Understanding Token Vestings: A Guide

To succeed as an altcoin investor, you need to understand how to look at a project’s tokenomics.

By understanding the token’s utility, initial allocation, and token vestings. You can get a sense of the price action of this token in the short to long term. Let’s understand more about these concepts.

What Is Token Vesting?

For this article, we’ll discuss token vesting. To summarize, it’s the process of locking up crypto tokens for a set amount of time. During this lock-up period, the token holder cannot access, transfer, or trade said tokens. Usually, this is set by the team behind the project and enforced by smart contracts.

Why Is Token Vesting Needed?

To start, let’s look at why blockchain project teams need to launch their token. There are many reasons, but the main one is that they need to raise funds. The truth is, they need to sell their tokens to fund the development of the project. If this selling is not controlled, it will drive the price of the token down.

What about VCs and private sale investors? These parties secure their token allocations way before the token launch. Without token vesting, they can sell all their tokens upon launch (usually when it’s at the peak of its hype). As an intelligent retail investor, buying into such selling pressure would be unwise. In the long term, the crypto space will lose faith in the project since the token price fails to recover.

With token vesting, both the team and pre-launch participants will align their interests for the project’s long-term growth. Moreover, potential investors will have the confidence to join the project after the launch too.

Main Terms Used in Token Vesting

Let’s use the recently launched $BLAST token as an example. You can view its vesting in detail here. FYI – to check a project’s token vesting schedule on Cryptorank is a great resource.

Source: Cryptorank

Under the “Vesting” section, you’ll see the terms below:

  • TGE (Token Generation Event) Unlock – This means how much of the tokens will be unlocked at token launch for the specific party.
  • Cliff – This means for how long after TGE the tokens will be locked. After the cliff, the first (not all) tokens will unlock.
  • Vesting Schedule – After the cliff, the vesting schedule will determine how the tokens are unlocked to respective parties throughout the vesting period.

Source: Cryptorank

Let’s use the above allocation for the investors of $BLAST as an example. Here, the Blast Foundation allocated 16.5% of the total $BLAST supply to them. It has a TGE unlock of 0% and a cliff of 1 year. This means no tokens for investors will unlock at TGE (June 2024). They’ll have to wait till June 2025 for the vesting period to start.

Looking to the right, the vesting period lasts for three years, from June 2025 to June 2028. In June 2025, investors receive 25% of their tokens. Then, they’ll receive 2.08% of their tokens monthly for three years. So, how can I use my knowledge in token vesting to improve my altcoin research?

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Understanding Supply Spikes

Now, let’s switch over to the “Chart” view. Here, you can see the entire vesting schedule of $BLAST’s supply. Knowing when and how the vesting is managed lets you know when the supply will spike.

Source: Cryptorank

For example, take a look at the chart above. We can see that in June 2025, there’s a large supply spike. This is because 25% of investors’ and core contributors’ tokens will unlock. As an altcoin investor:

  • If I’m holding $BLAST, I will try to sell before the large supply spike since prices will likely dump after.
  • If I’m looking to buy $BLAST, I will wait for the large supply to unlock and for prices to dump before getting some.

Of course, the above scenarios may not always play out. A large supply unlock may not equate to price dumping. Early token holders may choose not to sell their tokens. Many other factors are at play, such as token demand, market conditions, etc. However, understanding token vesting allows you to refine your strategy, better your odds as an altcoin investor, and maximize your profits.


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