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Chainlink’s investor troubles and how it might solve it

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Chainlink, with its price feeds and oracles, has made a name for itself in the space. Even so, despite the ecosystem taking huge steps from a technical standpoint, the question is – How is it performing from an investment point of view?

What’s new with Chainlink?

The network has been integrating with multiple DeFi protocols and GameFi projects. As a result, its adoption rates have been skyrocketing. Yesterday, the network’s VRF integrated with the game Spark Era which helps in ensuring the fair and secure generation of random NFTs in-game.

Before that, Bonded Finance integrated the network’s price feeds to support loans for altcoins. In addition to these developments, Chainlink’s CEO Sergey Nazarov, in an interview with Sibos, claimed,

“I think the big limiting factor is secure integration which is what we [Chainlink] spend a lot of time working on…”

Ergo, as Chainlink aims to tackle these problems, it only makes sense for investors to jump on this bullish hype too, right? Except that right now is not the case.

Why so?

If you look at the performance from the investors’ end, you’ll observe that it has been rather weird. Despite the fact that there is hope that maybe, these network developments could fix that.

For starters, since the 25% dip we witnessed on 20 September, investors have sort of lost a lot of confidence. Supply on exchanges, for instance, has risen by over 10 million LINK.

Chainlink’s supply on exchanges | Sources: Glassnode – AMBCrypto

Now, this doesn’t necessarily have to indicate selling by investors. But, it is not selling by validators either. Their holdings haven’t seen any drops.

Standing at 5,162 LINK, these figures have been rising consistently since 14 September.

Chainlink validators’ valance | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

What’s more, Age Consumed, a metric which shows how many old coins of what age moved recently, saw bouts of long-term holders selling.

During each of these spikes, almost 2.5 billion coins days were destroyed. What this suggested was that LTHs keep selling for profit every now and then, instead of HODLing it as we see with other cryptos. 

Chainlink age consumed | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

However, fortunately, mid-term holders are countering it since they are holding their LINK, regardless of this month’s dormant development activity. Owing to the same, addresses aged a year or older have seen a 4% (20k addresses) hike.

Chainlink development activity | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Hence, as Chainlink continues to prove itself with regular integrations with other projects, it could soon win back the confidence of more investors as well. 


Aaryamann is a freelance crypto journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is currently investing his time in the crypto-space. He has a keen interest in DeFi, the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology, as well as the political impact they would have.
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