Here's what 9 experts say about why Dogecoin is the new star of the crypto market – and it's not just the Musk effect | Currency News | Financial and Business News

Here’s what 9 experts say about why Dogecoin is the new star of the crypto market – and it’s not just the Musk effect | Currency News | Financial and Business News

Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesAn accumulation of interest in Dogecoin has taken the cryptocurrency by storm, with its 8,000% rally so far this year.The meme-based token rose by more than 200% last week, fueled by Elon Musk’s “Doge Barking at the Moon” tweet on Thursday. A day before the billionaire’s tweet, only several hundred Twitter users had engaged with the hashtag $Doge. But engagement had soared by over 16,000% a day later, with over 55,000 Twitter users joining in, according to data from the social-analysis platform Cyabra.In the Dogecoin community’s latest attempt to beat the coin’s all-time high, investors are eyeing a target of $0.42 on Tuesday, April 20, or “Doge Day.”After Dogecoin peaked at a record $0.41 this week, the online trading platform Robinhood began to experience major crypto trading outages due to unprecedented demand. That meant many investors were unable to join in on Dogecoin’s rally at its peak. This is similar to the GameStop situation in January, when traders were unable to get in on the booming stock because activity was restricted following high demand. Here’s why a currency that was started as a joke is now surging in popularity, according to nine experts.”Dogecoin is a lighthearted and authentic community built upon a serious cryptocurrency infrastructure. It fills a niche that BTC and ETH do not. Its lightheartedness also makes it perfect for sending a message to the current financial establishment, which is anything but lighthearted. The more that the financial establishment is dismayed, the better.” – Richard Smith, i nvesting and risk expert “The overarching narrative behind the coin’s 30x run this year is a protest against systemic inequities in the traditional financial industry – Dogecoin is, after all, the original ‘meme asset.’ This is an extension of the value that cryptocurrencies derive from vibrant and growing communities that give rise to network effects.” – Thomas Perfumo, head of business operations and strategy at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange “Many people view Doge as the ‘people’s cryptocurrency’ because it was created as a joke. Major players and corporations are unlikely to buy in and manipulate the market or understand that it could be a viable currency. Elon has echoed this sentiment. These factors have created a perfect storm for Doge, pumping the price to where it is today.” – Ben Weiss, CEO at the bitcoin ATM operator CoinFlip Read more: A 29-year-old self-made billionaire breaks down how he achieved daily returns of 10% on million-dollar crypto trades and shares how to find the best opportunities
“While the Coinbase listing brought attention to crypto as a whole, for DOGE, it was a combination of Elon Musk’s tweets, as well as WallStreetBets’ recent interest in crypto that really kicked off this rally.” – Jason Lau, the chief operating officer at OKCoin, an exchange based in San Francisco Dogecoin is gaining traction because it is “still relatively cheap and people who may feel like they missed out on the upside of Bitcoin are thinking that perhaps this is their shot.” – Eric Berman, senior legal editor of US finance at Thomson Reuters Practical Law Berman added: “The sentiment seems to be: Bitcoin is for the wealthy, Ethereum for the middle class, and Dogecoin is for the people.””I am quite confident that there is no real background to the current phase of Dogecoin’s growth. The rate is currently related to the general mood of investors on the crypto market and is a kind of indicator of the emotional state of market participants, reflecting their expectations.” – Maria Stankevich, the chief business development officer at the crypto exchange EXMO UK “It’s a testament to how far narratives, memetic themes, and flows drive markets rather than fundamentals. In the old paradigm fundamental value would provide a magnet for prices to gravitate towards. In the new paradigm, it is all about flows – the order book, the buyers and the sellers.” – Roshun Patel, a vice president at the digital-currency prime broker Genesis Read more: The growth lead at crypto exchange Kraken breaks down how Bitcoin’s price might hit $1 million by the end of the year – and how Gen Z and millennials are driving Dogecoin’s explosive rally “The latest uptick in Dogecoin’s price isn’t indicative of any meaningful value the cryptocurrency offers, it’s just a surge in interest from people looking to get rich quick. That can make for a fun bet, but it’s not good investing. And if you’re the one left holding on to the coins when the market tanks, you may regret taking a punt in the first place.” – David Kimberley, an analyst at the UK investing app Freetrade “It’s moved by headlines, tweets, celebrity, or corporate endorsements and while that’s likely belittled by ‘traditional’ investors, it’s what brings the masses to cryptocurrencies. The masses understand headlines, tweets, and endorsements and the masses will likely mature as crypto enthusiasts and begin to appreciate the movement for its more technical nuances.” – Michael Kamerman, CEO of the Scandinavian-owned brokerage Skilling

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