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18-Month Long Experiment: Anti-Altcoin, Bitcoin Maximalist Stance Holds Its Weight

Over the past few months, altcoins have bled out in a dramatic fashion. Bitcoin dominance — the percentage of the cryptocurrency market’s value made up of BTC — has rocketed to the two-year high of 72% from the bottom of 35% seen in mid-2018.

To show the exact extent of the drawdown in altcoins, a Reddit user going by “Joe-M-4” recently posted the results of an 18-month long experiment, which shows that against Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies have drawn down dramatically.

His experiment gives credence to the narrative that once again, this industry is trending towards Bitcoin maximalism, despite technical developments made in the realm of Ethereum and stellar marketing moves made by Litecoin to push the adoption of LTC and cryptocurrency.

The Results: Buy Bitcoin, Dump Altcoins

For those that don’t want to read into it anymore, the inference that can be drawn from his experiment is that should current trends continue: buy Bitcoin and dump altcoins.

As he explains in a Publish0x post further outlining his experiment, which took place from the start of 2018 to now, altcoins haven’t done well compared to the market leader. In fact, as he points out, an investment in Bitcoin on the last day of 2017 has yielded 20%, while the top nine altcoins (as of late-2017) have yielded an average of -80% since then. Ouch.

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Just look to the harrowing return of Ripple’s XRP as a perfect point, which he claims has collapsed 88% since he first put $100 into the cryptocurrency for the experiment.  As he wrote:

“Although still down overall since January 2018, Bitcoin is dominating the space and showing no mercy towards other cryptocurrencies. August did snap BTC’s streak of six straight months of growth but this month also saw it shatter the 70% dominance figure for the first time since the experiment began.”

Crypto to Soon Return?

While the trend for altcoins against Bitcoin is clearly one with a downward trajectory, some analysts are expecting for non-BTC crypto assets to soon show some strength.

In August, Willy Woo of Adaptive Capital said that altcoins were “heading into a region of support” at long last. This trend has continued into early-September.

The prominent on-chain analyst, known for his reports on how Bitcoin’s network effects equate to its value, remarked that the altcoin vs. Bitcoin market capitalization chart is “now two weeks into testing its 6.5-year support line”, which has yet to break. What’s more, the weekly relative strength index (RSI) of this chart is “more oversold [than its been] in its entire history”.

Woo didn’t explicitly call for what cryptocurrency traders call an “altseason”, only claiming that altcoins may see “some bounce”.

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Nick Chong
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Since 2013, Nick has shown interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He has since become involved in the industry as a full-time content creator, working for NewsBTC, Bitcoinist, LongHash, among other outlets. Aside from covering the news, Nick is a Creative at Taiwanese technology company HTC.
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