The last month has seen impressive growth in the global crypto market after a rocky September and another crypto price drop, following a ban on cryptocurrency transactions and mining from China’s central bank, which declared all digital coins illegal in the country.
Since the beginning of October, some of the world’s leading digital coins not only bounced back but hit new record valuations, while their monthly trading volumes also stayed high.
According to data presented by BlockArabia, Tether, Bitcoin, and Ethereum remained the most traded digital coins in the crypto space last month. Here is the complete list of other cryptos that also ranked on the top ten list.
1inch Network Among the Five Most Traded Cryptos
As the world’s most traded cryptocurrency, Tether saw its trading volume drop by 20% last month. In September, the world’s most used stable coin hit $2.8trn in monthly trading volume, almost triple that of the second-ranked Bitcoin. However, statistics show this figure slipped to around $2.2trn in the last 30 days.
October has been a great month for Bitcoin and Ethereum, with the world’s top two cryptos reaching their new record valuations. On October 20, the price of the world’s most expensive cryptocurrency hit a new all-time high of $66,689, showing a massive 54% jump in just three weeks. Also, the CoinMarketCap data showed Bitcoin remained the second most-traded coin in the crypto space, with a monthly trading volume of $1.2trn, almost the same as a month before.
Last week, Ethereum also hit a new record valuation, with its price jumping over $4,400 or $150 more than the previous record from May. However, statistics show the monthly trading volume of the world’s second-largest crypto by market cap slipped to $646bn in October, compared to $750bn a month before.
Although its 30-day trading volume dropped by $100bn, Binance USD climbed two places on the list and ranked as the fourth most-traded crypto in October. Last month, its trading volume amounted to $182bn, down from $192bn in September.
USD Coin, which ranked as the fifth most-traded crypto in September, dropped to eighth place last month. Instead, 1inch Network closed the top five list, with a monthly trading volume of $106.7bn.
Axie Infinity Hits the Top Ten list with $87B in Monthly Trading Volume
Statistics show significant changes in the other half of the list. Solana and Bitcoin Cash, which saw impressive trading volume in September, didn’t make it to the top ten list last month.
Litecoin jumped one place and ranked as the sixth most-traded crypto in October, despite its monthly trading volume dropping by 37% to $104.2bn.
The CoinMarketCap data showed that, compared to September, two new cryptos entered the most-traded list. With $89bn in monthly trading volume, WETH or Wrapped Ethereum, ranked seventh on the list of most popular cryptos.
Axie Infinity, the fastest-growing NFT coin this year, ranked ninth on the list, with $87.3bn in 30-day purchase volume. Also, statistics show the market cap of AXS tokens soared by more than 31,000% YTD and hit over $9bn last week.
XRP closed the top ten list, with $85bn in monthly trading volume, down from almost $150bn in September.
Newegg to Start Accepting Shiba Inu (SHIB) for Payments in December
More wins for the Shiba Inu community as Newegg Commerce, a leading tech-focused North American e-retailer, announced it will start accepting Shiba Inu (SHIB) cryptocurrency as a form of payment and NOWPayments announced it has burnt over 43 million Shiba Inu coins.
Newegg announced the acceptance of Shiba Inu coin as payment just in time for the end of the year holiday. The official announcement was made on a grand scale with a massive digital out-of-home (DOOH) campaign which was displayed on The Reef, North America’s largest DOOH billboard.
Newegg commerce was part of the early adopters of Bitcoin when it partnered BitPay in 2014. The trend continued with the acceptance of Dogecoin as a payment method in the first quarter of 2021.
To further cement its position as one of the early adopters of digital assets in the crypto space, Newegg added SHIB to its growing list of cryptocurrencies accepted for payment.
“We are always looking for ways to innovate the shopping experience on Newegg.com, and something our customers want is greater flexibility and options, including the ability to pay with a wide range of cryptocurrencies, through our partnership with BitPay, we have the ability to move quickly and lead the market with flexible cryptocurrency payment options. To that end, we’re excited to offer SHIB as a payment option on Newegg.com”, said Andrew Choi, Director of Brand Marketing at Newegg.
The new month ushered in more excitement for the Shiba Inu Community with NOWPayments burning 43,445,695 SHIB coins. The burnt coins were sent to a dead wallet removing over $2000 worth of Shiba Inu from circulation.
The initial goal of the company was to burn only 3 percent of profits generated from SHIB transactions, which would have summed up to only $12 worth of SHIB. However, the Shiba Inu community has been very active on platforms that announced they will burn a certain percentage of their profits. Some of the businesses burning SHIB were Bigger Entertainment, Bricks Buster mobile game and Shiba Coffee Company.
NOWPayment decision to increase total Shiba Inu coin burn was to “stay true to the SHIB ecosystem principles”, the company stated in one of its press releases. The company said it has now burnt a total of $2,059 worth of SHIB, mostly from its own fund and not only SHIB payments.
According to NOWPayments “This figure will rise with new upcoming burns – as more merchants sign up, and the ETH fees go down”. The company also said that the next Shiba Inu burn will happen at the end of the month.
The company is also working on the SHIB merchant directory, this will contain the list of all merchants that accept Shiba Inu as a payment method.
Explaining the company’s support for the meme coin, NOWPayments said “We share a global mission with the SHIB foundation, which is to bring cryptocurrencies into the world around us—mass adoption”.
Bitcoin is a Better Inflation Hedge Than Gold: deVere CEO
The Bitcoin rally stalled on heightening global worries about inflation, but, says the CEO of one of the world’s leading financial advisory, asset management and fintech firms, it remains “a better shield than gold.”
The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization ended three consecutive days of healthy gains, before stabilizing, after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Tuesday it may be time to stop using the term “transitory” as a way of describing the current wave of inflation.
Meanwhile, inflation in Europe has ballooned to the highest on record.
Mr Green says: “Bitcoin is perceived by many investors as a hedge against inflation due largely to its strict supply controls.
“As such, it would be assumed that its price would automatically rise when the U.S. central bank suggests that it would consider speeding up the reduction of its asset purchase policies that have boosted the stock markets.
“But for other investors, including some major institutional investors who have piled into Bitcoin in recent months, the cryptocurrency is still perceived as a risky asset.
“So when they sell-off riskier assets, despite the longer-term outlook and based on short-term hawkish policies from the world’s de facto central bank, Bitcoin, like equities, also becomes vulnerable.”
A long-term, high-profile crypto advocate, Mr Green remains confident that “Bitcoin is today a greater inflation shield than gold”, which has long been the standard go-to inflation hedge.
He says: “Gold has always been regarded as the ultimate inflation hedge – but the world is a much different place now. Our lives and the global economy is increasingly run on tech and digital solutions and this megatrend is only set to become more dominant.
“Gold is likely to be dethroned within a generation as millennials and younger investors, who are so-called ‘digital natives’, are going to be more comfortable with Bitcoin as a hedge than a physical metal.”
The deVere CEO goes on to say: “Bitcoin is often referred to as ‘digital gold’ because like the precious metal it is a medium of exchange, a unit of account, non-sovereign, decentralized, scarce, and a store of value.
“Yet, the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is superior to gold as a medium of exchange or form of payment.
“Unlike gold, it is a fixed unit of account and easily divisible and transportable. Gold is not easily immediately divisible, and there are potential issues with purity and verification. Whereas Bitcoin is easily traced on blockchain technology and this is going to be a considerable advantage, especially in cross-border transactions.”
Mr Green concludes: “Gold and Bitcoin can, and perhaps should, complement each other in a portfolio.
“But as the world continues to pick up momentum in its shift towards tech, and as millennials become a more dominant part of the world economy, we should expect Bitcoin to also take an increasingly influential role in financial markets, including in regards to being an inflation hedge.”
MicroStrategy Adds 7,002 Bitcoin to Portfolio
Yet again MicroStrategy, an Amereican business intelligence company has purchased an additional 7,002 Bitcoin worth $414.4 million to its digital asset portfolio, summing its total bitcoin asset to $3.57 billion.
The CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor made the purchase announcement on Monday via a Twitter post.
He tweeted, “MicroStrategy has purchased an additional 7,002 bitcoins for ~$414.4 million in cash at an average price of ~$59,187 per #bitcoin. As of 11/29/21 we #hodl ~121,044 bitcoins acquired for ~$3.57 billion at an average price of ~$29,534 per bitcoin”.
MicroStrategy currently owns 121,044 BTC valued at $3.57 billion that were acquired at an average price of $29,534 per bitcoin.
At the time of writing, data from Kucoin shows that Bitcoin is trading at $56,490 per coin. This implies that Microstrategy’s total bitcoin asset is worth over $6.8 billion.
On Friday, Saylor tweeted, “Bitcoin offers better inflation protection than gold and is growing faster than big tech.”
Saylor believed that Bitcoin (BTC) “is the only property you can truly own, as well as the first technology capable of granting property rights to everyone on earth and In time, we will come to understand that it is concentrated energy in digital form and critical to the progression of our civilization.”
Despite some countries showing little to no adoption to digital assets, Saylor believed that Bitcoin has a potential to become a $100 trillion asset class. He said “digital gold is going to replace gold this decade.”
The MicroStrategy CEO further said the company is not troubled with the ongoing discussion on crypto regulation, noting that it will affect security tokens, decentralized finance (defi) exchanges, crypto exchanges, and other use cases of cryptocurrency that are not bitcoin. In his opinion, “bitcoin is unstoppable as digital property.”
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