Bitcoin’s market dominance has surged to its highest level in a month, reaching 50.2% on Monday. This increase in dominance comes at a time when many alternative cryptocurrencies are either stagnating or declining in value. However, it should be noted that Bitcoin is still about 5% lower than its June peak and 23% below its January 2022 peak.
The alpha coin’s market dominance had been hovering between nearly 40% and 49% for over two years before reaching 52% in June. This significant increase was sparked by asset manager BlackRock’s application for a spot BTC exchange-traded fund, which raised hopes of substantial inflows into the asset class.
Investors are preparing for a potential drop in Bitcoin’s value in September, a historically challenging month for the cryptocurrency. This cautious outlook is reinforced by the increasing chances of a global economic downturn and persistently high inflation.
However, some analysts believe that Bitcoin could experience a major price increase due to an expected influx of new investment. This surge could help Bitcoin maintain its dominance in the highly competitive crypto market. Markus Thielen, research head at crypto services provider Matrixport, pointed out that Bitcoin has more “potential buying pressure” from ETF listings, while altcoins may face downward pressure. Thielen cited declining Ethereum protocol revenues and upcoming token unlocks as risks in the altcoin market.
Macro analyst Noelle Acheson also believes that Bitcoin will benefit from the latest regulatory changes proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYFDS). These changes include stricter rules for listing cryptocurrencies on exchanges, while simultaneously allowing BTC to be listed or held by license holders without additional regulatory hurdles.
Despite a significant liquidity shortage in the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin continues to demonstrate resilience and popularity. While it experienced a rapid retracement after a 2% increase in value, Bitcoin has shown its ability to see significant gains during market downturns. It remains the leading and most recognized digital currency, reflecting investors’ response to current events and whether BTC is losing ground to stablecoins or NFT tokens.
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