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Polkadot and Kusama Fall to Historic Lows, but Increase Decentralization

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Despite the bearish price action, the Polkadot (DOT) network continues to grow rapidly. Today, data was published on staking improvements and the so-called Nakamoto coefficient. The latter measures the level of blockchain decentralization, which remains higher in Polkadot than in Ethereum (ETH), BNB Smart Chain (BNB), or Cardano (ADA).

Unfortunately, despite the high performance and development of the network, DOT’s price action is bearish and approaching historic lows recently. Kusama (KSM), which is an experimental network for Polkadot developers and innovators, is trading similarly. However, in both cases, bullish formations have appeared on the charts, which may soon lead to a resumption of the uptrend.

Polkadot reaches support at $6

Polkadot (DOT) has been in a downtrend since reaching the all-time high (ATH) at $55 on November 4, 2021. So far, the altcoin has reached a low of $5.97 on September 21, 2022. This represents a decline of 89% from the ATH.

At the end of April 2022, Polkadot lost its long-term support line (black), which had been in place since December 2020. The multi-week breakdown led to a historical area just below $6 (red), which served as resistance (blue arrows) after the network’s launch in 2020. Currently, this level is expected to provide support and help initiate a bounce. If this does not happen, and the broad cryptocurrency market continues to bleed, DOT could soon reach new lows.

DOT chart by Tradingview

On the daily chart, we observe a descending parallel channel pattern, which has been in place since mid-May 2022 declines. In June, Polkadot lost the median of the channel and recorded lows near the channel’s lower edge and the support area at $6. In late July, the price reclaimed the median of the pattern and is currently trading above it.

Descending parallel channels usually contain corrective movements, so there is a higher probability of breaking out of it than breaking down. The declining volume suggests that a major move on the DOT chart is imminent.

However, price action has been showing weakness recently, and DOT is again trading near the aforementioned support at $6. Currently, the area is near the median of the channel.

If the median and support are lost, Polkadot could be heading for the all-time low (ATL) near $3. If, on the other hand, increases occur, the first resistance will be the upper edge of the channel near $8. The next resistance is the $10 level, correlating with the local peak and the 0.382 Fib retracement measured for the last decline.

DOT chart by Tradingview

A descending wedge on the Kusama chart

Kusama is a software experimentation network for developers who want to innovate or prepare implementations for Polkadot. Both networks are built using the same language and similar code. Despite this, they remain independent and have different priorities.

The price action of KSM, the token of the Kusama network, looks similar to the DOT chart. The difference, however, is that here the price has already fallen below the lo


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