Welcome to part three of our series of articles designed to help you understand the flow of money through crypto investments. We examine historical trends which appear to drive a predictable sequence of investor behaviours following a Bitcoin price rally.
In part one of this series, we examined why Bitcoin tends to be the first to move, its power to usher first-time crypto investors into the fold and how that has been shown to trigger the flow of money we are discussing in this series. Part two looked at why Etheruem tends to be next to move. We explained that this is primarily due to its sheer size (Ethereum is the 2nd biggest crypto asset by market cap) and because it supports an entire ecosystem of applications and services.
This week we examine the next phase, which is playing out a little differently from how it has in the past. Where historically, we have seen money flow from Ethereum to large-cap altcoins, this time, they seem to be moving all at once.
But before we dive into the details, let’s first understand what a large-cap altcoin is.
‘Large-cap altcoins’… you say what now?
Let’s break it down.
‘Large-cap’ describes a cryptoasset with a large “market capitalisation”, often shortened to market cap. A market cap is simply the total value of a cryptoasset. For example, at the time of writing, Bitcoin’s market cap is $1.1 trillion. In other words, the total value of all bitcoin in circulation is $1.1 trillion.
What on earth is an ‘altcoin’?
Because Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, continues to hold the top spot in terms of market cap, essentially every other cryptoasset is generally referred to as an alternative to Bitcoin. Hence the term ‘altcoin’.
So large-cap altcoins are essentially any cryptoasset with a significant market cap that isn’t Bitcoin.
Now that we understand what large-cap altcoins are, let’s look at how the standard money flow started and why this time could be a little different.
It all started with the standard money flow
Following the market turnaround in late September, we saw Bitcoin’s price easily outperform altcoins, posting an impressive +52% return into its all-time highs. Meanwhile, Ethereum (+29%) , Solana (+16%), Cardano (-6%) and many more were struggling to keep up with the pace of the old guard.
As we learned in the previous parts of this series, the “standard money flow” suggests that money will flow from Bitcoin into Ethereum and then feed into the large-cap altcoins.
But what if that’s wrong?
The standard money flow cycle is not so standard anymore.
Recent price data is actually showing that money is not flowing solely into Ethereum. This time around, large-cap altcoins are moving right alongside Ethereum.
This is a fundamental change to the historical flow of money that so many investors have tracked for years, and the answer to why it’s changing is relatively simple.
The battle for the altcoin throne
In the past, the flow from Bitcoin to Ethereum was a sure thing, like receiving earphones with your new Apple iPhone. And much like you, Ethereum is realising that there is less and less in its box.
Many factors are driving this phenomenon, but chief among them is the fact that the large-cap altcoin sector now offers investors a far wider range of ambitious and potentially disruptive technologies to choose from. In the past, Ethereum could reasonably have been considered the only viable prospect for a smart contract-based decentralised future, but those days are over. In the smart contract space, for example, Solana, Cardano and Polkadot have become major players, to name just a few.
With the new wave of “Ethereum killers” popping up left, right and centre, we are seeing many investors choose to spread their investment over multiple Ethereum competitors and, therefore, the standard flow into Ethereum is instead being spread amongst multiple large-cap altcoins, which show the same promise.
The graph above plots the returns of these large-cap altcoins vs Bitcoin since the day Bitcoin reached its all-time high and funds started to flow out of it. It’s clear from the above that, in this price cycle, several large-cap altcoins are keeping pace with Ethereum (grey line) rather than following it in the next phase. Not only that, but all of the large-cap altcoins above are displaying better returns than Bitcoin (orange line) itself.
Furthermore, large-cap altcoins are now gaining the attention of investors who are interested in more than just decentralised finance (DeFi) applications like lending and yield-farming. Large-cap altcoins are the infrastructural layer beneath global tech movements, which are garnering massive media coverage and birthing entirely online communities. NFTs, for example, have provided artists with new ways to generate revenue from their work. A recent study by the Crypto Gaming Alliance indicates that half of all crypto wallets in existence are connected to blockchain-based games. The most popular technologies supporting both NFTs and blockchain-based gaming fall into the large-cap altcoin segment.
What’s the smart investment?
It’s clear that deciding where to invest in this phase of the crypto price cycle has become more complicated than it was just a year ago. We’re in the midst of a flat out race to see who will be the first to genuinely challenge Ethereum’s position as the second biggest cryptoasset by market cap, and investor opinions on the matter couldn’t be more polarised.
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