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Crypto Slump Leaves 12,100 Coins Trapped in Zombie Trading Limbo

Oct. 3, 2022, 11:00 AM

When it comes to putting a number on this year’s crypto swoon, the one cited most often is $2 trillion, the amount of digital-asset market value that evaporated in the downdraft. But here’s a figure that captures the breadth of the bear market: 12,100.

That’s the number of crypto tokens that have effectively ceased trading this year, according to data provider Nomics — not dead technically, but like zombies, not quite alive either.

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