Solana (SOL) raggiunto un $216 all-time high on Sept. 9 after rallying 508% since Aug. The bull run caused some analysts to project a $500 target which would translate to a $150 miliardi di capitalizzazione di mercato.

It is worth noting that during SOL’s rally, the Ethereum network’s average transaction fee had surpassed $40. Surging interest in the NFT market accelerated investorstransition to Solana, which was boosted by FTX’s NFT marketplace launch on Sept. 6.

Solana, Valanga, and Cosmos price at Binance. fonte: TradingView

The above chart shows SOL’s two-month performance compared to Avalanche (AVAX) e Cosmos (ATOMO). Both are fighting for the same decentralized application user-base and offer faster and cheaper transactions compared to Ethereum (ETH).

Major players in the industry also invested in Solana’s ecosystem due to its potential against Ethereum. Nel mese di giugno, Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital led a $314-million funding round in Solana Labs, which was also funded by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital and Alameda Research.

Is Solana’s outage weighing on SOL price?

At SALT Conference 2021, Solana founder and CEO Anatoly Yakovenko told Cointelegraph that the networkis optimized for a specific use case: online central limit order book, a trading method used by exchanges that matches bids with offers. It was designed for market makers who need to submit millions of transactions per day.

Yakovenko then added: “There are Pareto efficiency tradeoffs. If I optimize for hash power security, that means I can’t have a lot of TPS. You have to pick one or the other.

Curiosamente, a settembre. 14, the Solana network experienced an outage that lasted over 12 ore. The team explained that a large increase in transaction load to 400,000 per second had overwhelmed the network, creating a denial-of-service that caused validators to start forking.

Solana futures aggregate open interest. fonte:

Despite the recent setback, Solana futures markets aggregate open interest sits at $1 miliardi, un 640% increase in two months. This figure makes Solana’s derivatives market the third largest, behind Bitcoin (BTC) ed Ether. This data confirms investors’ interesse, but it can’t be deemed bullish because futures buyers (anela) e venditori (pantaloncini) are matched at all times.

Derivatives markets point toward a balanced situation

To answer this question, one must analyze the funding rate. Contratti perpetui, noto anche come inverse swap, hanno una tariffa incorporata solitamente addebitata ogni otto ore. This fee ensures there are no exchange risk imbalances. A positive funding rate indicates that longs (acquirenti) sono quelli che richiedono più leva.

però, the opposite situation occurs when shorts (venditori) require additional leverage, and this causes the funding rate to turn negative.

Solana perpetual futures 8-hour funding rate. fonte:

Come illustrato sopra, the eight-hour fee reached a 0.12% peak on Sept. 5, che è equivalente a 2.5% per week. This momentary spike seized rapidly as SOL faced extreme volatility on Sept. 7. Dopo aver raggiunto il picco a $195, the SOL price crashed by 35% within 9 hours and liquidated leveraged positions, leading to the current balance between the longs and shorts.

Data shows no evidence of investors rushing to add leveraged long positions despite the current $1 billion open interest. inoltre, considering the 410% gain in the last two months, traders have reason to fear further downside because Bitcoin has also failed to break the $50,000 psychological barrier and it is yet to confirm if the recent sub-$40,000 dip was the short-term bottom.

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