I was looking at individual name categories, and I noticed that volumes in general seemed to be lower across several of the categories. I decided to take a big picture look at all name categories for which I have data, and the volume change over the past few weeks is quite dramatic (see bonus image). I don’t pretend to know why this is the case.
Maybe the Chinese domain market will end up showing seasonal / cyclical trends like so many things do. In the U.S., and many other parts of the world, this is a time of year when people are on vacation and not paying attention to work and hobbies. Is the same true in China? I don’t know, but I thought that time of year for the Chinese would be in the beginning of February with the Chinese New Year.
This is also the time of year in the U.S. where some investors are trying to wrap up sales and harvest losses for tax purposes. This may also be true in China.
Maybe I’m missing a large enough segment of the data, and I can’t see that sales have shifted to some platform I’m not paying attention to, or the timespan of the data is too short to see that this is normal.
Maybe the float is dwindling as Chinese investors hold tightly to their names waiting for a rise in price.
I don’t know the answer. I’m hoping some of you in the know can tell me (or at least speculate) in the comments below.
Most of the descriptions are easily understood, but just in case there are questions:
N = Numeric
I = Initial (a letter not including a,e,i,o,u,v)
C = Character (any number or letter)