Have you ever wondered how supply chain was meant to move to a blockhain? What technology could be the gap between the digital and the physical world? One of these projects that is turning that into a reality is Polkadot (DOT).
A brainchild of Ethereum Co-founder Gavin Wood, Polkadot is one of the leading blockchains in the world right now. With a Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, it is unique in supporting multiple interconnected chains. In fact, one can argue that its interconnected nature has helped the project earn a significant number of users over the last few years.
Launched in May 2020, DOT’s price soon hit $6.30 in August 2020. Broadly loitering around the price levels of $4 and $5 in 2020, its tides quickly turned the next year. With 2021 being very bullish for DOT on the charts, the altcoin’s price hit an ATH of $55 in early November.
However, DOT wasn’t alone in suffering significant losses in Q2 of 2022, with the altcoin’s value depreciating significantly on the charts. In mid-July, it was valued at just a little above $6.
It is only now that DOT is recovering on the charts. Albeit, not by much.
In fact, at press time, DOT was priced at just over $7.03, with DOT still among the market’s top-10 cryptos. Its latest attempt at a hike, in fact, allowed it to overhaul DOGE on the rankings, at least briefly.
Why these projections matter
Among all the market’s leading cryptocurrencies, what is peculiar to Polkadot is that it offers an opportunity to users to operate and transact across blockchains. With a circulating supply of over 1 billion coins, DOT is expected to remain one of the market’s most popular cryptos.
This also makes DOT one of the most closely observed cryptocurrencies in the market. Ergo, it is critical investors and holders remain aware of what popular analysts have to say about the future of DOT.
In this article, we will briefly summarize the key performance metrics of DOT such as price and market cap. Thereafter, we will observe what the most popular crypto-market analysts have to say about the current and future states of DOT, along with its Fear & Greed Index. We will also present metric charts to complement these observations.
Polkadot’s Price, Market Cap and everything in between
Polkadot performed very well during the crypto-bloom of 2021, crossing the price level of $20 in early February and $30 in mid-February. It breached the $40-mark in early April and kept going up and down for the next few months. After going through a rough patch, it hit an ATH of $55 in early November.
The last month of 2021 was a difficult period of time for the entire cryptocurrency market. Things were no different for Polkadot, with DOT trading at just a little above $26 on 31 December.
Come 2022 and the Russia-Ukraine crisis further pushed the market into chaos. In January-February, DOT was trading at around $18-20. It was thought that the Ukrainian government’s decision in March to accept donations in DOT would improve its prospects. Alas, it hardly made any difference as it was only in early April that it crossed the price mark of $23.
In May 2022, the collapse of both LUNA and TerraUSD sent shockwaves across the entire cryptocurrency industry. In fact, on 12 May, DOT’s price plummeted to $7.32. June and July also remained dismal for the entire cryptocurrency market, with DOT dipping to as low as $6.09 on 13 July. The news of Japanese crypto-exchange Bitbank listing Polkadot on its platform in early August brought some respite though.
Polkadot has also been scoring on other fronts. For instance, look no further than Messari’s latest report on the regenerative finance movements. According to Polkadot,
Pink is the new green🟢
21 parachains [blockchains], 250+ dapps, 2500 nodes including 297 active validator nodes, and Polkadot remains the greenest blockchain. https://t.co/3V4FkMoIoC
— Polkadot (@Polkadot) August 12, 2022
Similarly, developer activity has been positive for Polkadot too. In may and June, for instance, it had the highest dev count. Over the course of 2022, the same for Polkadot has been second only to Solana.
Understandably, the market capitalization of Polkadot also mirrored the sentiment of the market. 2021 remained a blessed year for the cryptocurrency, with its market cap soaring to nearly $45 billion in mid-May. However, the mayhem of the second quarter of 2022 crippled the Polkadot ecosystem. Even so, at press time, Polkadot enjoyed a market cap of over $8 billion on the charts.
Polkadot’s 2025 predictions
We must first understand that predictions of different analysts and platforms can widely vary and predictions can more often than not be proven wrong. Different analysts focus on different sets of metrics to arrive at their conclusions and none of them can predict unforeseen political-economic factors impacting the market. Now that we have understood this, let’s look at how different analysts predict the future of Polkadot in 2025.
LongForecast predicts that DOT will open 2025 with a price of $10.76 and will fall down to $9.38 by the end of March. In fact, the predictions platform also projected a 2025-high of over $13.5 on the charts.
The likes of Changelly, however, have been a little more optimistic in their projections. In fact, it argued that DOT will go as high as $39.85 on the charts, with the altcoin accruing a potential ROI of over 370%.
Similarly, South Africa’s Capex observed that as DOT attracts more attention and generates optimism in the market, its price will rise in the long-term. Experts predict that DOT’s price will hit $10 by the end of 2022. It is also predicted that a new bull market could arrive and push DOT’s price to $15. The average DOT price in 2025, it argued, will sit at $15.82.
A Bloomberg news story published earlier this year revealed that according to a Crypto Carbon Ratings Institute study, Polkadot has the lowest total electricity consumption and total carbon emissions per year of the six so-called proof-of-stake blockchains. In fact, it only consumes 6.6 times the annual electricity consumption of an average American household.
Given the high-decibel conversations around the energy usage of cryptocurrencies, Polkadot’s energy efficiency is likely to attract the attention of customers.
Polkadot’s 2030 predictions
The aforementioned Changelly blogpost argued that as per experts, Polkadot will be traded for at least $210.45 in 2030, with its maximum possible price being $247.46. Its average price in 2030 will be $218.02, it added.
According to Telegaon, on the other hand, DOT’s price in 2030 can go as high as $140.15 and as low as $121.79.
Capex also observed that as per fintech experts, DOT’s price is likely to increase steadily in 2030. It can easily climb as high as $35, it predicted.
Here, it is worth highlighting that predicting a market 8 years down the line is difficult. Ergo, investors should conduct their own research before investing and be wary of caveats attached to popular projections. Especially since right now, despite DOT’s recent rallies, the technicals for the altcoin aren’t all bullish. In fact, safety first might be the best option right now.
On the contrary, the Fear and Greed Index for Polkadot was almost flashing a ‘Greed’ signal.
In comparison to other blockchains, Polkadot offers more power to its token holders, such as the roles of nominators, collators, and fishermen, besides that of validators. In short, DOT holders can not only mine the currency, but be an active participant in the blockchain in other capacities as well. This feature puts Polkadot above other PoS blockchains in the race.
What’s next for Polkadot though? Well, according to its roadmap,
“Several post-launch upgrades to Polkadot have been under development, including the release of XCM, Polkadot’s cross-consensus communication standard, upgrades to XCMP (cross-chain message passing protocol), governance improvements, and the launch of parathreads.”
It must be reiterated however that predictions aren’t set in stone and due caution should be taken by investors before investing in the market.