Most and Least Volatile Cryptocurrencies, Rated for 2018

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Cryptocurrency volatility has spent a lot of time in the headlines.

This winter’s market correction wiped out billions of dollars in digital assets across just about every cryptocurrency, bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoin alike. Then, in recent days, another multibillion-dollar tumble has taken a bite out of portfolios.

For investors, it’s the dark side of crypto.

The siren’s song of crypto is the sheer amount of money someone can make in a few short months. Many people with the foresight to buy into bitcoin in 2017 (or, better yet, 2015) made literal fortunes when the currency took off, becoming millionaires in nearly the blink of an eye. Yet the same volatility that pushes lucky investments to the moon can wipe out portfolios just as quickly.

Chart showing crypto volatility.
A quick visual guide to crypto volatility. (Source: CryptoCompare.com)

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Whether you’re looking for a safe, long-term asset or hoping to make a killing before Christmas, volatility matters. At the same time, it’s a metric rarely used by most cryptocurrency sites.

Here, we have gathered the 10 most volatile and the 10 least volatile out of the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market cap, as sourced from CoinMarketCap.com. Each currency is measured by its average daily rate of change over three periods of time: the past 12 months, the 24 hours prior to this writing and the winter market correction as measured from November 1 through February 28.

Currencies less than one year old were left off this list as they are too new to establish a baseline of stability. Further, as this list measures volatility, it has been assessed in absolute values. A negative change was treated the same as a positive one; the only metric was the volume of daily change averaged over the relevant period.

The scale used is 1 –  5, with 5 being the least volatile and 1 being the most.

CryptocurrencyYears TradedPrice Variance: 1 YearPrice Variance: November - FebruaryPrice Variance: 1 DayMarket CapScore
Least
Tether30.30%0.58%0.10%$2.7 Billion4.2
Bitcoin53.73%5.37%0.45%$109 Billion4.5
Ethereum34.21%5.39%2.39%$19 Billion3.8
Dash44.74%6.08%1.63%$1.6 Billion3.6
Binance Coin14.79%8.02%0.59%$910 Million3.05
Litecoin54.88%6.81%1.96%$3.1 Billion3.7
Monero45.04%6.68%0.62%$1.7 Billion3.35
Zcash25.22%6.25%1.44%$568 Million2.9
Ethereum Classic25.25%7.51%1.19%$1.1 Billion2.95
XRP55.33%8%2.74%$10.7 Billion3.2
Decred25.34%6.88%0.58%$313 Million3
Most
Tron16.93%12.25%1.90%$1.2 Billion2.35
0x16.94%8.52%3.92%$298 Million2.4
DigiByte47%9.50%3.22%$251 Million2
Populous17.08%8.90%3.49%$131 Million1.75
Stellar47.10%9.22%0.05%$3.6 Billion2.6
Bytecoin47.75%8.70%1.18%$374 Million2.55
Verge48.12%12.46%1.94%$194 Million1.5
Waltonchain18.27%9.91%4.67%$133 Million1.1
Metaverse ETP18.70%8.93%9.96%$173 Million1.3
Nano18.95%13.66%2.40%$263 Million1.25

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