Is Reddit’s MOON Token Really 2000x Bigger Than the Global Economy?

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A token for rewarding content on a specific Reddit forum now has the unusual honor of being thousands of times bigger than the entire global economy… kind of.

MOON, a community token for the r/Cryptocurrency subreddit, technically has a market cap of over $2.88 septillion (that’s 24 zeroes) at press time. That dwarves the global economy which, as per data from the World Bank, came to approximately $133 trillion in 2019.

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So on paper, a four-month old token, designed to reward good content on a subreddit, has “mooned” to become 2,000 times bigger than the value of everything else humanity has ever made, ever.

But before you start thinking that the end is nigh, this astounding number is just a market quirk.

Built on Ethereum’s Rinkeby testnet, MOON wasn’t initially tradable on secondary markets, which made it difficult to pin down a price. But users soon devised a workaround.

It works like this: MOON holders go to a site called xmoon.exchange and convert their tokens into xMOON – a type of derivative product. They can then trade these on HoneySwap – a type of automated market maker exchange similar to Uniswap – for xDAI, another derivative that can be freely converted for the widely traded and highly liquid Dai stablecoin.

Using this route, MOON holders can determine a dollar-denominated value for their tokens. At the time of writing, HoneySwap was offering 10.5 xMOONs for an xDai. Assuming a 1:1 conversion with Dai, users can exchange one MOON token for 0.095 DAI.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the global economy is now 2,000 times bigger than it was earlier this month. Most of this value remains unrealized. Should more subreddit contributors decide to convert their MOON holdings into Dai, the exchange rate will fall massively, driving the token, and its market cap, down to a far more realistic value.

Indeed, these falls can be dramatic. DeFi lending protocol YAM saw its market cap collapse from $60 million to zero in just 35 minutes.

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