Analysts have claimed that cryptocurrencies (especially Bitcoin) have been a speculative bubble for many years. It means that the price of a specific coin, or digital assets in general, is far greater than their "actual" value. Many cryptocurrency doubters think that most cryptocurrencies have a true value of zero. Concerns about a potential crypto bubble peaked in 2018 when the market value of cryptocurrencies skyrocketed. Even though it is usually difficult to ascribe a genuine, inherent value to cryptocurrency, the total market cap across all cryptocurrencies reached as high as $800 billion at times back then. Accusations of a crypto bubble are frequently inspired by the idea that cryptocurrency's main function is speculation. Sceptics point to the poor acceptance of currencies like Bitcoin in the "real" economy. For example, it is challenging to use Bitcoin to purchase a meal at a restaurant or pay for most services.

However, cryptocurrency applications and use cases are expanding daily, and crypto aficionados believe that the technology and its related tokens will be demonstrated to have actual worth. Ethereum is likely the best illustration of this, serving as a currency for speculation and as the foundation for a complete ecosystem of decentralized financial and computational services. Many people believe that the growth of decentralized finance (DeFi) proves crypto's true value. DeFi advocates use blockchain technology to provide alternatives to traditional financial goods such as loans and insurance. Many feel that this development speaks to the true future of decentralized technology.

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