Bitcoin’s price managed to surpass the $9k barrier once again and was trading at $9,122.88, at press time. However, in February, due to the constant dips in its price, Bitcoin’s dominance fell to 63-64% levels, with the price volatility increasing too, when compared to January. Bitcoin’s tremendous loss was mirrored by altcoins and was highlighted in the market cap, which took a hit from $255 billion to $249 billion.
According to Binance, Bitcoin’s trading dominance on the exchange fell from 40% to 27% in February, its sharpest month-over-month change ever. According to Binance’s research report, this decline might suggest a “greater appetite for altcoins from market participants.”
Ethereum also reported a falling price, like Bitcoin, but it also indicated a rise of 4% in its active addresses over the past week, as per data provided by Coin Metrics. Its hash rate noted a rise of 1.1% while the difficulty also increased by the same value. Further, while Ethereum and other altcoins were reaping more benefits from BTC’s price rise, they also had to incur more losses than BTC on the way down.
Ethereum’s market cap dropped by 12.7%, by the end of February, while other alts like XRP, Litecoin [LTC], and Bitcoin Cash [BCH] fell by 14% and 16%. Bitcoin’s volatility had been noted to be moderate until last week; however, the volatility among alts noted an upwards spike. Ethereum’s rolling price volatility reached 76% whereas XRP and Binance coin [BNB] also reported volatility rising above 70%. Other alts like Bitcoin SV [BSV] noted price volatility of 226%.
Therefore, it is perhaps safe to argue that the impact of the bearish market was highlighted by Bitcoin’s trading dominance on Binance falling over the month. The trading dominance fell from 39.79% to 27.26% in February.