The bullish momentum enjoyed by the security token sector in the first three quarters of 2020 has well and truly subsided, with monthly volume crashing by more than 40% for the second time in a row.
Since it tagged almost $22 million in August, monthly security token trade slumped to $9.15 million in September, before sliding down to $5.27 million for October.
With 98% of the sector’s trade taking place on the Overstock-owned alternative trading system tZERO, it appears Overstock’s plan to bolster volumes through issuing a “digital dividend” in the form of security airdropped to OSTK shareholders has lost its steam.
Overstock’s OSTKO security token — which represents 50% of the combined security token market cap — shed 18% of its value during October, while monthly volume fell 20% to roughly $3 million. OSTKO’s market cap of $252 million would rank it as the 53rd-largest crypto asset overall according to CoinMarketCap.
Curiously, the token began October trading for $70, nearly 20% lower than OSTK shares. However, OSTKO closed the month at $57 — one-dollar higher than Overstock’s share price.
The bulk of October’s decline in security token volume took place in the markets for tZERO’s TZROP token, which generated just $2.15 million in trade this past month — down 60% from September’s $5.29 million. The token also shed 8% of its value last month.
TZROP is the second-largest security token with a capitalization of $180.7 million, ranking it as the 65th-largest crypto asset overall.
While tZERO has maintained dominance over the secondary security token markets to-date, an increasing number of firms are building platforms to facilitate the creation and issuance of security tokens.
One week ago, Ignuim teamed up with equity crowdfunding platform Fundwise to launch a tokenized crowdfunding service targeting small and medium-sized enterprises.
Last month, Japanese financial services giant SBI Holdings announced it would conduct a security token offering to issue shares in its e-sports subsidiary.