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Why do Altcoins Usually Follow Bitcoin?

The crypto industry is inundated with thousands of coins. Why does Bitcoin almost always lead from the front?

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In brief

  • There are now more than 3,000 altcoins, or cryptocurrencies that are not Bitcoin.
  • Generally, altcoin prices follow that of Bitcoin.
  • This tends to be because altcoin buyers generally purchase Bitcoin with fiat currency, to exchange for their chosen altcoin.

Since Bitcoin brought about the birth of the cryptocurrency industry in 2009, the famed crypto asset has gone from being used to buy takeaway pizza to becoming the sixth largest currency in the world. 

But Bitcoin isn’t the be-all and end-all of cryptocurrencies; during the crypto industry’s first decade, the number of cryptocurrencies in existence increased exponentially. On CoinMarketCap, there are now over 3,400 altcoins, or cryptocurrencies that are not Bitcoin. They have many different use cases, from governance to powering data oracles.

Yet most of the time, altcoin prices are intimately tied to the price of Bitcoin, tracking with it through thick and thin. Why? 

Bitcoin’s dominance of the crypto market cap

The fundamental reason behind altcoins following Bitcoin is because altcoin prices are typically measured in Bitcoin. The original crypto asset may be flanked by over 3,000 competitors, but it still commands over half of the entire cryptocurrency market cap. This domination of the crypto market affords Bitcoin a lot of influence and control. 

In addition, most altcoins can’t be purchased directly using fiat currencies; instead, the majority of buyers purchase some Bitcoin first, and then trade it for their altcoin of choice. Therefore, if someone holding altcoins wants out of the crypto industry altogether, it’s most likely they would first sell their assets for Bitcoin, and then convert Bitcoin back to a fiat currency. This symbiotic relationship means that the value of different altcoins is often tied to Bitcoin. 

As a result, an altcoin’s value is often measured against the price of Bitcoin, so the price of altcoins could go down if Bitcoin goes down, and conversely, the price of altcoins could go up if Bitcoin goes up. 

“Usually you’re going to have one leader, and everyone follows the leader because they’re all interconnected,” said Michael Dunworth, CEO of Wyre, a company using blockchain technology to build effective ways of transferring money. 

As we’ll discover, this rule of thumb doesn’t always hold true, but there is also something to be said for Bitcoin acting as a reserve currency for the biggest crypto exchanges. 

Bitcoin as a reserve currency for exchanges

According to Glassnode, there is just over 2.6 million Bitcoin sitting on crypto exchanges globally. In June 2020, the total amount of Bitcoin held on exchanges hit a year-long low of 2,310,466. 

When there is an increase in the outflow of Bitcoin from the industry’s largest exchanges, investors tend to view this as a positive sign for the currency. This is because investors expect Bitcoin to enter into an accumulation phase, meaning a bull market may be around the corner. This confidence can trickle down to competing altcoins and benefit the wider crypto market. 

Things aren’t always as they seem

As we can see, there are plenty of reasons why altcoin prices usually follow that of Bitcoin. However, sometimes Bitcoin drops in value while altcoins experience a surge in value. A fundamental reason for this is that investors with a watchful eye will pull money out of their Bitcoin investments, and instead pivot to altcoins that are showing promise.

Conversely, if Bitcoin does experience a bull run on its own, investors can pivot back to the leading cryptocurrency to enjoy a ride of their own. 

Yet, even within altcoin price surges, it isn’t necessarily true that all altcoins will obey the same rules, or behave in the same way. Contrary to traditional markets, cryptocurrency markets do not always crash and boom in unison. 

In July 2020, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of crypto exchange Binance, suggested that not all altcoins will benefit from the next altseason (a non-Bitcoin bull run). 

“Not all alts will pump during the next #altszn. If a project has been around for 3 years but not much to show for, then…A few that have consistently pushed development will thrive,” Zhao said on Twitter.

There may be thousands of cryptocurrencies in the market today, but the first one out of the gate is still calling the shots.

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Crypto Price Analysis & Overview October 23rd: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin saw a very strong 13% price increase over the past seven days which allowed it to break above the $13,000 handle. At the start of October, Bitcoin managed to penetrate above a symmetrical triangle pattern which was the first sign that a bull run was about to form.

After the breakout, it managed to push as high as $11,600 before stalling. Last Friday, Bitcoin was trading at around $11,200 as it rebounded and started to push higher. It quickly reached the $12,000 level and broke above here on Wednesday. The coin continued upward until resistance was met at $13,000 – where it currently trades.

Looking ahead, once the buyers break $13,000, the first level of resistance lies at $13,200. Above this, resistance lies at $13,416 (1.414 Fib Extension), $13,500, $13,600, $13,815, and $14,000.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $12,550 (.236 Fib Retracement). Beneath this, support lies at $12,400, $12,125 (.382 Fib Retracement), $12,000, and $11,800 (.5 Fib Retracement).

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BTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Ethereum

Ethereum witnessed a strong 10.5% price increase this week as it climbed above $400 to reach $418 today. Last Friday, Ethereum rebounded from the 2019 high at $264 and pushed higher into the short term falling trend line.

Ethereum went on to break this trend line on Wednesday as it surged higher to reach $400. Yesterday, the buyers pushed beyond $400 to spike into the resistance at $421.50 (1.414 Fib Extension). Unfortunately, it was unable to close the daily candle above the lower resistance at $416 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement).

Moving forward, if the buyers break the resistance at $421.50, higher resistance lies at $434 (1.618 FIb Extension), $439 (August 2018 Highs), and $445 (bearish .786 Fib Retracement). Beyond $450, added resistance lies at $462 (bearish .886 Fib Retracement), and $476.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $410. This is followed by support at $400, $389 (.382 Fib), $377 (.5 Fib), and $364 (2019 High).

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ETH/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, Ethereum has struggled this week. On Tuesday, the coin dropped beneath a symmetrical triangle pattern as it fell beneath the 100-days EMA. It continued lower during the week until reaching support at 0.0305 BTC on Wednesday.

It managed to rebound from the support at 0.0305 BTC as it reached 0.0321 BTC today (100-days EMA).

Looking ahead, if the bulls push higher, the first level of resistance lies at 0.0327 BTC (bearish .236 Fib). Above this, resistance lies at 0.0337 BTC (March 2019 Support), 0.0341 BTC (bearish .382 Fib), 0.035 BTC, and 0.0353 (bearish .5 Fib).

On the other side, support lies at 0.032 BTC, 0.0311 BTC, 0.031 BTC, and 0.0305 BTC. Added support is found at 0.03 BTC and 0.0295 BTC (200-days EMA).

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ETH/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Ripple

Ripple saw a smaller 4.7% price increase this week as it trades at $0.0257. The coin managed to break above a symmetrical triangle pattern during the week but failed to close a daily candle above the $0.261 resistance (bearish .5 Fib Retracement). The buyers must close above this resistance for XRP to start a short term bullish trend.

Moving forward, if the bulls manage to close above $0.261, higher resistance lies at $0.271 (bearish .618 Fib), $0.28, $0.286 (bearish .786 Fib), and $0.295 (bearish .886 Fib).

On the other side, support is first expected at $0.25. This is followed by support at $0.245 (200-days EMA), $0.24, and $0.237 (200-days EMA).

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XRP/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

The situation is quite dire for XRP against Bitcoin. The coin dropped from above 2100 SAT at the start of the week as it headed lower to break beneath 2000 SAT and spike as low as 1915 SAT.

The bulls managed to defend the support at 1960 SAT, where the daily candle closed and allowed it to rebound to the current 1983 SAT level.

Looking ahead, if the bulls climb above 2000 SAT, resistance lies at 2035 SAT, 2130 SAT, 2200 SAT, and 2260 SAT.

On the other side, support lies at 1960 SAT, 1915 SAT, 1865 SAT, and 1800 SAT.

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XRP/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash saw a 4% price hike this week as it reached the $278 (bearish .382 Fib) resistance today. The coin pushed higher from $240 during the week which allowed it to create a fresh October high at $278 today.

Looking ahead, if the buyers continued above $278, resistance lies at $285 (1.272 Fib Extension), $294 (1.414 Fib Extension), $300, and $307.

On the other side, support is first expected at $270. Beneath this, support lies at $265, $260, $250, and $240.

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BCH/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, BCH dropped from 0.022 BTC to reach the September support at 0.02 BTC during the week. From there, it rebounded higher to trade at the current 0.021 BTC level.

Moving forward, if the buyers push beyond 0.021 BTC, resistance lies at 0.022 BTC and 0.023 BTC. Additional resistance is then expected at 0.0241 BTC (bearish .236 Fib), 0.025 BTC, and 0.026 BTC.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at 0.02 BTC. Beneath this, support is located at 0.0191 BTC (downside 1.272 Fib), 0.019 BTC, and 0.0181 BTC.

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BCH/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Litecoin

Litecoin saw a serious 12% price increase over the past week as it reached the resistance at $56 today – provided by a bearish .5 Fib Retracement. The coin had found support last week at the $46.83 level and rebounded from here on Wednesday to reach the current resistance.

If the buyers manage to break the resistance at $56 (bearish .5 Fib), higher resistance is located at $57.86, $59 (bearish .618 Fib), $60.27 (1.272 Fib Extension), $61.91 (1.414 Fib Extension), and $63.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $55. Beneath this, added support is found at $54, $52, $50, and $49.

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LTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, Litecoin dropped to a fresh 2020 price low this week as it hit the support at 0.00391 BTC. From there, the bulls fashioned a rebound higher to reach the current resistance at 0.0043 BTC (bearish .236 Fib Retracement).

Looking ahead, if the buyers can break 0.00343 BTC, resistance first lies at 0.004547 BTC (October Highs). This is followed by resistance at 0.00455 BTC, 0.00476 BTC, 0.00488 BTC, and 0.005 BTC.

On the other side, support is first expected at 0.0042 BTC. This is followed by support at 0.0041 BTC, 0.004 BTC, and 0.00391 BTC. Additional support lies at 0.0039 BTC and 0.00363 BTC.

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LTC/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView
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Bitcoin Breaks To New 2020 High on PayPal News: This Was The Weekly Crypto Market Update

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This week was particularly interesting in the cryptocurrency markets. Bitcoin’s price charted a new 2020 high, surging to as much as $13,217 on Binance. The entire market cap surged and gained almost $40 billion throughout the past seven days.

The catalyst for this major move was PayPal. The world’s largest online payment processor announced that it would allow its customers to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies as soon as the next few weeks for US-based users. The rest of the world would have to wait for the first half of 2021.

To anyone wondering, PayPal has millions of merchants in its network, and the CEO of the company said that they would work actively into incorporating digital currencies in their system. Moreover, it’s also interesting to see how banks and regulators will react to the news. Almost every bank accepts PayPal transfers, but almost none of them accept Bitcoin transfers.

Almost immediately after that, reports started circling, indicating that PayPal is in talks with BitGo, a leading Bitcoin custodian, over a potential acquisition deal.

In general, the shift towards online payment processing and digital currencies becomes even more apparent in 2020. Whether it’s because of the global pandemic or for other reasons is something that remains to be determined, but here’s an overall outlook of the performance of major companies and banks.

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Elsewhere, the billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones III doubled-down on his Bitcoin bet, saying that he likes the cryptocurrency even more following the latest rally and that it’s the best “inflation trade.”

It’s also worth noting that regulators continue their increasing involvement in the field. This week, a Bitcoin mixer was fined $60 million by FinCEN.

It surely was an intensive week, and it’s very interesting to follow the market as we are about to enter the last two months of 2020.

Market Data

Market Cap: $392B | 24H Vol: 95B | BTC Dominance: 60.9%

BTC: $12,878 (+13.69%) | ETH: $408.80 (+11.12%) | XRP: $0.252(+5.81%)

PayPal to Enable Bitcoin and Crypto Purchasing and Selling. The world’s largest online payment processing company, PayPal, has announced that it will allow its users to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies. The US-based customers will be able to do so in the coming weeks, while the rest of the world would have to wait until the first half of 2021.

I Like Bitcoin, Even More, It’s The Best Inflation Trade: Billionaire Investor Paul Tudor Jones. Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones II has become an even bigger fan of Bitcoin. He said that he likes it even more following the most recent price action and that it is the “best inflation trade.”

Bitcoin Could Register Second Highest Monthly Close in History: Peter Brandt. Bitcoin might be in for the highest monthly close in its relatively short history, according to popular analyst Peter Brandt. That is, of course, if it manages to upkeep its momentum until the end of October.

HODLers: Most Crypto Investors Hold Majority In Bitcoin Over Altcoins, Survey Finds. According to a recent survey, the majority of cryptocurrency investors hold most of their portfolio in Bitcoin. This comes somewhat expectedly, given the latest developments on the market and BTC being able to chart a new 2020 high.

The Biggest Concern of Bitcoin Investors Until The End Of 2020: Will Trump Get Reelected (Survey). In a survey conducted by CryptoPotato, investors revealed that their biggest concern related to the price of Bitcoin in 2020 is the upcoming US 2020 Presidential Election and whether or not Donald Trump will get reelected.

Bitcoin Mixer Penalized by FinCEN With $60 Million in Fines. The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has managed to strike another blow to privacy enthusiasts. The watchdog fined a Bitcoin mixer with as much as $60 million in civil penalties.

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This week we have a chart analysis of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash – click here for the full price analysis.

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Bullish: Huge H&S Pattern Developing in Bitcoin With $20K Target At ATH

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After quite a volatile rally to $13,000, bitcoin price action has tempered down a bit. But, the case for future gains remains strong, according to a technical setup that popular Youtube and Twitter-based BTC analyst Carl Martin shared today. This will surely get the hopium levels of bulls soaring. According to him, the top cryptocurrency will soon hit the previous all-time high of $20,000. But there’s a catch.

Bitcoin’s Road To $20,000 In 2020 Has An Inverse Head And Shoulders

According to an inverse head and shoulders (IH&S) setup shared by Carl, who, by the way, goes by the name of ‘TheMoon,’ bitcoin price has already cleared the first two stages of the IH&S pattern. Based on this, Carl remarked that the price target of $20,000 is closer than it appears.

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BTC/USD, chart by TradingView, Source: TheMoon

Generally speaking, market participants consider IH&S as one of the bullish indicators apart from the golden cross and some wedge formations. Explosive price runs follow the successful completion of an IH&S pattern. Sometimes the upside targets look similar to the height of the middle trough.

How Does This Setup Play Out?

According to the analyst, the bitcoin price chart printed the first IH&S trough towards the beginning of this year, when BTC rallied in response to ongoing geopolitical conditions. The next formation was after the Black Thursday crash in March. This is when the bitcoin price fell all the way down to $3,858. And then, after a brief bout of sideways trading, began rallying towards April end-May beginning.

BTC formed the third IH&S trough after picking up post the September crash (after a flat trade phase, of course). This is the current rally in which bitcoin surpassed this year’s high and tapped $13,200. Carl said that the next stop is $19,700, but for that, BTC has to post a weekly close above the delineated ‘neckline.’ But will it happen?

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JP Morgan Makes The Case For A Hyper-Bullish BTC

Macro investor Dan Tapiero just shared a snapshot of the ‘Flows and Liquidity Report’ published by JP Morgan analyst Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou. The report, as per him, draws an extremely bullish outlook for bitcoin. And how? Here’s an excerpt:

…the total market capitalization for bitcoin is $240bn. At first glance, this makes it comparable to the total size ofgold ETFs at $210bn. But gold ETFs is not the main way wealth is stored in gold. Wealth is mostly stored via gold bars and coins the stock of which, excluding those held by central banks, amounts to 42600 tonnes or $2.6tr including gold ETFs. Mechanically, the market cap of bitcoin would have to rise 10 times from here to match the total private sector investment to gold via ETFs or bars or coins. even a modest crowding out of gold as an “alternative” currency over the longer term would imply doubling or tripling of the bitcoin price from here. In other words, the potential upside for bitcoin is considerable as it competes more intensely with gold as an “alternative” currency we believe, given that Millenials would become over time a more important component of investors’ unviverse.

Will we see bitcoin posting a weekly close above that neckline, which Carl mentioned? Let’s see.

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