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Memecoins top the crypto market in Q1 as “most profitable”

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The memecoin sector rallied over 1300%, 4.6X more profitable than the second-best performing segment RWA.


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  • Memecoins outperformed the market in Q1 2024 by 1300%.
  • WIF and BRETT were some of the best performers in the segment.  

The memecoin segment was overheated in Q1 2024, with Solana [SOL] drawing the most attention.

So, it wasn’t surprising when Coingecko’s report showed memecoins was the top performing narrative in Q1. 

“Our study shows that memecoins were by far the most profitable crypto narrative in Q1 2024, having recorded the highest returns of 1312.6% on average across its top tokens.”

But the massive profits were mind-blowing. The memecoin sector rallied over 1300%. Notably, the segment was 4.6X more profitable than the second-best-performing narrative, RWA (Real-World Assets). 

Memecoin Q1 performance and mixed reactions

According to the report, Brett offered the highest returns in the segment, with over 7700%. Dogwifhat [WIF] was the second best-performing memecoin in Q1, rallying 2721%. 

The overall memecoin sector now boasts of 6 billion-dollar gems by market cap. This mind-shuttering performance has stirred positive and negative reactions across the crypto market. 

Arthur Hayes, the co-founder of the BitMEX exchange, praised the culture, noting that trading memes like Slerf were “more fun” than investing in “negatively yielding bonds.”

Additionally, Hayes claimed that meme activity is a win for the chain that supports the culture.

“The chains that can support meme culture are going to be the chains that have value.”

On his part, Messari co-founder Dan McArdle, highlighted memes’ swift rise to billion-dollar gems, blaming TradFi for the growth. 

“The SEC makes it illegal for people who aren’t already rich to try and get rich from early-stage companies & projects.

Result: memecoins to billions”

Unfortunately, the meme mania also comes with scams and rugs, primarily through presales for new memes on Solana. 

Amidst this meme craziness, Ethereum founder, Vitalik Buterin called for “more good memecoins” that benefit everyone rather than creators and a few people. 

After Bitcoin’s [BTC] 10% drop, the current market rout has constrained memes. 

But a recovery could tip more rallies for the memecoin segment as more chains like Base jump into the frenzy. So, if the market bounces, memes’ Q2 performance could still be solid.


Benjamin is a Telecommunication Engineering graduate who is passionate about crypto-markets and unraveling market trends. Armed with charts and patterns, he's interested in making the intricate, complex landscape of digital assets more palatable for every user.
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