2% of all cryptocurrencies claim 90% of the total market cap

Chris Stead 13 February 2018

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Despite the boom in the number of cryptocurrencies available for trade, the vast majority of money is held in the top 2% of coins.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the only cryptocurrency anyone knew about was bitcoin. In fact, many still confuse bitcoin and all the altcoins as being one in the same. Yet, at the time of writing, there are 1523 cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap, with hundreds of ICOs (initial coin offerings) seeking enough support to join that list over the coming months and years.

It’s near impossible to track them all. You can see the full list here if you want to give it a go, but even the most dedicated trader will struggle to know even half of those currently available. In the month of January alone, around 100 new cryptocurrency altcoins joined the fun, further diluting the market.

Although, did they?
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Despite the enthusiastic influx of altcoins over the last six months to a year, very few have managed to gain significant, consistent traction. We recently completed a volatility analysis, which revealed the 20 most volatile cryptocurrencies in the market, but we learned plenty more from that analysis. This includes a rather startling figure regarding the total market cap.

The total market cap refers to the total value of all the cryptocurrencies in the market. As you might suspect, it’s a big number. It’s $410,051,855,502 (as of 13 February 2018). However, further analysis shows that $368,199,603,982, or 90%, of that market cap is consumed by the top 30 cryptocurrencies. That’s just 2% of all the cryptocurrencies listed on CoinMarketCap. This leaves a whopping 1493 altcoins to scuffle over the last 10% of the market.

Because of the astronomical figures we’re talking here, that 10% isn’t chicken feed, but it does show just how tough it is to gain enough market momentum to crack into the public conscience. Even cryptocurrencies frequently in the news like 0x, Electroneum, Power Ledger and Verge haven’t cracked into that top 30. Let alone the top 10, where 80% of the total market cap lies.

It’s true that not all cryptocurrencies seek the same goals, and therefore not all will need the same market share in order to stay afloat and successfully evolve, but it remains food for thought. You can see the top 30 coins at the time of writing below.

CryptocurrencyMarket Cap
Bitcoin$143,254,537,172
Ethereum$80,955,721,575
Ripple$39,616,589,329
Bitcoin Cash$20,482,217,625
Cardano$9,412,019,220
Litecoin$8,526,734,536
NEO$7,089,745,000
Stellar$6,912,470,413
EOS$5,800,480,633
IOTA$4,869,764,851
NEM$4,809,536,999
Dash$4,634,231,101
Monero$3,638,704,695
Lisk$3,153,880,235
Ethereum Classic$2,931,729,673
TRON$2,808,407,742
Tether$2,221,641,609
Qtum$2,122,344,527
VeChain$1,909,475,622
Bitcoin Gold$1,827,954,534
ICON$1,511,811,331
Zcash$1,416,148,395
U.CASH$1,375,657,675
OmiseGO$1,256,745,863
Nano$1,212,971,169
Steem$1,006,950,309
Populous$986,653,171
Binance Coin$877,077,894
Bytecoin$819,157,502
Stratis$758,243,582
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