In April 2023, the crypto market experienced mixed performance. Bitcoin (BTC) has remained sideways for a month, trading at $28,500 as of May 3, while ether (ETH) saw minor gains amid the Shanghai upgrade, though it has now retraced to $1,859. 

The market anticipates the Federal Reserve’s interest rate data, which could significantly impact market dynamics. 

Major altcoins have shown considerable losses amid these erratic times, and a Fed interest rate increase could cause prices to tumble further. Which coins have declined the most, and what’s coming next? Let’s find out.

PancakeSwap (CAKE)

CAKE’s market price as of May 3 is $2.55, representing a loss of 31% in one month. The primary cause of this decline is a major change in the protocol’s reward system for staking tokens. 

CAKE monthly price chart | Source: CoinMarketCap
CAKE monthly price chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

A proposal passed, reducing CAKE’s inflation rate from over 20% to around 4%. While beneficial for the ecosystem in the long run, this change has frustrated stakers due to the immediate impact on their returns. 

BNB Chain, which houses PancakeSwap, is the third-highest-ranked blockchain by total value locked (TVL), and further shifts in sentiment for CAKE and PancakeSwap could have implications for the chain.

SingularityNET (AGIX)

AGIX’s current market price is $0.30, representing a loss of 25% in one month. The token has been trading downward since reaching a 52-week high of $0.66 in February. 

AGIX monthly price chart | Source: CoinMarketCap
AGIX monthly price chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

The most likely reason for this decline is traders taking profits due to market consolidation and fears, with no direct news or events affecting AGIX. 

However, some Twitter analysts see this as a buying opportunity, recommending dollar-cost averaging into dips.

Hedera (HBAR)

HBAR’s current market price is $0.05, representing a loss of 18% in one month. Hedera has been on a downward spree since April after seeing bumper rallies between March and April. 

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HBAR monthly price chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

Traders are likely booking profits due to uncertain market conditions. Despite the recent decline, Hedera saw massive growth in Q1 2023, with transaction volumes growing 40 times and TVL increasing by 52%. 

The network also experienced improvements, such as Dell joining the Hedera Governing Council and a commitment to supporting human rights. However, it faced challenges with network irregularities, which have since been patched.

Comparative performance and future trajectories

While the crypto market experienced mixed performance in April 2023, the three biggest losers, CAKE, AGIX, and HBAR, exhibited significant declines. 

The reasons behind these losses vary, from changes in reward systems to market consolidation and profit booking. The future trajectory of these assets will depend on how they address their respective challenges and leverage their strengths. 

For CAKE, the long-term implications of the reduced inflation rate may eventually prove beneficial. AGIX investors may find this dip an opportunity to buy at lower prices, while HBAR’s impressive Q1 performance and commitment to growth could help it recover from its recent decline.

As always, investors should remain vigilant, conduct thorough research, and monitor the market for any changes that may affect their investments.

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