Bitcoin reaches 50% market dominance for first time in 2 years
June 20, 2023

Bitcoin reaches 50% market dominance for first time in 2 years

By

[ad_1]

Bitcoin (BTC) dominance, the measure of how much Bitcoin makes up of the total crypto market cap, has breached the 50% mark.

On June 19 at 6pm UTC, Bitcoin dominance hit just above the 50%  and has since settled to 49.9% at the time of publication, according to data from TradingView.

50% market dominance means that Bitcoin alone accounts for half of crypto’s total $1.1 trillion dollar market capitalization. Bitcoin’s current market capitalization stands at $519 billion, according to data from Coingecko.

Notably, Bitcoin’s market dominance has surged by more than 10.5% since Nov. 27 2022, an increase driven in large part by investors looking to the flagship crypto asset as a safe haven in the wake of the FTX crisis and amid mounting regulatory scrutiny of crypto assets in the United States.

Bitcoin market dominance over the last 4 days. Source: TradingView.

While Bitcoin dominance increased significantly over the last eight months, Ether’s (ETH) market dominance has been holding steady around the 20% mark for the better part of a year. At current, the combined value of Bitcoin and Ether now account for roughly 70% of the entire crypto market.

Microstrategy co-founder and outspoken Bitcoin bull Michael Saylor believes that Bitcoin’s market dominance will top 80% in the coming years, as increasing regulatory pressure from the Securities and Exchange Commission causes stablecoins and the majority of other crypto assets to “go away.”

“The entire industry is destined to be rationalized down to a Bitcoin-focused industry, with maybe half a dozen to a dozen other Proof of Work tokens.”

Additionally, Saylor blamed the lack of any “mega institutional money” entering the crypto space on the “confusion and anxiety” brought about the by the 25,000 other cryptocurrencies that have positioned themselves as alternatives to Bitcoin.

Related: Why Cathie Wood is bullish on Coinbase stock and believes Bitcoin will reach $1 million

“Bitcoin is the universally, globally-acknowledged digital commodity in this industry,” Saylor added, making a nod to the fact that Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency SEC chair Gary Gensler has labeled a commodity. The SEC has now declared a total of 68 cryptocurrencies to be securities.

Bitcoin is currently changing hands for $26,746 an increase of 1.5% in the last 24 hours according to data from Cointelegraph Price Index. The value of Bitcoin has grown more than 3% over the course of the last week despite “fear” in the crypto market reaching its highest point in three months.

Crypto research firm Santiment also points to investment colossus Blackrock’s filing for a Bitcoin spot ETF as one of the major drivers of Bitcoin’s upwards price action over the last few days.

Magazine: Bitcoin is on a collision course with ‘Net Zero’ promises