The year has been a roller coaster of sorts for the crypto space. From initiating with the bull run to cryptos plunging in the mid-term, to the Evergrande crisis and FUD. The charts have been seeing swings. However, professional traders are well versed in the game. And are waiting for the bull run in the fourth quarter.
Despite the odds, the space has been performing pretty well. Altcoins have been stealing the limelight of star crypto. Consecutively, numerous investors have created fortunes out of their holdings. Netizens have been comparing the statistics of the year, with that of 2017. Hinting at a possible bull run around the corner.
How Well Have Altcoins Fared Over The Big Bull?
BTC’s price is at $42,709.97, from being $29,022.42 on the first day of 2021 at the press time. The star coin has given returns of ~300% for the year. Whereas, ETH is currently at $2937.52 from $738.62 on the 1st of January 2021. The returns for the year stand at ~740%. ADA has grown to $2.37 from its initial inning of $0.182 on January 1st. The returns are a whooping ~2750%.
Similarly, multiple other coins have grown exponentially. The possible reasons for the ALT coins outperforming Bitcoin are as follows:
- Higher volatility, which also means quicker gains.
- Inherent capabilities and fundamental developments like scalability, transaction time, charges, interoperability, smart contracts, and more.
- Enthusiasts are leaned more towards the layer-1 protocol, than the layer-2 protocol.
- Launch of dApps, De-Fi, and NFTs.
- Development of communities, and conferences.
Cryptos like Cardano, Polkadot, and Solana among many others have created a lasting impact in the industry. Cardano for instance is currently trending on the charts, despite prominent ones dwindling. However, the trend has a lot to do with the scheduled Cardano Summit. Similar events can be held by other platforms as well, which brings impetus to the ecosystem.
BTC Is Old, Yet Supreme?
Bitcoin has been receiving significant acceptance and mass adoption in recent times. This is helping the ecosystem evolve as an inflation hedge, and is now relatively less volatile. Consecutively, BTC is gaining immense interest among investors who are new to crypto trades. Hence it is worth mentioning that BTC still remains the go-to coin for holders. Netizens believe it is destined to surge leaps and bounds in the long run. Possibly, like what compounding does on long-term investments.
Summing up, it is great to see Altcoins rising up the market charts, and offering real-time solutions. On the contrary, BTC still has its upper hand. As it holds the lion’s share in the market cap which brings a notable difference, even with negligible changes.
Solana set to be the ‘Bitcoin Killer’?
A blockchain with the ability to perform thousands of transactions per second must be the next Bitcoin. Sam Bankman-Fried believes SOL has the potential to become the next Bitcoin since the Solana blockchain can execute 50,000 transactions per second.
Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), in a recent interview with Kitco, praised Solana for its potential to expand to millions of transactions per second. According to the FTX CEO, this makes Solana a critical component of cryptocurrency acceptance and the next Bitcoin.
The scalability of Solana could aid its evolution into a new Ethereum or Bitcoin.
“I am optimistic about Solana. She has every chance of doing this, which is very interesting, I think.’
Analyst bullish on SOL
Influential investors are positive on Solana, which is helping altcoin gain traction.
With a growth in institutional acceptance, venturefounder, a cryptocurrency analyst, feels that Solana could end up competing with Ethereum.
I was early for #BTC #ETH #DeFi, but I missed #NFT #metaverse #memecoins
After reflection, I realize my fear for unknown prevented me from learning new innovations
A week in crypto is like a year in real life, you gotta keep learning. Now I have skin in the game to learn NFT pic.twitter.com/nbbsFE0pvX— venturefoundΞr (@venturefounder) November 26, 2021
“More Crypto Online” cryptocurrency analysts are positive on Solana. As the cryptocurrency price trend reverses, analysts forecast a price rise to a new all-time high of $305.
During the crypto massacre on Black Friday, the price of Solana fell below $200. The price of the altcoin has recovered and is now trading near $200 at the time of writing. Over the last two months, there has been a surge in institutional intake and capital rotation into Solana.
At the time of writing, SOL is trading at $196.63, up 0.6% in the last 24 hours.the resistance on the upside is at $199.94. However in case of a decline, the support on the downside is at $190.68.
El Salvador’s President Has A few Words For Bank Of England’s Chief
El Salvador’s President has a few words for Bank of England’s chief who recently expressed worries about the country’s Bitcoin adoption.
Check out his relevant tweet below.
Bank of England is “worried” about El Salvador’s adoption of #Bitcoin?
I guess Bank of England’s interest in the well-being of our people is genuine.
I mean, they have always cared about our people. Always.
Gotta love Bank of England 😍https://t.co/qsQNdw8h7L— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) November 27, 2021
A commenter said: “Before bitcoin nobody around the world cared about El Salvador now there are competing interests either supporting or attacking El Salvador. El Salvador is now relevant.”
Someone else posted this: “Exactly what i been saying! My family is from el salvador, and my whole life not a single soul i ever met here in the U.S even knew about the country, and if they did, they only heard of it because of gang affiliation… nothing else. Bukele is making waves!!!”
On the other hand, a follower said: “The Bank of England’s Point of Concern: “….It concerns me that a country would choose it as its national currency. What would worry me most of all is, do the citizens of El Salvador understand the nature and volatility of the currency they have.” Seems a legitimate worry.”
Bitcoin adoption concerning?
CryptoSlate notes the fact that Bailey said the move to adopt Bitcoin within a dual currency system was concerning, while also adding that volatility would impact most detrimentally.
This isn’t the first time that Bailey warned of the “dangers” of crypto.
Back in May, Bailey said cryptos have no intrinsic value and that investors should be prepared to lose all their money.
At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the red and the king coin is priced at $54,667.
Bitcoin skeptic Saule Omarova to be rejected as Biden’s nominee for OCC in win for crypto
- Saule Omarova was nominated to head OCC and it looked bleak for the future of cryptocurrencies as she is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin.
- New reports reveal that some Democratic senators in U.S Congress will reject her, and with all Republicans united against her, she will most likely not assume office.
Saule Omarova, a Bitcoin critic who was nominated for one of the most important financial regulatory jobs in the U.S, is looking unlikely to go through Senate confirmation. According to new reports, some Democratic Senators have rejected the Biden pick, particularly opposing her hardline stance against big banks. With Republican Senators all against her, she looks unlikely to be the next Comptroller of the Currency.
Omarova was nominated by the White House in September to take over from the Acting OCC, Michael Hsu. As CNF reported at the time, the cryptocurrency community joined the banking fraternity to ask questions of what would be of her reign. Omarova is an outspoken critic of the big banks, having consistently criticized government bailouts. She has also suggested that the Federal Reserve should be allowed to serve Americans, effectively wiping out the commercial banks.
For cryptocurrencies, the future looked just as bleak. She has previously stated that she believes they “benefit mainly the dysfunctional financial system we already have.”
In her Senate grilling two weeks ago, she held on to her anti-Bitcoin views. Responding to crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis‘ question on whether Bitcoin threatens national security, she stated:
I’m not an expert on Bitcoin but I’d worry if all our financial transactions were up to some blockchain system where various actors who might actually be located in other countries, not particularly friendly to us, control the functioning of the system.
Omarova to be rejected
According to reports in Washington, Omarova is set to be rejected in Senate. Already, virtually all Republican senators have said they will reject her. Many of them have even attacked her on personal terms, as well as her ‘socialist-leaning’ beliefs.
Axios reports that five Democratic Senators have joined the anti-Omarova bandwagon as well. The five told Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who heads the Senate Banking Committee of their dissent. If they vote against her, the Kazakhstan-born academic will stand virtually no chance as the house is almost divided in half between Republicans and Democrats.
However, despite the opposition, the White House continues to back her publicly. A White House official told Axios:
The White House continues to strongly support her historic nomination. Saule Omarova is eminently qualified for this position. She has been treated unfairly since her nomination with unacceptable red-baiting from Republicans like it’s the McCarthy era.