2 cryptocurrencies that could dwarf Shiba Inu

One is a market leader. The other is an up-and-coming player.

| More on:
Rising rocket with dollar signs.

Image source: Getty Images

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

Shiba Inu is known for two things: Its mascot, the Shiba Inu dog. And its jaw-dropping 2021 performance. The cryptocurrency surged 45,000,000% last year. It's pretty much impossible to predict that sort of enormous short-term gain. But there are elements that can help us pick potential long-term winners in this dynamic market.

When I say winner, I'm referring to cryptocurrency players that have what it takes to attract more and more users and investors. And that eventually should lead to an increase in market value. The following two players could dwarf Shiba Inu over the long term. They offer more real-world utility. Both of the following players are blockchains that can host decentralized applications (dApps). And, unlike Shiba Inu, they aren't limited by a massive circulating supply of tokens. Let's check them out.

1. Ethereum

Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) already is a leader in the cryptocurrency market. It's the second largest by market value after Bitcoin. But Ethereum has room to grow. And that could happen soon. Here's why. Ethereum right now is tackling its biggest problems: transaction speed and fees. The crypto player is in the middle of a major upgrade.

The idea of the upgrade is to carry out transactions more quickly -- and that will reduce congestion and costs users pay to complete operations on the network. Part of this involves a switch from the proof-of-work validation process to proof-of-stake. This puts validation power in the hands of those who have the biggest stake in Ethereum. And it eliminates the need to use tons of computer power to validate. This means an extra advantage is a greener platform.

Ethereum expects to switch over to proof-of-stake in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Then, it aims to introduce sharding next year. These chains relieve congestion on the main network. The result of the complete upgrade? Ethereum will go from today's average of about 15 transactions per second to more than 100,000.

As I mentioned above, coin supply won't hold Ethereum back from gains. Circulating coins total about 120 million. That's compared to 549 trillion for Shiba Inu. Ethereum -- unlike Shiba Inu -- has room to grow in value without reaching an impossibly high market capitalization.       

2. Cardano

One of Ethereum's co-founders went on to launch Cardano (CRYPTO: ADA). So, we can count on a lot of the same quality in this younger player. What makes Cardano special? First, it already uses proof-of-stake to validate transactions. So, it's already pretty fast. It can handle 250 transactions per second. And software engineers are working on a scaling solution that could greatly increase speed. 

Another positive is the way work on Cardano is unfolding. The blockchain only launches an update or something new after a peer review process. Of course, this slows down progress. But the big plus here is it avoids technical problems down the road. Once work on Cardano is complete, the system may be more reliable than other blockchains that have moved more quickly.

Right now, software engineers are working on the final two stages of Cardano development. The roadmap includes a total of five stages. The goal is to create a completely self-sustaining, decentralized system. Last fall, Cardano's smart contract functionality launched. Right now, more than 2,600 smart contract scripts in the Plutus language exist on the network, according to Adapools.org.

Like Ethereum, Cardano's growth isn't limited by token supply. Cardano's tokens in circulation total about 33.7 billion. So, Cardano could increase by five, for example, and still maintain a reasonable market value. All of this means investors in Cardano today have the opportunity to get in early -- and watch the blockchain grow. 

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

Adria Cimino has positions in Ethereum. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool Australia owns and has recommended Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips. 

 

More on International Stock News

a water tap is turned on and showering out banknotes into the open hand of a woman below it.
International Stock News

Companies with high free cash flow margins and high free cash flow yields massively outperform the market over time

What matters for long-term investing success.

Read more »

Woman on her laptop thinking to herself.
International Stock News

Is it time to load up on beaten-down growth stocks (like Tesla)?

Here's a look at some issues facing both the markets and one electric-vehicle maker in 2022.

Read more »

A woman in business attire sits at a desk in an office situation holding a red apple in her hand and smiling.
International Stock News

Why Apple stock climbed on Wednesday

On a mixed day for Wall Street, channel checks reveal some positive developments for Apple investors.

Read more »

amazon delivery
International Stock News

Why Amazon stock rose while the market slept on Wednesday

Tech stocks might just be waking from their summer slumber, and an analyst pegs this one as a top pick.

Read more »

woman watching netflix on her phone
International Stock News

4 potential winners from Netflix’s advertising plans

Netflix needs a big partner or two for its forthcoming ad-supported tier.

Read more »

tesla model 3
International Stock News

3 reasons Tesla could soar after its stock split

The electric vehicle manufacturer is firing on all cylinders (not literally, of course).

Read more »

A disappointed man slumps in his chair and holds his head while playing an online game
International Stock News

GameStop is in trouble — and it’s not because of Congress

The threat of a slow-moving Congressional committee is not the stock's most pressing worry.

Read more »

A man stands on a ladder in a stripey one-piece swimsuit, ready to plunge into the freezing water through a hole in the ice.
International Stock News

Why Meta Platforms plunged on Tuesday

On a bad day for tech stocks, Meta did even worse on the back of a pair of negative headlines.

Read more »