereum is 11% higher during the same time frame. 

The founder of the Web3 streaming project Azarus, Alex Casassovici, stated that they are observing the first genuine bear market for NFTs, which signifies a decoupling from Ethereum, their underlying asset.

According to media reports, as investors migrate to Bitcoin and Ethereum, NFT trading volumes have decreased by about 66% compared to the same period last year. Another significant factor is the escalating charges associated with Ethereum. An increase in the price of Ethereum results in higher petrol fees, discouraging NFT trading. Industry data suggests that transaction fees on the network have increased by over 350% since the beginning of the year. After their entanglement in a cryptocurrency market downturn in 2022, NFTs encountered significant challenges, further compounded by waning interest in the volatile sector.

Since its apex of $600,000, the floor price of the most popular NFT collection, Bored Ape Yacht Club, has progressively decreased. The floor price denotes the minimum price at which a Non-Fungible Token is presently listed on prominent marketplaces such as Blur and OpenSea. During the same time frame, the values of Bored Ape NFTs and DeGods declined by 13% and 34%, respectively. According to business development analyst Etienne Gandon of a cryptocurrency organization, the current NFT discourse focuses more on utility NFTs that could be utilized in blockchain games.

Presently, speculation regarding premium NFT collections is less prevalent on the market, and industry experts believe that the situation for NFTs may be better once the current upswing in the cryptocurrency market as a whole subsides. Depressed floor prices on NFTs might appeal to investors who are obsessively interested in discovering new growth opportunities. It is conceivable that this could reignite interest in non-fungible tokens, creating a recovering and expanding environment. Bitcoin’s twenty-four-hour increase of 1.2% to $72443 will undoubtedly delight investors. Ethereum, valued at $4044 and has risen 1% in the same time frame, is an additional piece of uplifting news for crypto enthusiasts.

The decline in NFTs has materialized in 2024, and NFT sales volumes are also declining. Like any other progressive economic business cycle, the cryptocurrency market experiences gyrations between periods of optimism and pessimism, as evidenced by the recent decline in NFTs. It is indisputable that NFT trading has generally declined since the beginning of the year. It is a well-known fact that the NFT market has become less active, resulting in reduced artist royalties. The recent decline in the NFT market indicates that long-term success in the NFT domain requires striking a balance between enabling creators and speculators.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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