Solana [SOL] has encountered difficulties in gaining a strong foothold in the fiercely competitive DeFi sector. To address this, the network implemented strategies such as points programs to attract a more extensive user base.
Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko recently highlighted the lack of proper regulatory frameworks as the biggest challenge for the blockchain industry.
He believed that the best way to overcome this roadblock was for regulators to implement a proper regulatory framework that would ensure compliance.
SOL showed a minor price correction for the past few days. At press time, it was trading at $20.21.
Its price rose nearly 30% following the news of Ripple [XRP] securing a partial victory in its legal battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 13 July. But it couldn’t maintain its price rally for long.
The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in its judgement that the sale of Ripple’s XRP tokens on crypto exchanges and though programmatic sales did not constitute investment contracts; hence, it is not a security in this case. But the court also ruled that the institutional sale of the XRP tokens violated federal securities laws.
The crypto industry lapped up the judgement instantly, generating a price rally across tokens. But the coins couldn’t sustain the price rally.
Solana’s reputation as an “Ethereum killer”
Even as SOL is touted to be the “Ethereum [ETH] killer,” Solana Labs co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko seems to be in agreement with the idea of using Ethereum as a layer-2 for the Solana blockchain.
Even Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin is an admirer of the Solana protocol. When the SEC sued Binance [BNB] and Coinbase [COIN] in early June, it labeled several altcoins, including SOL, as securities. Buterin rued the manner in which the regulator is targeting projects like Solana.
Heading into 2023, SOL was hovering around the $10 support zone. It was already in the grips of a downtrend that stretched back to November 2021, back when SOL was trading at $200.
Just as investors began anticipating further losses across the crypto-market in January, Bitcoin [BTC] climbed past $17k and shifted the shorter-term sentiment to bullish.
Solana benefited massively from this shift and recorded gains of 175% in 21 days. However, it could not breach the $26-$28 resistance zone, which has acted as support since June-November 2022.
We asked ChatGPT for its take on the price, network health, and the trajectory of Solana after giving it some relevant data points.
Can we coax ChatGPT into a Solana price prediction?
ChatGPT has been a remarkable chatbot, and the updates of the past month have made ChatGPT 4.0 quite impressive. It is a powerful tool for learning and well-trained on a vast array of topics. Yet, we must remember that the bot is engineered to mimic a human, and is not necessarily guaranteed to be factually accurate.
The jailbreak version of ChatGPT would likely be even more inaccurate, as it is specifically instructed not to say no to anything the user requests.
And yet, it is possible to obtain some guesses from the chatbot on what the future might hold if we provide it with details about recent price movements.
So, what does ChatGPT make of Solana? Does it see a route to recovery after its recent setbacks? Based on transaction fees and transaction speeds, ChatGPT seems to think Solana will be an Ethereum killer
We are yet to inform it of the challenges that Solana and SOL investors have faced in recent months. Let’s start with the biggest dent in investor confidence –
FTX, where the free-fall began
Sam Bankman-Fried, aka “SBF,” was one of the most vocal proponents of the Solana network. The community saw him as a credible and smart entrepreneur who was the CEO of one of the largest crypto exchanges, FTX.
Even though Binance reigned supreme in terms of volume and token pairs, FTX was giving it a run for its money. Competition is also good for the industry and serves the customers.
A lot has changed since then, and the SEC has charged Mr. Bankman-Fried with defrauding the equity investors of FTX, further alleging that he commingled FTX customer funds with Alameda’s to make undisclosed venture investments. He faces over 100 years in jail if convicted on all counts.
Not only has the reputation of Solana taken a hit, but the foundation also sold a significant amount of SOL to FTX Trading and Alameda Research. This amounted to 58.08 million SOL, or 11% of the circulating supply at the time FTX filed for bankruptcy. It was valued at close to $1.1 billion at the time.
As expected, the price of Solana nosedived in November and declined by 45% from November 11 to 31 December, falling from $18.08 to $8. With rumors of FTX’s insolvency circulating from November 5, SOL had already lost 50% the previous week, when it was trading near the $38 mark.
This took SOL’s total losses from 5 November 2022 to 31 December 2022 to 79.4%.
ChatGPT certainly sounds optimistic, and early 2023 went extraordinarily well for investors. And yet, some network issues cropped up, just as they had in 2022.
SOL exceeded expectations in January and February 2023
From 1 January to 20 February, Solana gained 179.88% on the price charts and rallied from $9.69 to $27.12. The explosive rally has been credited partially to Bonk; a meme coin introduced within the Solana ecosystem modeled after Shiba Inu.
A part of the total 99 trillion supply was airdropped into the wallets of Solana users in December. The transaction count per day was on a downtrend in the second half of December, but this turned around in early January.
Soon enough, the transactions were picking up pace once more. The introduction of the fun memecoin did much to bring the community away from the dark, depressing shadow the FTX debacle had cast on Solana.
When fed with on-chain data and price action in recent months, the jailbroken version of ChatGPT predicted a wild ride for Solana in Q4. It says SOL will hit an all-time high (ATH) price of $600 in this quarter.
The network has faced troublesome outages in recent months, which might hurt investor confidence. The chatbot agreed.
Predictions aside, what does price analysis tell us about Solana?
A look at Solana’s on-chart metrics
At press time, SOL was trading at $20.21. The cryptocurrency’s price rose more than 3% over the last seven days.
But SOL’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Money Flow Index (MFI) rested below the neutral 50-level. Its On Balance Volume (OBV), however, reflected an uptick.
In conclusion, SOL’s on-chart metrics pointed towards bearish market sentiment at the time of writing.
While ChatGPT predicts a wild ride for Solana this quarter, its performance has hardly been praiseworthy. It is therefore crucial that traders do their own research before investing in a crypto asset.