The 3 best and worst performing altcoins since their ATH

05 Apr, 2019
by David Robb
The 3 best and worst performing altcoins since their ATH

The last few days have seen some of the most exciting cryptocurrency price action in a long while, so it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the long-term performance of the top 25 altcoins, going back to their all-time highs. Which cryptocurrencies have managed to keep the most value since the bull market peaked in late 2017? And which ones have suffered the worst?

Best performers

1.Binance Coin (BNB)

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Binance Coin (BNB) is the top performer since the peak of the crypto bull run, much like it was around four months ago, in our end-of-2018 analysis.

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Binance secured its place as the top crypto exchange in 2018 and made a number of exciting new announcements, for developments that have been rolled out slowly throughout 2019. The success of token sale platform Binance Launchpad, which uses BNB to raise funds for new crypto projects, may have been a particularly significant contribution to its success.

The all-time high price for BNB was around $24.46, and it is now worth $19.22, decreasing in price by a mere 23.7%.

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2.Maker (MKR)

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MKR has had an impressive 2019 so far, increasing in price by almost 70 percent. The token is used as part of the MakerDAO eco-system, which operates the DAI stablecoin as well as ETH-backed margin trading. It has increased hugely in popularity over the last few months.

MKR is currently worth $746, compared to an all-time high price of $1687. Since its peak on January 20, 2018, it has lost around 56 percent of its value.

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3.Basic Attention Token (BAT)

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Basic Attention Token (BAT) started to see some significant publicity towards the end of 2018, which increased further in the last few months. The growth in popularity of its associated decentralized web browser, Brave, has contributed to its value, and users of the software recently started to receive BAT as part of an opt-in ad revenue system.

At time of writing, BAT is worth $0.29. Its all-time high price was $0.86, meaning it has now lost 67% of its value since it peaked on January 20.

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Worst performers


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Of the top 25 cryptos by market cap, IOTA has fallen off the most since the peak of the bull market. Despite having some solid use cases for the internet-of-things and the energy industry in particular, it has received very little attention recently.

The price of IOTA peaked at $5.23, on December 19, 2017. At time of writing, it is worth just $0.34, down 93% since its ATH.

2.Cardano (ADA)

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Another crypto that showed a lot of promise but has performed poorly since the bull market ended is Cardano (ADA). Internal disagreements between IOHK and the Cardano Foundation may have damaged its reputation, and it has lagged behind the rest of the pack in terms of adoption and use cases.

Now worth just $0.089, ADA was trading at $1.15 at its peak. Since January 3, 2018, it has decreased in value by 92.3%.

3.Zcash (ZEC)

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Privacy coin Zcash is another crypto that has suffered from the prolonged bear market. In the interim, its team has undergone a rebrand and the token secured a Coinbase listing, but Zcash has apparently struggled to compete with key rivals Monero (XMR) and Dash (DASH), which themselves have also seen major losses.

ZEC is currently worth just $68. This is down from its peak on January 7, 2018, when it was trading at $876. Its value has decreased since the ATH by 92.2%.

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