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Should You Buy Meme Coins Like Shiba Inu (SHIB)?

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Even today, Cryptocurrencies as a whole are still wild volatile, speculative investments.

Many experts warn that you should only invest money that you can afford to lose with good reason.

According to the Bitcoin Volatility Index, an index that measures the standard deviation of the daily returns for the preceding 30- and 60-day time periods for Bitcoin and other assets; Bitcoin is still highly volatile.

FYI: When it comes to investing, standard deviation is often applied to the rate of return of an investment product over a time period. This shines a light on the investment’s historical volatility. The higher the standard deviation, the larger the variance between the price and the mean which is indicative of a broader price range.

Generally, a higher standard deviation indicates that an asset is highly volatile. This means that you bear a lot of risk holding the asset as its price may go higher or lower significantly any other day. The more volatile the asset, the more people will want to avoid it altogether, limit their exposure to it or reduce their risk of holding it by hedging.

In the past 30 days, Bitcoin had a standard deviation of 5.86%. In comparison, gold’s volatility averages around 1.2%, while other major currencies average between 0.5% and 1.0%.

But if you thought holding Bitcoin was risky, wait till you see memecoins like Shiba Inu (SHIB). In the past 30 days, SHIB had a standard deviation of about 400%!

Source: The Sun

I’ll just be frank. Buying a meme coin like the SHIB is straight-up gambling as the coin does almost nothing fundamentally while its price is largely driven by speculators.

But, there’s more than to this token than meets the eye. Here’s all you need to know about SHIB!

Disclaimer: The information provided by Seedly serves as an educational piece and is not intended to be personalised investment advice. ​Readers should always do their own due diligence and consider their financial goals before investing in any investment product. The writer may have a vested interest in the investments products mentioned. 


TL;DR: Shiba Inu Analysis

  • The price of the Shiba Inu coin (SHIB) cryptocurrency has surged 389,900% from the end of January to now.
  • But, the meetoric price increase has been driven by speculative buying.
  • At the present moment, SHIB has little to no underlying value or use cases.
  • People who buy SHIB could face losing all their capital.

What is The Shiba Inu Coin?

The SHIB token was created back in August 2020 on the Etherereum blockchain by an anonymous individual or group who go by the name Ryohshi.

More specifically, SHIB is actually a fungible ERC-20 token: the technical gold standard for creating tokens on the Etherereum blockchain using smart contracts.

This is in contrast to Non-Fungible Tokens which utilise the ERC-721 token standard.

As the token is on the Ethereum network, SHIB can actually use smart contracts to make decentralised finance (DeFi) products.

The SHIB token is actually an example of meme-ception as it is a memecoin based on the memecoin Dogecoin. It has also been dubbed the Dogecoin killer.

Currently, there is little to no utility for SHIB.

But, the creators of SHIB have some lofty goals for the future.

According to its ‘Woofpaper’ (Whitepaper) which was updated on 29 Apr 2021, the blockchain project aims to create a DeFi ecosystem consisting of:

  • A decentralised cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) called ShibaSwap will allow you to trade SHIB for other cryptocurrencies.
  • Am NFT marketplace that will allow artists to auction off NFTs directly without the need for middlemen for transactions with smart contracts.
Source: Shiba Token

In addition, the creators of SHIB also created the LEASH token, a sister token for SHIB which was originally set to be a rebase token pegged to the price of Dogecoin.

But, the coin was subsequently unleashed and will not be pegged to Dogecoin. Unlike SHIB, LEASH has only a tiny supply of 100,000 tokens.

The second token incentivized on the swap offers special rewards for those who provide liquidity.

Once ShibaSwap is launched, owners of SHIB will be able to stake their SHIB tokens to ‘dig’ for ‘BONE.’

In other words, those who stake their SHIB will receive interest in the form of unreleased BONE tokens.

These BONE tokens are special as they are only available on ShibaSwap and are actually governance tokens that will allow holders to vote for proposals for the SHIB ecosystem in 2022.

Another decidedly more wholesome aspect of SHIB is that the SHIB community has launched an initiative to rescue real Shiba Inu dogs.

The community utilised the built-in Amazon Smile feature to donate to this cause.

This no-cost method allows any Shiba Inu member to help Rescue Shiba Inus by simply using smile.amazon.com when they place orders and put their preferred non-profit organization to Shiba Inu Rescue Association a 501(c)3.

A percentage of your purchases go to support automatically at no cost to you.

The Tokenomics of Shiba Inu Coin

The coin was launched with a total supply of one quadrillion coins or 1,000 trillion coins or 1,000,000,000,000,000 coins.

An interesting feature of SHIB is that every time someone buys SHIB tokens, a percentage of the purchase amount is burned via a transaction fee

This means that the supply of SHIB will drop over time the more it is traded.

The developers of SHIB locked 50% of all SHIB tokens to the decentralised cryptocurrency exchange Uniswap.

This means that the creators of SHIB do no own any SHIB tokens unless they bought them themselves on Uniswap or other cryptocurrency exchanges. This means they cannot dump tokens on the community.

The other 50% of the total supply was donated to Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin.

Source: 2017 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP

What Vitalik did with it was interesting.

Last Wednesday (12 May 2021), Buterin donated 50 trillion SHIB tokens (worth around S$1.6 billion at the time) to the India COVID-Crypto Relief Fund.

Source: Etherscan

A few days later, it was widely reported that Buterin sent about 410 trillion SHIB to a burn address on 16 May 2021, removing about 41% of the total circulating supply of SHIB from the market.

He also included a statement stating that he:

decided to burn 90% of the remaining shiba tokens in my wallet. The remaining 10% will be sent to a (not yet decided) charity with similar values to cryptorelief (preventing large-scale loss of life) but with a more long-term orientation.

By my estimates, Buterin is still holding onto about 40 trillion SHIB tokens now.

Shiba Inu Coin Price

At the time of writing, one SHIB token is worth US$0.00000938 according to CoinGecko.

From the end of January to now, the price of SHIB has surged about 389,900% from US$0.00000001 to US$0.000039.

In other words, if you bought S$1,000 worth of SHIB and held it till now your $1,000 would have become about S$3.9 million.

In a month, the price of SHIB has gone up by about 2,337.5%.

In just a week, the price has shot up by about 120.3%.

Also, there are about 497 trillion SHIB tokens circulating on the market which grants the coin a market cap of about US$4.6 billion.

Not to mention that the SHIB is currently the 26th biggest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Risks of Buying Shiba Inu Coin

At the present moment, SHIB has little to no underlying value or use cases.

SHIB is also not unique as cryptocurrencies are very easy to create, with thousands being minted every day.

The price of it is driven by hype and speculators pumping money into SHIB.

According to BscScan a Binance Smart Chain explorer built by team EtherScan that provides APIs that returns information about accounts, token, contracts and a lot of other analytics; a majority of SHIB tokens are being held by a few individuals.

Source: BscScan

The top hundred holders of SHIB hold about 78.1% of the total circulating supply of SHIB tokens.

Whereas the number-one holder of SHIB tokens with the wallet 0x000000000000000000000000000000000000dead has actually burnt his/her SHIB tokens or about 30.5% of the circulating supply of SHIB.

This holder has actually sent them to an address to ensure that no one can have the private key.  This is ensured with addresses with special string called vanities.

For example, an address 0x000000000000000000000000000000000000dEaD makes it absolutely impossible to generate a private key with today’s computers.

As such, the top 99 holders collectively own about 47.6% of the total circulating supply of SHIB tokens.

If you take away what the top holder has burnt, only 69.5% of the total supply of circulating SHIB tokens can still be accessed.

This means that the top 99 holders collectively own about 68% (46.6/69.5) of the total supply of circulating SHIB tokens that can still be accessed.

The existence of these large holders, also known as ‘whales’ in the crypto world poses a risk to the value of SHIB tokens.

This means that SHIB is very susceptible to pump and dump schemes.

Pump and dump schemes are where people organise together on apps like Discord, Slack or Telegram to illegally promote and ‘pump certain coins’ to drive up demand.

This will often result in the coin going up in value temporarily as a result of this promotion.

Next, the people who are pumping the coin will ‘dump’ the coin and sell without warning.

Be very wary of such schemes as more often than not, you are being manipulated by the pumpers of the coin who will sell when the coin reaches their pre-determined price.

Generally, the smaller altcoins are more susceptible to pump and dump schemes due to their smaller market caps and low liquidity which makes it easier to move the price of the coin.

SHIB is one such coin due to its tiny market cap of about US$4.6 billion and low liquidity.

The price could crash any time if a whale decides to dump his/her’s supply of SHIB onto the market.

So if you buy SHIB, there is a very big chance that you could LOSE almost all your capital.

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