Bitcoin price update: Bitcoin smashes through $30,000 to $34,000 in less than a day

Posted: 4 January 2021 11:35 am
News
feature 1800

Historical gains by Bitcoin and Ethereum lead the overall market cap of cryptocurrencies to nearly $1 trillion.

  • Bitcoin breaks the $34,000 mark as price triples in 90 days.
  • The overall market cap of cryptocurrencies sets a new all-time high after 2 years, above $900 billion.
  • Ethereum rises to above $1,000 for the first time since March 2018.

Bitcoin crossed the $34,000 price mark over the weekend, only 24 hours after ploughing through $30,000. The new all-time high means the price of a single BTC has more than tripled in 90 days, since starting October 2020 at around $10,000.

Etheruem has also joined the party, rising 28% over the past 24 hours at the time of writing, to set a local high of just over $1,000 according to Binance data. Other notable daily gains in the top 20 coins by market cap include VeChain up 35%, Bitcoin Cash up 19.5% and Cardano at 17.3%.

How to buy Bitcoin

Thanks to collective gains across the board, the overall market cap of cryptocurrencies has risen to over $900 billion, setting a new all-time high (ATH). This is significant as the overall market cap had been struggling to rise alongside Bitcoin, as the premier currency rose in value while altcoins struggled to move. Bitcoin market dominance remains high though, sitting at around 69% at the time of writing.

A chart showing the change in bitcoin dominance as described in the article.

Bitcoin dominance compared to altcoins. Source: Coinmarketcap

The continued dominance of Bitcoin despite the wider crypto market setting a new all-time high demonstrates that this bull run is different from that of 2017/2018 when altcoins contributed significantly. According to Coinmarketcap data, when the market reached its previous all-time high around $852 billion on 7 January 2018, Bitcoin dominance was only at 33%, less than half of what it is today.

This discrepancy may be attributed to a phenomenon known as "alt-season", in which profits flow from Bitcoin into altcoins following a period of significant gains in BTC. This is seen in the chart above, which shows Bitcoin dominance drastically scaled down from 62% on 12 December 2017 into other coins, notably Ethereum and XRP. Currently, the overall market cap of altcoins is only $271 billion, compared with that of Bitcoin's $625 billion.

With Bitcoin dominance at such a historical high, it suggests that alt-season for the current bull run is yet to begin, despite a new all-time high market cap for cryptocurrencies.

Interested in cryptocurrency? Learn more about Bitcoin with our beginner's guide to Bitcoin, see how to keep your crypto safe with our review of cryptocurrency wallets and dive deeper with our cryptocurrency learning hub.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

Latest crypto guides

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site