This weekly update tracks some of the largest cryptocurrencies by market share: bitcoin and ether. We’ve also included XRP, as it was one of the largest cryptocurrencies when this article began. According to Wikipedia, a cryptocurrency is “a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets.”
Bitcoin was the world’s first cryptocurrency and decentralized digital currency. The first bitcoin transaction occurred in early 2009 and has since grown worldwide. Ether another cryptocurrency run on the Ethereum blockchain platform and has the second-largest market share, despite being the newest of the three with its launch in July 2015. XRP, which is owned by Ripple launched in 2012, was one of the larger cryptocurrencies for some time until new coins joined the market. We’ve included it here for reference.
The third-largest market share of cryptocurrency, tether, is a token “backed by actual assets” which includes one U.S. dollar, one euro, or loans to affiliate companies and is controlled by the owners of Bitfinex. It’s a controversial cryptocurrency due to its alleged manipulation of crypto pricing. It is called a “stablecoin” because it was designed to always be worth $1.00. We do not chart it because its price rarely changes.
The Latest Crypto Data (Through June 6, 2023)
Bitcoin finished May down 7.0% from last month. This past week, bitcoin inched down and dropped below $26,000 for the first time since mid-March. bitcoin is currently up ~62% year-to-date.
XRP finished May up 11.3% from last month. This past week, XRP saw upward movement for a third straight week, reaching $0.54 for the first time in two months. XRP is currently up ~54% year-to-date.
Ether finished May up 2.3% from last month. Over the past week, ether continued to gradually rise and is currently up ~56% year-to-date.
An index has been created in order to chart these three cryptocurrencies together, considering their significantly different pricing histories. Ether tops the chart, i.e., the price of an ether token has changed the most out of all three cryptocurrencies.
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