Arbitrum Falls to All Time Low as Network Activity Declines

Pathik Bhattacharya
Pathik Bhattacharya Published on September 12, 2023 10:47 AM

Arbitrum (ARB) token prices fell 14.5% between September 9 and September 11, hitting the lowest point in history.

Arbitrum Falls to All Time Low as Network Activity Declines
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Arbitrum, a prominent contender in Ethereum's layer-2 scalability solutions, recently saw a sharp decline in its token price, dropping by 14.5% between September 9 and September 11, reaching an all-time low. This has prompted investors to scrutinize various factors influencing this downturn.

One noteworthy aspect is the absence of any instances of fraud proof issuance since the launch of Arbitrum's mainnet in August 2021. While this may raise concerns, developers explain that this aligns with the system's intended operation, deterring malicious validators by risking their entire stake.

Liquidation Risks and Declining Network Activity

Concerns have arisen regarding liquidation risks on both centralized and decentralized exchanges offering leveraged trading. Notably, a whale withdrew Arbitrum (ARB) tokens from the Aave lending platform and transferred some to Binance. 

While the analysis of cause and effect is complex, declining network activity, marked by a 25% decrease in total value locked (TVL) over two months, is a significant factor affecting investor confidence.

Arbitrum (ARB) Whales Moves to Binance

On September 11, three major ARB whales moved a substantial amount of their holdings to Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges. This move involved over 10.2 million ARB tokens.

Notably, the whales were able to profit from the transactions, taking advantage of the price fluctuations. This added more to the price downfall as large token movements led to price volatility.

Arbitrum DAO's Governance Proposals

In terms of development, Arbitrum isn't far behind its competitors. Arbitrum's decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) has introduced governance proposals that have garnered attention. 


These include allocating ARB tokens for active decentralized applications (DApps) and a proposal from PlutusDAO to create a staking mechanism, potentially involving up to 2% of the total supply annually. Some investors view this inflationary approach skeptically, perceiving it as potentially exerting downward pressure on prices.

Impact on ARB Token

The past 30 days have been unforgiving for the ARB token, experiencing a one-third reduction in its capitalization. Despite this, Arbitrum remains a dominant second-layer scaling solution for Ethereum, boasting $5 billion in total value locked (TVL) and accounting for 55% of Ethereum's L2 ecosystem.

As per CoinStats, Arbitrum is currently trading at $0.792803, up 0.04% in the last 24 hours, with a live market cap of $1B. It has a circulating supply volume of 10,000,000,000 ARB coins and a maximum supply volume of 10,000,000,000, with a 24 hour trading volume of $271M.

arbitrum price chart

Source: CoinStats


Arbitrum's recent price decline is the result of a complex interplay of factors. The absence of fraud-proof instances, governance proposals, liquidation risks, and declining network activity have all contributed to the current state of affairs.

However, it's important to note that Arbitrum remains a cornerstone in Ethereum's layer-2 solutions, indicating that the project still holds significant promise despite the recent challenges.


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