Bitcoin, the number one cryptocurrency, is currently trading at $10,086, a new all-time high partly achieved thanks to a large increase in intuitional investor interest. The cryptocurrency is up 4.28% in the last 24 hours, and hit a market cap of over $168 billion.
Notably, Bitcoin’s dominance has been increasing recently, despite the value surge in the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole, whose market cap recently surpassed the $300 billion. At press time, Bitcoin’s dominance is of 54.6%
This price surge isn’t unexpected, as various cryptocurrency enthusiasts and prominent community figures foresaw the cryptocurrency’s surge to the five-digit mark, including Russia Today’s Max Keiser, who at an interview with Binary District revealed that the cryptocurrency’s price could near $50,000 as institutional investors put their money on the market.
During the interview, Keiser stated:
- “Bitcoin only has to grab a few % points of the global multi-hundred trillion investment market to realize a market cap of $1 trillion and beyond.”
Behind Bitcoin’s notable bullish month were various factors. These include the CME Group Bitcoin futures exchange launch, announced on October 31, that despite criticism is expected to add billions of dollars to the cryptocurrency’s market cap, while simultaneously moving it one step closer to mainstream adoption.
Various institutional investors have their accounts connected to stock brokerage accounts and investments firms – including too CME. This means that in December, once its futures are launched, these investors will be able to seamlessly move funds from their bank accounts to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Recently, Square’s Cash app, a Venmo competitor that facilitates transactions between friends, also gave some of its users Bitcoin buy and sell options. Although users could only buy and sell the cryptocurrency – not transact in it – the move was applauded on social media. The company’s Chief Financial Officer, Sarah Friar, later clarified the move was about Square’s innovation, not about validating Bitcoin, but it still helped both the company’s stock and the cryptocurrency’s value rise.
This year, Bitcoin’s liquidity has substantially increased, as the cryptocurrency has proven how resilient it can be. Prominent Wall Street executives, including Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren buffet, and JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon, criticized Bitcoin for being a “fraud” and a “bubble.”
Just the beginning?
Various market analysts have suggested that the $10,000 threshold is just the beginning, as the cryptocurrency’s potential will allow it to rise to even $1 million or more per coin in the future.
Speaking on the cryptocurrency’s new heights, Gatecoin’s marketing chief and head of business development for Asia Pacific, Thomas Glucksmann, told Bloomberg that despite the rise the cryptocurrency is still “undervalued.” Per Glucksmann:
“I would still argue that it is highly, highly undervalued. If you look at the long-term potential of the technology in the next 10, 20, 30 years, $10,000 is cheap in my opinion.”
If second-layer scaling solutions are integrated by bitcoin service providers in the future, more businesses and merchants will be able to accept bitcoin payments with low transaction fees, meaning Bitcoin can keep its bullish trend in the long run.