Will This Sizzling Cryptocurrency Beat Bitcoin Once More in 2024?

The cryptocurrency market has seen a standout performer this year in Solana (SOL), which has surged by almost 1,000% in 2023. This has led to Solana becoming the fifth-most valuable cryptocurrency in the world and some analysts are even predicting that it could surpass Ethereum (ETH) in terms of market cap.

What is particularly notable is how Solana’s performance compares to that of Bitcoin (BTC), which has historically been the benchmark for the overall crypto market. While Solana has experienced nearly 1,000% growth, Bitcoin has only seen 160% growth, despite the hype surrounding the possible new spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund and the upcoming Bitcoin halving next year.

In terms of reasons behind Solana’s outperformance, investors initially embraced the narrative that Solana had overcome the fallout from the cryptocurrency exchange FTX. This narrative was further supported by institutional investors seeing Solana as a viable alternative to Ethereum, leading to a surge in institutional investment in Solana.

However, recent developments in the cryptocurrency market have raised concerns about the sustainability of Solana’s success. The rise of meme coins, including the wild success of Bonk (BONK), has led to a new speculative phase for Solana, potentially increasing volatility and attracting a get-rich-quick crypto crowd.

Furthermore, there are question marks surrounding Solana’s strength in areas like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and regulatory risks, with the Securities and Exchange Commission raising concerns about Solana being an “unregistered security.”

While there is much to like about Solana, the recent speculative frenzy has raised doubts about its sustainability in 2024. While it may continue to outperform Ethereum, its ability to outperform Bitcoin is increasingly in doubt.

It’s important to note that this article was written by Dominic Basulto, who has positions in Bitcoin and Ethereum, and The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Bitcoin, Coinbase Global, Ethereum, and Solana. For further details, refer to The Motley Fool’s disclosure policy.

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