Nonfungible token trading volumes took a massive beating following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank last week as traders fled the markets, fearing the repercussions of a major United States bank going under.
According to a March 16 report from data aggregation platform DappRadar, NFT trading volumes were hovering between $68 million to $74 million in the lead-up to SVB’s collapse on March 10, then fell to $36 million on March 12.
The dip was accompanied by a 27.9% drop in daily NFT sales count between March 9 to March 11.
NFT trading volume and sales count on all networks between March 1-13. Source: DappRadar
Just 11,440 NFT traders were “active” on March 11, the lowest figure recorded since November 2021, according to DappRadar.
The report said that the depeg of USD Coin (USDC) — which dropped as low as $0.88 — moved trader attention away from the NFT market:
As a result, “NFT traders became less active,” Dappradar explained.
Despite the trading chills the market value of “blue chip” NFTs was not materially impacted, with the floor prices of collections such as the Bored Apes Yacht Club (BAYC) and CryptoPunks only slightly falling.
The floor price of BAYC NFTs fell 2%, from 68.4 ETH to 67 ETH, since the SVB collapse. Source: OpenSea
“The recovery was quick, showing the resilience of these top-tier NFTs,” DappRadar said. “Blue-Chip NFTs remain a steady investment in a disrupted market.”
The steady floor prices of the BAYC and CryptoPunks may be attributed to the team behind the collections, Yuga Labs, confirming it only had a “super limited exposure” to SVB, according to co-founder Greg Solano.
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However, the floor price of the Moonbirds collection fell a significant 35.3% from 6.18 Ether (ETH) to 4 ETH on OpenSea, following the news that PROOF — the team behind the NFTs — had considerable exposure to SVB.
The floor price of Moonbird since the SVB collapse. Source: OpenSea
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