EC Comparing Bitcoin’s Market Cap To Other Cryptocurrencies

  • In the cryptocurrency world, Bitcoin has consistently held the top spot when it comes to overall market capitalization
  • As of January 13, 2021, Bitcoin currently captures around 68% of the cryptocurrency market. Ethereum comes in second, making up almost 13% of total market cap

Bitcoin (BITCOMP) — it’s volatile and valuable, and it’s also in vogue for traders around the world.

Even after a recent 15% drop, Bitcoin still makes up about 68% of the cryptocurrency market. This means that currently, Bitcoin’s market cap is greater than all other altcoins combined:

Cryptocurrency Market Cap (Billions) % of Total Market
Bitcoin $647.2 68.1%
Ethereum $122.6 12.9%
Tether $24.2 2.6%
Litecoin $9.2 1.0%
XRP $13.6 1.4%
Polkadot $9.4 1.0%
Cardano $9.2 1.0%
Bitcoin Cash $8.9 0.9%
Binance Coin $5.6 0.6%
Chainlink $6.4 0.7%
Others $93.6 9.9%
Total $950.0 100%

*Note: Figures have been rounded.

This hasn’t always been the case for Bitcoin—in fact, its market share was a mere 32.8%, back in January 2018. However, within a year it had captured the majority of the market again. And ever since, it’s held a relatively stable piece of the pie.

Why does Bitcoin Have a Greater Market Value?

How has Bitcoin managed to remain top dog in the cryptocurrency market throughout the years? There are a few likely reasons:

  • It’s built a solid reputation
    Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency on the scene, giving it a first-mover advantage. This is a fancy way of saying that the early bird gets the worm—or in Bitcoin’s case, media attention and investor trust.
  • There’s a finite supply
    The world’s supply of Bitcoin maxes out at 21 million, and about 18.5 million are currently in circulation. This scarcity ideally increases its value over time. Other cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum’s coin Ether, are currently limitless.
  • It’s more accessible than other cryptocurrencies
    Bitcoin has a much larger ecosystem than other cryptocurrencies. Because it has more applications and merchants that accept it, it’s more convenient than other digital coins.
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