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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch in December 2021


The month of November ended up being a bearish month for the cryptocurrency space as flagship cryptocurrency asset, Bitcoin hit a new all-time high of $68,789.63 on the 10th of November, the asset ended up losing over $10,000 to currently trade $58,000, down 3%. Bitcoin’s market dominance currently stands at 41.6%, although it hit a high of 44.17% the day after it hit an all-time high.

The cryptocurrency market capitalization the cryptocurrency market as the market capitalization lost 2% from 2.1 trillion at the start of the month to end the month at 2 trillion. The cryptocurrency market capitalization traded as high as $2.97 trillion a day after Bitcoin hit an all-time high.

As you would expect, the Altcoin market also lost 33.91% in October, from approximately $1.1 trillion to currently stand at $1.47 trillion at the end of the month.

Although October saw meme coins lead the rally, the month of November saw notable price increases in play-to-earn and metaverse tokens in the month of November. Sandbox’s SAND token, Decentraland’s MANA token and Axie Infinity’s AXS token all hit all-time high’s following Facebook’s name change to Meta, representing the change in focus of the company at the end of October.

A major factor affecting the cryptocurrency market and all markets in fact, is the news of a COVID-19 strain that has proven to be vaccine-resistant. The World Health Organization has given the virus the name ‘Omicron’ and it was first detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. However, since then, there have been reported cases in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Israel and Canada.

Although the cryptocurrency market was on a downtrend before the new variant was found, the growth and spread of this variant make prove well to hamper economic recovery in both developed and developing economies.

With many coins in the cryptocurrency market trading at a discount, here is a look at 5 cryptocurrencies investors should watch out for in December 2021:


Bitcoin’s BTC

Bitcoin broke all-time highs at the beginning of November and saw its market capitalization trade over $1.3 trillion. However, it has dropped to 7th place, as Elon Musk’s Tesla overtook according to Asset Dash due to market sell-off as Bitcoin traded as low as $53,569.76.

Data from Glassnodes, an on-chain analytics company, reveals that as a result of the Omicron virus, Bitcoin’s exchange flow turned positive, indicating that investors are selling their holdings. In the previous week, exchange revealed that BTC had a positive flow of $427.6 million.

However, many believe that we are at the last phase of the bull market and that the market is now in a state of bull market distribution. William Clemente, an on-chain analysts’ expert, explained the macro aspect of Bitcoin.

He stated, “Long-term holders buy BTC into weakness and sell into strength. We’ve just gotten our first red prints on LTH net position change in over 6 months, showing bull market distribution has begun.” He said this earlier in the month and used the ‘Long-term holder net position change’ to explain. He further stated, “Essentially means we are entering the main phase of the bull market.”

Bitcoin is currently trading $60,900, down 0.48% for the day, as of the time of writing this report.


Polkadot’s DOT

Polkadot is an open-source sharding multichain protocol that facilitates the cross-chain transfer of any data or asset types, not just tokens, thereby making a wide range of blockchains interoperable with each other.

Polkadot started its parachain slot auction and Acala, a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol operating on the Polkadot network, won the first auction with $1.3 billion worth of DOT tokens staked. The second auction was also concluded with Moonbeam winning with 35.8 million DOT tokens contributed.

Earlier in the month, DOT hit an all time high of $55 at the start of November but has quickly retraced as a result of price action from Bitcoin’s market dominance. The third auction ends on the 2nd of December and Astar, a DApp hub on Polkadot that aims to be a multi-chain smart contract platform that will support multiple blockchains and virtual machines, is favored to win it leads, having received 9.4 million DOT token as of the time of this writing.

Polkadot’s native token, DOT, is currently trading $42.90, up 3% as of the time of writing this report.


Sandbox’s SAND

Sandbox is a blockchain-based virtual world allowing users to create, build, buy, and sell digital assets in the form of a game using its native token called the SAND token. Sandbox was launched in 2011 by Pixowl and is built on the Ethereum ecosystem. It combines the powers of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), to create a unique decentralized platform for a thriving gaming community.

On the 29th of November the platform opened up part of its metaverse after four years of development, to 5,000 players for the first time via a multi-week, play-to-earn (P2E), Alpha event called The Sandbox Alpha.

Even with Bitcoin’s price action, it did not stop the SAND token from hitting an all-time high of $8.51 on the 25th of November. Although the token has retraced in price, there is still more room for growth as more investors are trying to get their hands on the metaverse ecosystem, following Facebook’s name change announcement.

Polkadot’s native token, DOT, is currently trading $42.90, up 3% as of the time of writing this report.


Avalanche’s AVAX

Avalanche is a layer one blockchain that functions as a platform for decentralized applications (DApps) and custom blockchain networks. Its network consists of three individual blockchains: the X-Chain, C-Chain and P-Chain. Each chain has a distinct purpose, which is radically different from the approach Bitcoin and Ethereum use, namely having all nodes validate all transactions. Avalanche blockchains even use different consensus mechanisms based on their use cases.

At the beginning of the month, the Avalanche Foundation launched “Blizzard”, a fund offering more than $200 million to developers as an incentive to build on the Avalanche network. According to the announcement, the fund will provide liquidity to those early-stage projects that innovate decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, nonfungible tokens (NFTs), and other products on Avalanche.

Also, the AVAX token made its way into the top 10 by market capitalization in November, flipping Dogecoin and Shiba Inu. This was because a partnership announcement with Deloitte, one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms. Deloitte has decided to build its disaster relief platforms atop the Avalanche blockchain platform.

Polkadot’s native token, DOT, is currently trading $42.90, up 3% as of the time of writing this report.


Crypto.com’s CRO

Crypto.com is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. The platform touts of selling over 200 cryptocurrencies at ‘true cost’.

Recently they launched their blockchain called Cronos and the mainnet launch was on the 8th of November. The price of CRO, the native token of crypto.com rallied to an all-time high of $0.9698 on the 24th of November. The CRO blockchain serves primarily as a vehicle that powers the Crypto.com Pay mobile payments app.

Cronos is the EVM chain running in parallel to the Crypto.org Chain. It aims to massively scale the DeFi ecosystem, by providing developers with the ability to instantly port DApps from Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains, with funding from Particle B’s $100m EVM fund and access to the 10M+ user base of the Crypto.com ecosystem.

Polkadot’s native token, DOT, is currently trading $42.90, up 3% as of the time of writing this report.



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