Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices are soaring, pushing the value of the entire cryptocurrency market over $2 trillion for the first time.
With the bitcoin price hovering around $60,000 per bitcoin, the psychological $2 trillion barrier was broken by sharp increases in the price of smaller cryptocurrencies ethereum, binance coin, Ripple’s XRP and litecoin, according to data from crypto price website CoinGecko.
The bitcoin and cryptocurrency market has more than doubled in value so far this year, rising from around $750 billion at the beginning of the year. Bitcoin, by far the biggest cryptocurrency by value, makes up more than half of the cryptocurrency market capitalization and has traditionally led the market.
However, the latest rally is being driven by ethereum and binance coin, both cryptocurrencies that have surged over the last year due to a burst of interest in so-called decentralized finance (DeFi). Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin with a total value of around $250 billion, has hit a fresh all-time high price over the last week—adding a further 2% today.
Binance coin and bitcoin-rival litecoin, both top ten cryptocurrencies, have each added around 10% during the last 24 hours.
XRP, the cryptocurrency developed by the company Ripple, has leaped by 35% over the same period following upbeat comments from Ripple chief executive Brad Garlinghouse on the company’s legal battle with U.S. regulators that have claimed XRP is a security and was illegally sold to investors. Ripple is braced for a key discovering session with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, bitcoin and cryptocurrency traders are feeling positive after breaking the $2 trillion barrier and it’s thought this so-called altcoin rally could be set to continue.
“I’m expecting continuation upwards in the coming weeks, with bitcoin lagging,” says crypto trader and economist Alex Kruger, speaking via Telegram. “The issue for this market is that leverage heats up too easily whenever bitcoin pushes higher. That’s a headwind.”
Other crypto market watchers are feeling similarly optimistic.
“It’s a fun milestone to celebrate but as we know, quite meaningless,” says Mati Greenspan, the founder of market analysis firm Quantum Economics, who’s feeling…