- Bitcoin’s dominance rate has halted, signaling the potential outperformance of altcoins.
- The metric has oscillated between 38% and 48% for almost two years, with declines from 46%-48% coinciding with outsized gains in altcoins.
Bitcoin has been the dominant force in the cryptocurrency market since its inception, accounting for a large share of the total crypto market capitalization. However, in recent years, several alternative tokens, commonly known as altcoins, have emerged and gained significant popularity among investors.
As a result, Bitcoin’s dominance rate, which measures the largest cryptocurrency’s share of the market, has been declining, indicating a potential shift in market sentiment towards altcoins.
Bitcoin’s Dominance Rate Hits a Wall
According to data from TradingView, Bitcoin’s dominance rate rose to 48% from 42% in the first quarter and has struggled to surpass that level so far this month. The metric has oscillated between 38% and 48% for almost two years, with declines from 46%-48% coinciding with significant gains in altcoins.
Markus Thielen, head of research and strategy at crypto services provider Matrixport, believes that Bitcoin’s dominance rate could be peaking out at similar levels as in 2022, accounting for 45/46% of the total crypto market capitalization.
Altcoins Poised for Outperformance
Thielen notes that for Bitcoin to continue outperforming the rest of the ecosystem would imply that only Bitcoin matters, which is unlikely considering the intellectual and financial firepower deployed on other chains. This sentiment is shared by many investors who believe that altcoins have significant potential and could outperform Bitcoin in the near future.
Altcoins’ Market Cap Shows Promising Trends
The chart shows that the total market cap of altcoins rose more than 60% to $1.39 trillion in two months after the BTC dominance rate turned lower from 48% in July 2021. Similar bearish turnarounds in the dominance rate in mid-October 2021 and June 2022 also pushed altcoin valuations higher, hinting at a potential altcoin season ahead. The market cap of altcoins represents the total value of all alternative tokens combined, indicating their growing popularity among investors.
The cryptocurrency market is constantly evolving, with new tokens and trends emerging all the time. While Bitcoin has been the dominant force in the market for many years, the rise of altcoins has challenged its dominance, leading to a decline in Bitcoin’s dominance rate. As the market evolves, investors are increasingly looking towards altcoins, which are poised for outperformance.
The crypto industry eagerly awaits to see whether history will repeat itself, signaling a potential altcoin season ahead. Regardless of which direction the market takes, it is clear that the cryptocurrency market is becoming increasingly diverse and complex, offering investors a range of investment opportunities.