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Tornado Cash: Down by >50%, are sanctions an opportunity for TORN holders

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Following an announcement dated 8 August, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) barred U.S. residents from using Tornado Cash. By doing so, the agency added it to its Specially Designated Nationals list.

Giving reasons for its decision, the U.S. Treasury Department stated that Tornado Cash provided a platform for laundering “proceeds of cybercrimes, including those committed against victims in the United States.”

After the announcement, the price of the protocol’s native token, TORN, dropped sharply by 48% within just 24 hours. So, how exactly has the token fared since this ordeal began?

Hit by a TORN-ado

Prior to the aforementioned announcement, TORN was trading at $31.45 on the charts. However, within hours of the same, the price declined by 48%. Exchanging hands at $14.02 at press time, the crypto’s price has dropped by half of its value in the last five days.

Interestingly, trading activity rallied significantly in the last 24 hours. According to data from CoinMarketCap, with a 122.89% spike in trading activity, TORN logged a figure of $55,903,293 in trading volume. In the same period, the alt’s price dropped by 15%. Without corresponding price growth, this seemed to hint at a significant sell-off for TORN. 

A look at the positions of TORN’s Relative Strength Index (RSI)  and Money Flow Index (MFI) on the daily chart confirmed the increase in selling pressure. The RSI and MFI were spotted at 32 and 12, respectively.

Source: TradingView

TORN further apart

Since the ban, unique addresses trading TORN daily have dropped too. As of this writing, unique addresses on the network stood at 148, having dropped by 167% in the last five days. Transaction Volume on the network also declined by over 65% within the same period. It dropped from $67.76 million to $8.71 million.

Despite the drop in daily active addresses and transaction volume on the network, new addresses have flocked to the TORN network. In fact, new addresses on the network grew by 36%. This might be an influx of new investors trying to short the crypto.

Source: Santiment

Despite the uncertainty in the future of Tornado Cash, more TORN tokens have been sent into exchanges than sent out. Although the token’s Exchange Flow Balance has dropped of late, at press time, it still boasted a positive value. This indicated that more inflows have been logged than outflows.

Furthermore, the altcoin’s Mean Coin Age has declined by 4% since 8 August, meaning that some TORN tokens have moved addresses since then.

Source: Santiment


Abiodun is a full-time journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is also a lawyer with over 2 years of experience. With a keen interest in blockchain technology and its limitless possibilities, Abiodun spends his time understanding the technology, building projects, and educating people about it.
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