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Is Crypto Still Alive? 4 Charts to Check - Expert Opinion

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By Jessy Sloan - - 5 Mins Read
A shattered piece of bitcoin
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A shattered piece of bitcoin
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In a world where the crypto market grapples with constant ups and downs and regulatory pressures, major cryptocurrencies have witnessed dramatic declines and sluggish growth over recent years.


However, a fresh chart report sheds light on a remarkable phenomenon: despite these hurdles, the crypto industry continues to mark significant strides in terms of adoption.

The Slow Road to Recovery

Since the crypto crash of 2021, the broader crypto market has been on a slow path to recovery. During its peak, cryptocurrencies were riding high, with Bitcoin price level leading the way, surging to an all-time high of over $60,000, while Ethereum hovered around $4,000.


Regrettably, this upward trajectory was short-lived, as the industry faced many challenges. Regulatory roadblocks impeded its expansion into various regions, and market forces relentlessly caused volatility in crypto prices.

A Glimmer of Hope

Yet, amidst this turbulence, DeFi researcher Thor Hartvigsen has offered a ray of hope. In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), he shared a series of chart reports that highlight the ongoing growth of the crypto industry, despite negative trends in the ecosystem.


Hartvigsen unveiled four charts that showcase the surge in crypto adoption within the industry. One chart reveals a sharp increase in the total daily wallets for users in the Ethereum and Layer 2 (L2) landscape, which had previously been trapped in a bear market.


Ethereum + L2 Daily Users chart
ThorHartvigsen | Twitter


Another chart uncovers a resurgence in decentralized stablecoins, bucking their decline trend since August 2022.


The third chart paints a picture of Ethereum's steady growth over the years, surpassing the $10 billion revenue mark and fostering the emergence of innovative businesses within the crypto sphere.


The fourth and final chart illustrates that liquid staking has hit an all-time high, skyrocketing from $7.9 billion to over $20 billion in 2023. Notably, this report corroborates recent data showing a surge in liquid staking platforms in the United States, with 370,000 Ether (ETH) staked in just five days, reaching a remarkable milestone of $20 million staked ether.

The Challenges Faced

It's essential to acknowledge the challenges that the crypto industry has encountered. The Terra Luna crash witnessed one of the largest stablecoins plummeting by a staggering 99%. Following that, the crypto bear market cycle faced another blow with the FTX decline and subsequent insolvency. The FTX collapse was one of the most challenging periods of the crypto industry. 


The worst thing about this period is that it affected many other crypto firms affiliated with FTX. Lending platforms such as Three Arrows were among the numerous firms that fell under the ripple effect of the FTX collapse. Moreover, it has been under the watchful eye of major regulatory authorities, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


Additionally, the industry has grappled with numerous crypto scams, rug pulls, and cyberattacks targeting major exchange platforms and marketplaces.

A Promising Future

Nevertheless, the crypto industry is gradually regaining its strength and is advancing rapidly. Promising developments, such as integrating Spot Bitcoin ETFs and Ethereum Spot ETFs, are on the horizon.


The ecosystem is thriving with new infrastructure upgrades and improvements in the DeFi sector, ensuring the sustainability and longevity of the crypto industry.