Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency markets have been coupled together for almost a year now. That is to say that the Bitcoin markets have largely dominated the direction of the markets. Moreover, the dominance of Bitcoin over the cryptocurrency markets has also been consistent around 50% since 2018.
According to expert Bitcoin analyst and CEO of Civickey, Vinny Lingham,
It’s easy to argue that Bitcoin can be worth $10k or $20k, or even $100k, but the problem is that as the price has been rising towards those levels, we’re not seeing Bitcoin dominance increase disproportionately.
Declustering and Decoupling of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Markets
Even before the previous bull run of 2017, the dominance of Bitcoin experienced a roller-coaster ride in 2017. The percent dominance of Bitcoin fell from over 85 to as low as 32.5 during the peak. Therefore, the altcoins gained substantial value proportional to Bitcoin.
Furthermore, even today the cryptocurrency projects including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and EOS (EOS) are in the development phase. Moreover, institutional support and custody improvements for Bitcoin or couple of industry does not favor the other Blockchain and cryptocurrency projects apart from market sentimental value.
“The key indicator for the start of a sustainable bull run is likely a decoupling of asset values from Bitcoin (i.e. Bitcoin’s strength weakens other networks or vice versa). Anything else is just speculation again (maybe we need another bubble to learn more lessons?)”
The most significant rift in the cryptocurrency is the existence of a plethora of altcoins which are mostly manipulated by the market or reportedly being ‘wash traded’ on Cryptocurrency Exchange. In 2017, there was more than 20 hard forks conducted on Bitcoin after the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork.
Recently, the Crypto-Twitter community went against one such unnecessary fork, Bitcoin SV, whose lead proponent also claimed himself to be ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’ Finally, the majority of the Exchange like Binance, Shapeshift and Kraken have decided to discontinue BSV or Bitcoin Cash SV [BCHSV] on their portals.
Tyler Winklevoss, an early Bitcoin investor and the founder of Gemini Trust commented on the issue satirically in a recent tweet,
@Gemini never listed $BSV in the first place.”
Furthermore, more than 2000 crypto-projects are listed on coinmarketcap which are more often than not traded on the Exchanges w.r.t to Bitcoin, i.e., through BTC trading pairs. Hence, it is imperative that the cryptocurrency markets are swept clean by regulation or market effects like delisting and community visions.
A leading Position’s Trader popularly known as Bitcoin Macro on Twitter noted on the issue,
Until all the garbage is gone and cleaned out, the bear market won’t be over.
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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com