All cryptocurrencies have a combined trading volume of 39.8B USD and their global market cap of 273.4B USD has changed +0.18% in the last 24 hours. Click on any coin in this list to compare exchanges, brokers & fees.
Total Market Cap
The Market Capitalization, Market Cap for short, is the total supply of an asset multiplied by its price. This can be done on an individual or global scale, where the latter indicates the value of the entire cryptocurrency market. An individual market cap, on the other hand, not only defines an asset's market value, but also its strength in the overall market. Its market capitalization, therefore, is an indicator of its dominance and popularity in the crypto space.
Cryptocurrencies with a relatively small market cap are often more volatile and considered higher-risk investments. They might provide high (short-term) growth potential, but can also literally plummet from one minute to the next.
Not long ago, no one outside of academic circles and the Silicon Valley area had heard of cryptocurrencies. Systems for the circulation of value were as old as money itself but remained consistently underdeveloped technically. Today, cryptocurrencies are ubiquitous and improve on many characteristics of money.
2019 turned out to be an explosive rollercoaster ride in the world of digital money. The most famous of all cryptocurrencies, the Bitcoin started a breathtaking rally with a peak in mid-July and a bumpy road back to previous levels. The coin has been able to keep its pole position for many years, and no other currency has been able to take a stab at its high market capitalization. It is the cryptocurrency with the highest liquidity, ensuring that there will always be someone on the other end to fulfil your order. Despite its volatility, Bitcoin is known as one of the most stable cryptoccurencies. It is the most commonly used to date and its main purpose is to act as global, peer-to-peer digital cash.
Ethereum has been able to establish its position next to Bitcoin, making it the second most popular crypto asset. The blockchain was the first major project to introduce Smart Contracts, allowing developers to launch mobile and distributed desktop applications, while also being a driving force behind the first ICO (Initial Coin Offering) movements.