Avalanche's 0.70% Price Dip to $9.30: Key Takeaways for September 15, 2023

The price of Avalanche's AVAX token has seen a slight 0.70% decrease over the past 24 hours, dropping from $9.37 down to $9.30 according to data from September 14, 2023. While not a major decline, this dip is noteworthy in the context of AVAX's price performance over the past month and six months.

AVAX currently has a market capitalization of $3.29 billion, making it the 16th largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Over the past 24 hours, AVAX saw $68.12 million in trading volume, demonstrating that there is still significant interest in the asset despite its recent declines.

Drilling down into the percent changes over different timeframes shows the narrative behind AVAX's current price level:

  • Over the past hour, AVAX declined 0.33%, continuing its gradual slide downwards.
  • Over the past 24 hours, the 0.70% dip brought AVAX to its current $9.30 price point.
  • Over the past week, AVAX has dropped 6.47%, indicating sustained downward momentum.
  • Over the past month, losses have accelerated with AVAX falling 24.32% from its monthly high of $12.13.
  • And over the past six months, AVAX has seen its price decline a substantial 40.47% as part of the broader cryptocurrency bear market.

What's Driving the Recent AVAX Weakness?

AVAX's multi-month price decline can be attributed to a few key factors affecting both the asset specifically and the crypto market in general.

First, concerns about the financial stability of AVAX-based decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Aave have weighed on sentiment. Given Aave is a high-profile DeFi platform in the AVAX ecosystem, its recent liquidity issues have raised questions for some around the long-term viability of AVAX as a blockchain for DeFi.

Second, the collapse of the Terra blockchain in May severely damaged overall investor confidence in the cryptocurrency and DeFi space. This rising risk aversion has led to declining appetite for assets like AVAX with close association to decentralized stablecoins and lending protocols.

Finally, the overall bear market for cryptocurrencies driven by macroeconomic conditions like high inflation and rising interest rates has also been a headwind for AVAX. Crypto is seen as a higher risk asset class, causing traders to reduce exposure during periods of uncertainty.

Will AVAX Bounce Back in 2023?

Given the challenging backdrop for cryptocurrencies at the moment, it’s reasonable to ask if AVAX will rebound in 2023 or continue drifting lower. There are credible arguments on both sides of this debate.

The bullish case would note that AVAX appears somewhat oversold at current levels given its market leadership position in DeFi and NFTs. The asset also now sports a lower market cap than it did prior to the recent crypto market euphoria, suggesting there is upside potential. And if macroeconomic conditions improve next year with inflation declining, risk appetite is likely to return to crypto and aid AVAX.

However, the bearish view would highlight that contagion risk still lurks within the AVAX DeFi ecosystem that could lead to further declines. And with the Fed still focused on tightening policy, the macro backdrop may remain challenging. Given the price chart damage done to AVAX recently, significant upside could take time to materialize.

My perspective is that AVAX will likely trade mostly rangebound in 2023 between $7 and $12 as it works through this period of price discovery. There are too many open questions around ether scaling, macro conditions, and DeFi stability to confidently call for a major breakout in the near-term. Stabilization is likely needed first.

How Far Could AVAX Fall if Bear Trend Continues?

If the current AVAX weakness persists into next year, how much further could the asset realistically decline from current levels? The $5.50 to $6.50 range looks like the next key support zone on the chart to monitor.

Why? Because $6.50 represented resistance during AVAX's price consolidation in late 2020 before its breakout in 2021. It also lines up with the peak from early 2021. Given the significance of this area as prior resistance turned support, my analysis suggests a decline to the $5.50 - $6.50 zone is a distinct possibility if selling pressure intensifies.

However, I do not anticipate AVAX falling below the $5 level even in a bear scenario. The asset has gained significant adoption and development traction over the past two years. Its market leadership in key verticals gives it an important niche in the crypto ecosystem. And back around $5, its valuation would start becoming attractive on a long-term perspective to institutional capital looking for upside exposure.

Is Now a Good Time to Buy AVAX?

With AVAX's price down over 40% from its high six months ago, is now a good time to buy and open a position? This is tricky to answer definitively given the competing bullish and bearish arguments at play.

If you believe AVAX is fundamentally oversold and macro conditions will improve in 2023, then dollar cost averaging into a position at these levels could make strategic sense. But if you expect continued volatility and potentially more losses ahead, holding off would be reasonable.

My suggestion would be to consider taking a neutral approach. For example, you could look to buy a partial position in the $8 to $9.50 range to gain some exposure in case of a rebound. But also maintain enough dry powder to average down if the weakness persists. That balanced tactic allows you to capitalize on upside while mitigating the downside risk.


In summary, while AVAX has undoubtedly been caught in the midst of the broader crypto sell-off, its strong market position and future growth prospects suggest patience and a long-term mindset could be rewarded. But given the uncertain macro outlook, averaging into positions and managing risk is likely prudent. I believe AVAX has growth potential in 2023, but expect continued volatility in the interim as the asset finds its new price floor.

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