Since the crypto asset’s inception, Bitcoin (BTC) has held the largest market valuation out of all the coins in existence and no other digital currency has ever taken the top position. We know the crypto economy is valued at more than $2.3 trillion, and out of the 10,000+ cryptocurrencies, dominance levels are changing. Top ten shifts are happening, and the top ten crypto-asset positions in terms of valuation have changed a great deal last year and the year before.
At the end of August 2019, bitcoin (BTC) held the top position but only had a market valuation of around $181 billion. Today, BTC has an overall market valuation of $929 billion or 413% more than it was in August 2019. That same summer, Ethereum (ETH) was the second-largest crypto asset by market cap with just over $20 billion. Today, ETH has an overall valuation of around $443 billion which is a whopping 2,115% increase in two years.
In August 2019, XRP held the third-largest crypto valuation with an $11 billion market cap. The market cap has increased by 427% but XRP now holds the sixth-largest position in terms of valuation among the top ten. Bitcoin cash (BCH) was the fourth largest crypto cap in the late summer of 2019 with an overall valuation of $5 billion. Today it is $12.4 billion which is an increase of 148%, but BCH is now in the 15th position in terms of market valuation. Litecoin (LTC) held the fifth biggest market with $4 billion two years ago, but today, LTC is in the 16th position.
Binance coin (BNB) managed to move up from the sixth position that year, as it now holds the fourth largest crypto market valuation today. Tether (USDT) moved up from two years ago when it was in the seventh position and today, USDT is the fifth position. Tether is still the most valuable stablecoin and has been for the last two years in a row. EOS was in the eighth position back in 2019 and today, EOS has slid all the way down to the 35th top position in terms of market cap.
Bitcoinsv (BSV) was in ninth place in 2019 and stellar (XLM) held the tenth position in August the same year. BSV has plummeted to the 52nd position in terms of market cap and XLM is now the 22nd largest crypto asset. BSV had a $2.3 billion market cap back then and it has improved a bit (34.78%) to today’s $3.1 billion. Stellar had a $1.4 billion market valuation while today it is $8.5 billion, gaining 507%.
In August 2020, things were also different. While BTC and ETH held the first and the second position, XRP was really close to being overtaken by tether (USDT) that year. XRP held the third position with a $12 billion market cap and USDT was around $10 billion in August 2020. At that time, BCH, BSV, LTC, and BNB remained the top ten contenders. Meanwhile, Chainlink (LINK) held the fifth-largest market cap with a $5.7 billion valuation. LINK is now the 12th largest coin market cap today with $13.5 billion.
Crypto.com (CRO) was in the ninth position in August 2020 with a $3.5 billion market cap and CRO is sitting in the 43rd position today with $4.1 billion. It is interesting to note that all the top ten coins in 2021 have market caps of over $20 billion. While in August 2020, only five coins had market caps over $10 billion, and in 2019 only three coins were over $10 billion. CRO and BSV have seen very little increases in market valuation in two years, while other markets have seen much larger gains.
In August 2021, Bitcoin, Ethereum maintained their positions, while Chainlink (LINK), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin SV (BSV) and Crypto.com (CRO) were pushed off the top ten crypto list.
However, coins like dogecoin (DOGE), Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Polkadot (DOT), and USD Coin (USDC) are all newcomers as far as the top ten cryptos in 2021 are concerned. Solana (SOL) is up more than 19% in 24 hours and recently flipped Dogecoin (DOGE) in terms of market cap.
Official eNaira Website Goes Live
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) eNaira website has gone live a week before the planned launch of the digital currency.
The website promises easier financial transactions for users of eNaira, offers opportunity for peer-to-peer payments which allows users to send money to one another through a linked bank account or card; allows customers to move money from their bank account to their eNaira wallet with ease; can monitor their eNaira wallet, check balances and view transaction history; and make in-store payment using their eNaira wallet by scanning QR codes.
In addition, customers are allowed to scan the QR Code on the website to get started.
CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, while speaking to a gathering of foreign investors in New York, recently, had told his audience that because of activities surrounding the country’s Independence celebration on October 1, the earlier planned launch of the eNaira on same date would likely be rescheduled to October 4, 2021.
“The central bank would not want the event to take the shine away from the Independence celebration,” he said.
“We are going to be the first country in Africa to launch a digital currency. It is a novel idea because we think it will facilitate trade, Nigeria being the biggest economy in Africa, this will set the tone to tell Africa that we are ready to lead and we would indeed lead in trade and we would make sure that happens.
“Between all central bankers in ECOWAS, we are already working on certain collaboration to make trade, payment and banking system integrate in such a way to set example on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” he added.
In line with global trend, the CBN recently took a major step towards the launch of its digital currency with its formal announcement of its engagement of global fintech company, Bitt Inc. as its technical partner for the project. To choose the technical partner, the CBN went through a rigorous vendor selection process in line with the Public Procurement Act, conducted by seven departmental directors and a Deputy Governor whereby several companies were evaluated. The evaluation was based on the following criteria: technology ownership and control; implementation timeline; efficiency, ease of adoption; support for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); platform security; interoperability; implementation experience.
Emefiele expressed optimism that the eNaira, would bring about increased cross-border trade, accelerate financial inclusion and lead to cheaper and faster remittance inflow. He said the digital money would lead to easier targeted social interventions, as well as improvement in monetary policy effectiveness, payment systems efficiency, and tax collection.
According to him, after its unveiling, Nigerians should be able to download the eNaira app from either Google plays store or Apple app store, on board themselves and fund their eNaira wallet using their bank account or with cash at a registered agent location.
“If you are a bank customer and you have say N10 million in your bank account, for your comfort of spending and making purchase, you can tell the bank to load N2 million out of your N10 million into your wallet.
“So, your bank balance in physical cash drops to N8 million, while your e-wallet carries N2 million. With that you can make purchases both within and across the country.
“There are so many variance of the eNaira. But this is where we would start because we are not going to pretend that there are not risks in opening your system up. We would look at the various products, determine the risk, determine the best way to mitigate the risk before we now open it up more and more,” Emefiele added.
Also shedding more light on Bitts, he said, “we chose them as a partner. In some other climes where they are, they have their software and they earn their money. But we chose that they would establish their company in Nigeria. “The CBN will own substantially stake in that company. It is a company that will be established in Nigeria and majority holding will be the CBN,” he added.
On his part, the CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, explained that the eNaira project had been a long and thorough process for the apex bank following its resolve in 2017, to digitise the local currency after extensive research and exploration.
Meanwhile, China’s central bank last weekend announced that all transactions of crypto-currencies are illegal, effectively banning digital tokens such as Bitcoin.
“Virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities,” the BBC quoted People’s Bank of China to have said, warning it “seriously endangers the safety of people’s assets”. China is one of the world’s largest crypto-currency markets. Fluctuations there often impact the global price of crypto-currencies.
The price of Bitcoin fell by more than $2,000 (£1,460) in the wake of the Chinese announcement.
It was the latest in China’s national crackdown on what it sees as a volatile, speculative investment at best – and a way to launder money at worst. Trading crypto-currency had officially been banned in China since 2019, but had continued online through foreign exchanges. However, there has been a significant crackdown this year.
In May, Chinese state intuitions warned buyers they would have no protection for continuing to trade Bitcoin and other currencies online, as government officials vowed to increase pressure on the industry.
In June, it told banks and payment platforms to stop facilitating transactions and issued bans on “mining” the currencies – the trade of using powerful computers to make new coins.
Cryptocurrency Exchanges Rush to Cut Ties With Chinese Users After Fresh Crackdown
Cryptocurrency exchanges and providers of crypto services are scrambling to sever business ties with mainland Chinese clients, after Beijing last Friday issued a blanket ban on all crypto trading and mining.
In a culmination of years of efforts to rein in the sector, 10 powerful Chinese government bodies including the central bank, said overseas exchanges were barred from providing services to mainland investors via the internet – a previously grey area – and vowed to jointly root out “illegal” cryptocurrency activities.
Huobi Global and Binance, two of the world’s largest exchanges and popular with Chinese users, have stopped new registrations of accounts by mainland customers. Huobi also said it would clean up existing ones by the end of the year.
“On the very day we saw the notice, we started to take corrective measures,” Du Jun, Huobi Group co-founder said in a statement to Reuters.
Du did not give an estimate how many of its users would be affected, saying only that Huobi, once the world’s biggest crypto exchange, had embarked on a global expansion strategy many years ago and seen steady growth in Southeast Asia and Europe.
Shares in crypto-related firms tumbled on Monday with crypto asset manager and trading firm Huobi Tech plunging 23% and OKG Technology Holdings Ltd, a fintech company majority owned by Xu Mingxing, the founder of cryptoexchange OKcoin, losing 12%.
TokenPocket, a popular service provider of crypto wallets, also said in a notice to clients that it would terminate services to mainland Chinese clients that risk violating Chinese policies and would “actively embrace” regulation. It added it welcomes cooperation from China in blockchain technologies.
Many Chinese crypto exchanges shut down or moved offshore in 2017, after China, once the world’s biggest bitcoin trading and mining centre, banned such platforms from converting legal tender into cryptocurrencies and vice versa. Then in May this year, China’s State Council vowed to ban bitcoin trading and mining.
Amid the crackdown, other types of Chinese crypto companies have been moving out of China over the past few months, said Flex Yang, founder and CEO of Babel Finance, adding that the impact from the latest policy would be “limited”.
The Chinese crypto financial services provider this month opened new business headquarters in Singapore.
Cobo, a crypto asset management and custodian platform, also recently moved its headquarters from Beijing to Singapore.
Coinbase Bonds Fall Again After China Bans Cryptocurrency
Coinbase Global Inc.’s debut junk-bond sale fell to fresh lows after the Chinese government banned all crypto transactions and vowed to stop illegal crypto mining.
Paper losses for investors that bought the two tranches of notes at par now stand at roughly $100 million.
The $1 billion 10-year 3.625% bonds dropped more than 1.5 points overnight to 94.5 cents on the dollar, while the $1 billion seven-year 3.375% notes fell more than a point to 95.5 cents, according to Trace bond pricing data.
Coinbase’s bonds had already whipsawed since pricing on Sept. 14 as markets traded down over fears that the Evergrande contagion could affect global markets, and after dropping plans to launch a new crypto lending platform after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission raised concerns over the plan.
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