The market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies in existence surpassed $2 trillion on April 5, according to data from Goingecko, led by the impressive growth of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and other altcoins in 2021.
The cryptocurrency market as a whole has become approximately as valuable as Apple, the second-biggest company in the world after Saudi Arabia’s oil giant, Aramco.
The milestone also comes less than three months after the cryptocurrency market surpassed $1 trillion for the first time back on Jan. 7 when the price of Bitcoin was around $33,000.
Will the Ethereum and altcoin bull market continue?
In recent months, several major catalysts have fueled both Bitcoin and Ether to rally strongly to new all-time highs.
Financial institutions, like PayPal and Visa, are beginning to actively support cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin leading the cryptocurrency market’s uptrend.
In 2021, Bitcoin has faced several short-term corrections but has now consistently remained above $50,000 for almost a month, with low volatility compared with altcoins, preventing both ETH and the altcoin market from seeing a severe pullback.
In fact, Bitcoin’s volatility has dropped to the lowest level since November 2020 as BTC price has been consolidating between $55,000 and $60,000 over the past few days.
In the same period, the price of ETH rallied and broke out against Bitcoin, reaching a new record high above $2,000.
A pseudonymous trader known as “Rekt Capital” attributed the strong performance of ETH to Bitcoin’s consolidation under $60,000. He wrote:
“#BTC is still just consolidating inside this range. It is this consolidation that has helped $ETH breakout to new All Time Highs. #ETH is arguably leading the market whereas $BTC is trying to catch up. Good sign so far is that orange resistance is struggling to reject #Bitcoin.”
Fund managers and investors in the crypto market are generally optimistic about the short- to medium-term trajectory of cryptocurrencies.
Jonathan Habicht, a partner at Moonrock Capital, said:
“I know so many people who are just waiting to increase their $BTC $ETH and major Altcoin positions during larger dips and they are surely not the only ones. Bear market is not an option for the foreseeable future.”
As long as the strength of the ETH/BTC pair remains intact and Bitcoin does not see a major sell-off, the cryptocurrency market’s short-term outlook remains highly optimistic for April and into the summer.
Coinbase IPO buoying market sentiment
On April 2, Coinbase, the top United States cryptocurrency exchange, announced that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved its S-1 filing.
Coinbase is expected to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange on April 14, making it a publicly traded company on the U.S. stock market. The company said:
“We’re happy to announce that earlier today, the SEC declared our S-1 registration statement effective and that we expect our direct listing to occur on April 14, 2021, with our Class A common stock trading on the @NASDAQ under the ticker symbol COIN.”
The listing of Coinbase on the U.S. stock market will likely cause the demand for cryptocurrencies to increase because it will attract the eyes of investors in the traditional financial market.
Depending on the performance of the stock, it could also lead exchange tokens such as Binance Coin (BNB), FTX Token (FTT), Huobi Token (HT), SushiSwap’s SUSHI, Uniswap’s UNI and others to rally, mirroring the momentum of COIN.
At the same time, some analysts believe that Coinbase’s IPO may bring major volatility in, if not downward price pressure on, the cryptocurrency market, as the date aligns with a big BTC options expiry date.
ShapeShift Launches Decentralized Trading Through THORChain, RUNE at ATH
In an announcement on April 13, the Switzerland-based non-custodial crypto company stated that it was now fully integrated with THORChain, enabling users to trade native Bitcoin with Litecoin and Ethereum for the first time.
The move is a big deal because it is the first time a decentralized exchange has enabled crypto asset swaps across different blockchains without the need for bridging technology or custodian controlled wrapped tokens.
Launch all the things! 🚀 🚀 🚀 pic.twitter.com/lgkUxl2QJ6
— ShapeShift 🦊 (@ShapeShift_io) April 13, 2021
THORchain Crossing the Chains
THORchain launched its long-awaited MCCN, ‘multi-chain chaos net’ platform on Tuesday, April 13 amid a great deal of hype from the crypto community including ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees.
Less than a day before the launch, Voorhees stated that it would be a huge deal for crypto.
“Native cross-chain decentralized exchange. Never been done before. Arguably the biggest event in crypto this week, though it may not be obvious for a year or two.”
THORchain uses its own native token RUNE as collateral and an intermediary, so those wanting to trade BTC for ETH, for example, will have the trade go via RUNE yet the end-user will not notice.
The revolutionary platform has been in development for three years and yesterday’s launch could bring big improvements to the rapidly evolving DEX space.
Voorhees continued to extol its virtues:
“We saw the power of this technology and wanted to bring it to our users immediately. This is a continuation of our commitment to offer users an easy, self-custody platform for their decentralized trading needs.”
ShapeShift DEX users, including those making trades via the new THORChain integration, can also earn FOX Tokens with every trade which enables eligibility for other rewards on the platform.
FOX Pumps 45%, RUNE Hits ATH
ShapeShift’s FOX token exploded on the news, pumping 45% to reach an intraday high of $1.30. The exchange-based token has made 180% over the past month and hit an all-time high of $1.60 on April 6.
THORchain’s RUNE token has also been on fire, surging 19% on the day to hit an all-time high of $14.60 at the time of writing according to Coingecko.
RUNE has doubled in price over the past fortnight and pumped a monumental 1,150% since the beginning of the year.
AAX Exchange reveals: HKD, SDG, and GBP Top FIAT currencies deposited in April
[Press Release – Singapore, April 13, 2021 ]
After the 2021 easter holiday, AAX recorded the highest amount of fiat deposits into the exchange with a total over 10 million USD in 10 days. The top three currencies are Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Great Britain Pound.
AAX supports three methods for depositing fiat, including peer-to-peer trading, fiat gateways supported by fiat gateway partners, and direct bank transfer powered by First Digital Trust, the digital custody arm of Hong Kong-licensed and publicly registered trust company, Legacy Trust.
“For many years, the on and off-ramps between crypto and fiat have acted as a bottleneck,” said AAX’s CEO, Thor Chan. “Now that the infrastructure is in place, we’re seeing more and more individuals transition into Bitcoin for its disinflationary qualities or seek exposure to altcoins for portfolio diversification.”
“While our peer-to-peer and Fast Buy platforms are effective in serving most retail traders, with First Digital Trust we’re also able to serve high net worth investors as well as traders that are looking for cross-currency arbitrage opportunities.”
AAX, a member of the London Stock Exchange Group’s institutional partner platform, gives its investors the same tools and market infrastructure as what institutional investors generally expect to see on traditional exchanges.
Investors of all levels will find that AAX’s platform caters to their every need. Its newly created fiat deposit services provided through First Digital Trust adds an extra layer of trust to ease any concerns new investors in crypto might have when entering the crypto space.
AAX is a deep-liquidity and deeply trusted cryptocurrency exchange that is favored by more than half a million users. Powered by London Stock Exchange’s LSEG Technology, AAX offers crypto futures contracts, 50+ spot pairs, P2P fiat trading, savings products and top-grade API connectivity. AAX enables users to buy bitcoin easily via its OTC or Fast Buy platforms and supports over 20 fiat currencies.
Stellar-based gaming and collectibles platform Litemint to integrate DigitalBits
Non-fungible tokens or NFTs have stolen headlines the world over, plastered across both crypto and mainstream media. And, it’s no surprise. Beeple’s “Everyday’s – The First 5000 Days” sold at Christie’s for an astounding $69,346,250, asserting Beeple as one of the top three most valuable living artists. This sale established two historical landmarks: the first sale of a wholly digital piece of art with a unique NFT, and the acceptance of cryptocurrency (ETH) as the form of payment.
Paris Hilton recently released a comprehensive article on NFTs and their potential to empower creators. She also hinted at releasing her own. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, with musicians such as 3LAU and the King of Leons, as well as sports superstars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski getting in on the action.
The DigitalBits Project, first launched in 2017 with an initial focus on consumer digital assets, has since expanded to include branded stablecoins as well as the rapidly growing world of esports and gaming. The XDB Foundation, the primary contributor to the DigitalBits Project, is now looking to enter the NFT space, having recently sealed a partnership with leading NFT and Collectibles Marketplace, Litemint, a technology company specializing in the creation of unique experiences for crypto enthusiasts, collectors, and gamers.
The introduction of NFT functionality to the DigitalBits blockchain introduces a wholly new vertical to the platform. As scalability issues continue to plague Ethereum, DigitalBits provides a welcome alternative to creators and users alike, allowing for significantly reduced gas fees and wait times.
Built on Stellar since its inception in 2018, Litemint recently unveiled its NFT and Collectibles marketplace, expanding beyond its initial gaming value proposition. Litemint brings NFTs and digital collectibles to the online gaming experience, introducing unique elements such as true asset ownership and seamless transfer and tradeability not available within today’s leading online gaming environments.
DigitalBits’ origins as a Stellar fork make it highly compatible with Litemint’s existing technology and allows for the activation of a number of potential synergies between the XDB Foundation and Litemint.
“With its unique closeness to the mainstream, gaming industry and core compatibility with the Stellar technology, DigitalBits is a perfect match for our NFT and collectibles platform,” stated Frederic Rezeau, Founder and CEO of Litemint. “I am confident that together, provided our ability to execute on the open-source Stellar technology, we can leverage exceptional business opportunities with a seamless integration of DigitalBits and their consumer-oriented market.”
Other organizations are also looking to DigitalBits as an alternative for their NFT initiatives. The network is highly scalable, capable of processing upwards of 10 000 transactions per second, with transaction fees as low as 0.00001 XDB (less than a penny at today’s prices), and confirmation times ranging between 2-5 seconds. Although Ethereum is the current market leader for NFTs, the network’s inability to scale has resulted in exorbitant fees when minting and transferring NFTs, creating a huge barrier to entry. The integration of the DigitalBits network with platforms such as Litemint now provides an agile, low-cost alternative for creators and users, streamlining the issuance, transfer, and trade of NFTs.
“I’m very excited to see the upcoming integration of the DigitalBits network into Litemint’s NFT and collectibles marketplace,” said Michael Gord, Managing Director of the XDB Foundation. “NFTs have the ability to add an entirely new layer to the user experience, allowing for unique activations that can be implemented across numerous different industries. I look forward to seeing the ongoing innovation that continues to emerge from this new asset class as more and more people begin to use NFTs.”
Litemint acquired Stellarport, a leading decentralized exchange, and service platform within the Stellar ecosystem, in January 2020, citing the massive opportunity created by bringing together crypto users and gamers, bringing unmatched dynamism to both platforms. The DigitalBits Project is an open-source protocol layer blockchain specializing in consumer digital assets, the development of which is led by the XDB Foundation. The XDB Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on driving growth and adoption of the DigitalBits blockchain and ecosystem.
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