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5 Best Crypto Performers During The 2022 Market Flop

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The exuberant peaks of the crypto business in 2022 fell into an extended crypto winter and left many of the sector’s top companies belly up.

The aftermath of the shutdown of several large cryptocurrency exchanges has made concerns about liquidity and solvency a big topic of conversation throughout the market.

At the beginning of the year, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies was estimated to be $2.2 trillion. By the end of 2022, this amount would fall below $800 billion. Therefore, this shows a great deal about the events of the period.

As 2022 comes to a close, we take a quick look at the five best-performing cryptocurrencies of the year.

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Top 5 Crypto: Ethereum (ETH) – Market Cap: $148 Billion

After outpacing bitcoin by more than 350% in 2021, Ethereum (ETH) ranked tenth among cryptocurrencies in 2022, losing just under 70% of its value.

Among investors and cryptocurrency aficionados, Ethereum stands out as the most well-known altcoin because it is more than just another cryptocurrency. And despite a difficult first half of the year, experts believe that by 2022 it will be back above $3,000.

According to data from Coingecko, ETH was trading at $1,194 at the time of writing, a decrease of 2.2% over the past week.

Bitcoin (BTC) – Market Cap: $323 Billion

Even if it did better than some of its lesser peers, the most valuable and largest cryptocurrency in the world was not able to avoid the market crash of 2022.

As Bitcoin’s popularity has grown, so has its value. In May 2016, one Bitcoin cost approximately $500. As of December 20, 2022, one BTC was valued at approximately $16,795. That is an increase of nearly 3,260%.

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Bitcoin is down 76% from its peak of $68,787 in November 2021. According to CoinMarketCap, the current price of Bitcoin is $16,523, a decrease of roughly 2.0% over the past week.

Tether (USDT) – Market Cap: $66 Billion

Tether (USDT) is a stablecoin, meaning that it is backed by fiat currencies such as U.S. dollars and the Euro and theoretically maintains a value equal to one of those denominations.

The algorithm-based projection website Wallet Investor predicted, as of 1 December 2022, that the USDT price will remain mainly tied to the US dollar during the next half decade.

Theoretically, Tether’s value should be more stable than other cryptocurrencies, and investors who anticipate the severe volatility of other coins appreciate it.

Crypto total market cap at $755 billion on the daily chart | Chart: TradingView.com

Dogecoin (DOGE) – Market Cap: $9.8 Billion

Beginning in the second quarter, the original “meme” coin joined the rest of the cryptocurrency market in a major sell-off. In 2022, Dogecoin performed better than most other tokens.

DOGE is the third-best performer in the top 10, with a decline of just over 50% this year, second only to XRP, which experienced a decline of 54%.

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The joke currency has outperformed most others in large part because of Elon Musk’s deal to acquire Twitter, with advocates of the coin thinking this acquisition could improve the price of DOGE, which is now trading at $0.0697, down 10% in the last seven days.

Cardano (ADA) – Market Cap: $9 Billion

The Cardano ADA token has shown modest growth compared to other major cryptocurrencies. In 2017, ADA cost $0.02 per coin. As of December 20, 2022, it cost $0.26. This is a 1,188% growth.

Some analysts project that the value of ADA will climb by around 256% between the end of 2022 and the end of 2025. Then, between 2025 and 2030, the cryptocurrency is anticipated to expand by an additional 206%.

The true value that the blockchain provides to its users will increase as its speed and efficiency improve, and as a result, the value of ADA should increase as well.

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Over 77% Of Bitcoin Millionaires Wiped Out As Crypto Winter Rages

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Bitcoin’s price has taken a hit since it hit its all-time high back in 2021, and as a result, the number of bitcoin millionaires has dwindled dramatically since then. These addresses holding more than $1 million in BTC peaked in November 2021 and have been on a steady decline since then.

Bitcoin Millionaires Suffer Losses

Back in November 2021, when the bitcoin bull market was in full bloom, the number of BTC millionaires had crossed 100,000 wallets. At its highest point, there were 108,886 wallets with more than $1 million worth of BTC in their balances, but according to data from BitInfoCharts, this number has dropped below 25,000.

At a current count of 24,533 millionaire wallets, more than 77% of bitcoin investors with the millionaire status have been wiped out in a little over a year. The majority of the losses came in the first half of 2022 and by June 2022, there were only a little over 26,000 BTC wallets with more than $1 million in their balances. 

Wallets holding at least $10 million worth of BTC also took a hit during this time. It was sitting at only 3,852 at the time of this writing. However, smaller investors have been on the rise. According to a report from Glassnode, the number of BTC addresses holding higher than 0.1 and 1 BTC reached new all-time highs on Tuesday, January 10.

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This marked accumulation from these smaller addresses shows that investors are not deterred by the decline in prices. But rather, are taking advantage of the low prices to increase their holdings.

Bitcoin price chart from TradingView.com

BTC price holding steady above $17,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

BTC Profitability Declines As Well

The drop in the number of bitcoin millionaires is also in line with the decline in the profitability of the digital asset. Bitcoin started the year 2022 with only about a quarter of its investor seeing losses, but by January 2023, it has dropped drastically, and now only 51% of BTC investors are in profit.

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Its large holder concentration has also dropped during this time. Only 10% of wallets are now classified as large holders, indicating a redistribution of BTC from whales to smaller holders. It also points to more decentralization with supply being more adequately distributed for market participants.

As for bitcoin’s price, it is still trading well below its all-time high price despite its recent recovery above $17,000. Data from Messari shows that the price of the digital asset is currently down more than 74% from its November 2021 high.

BTC is changing hands at $17,320 at the time of this writing. It is up 3.7% in the last week with a 24-hour trading volume of $16.2 billion.

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Terra And Do Kwon Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed, But Why?

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The plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against TerraUSD and its affiliated companies voluntarily dismissed their case on Monday.

Matthew Albright filed the lawsuit on behalf of others against Terraform Labs (TFL), Pte Limited, and other affiliates in the Southern District of New York Court in August 2022.

The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants falsely promoted, manipulated, and offered UST stablecoin and LUNA. Zhu Su, a cofounder of failed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), announced the voluntary dismissal of the class action lawsuit via a tweet on January 10.

Matthew Albright, the lead plaintiff in the case, filed a notice in Court stating a voluntary dismissal of the case against the defendants. The defendants include Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, Delphi Digital Consulting, Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), Jump Trading, Nicholas Platias, and three others.

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Albright and his co-plaintiffs accused TerraUSD and the other defendants of falsely promoting UST, LUNA, and other related coins. According to the lawsuit, the defendants falsely projected the coins’ stability while laundering the profits from Terraform Labs into personal accounts.

3AC Blames FTX For TerraUSD’s Fallout

The lawsuit could be linked to the November tweets by 3AC’s cofounder Zhu Su that FTX and Alameda Research manipulated the crypto market. Zhu claimed that FTX was part of a conspiracy that resulted in the UST collapse.

Three Arrows Capital got hit badly by the crisis and went bankrupt shortly after due to severe exposure to Terraform Labs. Zhu Su and TerraUSD’s founder, Do Kwon, previously blamed Genesis and Alameda Research for UST and LUNA’s crash.

Terra And Do Kwon Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed
LUNAUSDT price enters in the green zone on the 24-hour chart l LUNAUSDT on Tradingview.com

Nonetheless, TerraUSD and its affiliates also faced two other class action cases, which are still active. Bragar Eagle and Squire, P.C. law firm, and Scott + Scott, a securities and consumer rights litigation firm, filed the lawsuits.

Primary Cause Of TerraUSD Collapse, Was It A Hack?

Meanwhile, investigations on collapse remain ongoing. In a December 6 tweet, FatmanTerra alleged that TFL’s claims that UST recorded a hack attack are false. FatmanTerra, is an integral part of the puzzle in TerraUSD collapse, and its been reporting on the firm’s collapse for over a year. The Twitter user has been helping the crypto community to bring the founder of TerraUSD to justice.

According to Fatman’s tweet, Terraform Labs dumped over $450 million UST on the open market a few days before the implosion.

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Fatman cited data from Cycle_22, an anonymous researcher who discovered Hodlnaut, a Singapore-based crypto lender’s insolvency. The data revealed that TFL started dumping millions of UST a few days before the depeg.

According to Fatman, dumping such an amount of UST within that short period reduced the stablecoin’s liquidity and weakened its peg.

The UST dump and the $2.7 billion removed by TFL through Degenbox contributed to the implosion. Fatman implied that Do Kwon and Terraform Labs withdrew real dollars from the ecosystem, making UST redemption impossible.

More so, the independent audit released by TFL and Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) to show its efforts in redeeming the UST peg were incomplete. According to the Twitter user, the audit did not account for the 47,000BTC sent to Jump Crypto by the LFG.

This revelation further increased the evidence against TFL and Do Kwon, who remains on the run from South Korean prosecutors.

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Meanwhile, LUNA witnessed a 12.79% price surge in the past 24 hours and trades at $1.56. LUNA’s price rally happened during the ongoing developments on the 2.0 chain.

Jared from TFL revealed, via a tweet, that the current version of TerraUSD Station undergoes an automatic update, which is incompatible with the Classic. Jared told the Station users on Classic that an update to Station will occur on January 10, 2023. Cover image from Pixabay, LUNA chart from Tradingview.

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Gemini Earn Users Swindled By Barry Silbert?

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Crypto Exchange Gemini co-founder, Cameron Winklevoss, sent another open letter regarding the Genesis borrowing agreement. This time, the executive addressed the Digital Currency Group (DCG) Board of Directors, Genesis’ parent company. 

In the letter, Winklevoss accused the current DCG CEO, Barry Silbert, of allegedly conspiring and defrauding Gemini Earn users. Gemini offered the latter, which allowed users to obtain a yield by lending its crypto assets to Genesis. 

According to the document, Genesis was operating under a negative balance sheet for years. The crypto lender was allegedly affected by the collapse of one of its major partners, Three Arrows Capital (3AC). Winklevoss wrote: 

These parties (Silbert and others) conspired to make false statements and misrepresentations to Gemini, Earn users, other lenders, and the public at large about the solvency and financial health of Genesis. They did so in an effort to mislead lenders into believing that DCG had absorbed massive losses that Genesis incurred from the Three Arrows Capital Ltd. (3AC) collapse (…).

Winklevoss Unveils DCG’s “Toxic Trade”

According to the document, DCG and Genesis lent over $2 billion to 3AC before its collapse. The crypto lender was left holding over $1 billion in debt, which was allegedly “absorbed” by the DCG. 

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The Gemini co-founder claims that Genesis’ parent company never took on debt from the crypto lender. They allegedly used a financial solution to “pretend to” have fixed the issues. Publicly, the company announced that it “assumed certain liabilities of Genesis.”

Behind the curtains, Winklevoss claims that the DCG issued a promissory note, to be mature in 2032, to “cover” Genesis’ balance sheet hole. This note was used as a “misleading” instrument to maintain the crypto lender operating and using it to prompt up another DCG product, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. 

However, the collapse of FTX precipitated a liquidity crunch in Genesis. Genesis owes Gemini over $1 billion, and its customers are still awaiting a resolution. These events forced DCG to shut down its operations, locking Gemini Earn Users from their funds. 

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BTC’s price with small gains on the daily chart. Source: BTCUSDT Tradingview

DCG Replies, Is Winklevoss Pulling A “Stunt”?

As Bitcoinist reported, the Gemini co-founder sent a letter to Silbert one week ago. On this occasion, Winklevoss gave DCG a deadline to reach an agreement, January 8th. The date came, but the parties failed to announce a resolution. 

Now, Winklevoss said the following on the path forward, the introduction of a new DCG management, and the fate of Earn users: 

(…) Genesis lenders, including Earn users, have been seriously harmed and deserve a resolution for the recovery of their assets. I am confident that with new management at DCG, we can all work together to achieve a positive, out-of-court solution that will provide a win-win outcome for all, including DCG shareholders.

The DCG Board of Directors and Silbert replied to Winklevoss. The company called the letter an “unconstructive publicity stunt,” part of a strategy to wash his public image, per the statement. 

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The Silbert-led company claims that Gemini was solely responsible for marketing and promoting Gemini Earn. DCG concluded:

We are preserving all legal remedies in response to these malicious, fake, and defamatory attacks. DCG will continue to engage in productive dialogue with Genesis and its creditors with the goal of arriving at a solution that works for all parties.

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