Shiba Inu has been making moves of late, hitting an all-time high of $0.00008876 last week and crashing the top ten to leapfrog Dogecoin in the process. However, since then, momentum for the divisive meme coin has slowed considerably, triggering a sell-off that bottomed at $0.00004264 on Thursday – a 52% drop in seven days.
Given the severity of the drop, and at a time when large caps including Bitcoin have been largely stable, critics are calling this the turning point for worse to come. But are they right?
Shiba Inu crashes back down to Earth
Shiba Inu’s price performance in October stunned naysayers by closing the month up 730%. Analysts say this was mainly due to rumors about Robinhood and Kraken listing the $SHIB token. But, so far, these rumors have failed to materialize.
This week, things took a turn for the worse when a Shiba Inu whale moved billions of $SHIB tokens sparking fears of a large-scale exit. What’s more, the incident highlighted the issue of whale dominance in the Shiba Inu ecosystem.
As October came to a close, it emerged that one trader had invested $8,000 into $SHIB last August, which has since grown to a colossal $5.7 billion.
Tom Robinson, the co-founder of Elliptic, a crypto forensics blog, commented that this same investor is responsible for moving the billions of dollars of tokens, which he calculates at $2.78 billion in total over four transactions.
“It looks like there were four transactions out of that account yesterday, each sending $695 million of SHIB to a different account — so a total of $2.78 billion.
Whoever it is purchased the SHIB on Uniswap about a year ago, for not very much.”
$SHIB is whale dominated
Address analysis shows the top ten holders currently control 67% of the Shiba Inu tokens. This is slightly down from October 30, when the figure stood at 72%.
Critics have jumped on this as further evidence of poor fundamentals. In this case, with regards to the concentration of tokens in just a few hands.
Crypto investor Aaron Brown said legitimate crypto projects have an underlying solid use case, and they do not rely on hype or “who holds how much of it” to move the price. Brown raised concerns that $SHIB’s concentration of ownership points to “a rigged game.”
“But for crypto with no underlying economics—whose value is determined only by speculation—concentrated ownership suggests a rigged game.”
Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev dismissed the possibility of listing $SHIB, citing regulatory scrutiny as the reason. And while Kraken said they would list the token if they got 2,000 likes on a tweet, they have since gone cold on the idea despite getting 80,000 likes.
With meme coins taking a pounding these past few days, it’s time to ask whether the hype train has expired.
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