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 is 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 and 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” that includes one U.S. dollar, one euro, or loans to affiliate companies and it’s controlled by the owners of Bitfinex. It’s a controversial cryptocurrency due to its alleged manipulation of crypto pricing. Because it was designed to always be worth $1.00, it is called a “stable coin.” We do not chart it because its price rarely changes.
For a better understanding of crypto market cycles, read more here.
The Latest Crypto Data (through September 19, 2023)
For the first time in September, Bitcoin’s price pushed above $27,000. BTC is now up ~60% year to date.
XRP’s price slightly improved this week and is currently up ~47% year to date.
Ether’s price inched higher this week and is currently up ~36% year-to-date.
An index was created to chart these three cryptocurrencies together, considering their significantly different pricing histories. Ether tops the chart, i.e., the price of an ether has changed the most out of all three cryptocurrencies.
by Jennifer Nash of VettaFi | Advisor Perspectives, 9/20/23
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