Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs): Another Financial “Fumble”
NFTs have taken “a round trip to nowhere”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady is a non-fungible token (NFT) enthusiast.
However, glory on the football field has not translated to this field of finance (Business Insider, August 8):
Tom Brady bought a Bored Ape NFT for $430,000 in April. He’s lost at least $194,000 on it since then.
He paid 133 ether for it … which is $235,436 right now. Its best offer is $136,034.
Brady formed his own NFT company in 2021 and is one of many celebrities who became enamored with cryptos.
Yet, celebrity endorsements of cryptos have not exactly had a stellar record. Examples include a 95% plummet in the average price of NFTs sponsored by boxer Mike Tyson, a slide of more than 75% in World of Women NFTs backed by movie star Reese Witherspoon and a big tumble in the price of Bitcoin since movie star Matt Damon appeared in video advertisements in October 2021. And the list goes on.
The Global Market Perspective, a monthly Elliott Wave International publication which covers 50-plus worldwide financial markets, has been keeping subscribers apprised of cryptos. The July issue showed this chart and said:
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are [an] asset class that demonstrates investors’ remarkable tolerance for losses in the wake of The Great Peak. The chart shows the NFT Index, which originated on March 20, 2021 to track the price of these tokens. The index is down 90% from its high.
Remarkably, the major slide in the price of NFTs and other cryptos has not dampened investors’ enthusiasm.
This is from the August Global Market Perspective:
Barron’s reported on August 4 that “mom and pop investors are pouring money into cryptocurrencies.” Retail investors are piling into bitcoin “at the fastest rate in history.”
Often, such zeal can serve as a contrarian indicator. On the other hand, manias can persist before they finally end.
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