On Wednesday, the price of Solana fell 10.36%, bringing its total decline in value so far in 2022 to 94.2%. While Solana has no direct relation to FTX, its association with FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, who is facing criminal charges for defrauding investors and looting customer funds, has had a negative impact on its value.
According to Steve Sosnick, chief strategist at Interactive Brokers, the lack of intrinsic value in the crypto market means that values are based on confidence and perceived utility, and if these factors suffer in relation to a specific token, then its value will also suffer.
Serum Token Also Experiences Sharp Decline Following FTX Scandal
In addition to the drop in the value of Solana, the token for the decentralized exchange Serum, created by FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried on the Solana blockchain, has also seen a significant decline. Since the controversy surrounding FTX began on November 2, the value of the Serum token, or SRM, has fallen 80.5%, trading at just over 14 cents, according to coinmarketcap.com. The total market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market has also seen a decrease, standing at $798.4 billion, down from a peak of over $3 trillion in November 2021.
Solana Blockchain Emerges as Ethereum Rival Amidst Crypto Market Volatility
The Solana blockchain, which supports smart contracts and non-fungible tokens, has garnered attention in the cryptocurrency market as a potential rival to the Ethereum blockchain. However, the recent drop in the value of the Solana token, or SOL, has raised questions about the stability and future prospects of the Solana blockchain.
Despite its association with FTX and its troubled founder Sam Bankman-Fried, the Solana blockchain has gained a reputation for fast transaction speeds and low fees, making it an attractive option for decentralized applications and non-fungible tokens. As the crypto market continues to experience volatility, the success of the Solana blockchain will likely depend on its ability to maintain confidentiality and perceived utility among investors and developers.