Bitcoin Dominance Surges Past 50%, Sparking Speculation of a Second-Half Rally

Bitcoin has once again taken center stage in the cryptocurrency market as its dominance exceeded 50%, reaching its highest level in a month. This development has ignited fervent discussions within the crypto community, with market observers closely monitoring whether investments previously dispersed among altcoins will flow back into Bitcoin, potentially setting the stage for a significant rally in the second half of the year.

On the 18th of September, Bitcoin dominance surged to an impressive 50.2%. This resurgence comes on the heels of Bitcoin’s dominance briefly hitting 52% at the end of June, marking a clear trend toward Bitcoin reasserting its influence in the crypto space.

Source: CoinMarketCap

For those unfamiliar with the term, Bitcoin dominance signifies the proportion of Bitcoin transactions in the entire virtual asset market. Essentially, it represents the degree to which Bitcoin controls the market. Traditionally, an increase in Bitcoin dominance is seen as a precursor to a market rally, indicating a surge in buying pressure.

Market experts have offered predictions that Bitcoin’s dominance will continue to rise in the latter half of the year, citing several factors as potential catalysts. Notably, the anticipation surrounding the listing of a Bitcoin spot ETF and a spate of negative news impacting altcoins are believed to be significant triggers. In general, a weakening of altcoins is interpreted as a positive sign for Bitcoin’s dominance.

Markus Thielen, a senior researcher at Matrixport, voiced this sentiment during an interview with CoinDesk TV, stating, “Bitcoin is experiencing growing buying pressure due to the anticipation of spot ETF approval, while altcoins are facing a period of decline.”

Thielen’s prediction of altcoin weakness is grounded in several factors:

1. Sale of Virtual Assets Held by FTX: Just one day before the approval hearing for the sale of FTX assets on the 12th of September, altcoins known to be held by FTX exhibited a noticeable downward trend. This has raised concerns that a substantial distribution of altcoins in the market could intensify downward pressure, dampening investor sentiment.

2. Decreased Profits from Ethereum-Based DeFi: Ethereum’s decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, which was once a significant driver of altcoin gains, has shown signs of slowing profitability. This shift may prompt investors to reconsider their positions in altcoins in favor of Bitcoin.

3. Imminent Timing of Venture Capital Token Sales: The timing of upcoming venture capital (VC) token sales adds another layer of uncertainty to the altcoin market, potentially causing a reallocation of funds into Bitcoin.

Intriguingly, the persistent weakness of Ethereum, a frontrunner in the altcoin space, since its peak in April, further underscores the growing expectations surrounding Bitcoin’s dominance. Ethereum’s underperformance has fueled speculation that investors may increasingly turn to Bitcoin, perceiving it as a more stable and attractive investment option.

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