Cardano Price to End Year at USD 0.63, Increasingly Bearish Panel Predicts
A panel of crypto industry players surveyed by comparison website Finder.com has predicted that Cardano’s native token ADA could reach USD 0.63 by the end of the year – a significant downgrade from the previous prediction.
Judging from an average of the panelists’ responses, Cardano’s native token is likely to rise by just over 30% from its current price to reach a year-end price target of USD 0.63.
ADA last traded above that price level as recently as June 10 this year, which illustrates just how bearish Finder.com’s panel has become on Cardano.
Daniel Polotsky, founder and chairman of bitcoin (BTC) ATM operator CoinFlip, stated that,
“[I]ts price and hype are way too high given its relatively low total value locked compared to its competitors,” he said. “The project was founded in 2015 and released in 2017, yet it has squandered that early-mover advantage to competitors who have recruited developers and built at a faster pace.”
Others, including fintech firm Cloudtech Group’s chief operating officer Kevin He, were also skeptical about Cardano’s future.
He argued that Cardano's advantage of fast transactions will disappear with the launch of ETH 2.0, adding:
"And due to the efficiency problem of the development team causing Cardano to significantly lag behind other competitors in smart contracts and dapp compatibility, coupled with the bear market blow we are not optimistic about the value of Cardano in the future.”
The prediction also marks a significant downgrade for the price of ADA compared to a prediction from January this year, when Finder.com’s panel said ADA was likely to finish 2022 at USD 2.79.
The latest forecast is also much more bearish when looking further into the future. In January, the panel predicted ADA would be at USD 8.18 by the end of 2025, and USD 58.04 by the end of 2030. That compares to the latest prediction of USD 2.93 for year-end 2025 and just USD 6.54 for 2030.
Despite the downgraded price prediction, some of Finder.com’s panelists remained bullish on ADA and the Cardano network. Among them was the University of Brighton senior lecturer Paul Levy, who said Cardano has the potential to “challenge and even overtake Ethereum.”
“Proof of stake is likely the future of most if not all crypto in the future. Cardano, despite current volatility, is well placed,” Levy opined.
As a driver for future price increases, a majority of the experts pointed to the Vasil hard fork update on Cardano as essential, with some saying that the upgrade will bring more efficiency and optimization to the network.
Dr Dimitrios Salampasis, director of Swinburne University of Technology, commented that,
The Vasil Hard Fork “is expected to improve speed of transactions and settlements and reduce transaction fees (compared to high gas fees in Ethereum) [and] will increase the utility value and boost more innovative projects utilizing smart contracts.”
The updated ADA price prediction marks the latest downgraded prediction from Finder.com’s panel. Earlier in July, the panel downgraded its bitcoin price prediction for the third time, forecasting that bitcoin would fall to USD 13,676 this year, before ending the year at close to USD 25,500.
Finder.com’s panel is made up of various crypto industry players, including analysts, founders, CEOs, and academics in the field.
At 10:16 UTC, ADA is trading at USD 0.48, up 1.3% in a day and 11% in a week. Overall, it is up over 5% in a month, down 60% in a year, and down 85% since its USD 3 all-time high seen in September 2021.
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