Ethereum Surges To Record Highs As Bitcoin Dominance Tumbles

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 - 09:05 AM

For the first time in two years, Bitcoin's "dominance" of the crypto-space has fallen back to 50% as altcoins see a sudden resurgence in popularity...


“BTC dominance 51.6%. The magic starts when 50% breaks,” popular Twitter account CryptoBull summarized last week.

Ethereum has been the biggest gainer during this recent run, having now recovered all of the plunge losses from the weekend and rallied to a new record high

Source: Bloomberg

That pushed Ethereum's market cap above that of Exxon Mobil, Intel, and Coca-Cola...


As CoinTelegraph reports, the recent Berlin update has laid the groundwork for the much bigger London hard fork, which will activate EIP-1559. The controversial change will overhaul Ethereum's existing fee structure, but experts have stated that the new base fee mechanism would not provide a long-term solution for Ethereum' scalability problems.

Whatever the reason behind Bitfinex's margin markets shifts favoring bears, there's no indicator better than the 20% ETH price increase that took place over the previous four days. 

On a side note, Bear Traps Report's Larry MacDonald notes that a billionaire VC told him this week to "pay attention - ETH/BTC about to make an epic breakout. I think Ethereum is the world's most interesting trade right now."

Bitcoin continue to languish, unable to catch a bid after the weekend's liquidation.

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin may be under some pressure after a report by The Guardian that Morten Friis, the head of the UK bank NatWest’s risk committee, revealed that the bank will refuse service to business customers that accept cryptocurrency payments.

Friis made the bank’s position known during Wednesday’s shareholder event, stating:

“We have no appetite for dealing with customers, whether taking them on as new clients or having an ongoing relationship with people, whose main business is backed by an exchange for cryptocurrencies, or otherwise transacting in cryptocurrencies as their main activity.”

Friis’ comments echo similar sentiments recently attributed to HSBC, another U.K. bank, that used identical statements in announcing its decision to bar customers from buying MicroStrategy stock

And that underperformance has pushed ETH to its highest relative to BTC since August 2018...

Source: Bloomberg

Meanwhile, not all altcoins are up as DOGEcoin is now down over 40% from its record highs ...


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