There are always two components to each altcoin’s price. One is the coin’s own characteristics: Fundamentals, investor sentiment toward the asset, liquidity and trading volume, among many others. Another powerful factor — the one that often renders any altcoin-specific dynamics irrelevant — is Bitcoin’s performance.
Like it or not, when the king of cryptocurrencies soars, there is room for the shabbiest shitcoins to punch way above their weight. When BTC tumbles, even the sturdiest alts can take a proportional hit. It’s a question of knowing which is which.
Many traders within the crypto markets are relatively unfazed by decreases in the U.S. dollar value of their holdings, because they trade almost exclusively against Bitcoin on key exchanges where the liquidity of the altcoin / BTC pair may be more attractive than the same alt / stablecoin pair.
And of course, there are plenty of trading diehards who don’t intend to cash out their position into fiat in the near future at all: The cohort who believe that increasing their Bitcoin portfolio is more important than transferring into the inflationary U.S. dollar, or some other fiat currency.
But it’s all correlated, right?
While it may seem that coins’ own conditions are irrelevant given Bitcoin’s outsize influence, they do, in fact, make a difference. Assets with a healthy outlook of their own are often among the top gainers when things are bullish, and when there is a market-wide correction, they can recover faster and harder than the rest of the altcoin bunch — and even Bitcoin itself.
So how do you tell which coins’ market situation is healthier than others’ when everything is gory red? The VORTECS
Here are some very recent examples. When Bitcoin plunged below $30K on Tuesday following the bearish news coming out of China, stablecoins remained the only class of digital assets not to go deep into the red territory.
However, over the next 24 hours, BTC recovered many of the losses, bouncing back to above $33K. Not all altcoins were quick to replicate this relief rally, but many of those that did were aided by historically favorable individual conditions that the VORTECS
PARSIQ (PRQ) Analysis
24-hour price change: +18.83% vs. USD, +2.21% vs. BTC
PRQ saw a rough week as its price declined from $0.88 on June 17 to $0.56 just before the Bitcoin- induced market-wide slump on June 22. It then slipped further down to $0.35.
While the coin’s VORTECS
BTC’s about-face that came late on June 22 meant that the way was open for fundamentally strong altcoins to rebound. PRQ’s VORTECS
Solana (SOL) Analysis
24-hour price change: +26.36% vs. USD +12.96% vs. BTC
Although SOL’s VORTECS
When its price began to sink along with the rest of the market, VORTECS
When the tide turned, SOL was among the biggest winners of the day, regaining 26% against USD and almost 13% against Bitcoin.
Enjin Coin (ENJ) Analysis
24-hour price change: +18.73% vs. USD, +7.30% vs. BTC
Much like PARSIQ’s case, Enjin’s VORTECS
As the correction was over, the price of ENJ shot up from the low of 79 cents to the high of $1.04.
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