Over the past month, Bitcoin (BTC) has remained relatively steady, registering a price of $26,700, mirroring its position from the prior month. However, a deeper dive reveals that its influence over cryptocurrency has expanded.
Bitcoin’s Market Dominance: The Figures Tell the Story
Monday bore witness to Bitcoin’s market dominance reaching an impressive 50.2%, marking its zenith in a month. This is just a shade away from its 26-month peak of 52% observed at June’s close. Historically speaking, this dominance oscillated between 39% and 49% for over two years. So, what sparked the sudden surge to 52% in June? It can be attributed to the anticipation around BlackRock’s proposition for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which hinted at potential voluminous inflows into this digital asset.
The speculation surrounding ETF listings has painted Bitcoin in a favorable light. There’s increased “buying potential” owing to these listings. Conversely, alternative cryptocurrencies, commonly dubbed as ‘altcoins’, teeter on the edge, potentially heading downward.
The altcoin market has challenges. Observers have highlighted many concerns, including the recent insolvency of the FTX exchange, a dip in the Ethereum protocol’s revenues, and looming token unlocks. The latter paves the way for venture capitalists to offload tokens, a factor that could destabilize the altcoin market.
Regulatory Tailwinds Boosting Bitcoin
Noelle Acheson, a noted macro analyst, has shed light on Bitcoin’s prospective advantages arising from new regulatory propositions. The New York Department of Financial Services (NYFDS) unveiled these potential changes on Monday. A pivotal part of this proposal emphasizes stricter criteria for cryptocurrency listings on platforms.
Yet, in the same breath, it offers a nod to Bitcoin. BTC gets the green light, being recognized as a digital asset licensees can list or hold, bypassing any additional regulatory impediments.
In addition, assets like Bitcoin can always thrive regardless of “acceptance” by the people in charge. It has done so for over a decade without missing a beat.
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