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Arch Newsletter #1: What can we learn from previous ETH selloffs?

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In this -the first- issue of our newsletter, we discuss the recent ETH selloff and provide some hope for those looking for a speedy recovery. We also share the latest on the Arch Ethereum Web3 token $WEB3.

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Market intelligence

🔻Web3 is down 41% in last 30 days

The Web3 ecosystem is down just over 40% in the past month, compared with $ETH's 30% decline. The slump is led by lenders, which are down 42%, followed by exchanges. Entertainment, which includes metaverse related tokens like Decentraland ($MANA) and Axie Infinity ($AXS), is outperforming, thought still down by 36%. Learn more on Arch Intelligence.

30-day returns, select sector indices. Source: Arch Intelligence

🔻DeFi 2.0 tokens in free-fall

As it has been widely reported, so called DeFi 2.0 have suffered the brunt of this market correction. Olympus ($OHM) leads the Arch Ethereum Web3 Index charts with a 83.64% drop in the last 30 days (and a whopping 96% from its ATH), Abracadabra's ($SPELL) follows not to far down with a 63.05% decline.

OlympusDAO and Forks Brutalized as Broader DeFi Market Rebounds - The Defiant
OlympusDAO (OHM) and many of the forked rebase projects it inspired have suffered brutal losses this past week despite the broader DeFi markets rebounding from last week’s lows.

💎 🙌 ETH may be back before July, data suggests

On Friday January 25th, $ETH reached $2,405, a 50% drop against its ATH of $4,812 on November 7, 2021. This corresponds to a loss of more than $280B in market capitalization, the largest in the token’s history.

However, such massive sways are not new for this cryptocurrency. Ethereum has dropped 50% or more from its ATH seven times in the past.

Let’s dive in:

$ETH price, seven 50%+ historical corrections. Source: Coingecko, Arch Intelligence
$ETH price, historical 50%+ corrections in red. Source: Coingecko, Arch Intelligence

The most salient shared feature of these episodes is how quickly they unfold. On average, the median to a 50% drop in value from ATH is 38 days, the fastest taking place in June 2016, where the price of $ETH went from $20.59 to $10.11 in just 21 days. While spectacular and painful, the current drop has been the slowest in history and only occurred 75 days after the maximum value in November.

Recovery takes longer, excluding the 2018 ‘crypto winter’ episode in which it took $ETH 3 full years to surpass its previous ATH, the median is 165 days. For the hopeful, during the March 2016 episode recovery took only 67 days.

How far down can things still go? $ETH went down 94% (ouch 😰) of its ATH during the 2018 crypto winter, going from $1,396 to $84 in the year 2018, to just 50% during the March 2016 event, before quickly rebounding (as mentioned above).

What should we expect? Ethereum (and broader crypto ecosystem) looks very different from what it did back in 2016-2018, but if history is any indication and barring a new glacial period like 2018, we could see prices back in the $4,000s as early as July 2022.

In a follow-up column, we’ll dive into the internal and external forces at play in this episode.

$ETH. Historical 50%+ corrections. Source: Coingecko, Arch Intelligence


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