- Bitcoin’s dominance in the cryptocurrency market has reached 51.5%, the highest level in over 2 years, as it has rallied over the past week while altcoins have underperformed.
- Bitcoin’s price gains are attributed to increasing institutional interest driven by expectations that the SEC will approve a spot Bitcoin ETF.
- New capital continues to flow into the crypto markets, lifting Bitcoin’s price and market dominance more than altcoins recently.
Bitcoin’s dominance in the cryptocurrency market has increased to 51.5%, the highest level in more than two years. Meanwhile, altcoins have underperformed compared to Bitcoin in the latest crypto rally.
Bitcoin’s Recent Gains
In comparison, Ethereum’s weekly performance lags behind Bitcoin with only a 13% increase over the past 7 days. BNB has fared even worse, with the token registering only a 4.8% increase in the past week.
The latest surge in Bitcoin’s dominance can be attributed to a year-long rally, with its price increasing by around 100% since early 2023. Institutional investors have taken notice as Bitcoin has outperformed most equities and fixed-income securities.
According to CoinShares Head of Research James Butterfill, the growth of Bitcoin’s dominance highlights that the spot ETF narrative is a key driving force behind the price movement. Investors have attempted to enter the market before any actual ETF announcement, which seems increasingly likely, he added.
Between October 10 and October 24, the total crypto market cap increased from $980 billion to $1.236 trillion. This indicates that the market isn’t just seeing a shift from altcoins to Bitcoin, but that new capital is being injected, according to Butterfill.
Bitcoin’s growing dominance reflects renewed institutional interest driven by expectations of SEC approval for a spot Bitcoin ETF. Meanwhile, capital continues to flow into the crypto markets, lifting up Bitcoin more than altcoins.