Ethereum gains nearly 1,100% over the past year thanks to new price record
Thanks to last night’s rally, Ethereum’s 12-month gains now stand at a whopping 1,090%.
- Ethereum’s market dominance index has now climbed up to an impressive 19.4%.
- The total market cap of the crypto industry currently stands at $2.728 trillion.
- NFT-centric searches surpassed those related to the term “cryptocurrency” for the first time last month.
After showcasing increased stability around the $4,000–$4,300 price range, Ethereum saw its value soar over the last 48 hours. The second-largest cryptocurrency by total market capitalization rose to an all-time high of $4,674, only to correct shortly afterward. At press time, ETH is trading for $4,582.
Ethereum’s latest ascent comes at a time when the total number of tokens locked up in the ETH2 staking contract surpassed the 8 million mark for the first time ever. As more ETH continues to be staked, it drains the altcoin’s total available circulating supply — allowing for improved price dynamics.
In fact, many analysts are still quite confident that ETH may hit a price point of $10k by the end of the year. On-chain analyst Matthew Hyland recently tweeted out two charts comparing Ether’s price action in 2017 alongside one showcasing its current momentum. As per his estimations, there is enough evidence to suggest that ETH may hit $14k over the next 30-90 days.
Lastly, crypto pundits like Michaël van de Poppe believe that Ether may showcase an “impulse move” sometime between this month and January 2022, resulting in ETH’s value rising from $6,000 to $6,400.
Asia-Pacific: NFT-related Google searches continue to soar
As the non-fungible token (NFT) mania continues to sweep the globe, it appears as though people living in Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries seem to be extremely curious about this yet nascent asset class. As per Google Trends data available online, residents of China, Singapore and Hong Kong have searched for the term NFT more than they have the term “cryptocurrency.”
Searches related to the NFT space have also been soaring across a number of other countries, including Venezuela, the Philippines, Cyprus, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Buying crypto has become easier than ever before for Australian residents
In a landmark move, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) announced yesterday that it is set to launch a crypto trading desk for its popular CommBank app. As a result, 6.5 million Australian residents will now be able to buy, sell or hold a number of prominent digital assets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, with the touch of a button.
The CBA is the first major Aussie banking institution to support crypto. Many folks now anticipate that other giants, such as National Australia Bank (NAB), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and Westpac, to follow suit in the near- to mid-term.
Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing