What's Driving Token Prices? November 15, 2023

Katie Talati
Nov 15, 2023

Join Katie Talati, Arca’s Head of Research, weekly on Wednesday at 4PM EST / 1PM PST as she shares notable token activity over the past week and her insights on what market events drove these token price movements.

Watch Our Founders Video

  • OKB (+5.1%) - Centralized exchange, OKX,  is following in the footsteps of Coinbase and Kraken by announcing plans for their own L2 which will be built on Polygon. Although the success of Layer-2 plays for exchanges is yet to be determined, this announcement led to an increase in price because OKX is still the second largest exchange by market share after Binance capturing 24.85% of the market. As the solid number 2 exchange, OKX has managed to stay clear of any public regulatory spats compared with Binance and HTX (fka Huobi) however, they are still less transparent in their operations than Coinbase.
  • OP (+21%) - Layer-2 protocol, Optimism, announced on Monday that Ryan Watkins, formerly the President of competing Layer-2, Polygon, joined the company as Chief Growth Officer. Watkins has been credited with assisting in developing Polygon’s biggest partnerships including Starbucks, Nike, Mastercard, Disney, Meta and more.
  • MNT/FTT (+6.1%/+160%) - Over the weekend, the bankrupt FTX estate announced that it was suing the ByBit exchange to claw back $1B in assets by claiming that the assets were gained in a “fraudulent scheme”. The lawsuit alleges that ByBit used its VIP status to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars of assets from the FTX exchange on the day before the collapse using the accounts of ByBit related entities and senior executives. In addition, the suit alleges that ByBit held $125M in assets owned by FTX and has refused to hand them over to the bankruptcy estate. The third accusation relates to a token swap in late 2021 between FTX and BitDAO (the decentralized governance group spun out of ByBit) where FTT was exchanged for BIT tokens. Earlier this year, BitDAO rebranded to Mantle and shifted its focus to building a Layer-2 blockchain and opened a token swap to convert BIT into the new MNT tokens. According to the lawsuit, Mantle/ByBit tried to reverse the original transaction from 2021 since the  value of the FTT tokens were worth $4M versus the $50M worth in BIT tokens. Once the FTX estate tried to swap their tokens through the online portal, Mantle paused the swap contract and began a vote to block FTX from converting to the new token. 

DISCLAIMER: This commentary is not intended to be investment advice, investment research, or a recommendation. Please consult your investment professional for your own circumstances."

Subscribe For the Latest Blockchain News & Analysis



Disclaimer: This commentary is provided as general information only and is in no way intended as investment advice, investment research, legal advice, tax advice, a research report, or a recommendation. Any decision to invest or take any other action with respect to any investments discussed in this commentary may involve risks not discussed, and therefore, such decisions should not be based solely on the information contained in this document. Please consult your own financial/legal/tax professional.

Statements in this communication may include forward-looking information and/or may be based on various assumptions. The forward-looking statements and other views or opinions expressed are those of the author, and are made as of the date of this publication. Actual future results or occurrences may differ significantly from those anticipated and there is no guarantee that any particular outcome will come to pass. The statements made herein are subject to change at any time. Arca disclaims any obligation to update or revise any statements or views expressed herein. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results and there can be no assurance that any future results will be realized. Some or all of the information provided herein may be or be based on statements of opinion. In addition, certain information provided herein may be based on third-party sources, which is believed to be accurate, but has not been independently verified. Arca and/or certain of its affiliates and/or clients may now, or in the future, hold a financial interest in investments that are the same as or substantially similar to the investments discussed in this commentary. No claims are made as to the profitability of such financial interests, now, in the past or in the future and Arca and/or its clients may sell such financial interests at any time. The information provided herein is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation to provide investment advisory services.

You May Also Like

These Stories on Investing Themes