On the Verge of failure: Can Verge pull back from declining volume?

We explore how Verge’s network has performed over the year and what the future might hold for the platform.

At the start of the year, Verge entered the cryptocurrency market as the 23rd most valuable cryptocurrency by market cap on January 7th, and traded at $0.183720 USD. At the time, the cryptocurrency bore a total market cap of $2,665,598,146 USD.

Cut quick to the present in September and it seems as though the year has not been kind to both the market and Verge. Now the token is sitting over ten positions lower at 36th most valuable cryptocurrency, and is trading for $0.019060 USD, and bears a total market cap of $289,185,765 USD.

In relative terms, Verge has lost a whopping near 90% of its trading value over the past nine months, while its market cap has similarly diminished by approximately 89%.

Transaction volume

At its height on 17th of April, the Verge network saw some 200,812,644 XVG transacted daily – down from a record of 270,418,665 XVG on 5th of January in 2018.

Excluding 11th of August 2018, which saw no VXG transacted, the network’s lowest point saw only 136,130 XVG transacted on 14th of July, while the network’s next high point of 115,625,396 XVG shifted hands on 3rd of April.

The Verge of attack

In April of this year, the cryptocurrency faced a massive attack which saw 250,000 XVG stolen from its network after 12,000 empty blocks were created.

After finding out about the attack, the lead developer posted an emergency commit to Verge’s codebase as a means to reduce the network’s maximum clock drift from two hours to just thirty seconds. The token’s Twitter account downplayed the incident, saying that it was a “small hack attack“.

In May, the network saw its second attack and lost up to $1.7 million USD in funds. The hacker was having a field day pilfering up to $1,000 USD per minute – a whopping amount of money for a startling amount of time.

Once again, the company played it off as a little-to-nothing affair which unsurprisingly annoyed Verge users who weren’t afraid to say so.

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Privacy Coins Surge Again, a Possible Leading Indicator for the Crypto Market

Privacy cryptocurrencies are up big over the last 24 hours, led by Monero and Komodo.

Privacy cryptocurrencies have been on a tear over the past week, with the AltDex Privacy Coin Index (ALTPRV) up over 20%.

Things seem to be heating up once again, as the index is up nearly 10% in a matter of hours. This bullish price action is being led by several coins, including Komodo (KMD), Monero (XMR) and Verge (XVG).

The recent uptick is significant, as the broader market has yet to fully join the digital asset class in another major bullish move. The AltDex 100 Index (ALT100), a benchmark index for large-cap cryptocurrencies and tokens, is currently up only 0.18% as Bitcoin tries to break through $7,250.

Given the current price action, a surge of buying when the U.S. market returns from the long weekend holiday could help push Bitcoin to new monthly highs and the recent price action with privacy coins could be a leading indicator of investor sentiment.

A similar situation happened on August 26 when the AltDex Masternode Index (ALTMSN), which tracks major masternode cryptocurrencies, jumped nearly 30% prior to a broader market run-up that saw Bitcoin move from $6,700 to nearly $7,100.

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