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Bitcoin Dominance Index Inches Closer to Four-Month High as Altcoins Bleed

"Altcoins season" narrative has fallen on hard times in the shadow of the Bitcoin (BTC) rally

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Bitcoin (BTC) market capitalization index (BTC.D), which is a ratio of Bitcoin's (BTC) net market cap to that of all recognized altcoins, is ready to revisit 17-week highs. Meanwhile, there is a lot of blood on the altcoin market.

BTC.D eyes June levels

According to charts provided by TradingView analytical dashboard, Bitcoin (BTC) dominance is 63.85% right now and shows no signs of retracement. The last time it was so high was early July of this year. The indicator gained 8.5% in Oct.

BTC.D is over 63%
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Last summer showed no mercy to Bitcoin (BTC) dominance. Even an impressive Bitcoin (BTC) price spike in early August was accompanied by a rally of the altcoins.

On July 25, it dropped below the psychologically crucial level of 60%. As CryptoComes reported, this free fall made even strong Bitcoin (BTC) proponents consider their first ever investments in Ethereum (ETH).

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By the end of August, Bitcoin Dominance (BTC.D) plummeted to historical 32-month lows, i.e., to the levels witnessed in January 2018. Ex-Goldman Sachs analyst Kelvin Koh admitted that this drop was backed by string technological and trading fundamentals.

"Winter is coming" for altcoins?

The last few days brought a lot of bad news for altcoin holders. According to Coingecko's main dashboard, today all of the Top 10 altcoins by market capitalization are in the red zone on both the 1-day and 7-day time frames.

Altcoins are bleeding
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Cardano (ADA) is suffering most as it is down 16.1% in the last week. Chainlink (LINK) and Ethereum (ETH) also witnessed significant losses in the last week of October.

The situation on decentralized finance markets looks even more painful. Top-notch analytical team Messari shared a snapshot of the ongoing carnage in its recent tweet.

Messari: DeFi streets are full of blood
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The most overhyped flagship assets of the DeFi run, Yearn.Finance (YFI), Aave (AAVE, previously LEND), Uniswap (UNI) and Compound (COMP), showcase double-digit losses overnight.

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Vladislav Sopov

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis as well as in start-ups (Swap.online, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)