We're officially in a correcting downtrend for STEEM / SBD and please don't tell me you didn't expect this. The growth - as pleasant and deserved as it felt, for all of us - was spiky and way too sudden. So, for the sake of the ecosystem health, I'm enjoying this correction.
But, if you know where to look, even during the strongest correction, there's some upside.
Let me explain myself :)
You know the Bitcoin "dance" with the alts? Every time there is an increase in the price of Bitcoin, alts go down. Or, equally true: when alts appreciate, Bitcoin gets cheaper. The rationale behind this swing is that Bitcoin is perceived as a safe haven, as a safe store of value. So, when some type of liquid, but not so stable currency depreciates, value flows into Bitcoin, increasing its value. Then if some alt gets interesting and creates demand, value flows out of Bitcoin and into that alt. It happened like this with paper notes and gold for years.
Now, if you have a little bit of knowledge about how the Steem ecosystem works, you'll see some surprising similarities.
Only in this case, SBD plays the role of Bitcoin, and STEEM the role of alts.
It may not be obvious from the first look, so let's try an example. Using the same example for calculating rewards, suppose your post display a potential payout of $100. We already know that the "$" sign is irrelevant, and I replaced it with STU (Steem Token Units). Out of this 100 STU, you give 25 STU to curators.
The rest is split 50 / 50, like that:
- half of it in SBD, as exact numbers (e.g. 37.5 SBD)
- half of it as the worth of SP in USD, at the market STEEM price (e.g. if STEEM price is $6, you get 37.5 / 6 = 6.25 Steem Power).
Let's look at this example on two scenarios:
- SBD = $13, STEEM = $7 (it was like this until no long ago)
- SBD = $5.5, STEEM = $4 (like it is now)
37.5 SBD * $13 = $487.5
37.5 / $7 = 5.35 Steem Power
SP to SBD fiat percentage: 1.09%
37.5 SBD * $5,5 = $206.25
37.5 / $4 = 9.375 Steem Power
SP to SBD fiat percentage: 4.54%
It's obvious that when the price goes down, in fiat, your absolute value in rewards will be down too.
But the interesting part is that when the SBD price goes down, you get more Steem Power.
In the example above, SBD price halved, and STEEM price went down with almost 43%, but the rewards in SP tripled as SP to SBD percentage and almost doubled as absolute numbers!
I know it's a bit mind boggling and there's a lot more to talk about this, but I just wanted to note that there is this very interesting correlation between SBD and STEEM which will always create some sort of a "dance" between the two currencies, and the result will be the growth of the entire ecosystem, just like the Bitcoin dance with the alts made the entire crypto market close to 1 trillion.
Also, as far as I know, this SBD / STEEM dance is unique amongst all cryptocurrencies.
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