Chainlink May Sell Big Amount of Own Tokens

According to the experts' research, $30M worth tokens were sold by the ICO team itself
12 August 2019   360

The Chainlink team was suspected of large-scale liquidation of LINK tokens. For a month and a half, the project capitalization decreased by $ 600 million, Trustnodes reports.

On July 6, a recruitment message was posted on the project’s Twitter page, which, according to some observers, was the beginning of the dump.

We do sincerely appreciate our community’s continued support and understanding as we expand the number of people working on Chainlink, and we will of course do our best to ensure that our expansion plans are accomplished responsibly, carefully managing the company's resources, capital and LINK, with a focus on continuing to create an overall positive effect on the Chainlink network over the long-term.
 

Sergey Nazarov (old message in the company's blog)

Chainlink team

Following this message, a schedule was circulated on social networks showing the alleged token sales of 700,000 LINK at each price rebound after reaching a peak at the end of June.

Alleged Chainlink Dump, Aug 2019
Alleged Chainlink Dump, Aug 2019 

According to Etherscan, 14 transactions of 700,000 LINK were made, which totaled 9.8 million tokens, or about $ 30 million.

After going through a small chain of addresses, these tokens were sold on Binance, noted in Trustnodes.

Chainlink Selling, Aug. 2019
Chainlink Selling, Aug. 2019

Observers believe that at the end of June the daily trading volumes of ChainLink on the Binance exchange were artificially boosted. So, with a capitalization of only $ 1.4 billion, this figure amounted to $ 863 million. According to some, the price movement chart for the mentioned period looks unnatural, especially considering that volumes in favor of sales were recorded on one of the green candles. There is a possibility that the unknown wanted to provoke FOMO, but could not achieve the goal.

Some believe that the message about the expansion of the staff was only an attempt to hide the large-scale liquidation of tokens.

It is worth noting that in 2017 Chainlink raised $ 32 million through the sale of 350 million LINK through an ICO. At the same time, the team saved 650 million LINK for the further development of the project.

According to a recent analysis of the ICO market, Chainlink entered the top five most successful ICOs in terms of growth in bitcoin.

89% of ICO to be Unprofitable, Analyst Says

According to the director of research at The Block, IEO are starting to repeat ICO's trend
08 August 2019   409

Leading analyst of The Block, Larry Cermak, decided to analyze the profitability of ICO projects and found that at least 89% of them turned out to be unprofitable. Nevertheless, those that showed positive returns “win big.”

Cermak praised the development of the ICO market, which peaked in 2017. He noted that the median ICO return in US dollars is currently -87% and continues to fall.

In his opinion, the collapse of the ICO market is primarily due to the different interests of investors and project founders. Unlike venture financing, projects raised money mainly from retail investors with the product in its earliest stages. At the same time, investors could not claim the assets of ICO projects.

The data on the total collection of ICO projects for all time varies - ICOBench claims that 5600 startups raised $ 64.5 billion, but other resources provide completely different data - up to $ 14 billion.

Assessing the profitability of ICOs is even more difficult, since many projects have already ceased to exist or their tokens are illiquid.

The largest aggregate fees were recorded in December 2017 - January 2018. At that time, a record number of tokensales was held.

The average amount attracted during one initial proposal according to a sample of 444 projects at Drops ICO is $ 36.2 million, the median - $ 18 million. In general, they raised about $ 14 billion, Cermak notes.

At the same time, only 10.8% of all ICOs still show a positive return, based on available data.

More than 74% of ICOs lost more than 90% in relation to bitcoin. Only 30 projects (7.7%) managed to surpass the first cryptocurrency. The top five ICOs in terms of growth in bitcoin included Binance Coin (5902%), IOTA (1744%), Ethereum (1339%), Lambda (962%) and ChainLink (668%).

In terms of the US dollar, the most profitable were Ethereum, IOTA, Binance Coin, NEO and Stellar.

In total, 11 projects demonstrated returns above 1000% paired with USD.