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ICOs are in free-fall. But all hope is not lost

14 May 2019 15:41, UTC
ICOs are in free-fall. But all hope is not lost
By Gregory S. Mathew

Once among the most popular fundraising mechanisms, Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs, is going through a rough patch right now.

Why?

Because-on top of the dwindling investor interest in ICO projects, the current regulatory environment makes it incredibly difficult to launch an ICO and still be compliant with regulatory norms.

ICO numbers are in free-fall

In the USA, ICO numbers dropped by as much as 85%, according to InWara’s monthly Report-April. But this trend is not just unique to the USA, the world over ICO numbers have depreciated significantly.

No. of ICOs by country

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During April 2018 as many as 534 Initial Coin Offerings were launched the world over In comparison — only 81 ICOs were launched during April 2019. That’s an 84% decrease in just a year’s time. Just another example of how sensitive the still-nascent market is towards external factors.

Despite their dwindling numbers, ICOs are successfully raising huge sums

ICO numbers are in free-fall and no-one is exactly sure where it might stop. Perhaps the ICO market itself is swiped out? Wel, the chances of that happening are slim.

Again, why?

It’s because the few remaining ICOs were wildly successful. In April of 2019 alone, ICOs managed to raise a whopping $569 mln.

Funds raised by country

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The single largest contributor to token sales was Singapore — $214 mln — has come from the island nation alone and accounted for as much as 40% of the funds raised this month in ICO token sales.

Even in the US, where regulatory oversight has made it incredibly difficult to launch an ICO, has witnessed $92 mln being raised. While this amount is a far cry from the $400 mln raised during the same time last year, it is still a significant amount.

In addition to Singapore, there are several other Asian countries that have made significant strides in the ICO space. Like China, Japan, and South Korea which managed to raise $104 mln between them.

Don’t get me wrong, the Asian ICO market has declined as well. Last year China, Japan and South Korea raised $219 mln between them — a 52% decrease in the funds raised. But it is clearly better than the American ICO market which declined by as much 77%.

Disclaimer: All the above data used in this article is sourced from InWara’s market intelligence platform.

Image courtesy of Bitcointrix



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