Bitcoin Hits New All-Time High As Crypto Market Cap Soars Past $3 Trillion
The “mind-blowing” growth of the cryptocurrency market has seen a massive new record broken.
Bitcoin has hit a staggering new all-time high, just hours after the overall cryptocurrency market cap surpassed $US3 trillion.
Just past 10am AEDT on Tuesday, the top-performing blockchain hit US$67,777.
That was a rise of 4.4 per cent in the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk.
In December 2018 it was selling for just US$3424.
It comes as the world cryptocurrency market is worth more than US$3 trillion for the first time, according to calculations overnight Monday, as mainstream investors increasingly jump on board.
The value has reached $3.007 trillion, said CoinGecko, which tracks prices of more than 10,000 cryptocurrencies.
“The crypto market is growing at a mind-blowing speed,” noted SwissQuote analyst Ipek Ozkardeskaya.
“A part of it is speculation of course, but a part of it is real,” she told AFP.
“Crypto is now making its way to traditional finance and everyone is on board.”
Ethereum, the second biggest cryptocurrency by market value, hit a record high $4768 on Monday.
Ethereum hit a new record.
A bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund, a type of financial instrument, launched on the New York Stock Exchange in October.
The ETF is a more accessible vehicle that puts bitcoin within the grasp of even more investors.
Some investors sees cryptocurrencies as a hedge against inflation, which is surging worldwide as economies reopen after pandemic lockdowns.
“Bitcoin is bouncing higher again, close to all-time highs,” Hargreaves Lansdown market analyst Susannah Streeter said Monday.
“The recent surge in the crypto … partly seems to have been caused by investors piling in, seeing it as a hedge against inflation,” Streeter added.
No more than 21 million bitcoin can be created, helping its price to trade way above its rivals, but trading of cryptocurrencies in general has shown to be extremely volatile with massive price swings a common occurrence.
Bitcoin 2.0 also just announced its listing on Azbits, Coinsbit, and Bitxchange. It’s expected to see increased trading volume as it prepares for listing on larger exchanges next year, and rumours it’s in talks about a significant merger. It’s been as high as $0.89 cents and sits at just $0.11 cents after early investors were able to liquidate significant amounts of their holdings, and is expected to rise now the sell-off is largely over.