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Cryptoverse: Smart Tokens Take Up Crypto Super Growth-Mantle

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Smart Contract Leaders Index, which tracks major tokens is up 36% in 2023.For investors living on the digital edge, bitcoin is starting to look a little old-fashioned.Hooked on high growth, some are turning away from the original cryptocurrency - designed as an alternative to regular cash - in favor of its descendants created as native tokens of blockchain platforms that host smart contracts and apps.MarketVector's Smart Contract Leaders Index, which tracks major tokens of this kind - including ether, dot and solana - is up 36% in 2023, outpacing even bitcoin's 33% rise.

Solana's token is up 76% this year.Bundeep Rangar, CEO of crypto-focused asset manager Fineqia, said he expected the biggest crypto returns to come from smart contract tokens on platforms that support decentralized finance (DeFi) apps."Those are ones that you will find capital appreciation, similar to what a growth stock will be," he added.Some investors in the $1 trillion world of digital assets appear to agree, according to CoinShares data which shows investment products tracking ether and solana have seen small inflows even as bitcoin products suffered four consecutive weeks of outflows.Around seven of the top 20 biggest crypto assets are smart contract tokens, including ether and dot, solana and cardano.BofA analysts also pointed to smart contract tokens and the blockchain-based applications they power as similar to growth stocks in the equities world, typically technology shares."We expect 2023 to be the year of token price divergence," analysts at Bank of America wrote in a Feb.

24 research note. BITCOIN STILL BOSS Bitcoin has long traded in tandem with tech stocks, but that cord may be fraying just as smart-contract tokens increasingly take up its

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