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What Will The Price Of Solana (SOL) Be In 2024?


Solana (SOL) has been a prominent cryptocurrency, known for its high throughput and low transaction costs. As we go through 2024, it’s important to understand the dynamics driving Solana’s price, its value, and the potential trajectory it may follow throughout the year.

In the last bull run, Solana broke all time highs, at one point gaining more than 15000% in value. The feat earned Solana its name as the Ethereum-killer.” This is because of Ethereum’s snail-paced transaction speed, and lower throughput than Solana. Solana changed the game by building a blockchain infrastructure based on proof-of-history: a system that uses time-stamps to determine the next block in the chain. This outperformed the technology of legacy blockchains like Ethereum and Bitcoin

In turn, this encouraged an influx of venture capital, boosting Solana’s ecosystem and leading to a rapid rise in value. By November 2021, Solana reached its all-time high (ATH) of $260.06.

However, things went down south during the bear market. SOL’s price fell as the cryptocurrency market entered a bear phase. It even got worse during the FTX/Bankman-Fried scandal. A significant event impacting Solana was the decision of Changpeng Zhao (CZ), founder of Binance, to sell all his FTT tokens due to concerns about the solvency of FTX exchange. This was crucial for Solana as FTX and Alameda Research were the largest holders of SOL at that time. 

Now, Solana is fighting back and gaining pace: a sign of good things to come. #DisruptionBanking believes this performance is being driven by the factors below:

Technological Innovation and Network Performance

Its main value proposition is its advanced blockchain technology. Solana has a high-performance protocol that’s capable of processing thousands of transactions per second (TPS) at lower costs, a solid alternative to Ethereum, especially for DeFi and dApp developers. The continuous upgrades in network scalability and security are instrumental in maintaining its competitive edge. This could impact SOL’s price positively.

Market Sentiment and Adoption

Investor sentiment greatly influences the crypto-verse. Positive developments, like key partnerships, adoption by legacy finance, or endorsements by popular personalities, can spike SOL’s price up. Conversely, regulatory issues or any negative development can dip the price. 

Regulatory Landscape

Issues with regulations are still a problem in the crypto-verse, with many recent examples like the SEC’s cases against Tron, Ripple, or Gemini. Friendly and simple regulatory guidelines will improve institutional investment in Solana. But, harsh and complicated regulations may challenge its growth.

Competition from Other Blockchains

Other blockchains are innovating with a fast pace. This may affect Solana’s position in the market. Ethereum and emerging blockchains like Polkadot and Cardano are improving their technologies every day. Innovations like upgrades from competitors, can affect market preference and, consequently, SOL’s price.

Economic Factors

Although crypto is challenging the traditional finance market, it is still heavily influenced and arguably dependent on it. Global economic circumstances, like inflation, interest rates, and growth all play a role. In a bullish economy, investors might be motivated to invest in riskier assets like cryptocurrencies, potentially driving up SOL’s price.

Price Predictions for 2024

It’s almost impossible to predict future prices of cryptocurrencies due to their high volatility and the unpredictability of market determinants. However, based on current trends and expert analyses, SOL, still sitting around $95, may experience a high of up to around $140 if the bull badges and keeps gaining momentum. But if the bear market rages on, we may be looking at a plummet to around $50. 

These predictions depend on various factors like market sentiment, technological advancements, and broader economic conditions as initially mentioned.

Risks and Challenges

Solana is credited for its visionary approach and experiment orientation, but it has faced technical stability issues due to its architecture. Although it has achieved 100% uptime since March 2023 following significant network upgrades, Solana previously experienced several unpredictable downtimes, grounding network functions. Between January 2022 and February 2023, there were outages in 7 out of 13 months, with the longest lasting nearly 19 hours on February 25 2023. Its experimental system is the primary culprit, which lacks formal verification of its consensus mechanism and struggles with predicting failures due to the immense data volumes it handles. Improvements have been made, but the design’s complexity may prevent timely resolution of future issues. 

Consequently, the Solana team still calls the chain “Beta,” acknowledging the potential for unforeseen network failures.

Ultimately, Sol’s price in 2024 will be dependent on the aforementioned factors. Its innovative technology and growing ecosystem hint potential growth, although investors remember the risks and volatility inherent in the cryptocurrency market.

Author: Makinde Adeniyi

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