Following yesterday’s sudden addition of Stellar XLM to U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, investor interest has quickly shifted to Cardano ADA.
While the entire industry is experiencing a bump in price, with Bitcoin making another run at $4000 for the third time in 2019, eleventh-largest coin by market capitalization Cardano has managed to outpace the rest of the market.
Some of the ADA price action is being driven by a buoying of the rest of the market, with most coins experiencing a double-digit appreciation since the start of the year–a welcome change from 2018’s endless downward spiral. However, many investors are also piling into Cardano from FOMO and anticipation of another Coinbase listing, with ADA being the last of a long-awaited group to be added to the exchange.
In July 2018, Coinbase announced exploration into five new cryptocurrencies for listing, addressing one of its most common customer complaints that the exchange’s offering was too limited. Of the five coins that were originally outlined in that update, Cardano is the only coin to not yet be listed.
Despite, at the time, Stellar XLM and Cardano ADA being the most popular and heavily favored choices for Coinbase to offer investors, it’s surprising that they were the last two coins to be considered–with ADA still waiting for integration. However, both coins offer significant advantages to both Coinbase users and the industry of crypto. Stellar has been at the forefront of non-profit cryptocurrency engagement, and is targeting unbanked populations in developing countries.
Cardano, similar to Ethereum, is looking to build a network of blockchain use that extends beyond monetary transfers. With the guidance of IOHK CEO and former ETH co-founder Charles Hoskinson, ADA has managed to build a fair amount of interest in the 1.5 years it has been available on the open market.
However, the current rush of ADA investors would be wise to consider the position of Coinbase. While it does appear that the exchange is set on increasing its cryptocurrency selection at an accelerated pace relative to past engagement, there is no guarantee that Cardano will be coming to Coinbase any time soon. Investors are basing their decision on the fact that XLM followed XRP’s listing by a few weeks, as opposed to the months that have traditionally passed between Coinbase listings.
Despite Coinbase announcing in December their intention to add hundreds of new currencies–with XRP being listed as one of the possible coins–some community members believe that Ripple paid for the coin to be added to the exchange. For one, the timing was convenient for both Ripple and XRP, giving a positive boost to the currency in the wake of J.P. Morgan’s JPM Coin announcement. And, as other analysts have pointed out, XRP violates Coinbase’s guidelines for listing new currencies by way of Ripple’s majority stake in the coin.
That being said, investors are attempting to make the most out of the Coinbase FOMO and new coin excitement, given the waning we have seen over the last year in the exchange’s influence on cryptocurrency prices.
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