Categories: Crypto News

Solana Dips Despite R114.7 m Boost Amid Bitcoin Market Tumble

  •  Solana (SOL) experienced a significant price drop on Tuesday, despite receiving $6.1 million in institutional investments last week, amidst a broader decline in Bitcoin prices and a reduction in on-chain activity and inflows.
  • The overall digital asset investment sphere showed signs of recovery, with institutional capital inflows hitting $862 million last week, led by Bitcoin's $865 million inflow, while altcoins collectively secured $18.3 million, with Solana at the forefront.
  •  Despite the interest in Solana-based meme coins and user engagement with specific assets, Solana's price fell nearly 6% following a market-wide correction influenced by a sharp decrease in Bitcoin's price and substantial liquidations across derivatives exchanges.
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In the volatile cryptocurrency market, South Africa’s investors observed that Solana (SOL) experienced a sharp price drop on Tuesday, correlating with Bitcoin’s significant downturn, despite an impressive $6.1 million (approximately R114.7 million) infusion from institutional investors in the preceding week.

This influx, buoyed partly by the meme coin craze that Solana seemingly benefited from, contrasts with the cryptocurrency’s recent performance downturn, attributed to diminished on-chain activity and a deceleration in capital inflows.

In a broader context, data from CoinShares, a European alternative asset manager, indicated a rejuvenation in the digital asset investment sphere last week, with institutional capital inflows reaching $862 million (around R16.2 billion). This shift nearly reverses the staggering $931 million (about R17.5 billion) outflows seen the week before, showcasing a potential resurgence in investor confidence.

Bitcoin dominated the investment landscape with a $865 million (approximately R16.3 billion) capital influx, overshadowing altcoins, which collectively secured $18.3 million (roughly R344.5 million) in new investments.

Among these, Solana emerged as a leader, surpassing other altcoins like XRP, Chainlink, and Polkadot with a $6.1 million (about R114.7 million) weekly inflow. However, on-chain metrics from the Block highlight a concerning decline in Solana’s network engagement, with both new and active addresses on a downward slope since reaching a six-month peak on March 22.

The downturn for Solana occurred alongside a broader market correction, triggered by Bitcoin’s fall to $66,000 (around R1.24 million) early Tuesday, influenced by widespread liquidations across derivatives exchanges.

Despite the initial attraction to Solana-based meme coins and increased user interaction with assets such as Book of Meme (BOME), Cat in a Dog’s World (MEW), and Tombili the Fat Cat (FATCAT), Solana’s price slumped nearly 6% on the day.

This scenario underscores the intricacies of cryptocurrency investments, especially in a market as dynamic and intertwined as that of digital assets, highlighting the need for South African investors to stay informed and cautious in their investment strategies.


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Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email: