While Most Crypto Prices Went Down, Smart Money NFT Trades Were Up: Nansen Data

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The most searched keyword for all crypto searchers in the last 24 hours has been “crypto crash,” and yet shrewd cryptocurrency traders are still making big-brain moves.

Data from blockchain analytics firm Nansen shows the daily net profit and loss for all smart money addresses trading NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Since April 1, there have been 27 days of profitable NFT trading and nine days of negative returns for smart money wallets.

Nansen considers a wallet to be “smart money” if it is “historically profitable,” meaning it meets at least one of several conditions, including the following:

Being in the top 100 addresses in terms of estimated profits of their current NFT portfolio and the top 100 addresses based on an internal “hodler score metric.”

Having at least more than or equal to five times in realized profits on multiple NFT collections that were minted in the last 60 months.

Having made multiple trades on a decentralized exchange in a single transaction that are profitable in nature.

Belonging to an investment fund that invests and manages money in crypto.

Since April 1, smart money has invested 4,864 ETH, returned a total of 17,581 ETH and netted 12,717 ETH in NFT trading.

It is clear that smart money is not infallible, nor is every trade profitable, as demonstrated by the few red bars (emphasis on few). The largest loss for smart money wallets trading NFTs was on May 1, the day Yuga Labs released its Otherdeed NFT collection, where investors spent over 64,000 ether on fees alone.

In the past 24 hours, $2.18 million worth of rETH and $460,000 worth of aSTETH has poured into wallets categorized by Nansen as “smart money.”

Even though the “Fear and Greed Index,” which looks at several factors including volatility, volume, dominance and search engine trends to capture market sentiment, shows we’re in a period of “Extreme Fear,” smart money traders aren't sitting by idly, given their accumulation of Ethereum’s staking derivatives rETH and aSTETH.

rETH is a token for Rocket Pools users that represents their locked ETH on the Ethereum Beacon Chain, and in comparison, aSTETH is Aave’s yield-bearing token for stETH, representing staked ether in Lido’s protocol

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