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These are the 10 worst performing cryptocurrencies in 2022 - a year that was riddled with fraud, scams, and spectacular implosions for the crypto industry

2022 was a very tough year for crypto investors. In fact, it was the polar opposite of 2021, when various cryptocurrencies zoomed to record highs and the total market value of the space hit $3 trillion.

FTX logo with crypto coins with 100 Dollar bill are displayed for illustration. FTX has filed for bankruptcy in the US, seeking court protection as it looks for a way to return money to users.Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • Some of the worst performing cryptocurrencies fell more than 90% in 2022 as fraud and scams riddled the sector.
  • The implosion of FTX in November was the latest shoe to drop that led to a downshift in crypto prices.
  • These were the 10 worst performing cryptocurrencies in 2022, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Today, the total crypto market cap has plunged to just under $800 billion as investor confidence hits new lows.

A handful of scams, frauds, and platform meltdowns fueled a steep downward spiral in prices for nearly all cryptocurrencies. Most recently, the downfall of FTX and founder Sam Bankman-Fried sparked another sell-off in major tokens like bitcoin and ether.

Other failures in the crypto space in 2022 included the implosion of TerraUSD and Luna, the bankruptcies of Voyager Digital and BlockFi, and the unwinding of leverage via various crypto hedge fund blowups, like Three Arrows Capital.

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The damage in the industry was so widespread that the best performing crypto with a market valuation of at least $1 billion was a token that broke even in 2022, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Some popular cryptos that have fallen below the $1 billion market cap threshold include Terra Classic, which dropped 99%, as well as Helium, Axie Infinity, and The Sandbox, all of which plummeted more than 93% in 2022.

These are the 10 worst performing cryptocurrencies of 2022, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The list excludes tokens that have a market value of less than $1 billion.

10. Cardano

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Ticker: ADA2022 Losses: -82%Market Value: $8.3 billion

9. Internet Computer

Ticker: ICP2022 Losses: -84%Market Value: $1.1 billion

8. Polkadot

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Ticker: DOT2022 Losses: -85%Market Value: $4.9 billion

7. Cronos

Ticker: CRO2022 Losses: -90%Market Value: $1.4 billion

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6. Avalanche

Ticker: AVAX2022 Losses: -91%Market Value: $3.3 billion

5. Algorand

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Ticker: ALGO2022 Losses: -91%Market Value: $1.2 billion

4. Filecoin

Ticker: FIL2022 Losses: -92%Market Value: $1.0 billion

3. NEAR Protocol

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Ticker: NEAR2022 Losses: -92%Market Value: $1.1 billion

2. HEX

Ticker: HEX2022 Losses: -93%Market Value: $3.2 billion

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1. Solana

Ticker: SOL2022 Losses: -95%Market Value: $3.5 billion

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