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Bitcoin Leads Charge Of Large Cap Altcoin Dominance In October

Bitcoin Leads Charge Of Large Cap Altcoin Dominance In October

Bitcoin has regained dominance over the market in recent times. The digital asset has seen price recover towards previous highs, with less than 1% left for it to surpass its previous all-time high. This has so far renewed faith in the asset and the market and has seen sentiment move into the positive in the broader crypto market. Bitcoin has not shown any signs of slowing down since then.
On the index side, bitcoin has not taken any prisoners in its market domination. The digital asset has crushed every single index in the market and has outperformed indexes from small to mid-size, bar the Large Cap Index. BTC price shows that the asset is back in the lead. Trends show that it has only begun to rally. With October margins showing a 180% turn from September lows. This is quite simply bitcoin’s season.
Bitcoin Takes Charge Of The Market
Bitcoin’s numbers for the month have been nothing short of exceptional. It has led the charge for the massive recoveries that have been witnessed in the market. The total market rally was sparked by BTC’s upward movement which began at the beginning of the month and since then, the Large Cap Index has recorded an impressive profit margin.
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BTC has been at the forefront of the recovery in the market. The digital asset is up 29% in the month of October. While the Large Cap Index is up 32% in the same time frame. The recovery strength demonstrated in the price of top coins like BTC, ETH, BNB, and DOT have been the driving factor behind the Large Cap Index success in the market.

BTC outperforms small and mid cap indexes | Source: Arcane Research
Both Bitcoin and the Large Cap Indexes have outperformed their counterparts in the market, which have not fared as well in the market. The top coins have recovered close to their previous all-time highs, pushing the total crypto market cap towards new all-time highs.
Small And Mid Cap Indexes Not Faring As Well
Small and Mid Cap Indexes have also recovered in the month of October but compared to bitcoin and the Large Cap Index, they have not fared as well in the market. Arcane Research reported that the Small and Mid Cap Indexes have recorded growth of 16% and 11% respectively.
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Both indexes had seen a favorable summer while bitcoin had suffered bitter crashes and dips. However, this has changed in favor of BTC following its performance in the market after summer ended. Trading volume had returned to the pioneer digital currency and it had surpassed the smaller altcoins in the market.

BTC price balances above $64K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
In addition to outperforming the Small and Mid Cap Indexes, Bitcoin has also maintained dominance over the broader crypto market. Right now, the BTC dominance sits at 46.9%, representing a two-month high.
Featured image from Bitcompare, chart from TradingView.com

Blockchain Firm Chainalysis Is Adding Bitcoin To Its Balance Sheet

Blockchain Firm Chainalysis Is Adding Bitcoin To Its Balance Sheet

Chainalysis has announced that it plans to add bitcoin to its balance sheet. The news came as a surprise to crypto investors as it is usually expected that a firm so deeply ingrained in the blockchain technology ecosystem would own some crypto. According to the blog post on its website, the firm had previously not owned any cryptocurrencies and this will be the first time Chainalysis is purchasing BTC.
Bitcoin has been purchased as an investment strategy by companies who are in and out of the blockchain space. The digital asset presents an alternative means of investment for people who want to have total control of their assets. With its recent purchase, Chainalysis joins the ranks of companies who are holding BTC for the long term, according to statements on the post.
Chainalysis Takes The Leap With Bitcoin
Chainalysis revealed in the post that it was buying bitcoin to put on its balance sheet. The company which is valued at $4.2 billion will put the purchased BTC in its corporate investment portfolio and intends to hold for the long term.
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The company provides valuable software analysis software that helps exchanges comply with regulations. Its software is also used to assess risk and identify illegal activities that are being carried out on the blockchain, helping law enforcement to track the perpetrators.
Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, Michael Gronager, said, “Chainalysis is laser-focused on its commitment to building trust in cryptocurrency as a digital asset and we are thrilled to be adding bitcoin on our corporate investment portfolio.” Speaking on this being the first cryptocurrency purchase on the part of the firm, Gronager added, “This is Chainalysis’ first acquisition of cryptocurrency, and we will continue to pursue other digital assets as potential future investments.”

BTC surges past $64K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Partnership With NYDIG
In order to purchase and custody the bitcoins, Chainalysis had expanded its partnership with bitcoin technology and financial services firm NYDIG. Both firms have been working together since they announced that Chainalysis would be NYDIG’s compliance technology partner in 2018. The BTC was purchased through the financial services firm and NYDIG will custody the digital assets on behalf of Chainalysis.
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“Our expanding partnership with Chainalysis is a mutually beneficial relationship. Chainalysis has long been building trust in the digital asset ecosystem, and this investment shows their belief that bitcoin is a sound investment for the future. We are happy that they trusted our platform to safeguard their assets.” – Nate Conrad, Head of Asset Management, NYDIG

The acquisition highlights Chainalysis’ long-standing faith in BTC as a long-term investment strategy. Bitcoin has been a profitable investment venture for companies that have invested in the digital asset in the past and Chainalysis stands to profit from the asset’s growth in the future.
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Wall Street Strategist Puts Bitcoin As High As $168,000 By Year-End

Wall Street Strategist Puts Bitcoin As High As $168,000 By Year-End

Co-founder of Fundstrat and Wall Street Strategist Tom Lee has revealed his expectations for bitcoin before the year runs out. According to a Bloomberg report, Lee revealed that he had high expectations for the digital asset, which he believes would hit the $100,000 mark by the end of the year, and added that the asset could go as high as $168,000 before the year runs out.
Lee has always maintained a bullish stance on cryptocurrencies. He had earlier stated that he expected the asset to hit $100,000 this year. Now, Lee looks to be doubling down on this prediction which he had made back in May.
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The asset’s volatility has never worried the Wall Street strategist who acknowledges the highly volatile nature of it. “I think bitcoin is hyper-volatile,” Lee told TechCheck in May. “That’s the nature of it, but that’s what creates the reward for people.”
ETFs Are The Driving Force Behind Prediction
The co-founder also explained the factors driving his price prediction for the digital asset. He drives the point back to the recent ETF approvals that bitcoin had seen recently. The first U.S. Bitcoin Futures ETF is scheduled to begin trading this week and Lee believes that the ETF approvals are the major reason behind the asset hitting the $100K price mark.

BTC price sits above $62,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Adoption is the name of the game and the co-founder says that the Bitcoin Futures ETF will help to drive more adoption for the digital asset. The inflows which will come from this adoption will translate into a higher value for the asset.
With the newly approved Futures ETFs, Lee explains that the fund will allow more individuals to allocate a portion of their investment portfolios to crypto, and “this will drive significant new inflows.”
Getting Bitcoin Over The $100,000 Mark
Bitcoin at $100,000 is an increasingly popular prediction amongst top market participants. Although the asset had taken a significant beat-down in the market in September, most still maintained their predictions that the asset will hit $100,000 before the year runs out. The predictions have been attributed to a number of factors but the forecasts have always remained the same; the market will see BTC at $100K before the next bull market.
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Not surprisingly, Lee is not the only prominent figure who has put the digital asset at this value in Q4 of 2021. Various market analysts have put the asset at the same value by year-end. Skybridge Capital CEO Anthony Scaramucci has also said the asset will hit this price point, pointing out that as adoption grows worldwide, so will the value of BTC grow with it.
Not everyone has jumped on the bitcoin at $100,000 bandwagon though. Fidelity analyst Jurrien Timmer told CNBC that BTC could be far from hitting $100,000. The analyst believes the price will eventually hit this point but puts it on a much longer time frame. “I will note that the next (and last) time my puppy-and-demand models intersect is at around $100K in 2023 or 2024,” Timmer said.
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Binance 17th Burn Sees ~$640 Million Worth Of Crypto Taken Out Of Circulation

Binance 17th Burn Sees ~$640 Million Worth Of Crypto Taken Out Of Circulation

Binance has successfully carried out another quarterly scheduled burn. This marks the 17th routine burn that the cryptocurrency exchange has carried out since it had launched its native token back in 2017. Binance has not missed a single scheduled burn since that time and will continue to carry out these burns every quarter.
Binance burns 20% of its quarterly earnings, which suggests how much the crypto exchange has brought in that quarter. The latest burn suggests that the company may have made over $4 billion in the 3rd quarter of 2021.
Burning Millions Worth Of BNB
The cryptocurrency exchange announced in a blog post on Monday that it had burned 1,335,888 BNB in its 17th burn. This came out to approximately $640 million worth of coins burned, according to the price of BNB at the time of the burn. In addition to this, Binance had also burned 17,839 BNB in its Pioneer Burn Program. This program was created to help its users who had lost their assets in uncommon circumstances.
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In its burn history, the crypto exchange has burned millions of BNB tokens. The record for the highest number of BNB tokens burned at a single time was the 12th burn. This saw 3,477,388 BNB burned. While the lowest number of tokens burned was during the 8th burn, where only 808,888 BNB tokens were burned.
In total, Binance had burned over 31 million BNB tokens over the history of its scheduled burns. And the crypto exchange will keep burning BNB tokens quarterly until 50% of the total supply is taken out of circulation.
Binance Sticking To The Original Plan
Binance has maintained its promise to burn a percentage of BNB until the total circulating supply is halved. This would mean that the crypto exchange would have to burn approximately 100 million BNB to achieve this aim. So far, with about 31.6 million tokens already burned, the crypto giant is not even halfway through to its goal.
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The Binance team holds about 40% of the total BNB supply, which goes towards the scheduled quarterly burns. The crypto exchange said that the team would not sell any tokens out of this stash and has maintained that they have never sold a single BNB out of it.

BNB trading below $490 | Source: BNBUSD on TradingView.com
After the burn was carried out, the price of BNB saw an uptick in the price. BNB trended towards $500 in the early hours of Tuesday, peaking at $497. It has since trended back down but has only lost about $10 off the value of its price in the downtrend. The price of the asset sits at $488 at the time of this writing and is up 4.34% in the last 24 hours. Its current market cap is $81 billion and BNB has reclaimed its position as the 3rd largest cryptocurrency by market cap.
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Cardano Loses 3rd Spot On Crypto Top 10, Why It May Drop Even More

Cardano Loses 3rd Spot On Crypto Top 10, Why It May Drop Even More

Cardano has now lost its spot at the 3rd place on the crypto top 10 as its price had refused to move in accordance with the broader crypto market. While other altcoins had rallied alongside bitcoin, ADA had remained mostly stagnant.
Despite the hype created around the project when smart contracts capability was launched last month, support has dwindled for the asset. Its race above $3 had seen it overtake Binance native token BNB to clench the top 3 spot. But ADA has once again surrendered this position as it dropped to 4th place while BNB surged past, beating ADA by $9 billion in market cap.
ADA May Still Suffer Losses
The Cardano project has not had any market-moving news in recent times. There has been news regarding the project investing in smaller Cardano-focused startups. However, nothing has created hype around the project.
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Its foray into the decentralized finance (DeFi) space has been delayed because although the blockchain is now capable of supporting smart contracts, building the protocols required to provide decentralized finance services to users takes time to build. Developers have been working hard on deploying their decentralized applications (DApps) on the network and the Cardano Foundation has provided support to these projects, but it will take a while before there are enough working DeFi protocols on the blockchain to draw in users to carry out DeFi activities on the network.

ADA price trading at $2.13 | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView.com
If the digital asset does not see any significant improvement in support and momentum, then ADA may run the risk of falling below $2. Its community boasts some of the strongest hold sentiment with over 70% of its total supply currently staked. However, without significant amounts of money coming into the asset, it is likely to continue a downtrend that may see the price retest the $1.7 range.
Cardano Founder Begins Africa Tour
Bitcoinist reported last week that Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson was getting ready to begin a tour through Africa. Hoskinson confirmed that the tour had kicked off on October 15th when he posted a tweet that showed him appearing on a panel in South Africa, where the tour was scheduled to begin.
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Hoskinson, in conjunction with the Cardano Foundation, plans to visit various startups on the continent that are building on the blockchain. They will provide funding and education, as needed, to this project and help to guide them through deploying on the Cardano network.
This has although not been the kind of needle-moving news that the digital asset needed because, despite the kick-off of the tour, ADA’s price has not recorded much upward movement. Momentum remains down as the price continues to struggle around the $2.1 price range.
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Number Of Bitcoin Whales On The Rise As BTC Chases New All-Time High

Number Of Bitcoin Whales On The Rise As BTC Chases New All-Time High

Bitcoin whales are not slowing down on their accumulation tour despite rising prices. Bitcoin has now hit $62K for the first time in five months and the market has rejoiced over this milestone. With more growth expected in the coming weeks, investors are making sure that they do not miss out on what the digital asset has to offer in terms of value.
BTC is now the de facto internet store of value, so investors are FOMO-ing into the asset. This has translated to a higher price for BTC. However, the majority holding is still skewed in favor of the whales. These addresses which hold 100 to 1,000 BTC on their balances are increasing the share of the total circulating supply which they command, and data shows that there has been an uptick in the number of whale addresses holding 100 to 1,000 BTC.
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Addresses Holding 100 To 1,000 BTC Jumps 1.9%
A recent report from Santiment showed that the number of addresses holding between 100 and 1,000 BTC on their balances had grown in the past five weeks. A reported 254 new addresses had increased their holdings to join this category of whales, who now hold about 21.3% of the total bitcoin circulating supply.

BTC price trading north of $61K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The 254 new addresses represent a 1.9% increase in the number of these whale holders, signaling more accumulation sentiment among bitcoin investors in the recent weeks. It is one of the fastest whale address growth in the history of the digital asset and as buy pressure continues to mount, it is expected that more addresses will add to their holdings to get above 100 BTC.

“The number of #Bitcoin addresses holding between 100 to 1,000 $BTC has grown substantially over the past five weeks. 254 more of these whale addresses now exist compared to five weeks ago, which is a notable 1.9% increase in this short time period. The number of #Bitcoin addresses holding between 100 to 1,000 $BTC has grown substantially over the past five weeks. 254 more of these whale addresses now exist compared to five weeks ago, which is a notable 1.9% increase in this short time period.” – Santiment report

Majority Of Bitcoin Holders Are In Profit
The profit margins seen from bitcoin investors have contributed to the accumulation patterns witnessed in the asset. Glassnode reported that the majority of bitcoin holders are in profit given the recent price surge. It is estimated that 99.02% of the entire circulating supply of BTC is in profit.
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With bitcoin only about $3,000 less than its previous high, the analytics firm reported that there is only 0.98 BTC left in circulation that was spent at a higher price. These are the coins that were spent by investors between the $62K to $64K price ranges, and with the price of the digital asset targeting new all-time highs, it may not be long until 100% of BTC in circulation are held at a profit.
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Strike Launches New Feature To Allow Users Convert Salaries To Bitcoin

Strike Launches New Feature To Allow Users Convert Salaries To Bitcoin

Payments processor Strike has announced the launch of a new feature that will allow users to convert their paychecks to bitcoin. This feature brings workers one step closer to collecting their paychecks in bitcoin. Instead of the employer paying out wages and salaries in BTC, employees can take the paychecks they receive and convert them to cryptocurrency in one easy step.
Receiving Paychecks In Bitcoin
Strike is enabling users to convert all or some of their paychecks into BTC. Instead of cashing into fiat and then having to change back to BTC, users can directly convert to BTC using the paycheck that they receive. The feature is known as “Pay Me in Bitcoin” was announced on Thursday and is one of Strike’s efforts to make BTC readily available to its users.
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Strike is best known for helping El Salvador in their journey to bitcoin adoption, but they are also a bitcoin-focused payments processor that allows users to receive and pay in BTC. And with the new feature, get paid in BTC with no hassles.
Strike completely bypasses the need for employers to adopt and start paying their employees in cryptocurrencies. Instead giving employees the power to decide if they would rather convert their paychecks to fiat currency or cryptocurrencies. This also means that employees are not limited by the payments options their employers use. It doesn’t matter the company individuals work for, they can choose to have their paychecks deposited in bitcoin.

BTC price trading above $61,300 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Following The Lead Of Coinbase
Strike’s announcement of the “Pay Me in Bitcoin” feature comes only a few weeks after Coinbase launched a similar feature. In the announcement post, Coinbase shared that customers were now able to deposit their paychecks directly to cryptocurrencies to ease their trading activities and just like Strike, streamline the process of users converting their money to cryptocurrencies.
The feature has been welcome in the crypto space as investors can now decide to deposit their full paycheck or a portion of it into their cryptocurrency tradings accounts. Customers could also choose to deposit their paychecks directly to U.S. dollars on Coinbase, which they can then use to carry out their trading activities on the platform.
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Similar to Coinbase, Strike announced that the feature will initially be available to users in the United States. Roll-outs for other countries may be in the works but there has been no confirmation of these. Although users can only convert their paycheck to bitcoin on Strike, Coinbase offers users a wider variety as they can convert their paychecks to the over 100 cryptocurrencies currently listed on the exchange.
Featured image from Inc. Magazine, chart from TradingView.com

Bitcoin Breaks $60,000 Ahead Of SEC ETF Approvals

Bitcoin Breaks $60,000 Ahead Of SEC ETF Approvals

Bitcoin has broken a new five-month high on Friday after breaking above $60,000. The digital asset had begun its ascent weeks prior at the beginning of October, a historically bullish month for cryptocurrencies. This rally has been mostly driven by rumors that the SEC is set to approve the first Bitcoin ETF in the United States.
With news like this circulating in the market, traders have ramped up their activities in the market. The rumors have triggered massive buying activities in the market and this has led to the price rally we are currently witnessing in the market.
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Bitcoin has long been expected to break this price point but has encountered multiple roadblocks that have beaten the price back down. A significant point was the $52K market which the digital asset had broken back at the beginning of September. Expectations were that the asset would ride the wave up to $60K. However, a market crash had dragged the price back down towards the $40K price range.
Buy The Rumor, Sell The News?
Investors have been buying the rumor leading up to the SEC’s ETF decision. This has contributed greatly to the current rally. Order books are filled to the brim as investors, old and new, put more money into the market.
BTC’s recent price gains have however raised questions with regards to the current market dynamics. Some have put forward that the market is responding to people buying the rumor. But that when the news of a bitcoin ETF approval arrives, investors who have been hoarding through the past couple of weeks will dump their bags as they sell the news.
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Concerns have been raised over this and investors are wary of the market dynamics. Nevertheless, others have said that this is only the beginning of the rally. If the market indicators are anything to go by, then the market will likely be riding out this bull to the first quarter of 2022.
Bitcoin Price Movements
Bitcoin has now touched above $60,000 for the second time on Friday. It had previously hit the price point but dip shortly after to the high $59K. The price had subsequently recovered above $60K, peaking at $60,351, according to TradingView.

BTC price breaks above $60K for new five-month high | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
BTC is making great strides in recovery and has once again surpassed expectations for it. The market was expected to slide into a prolonged bear market but the asset has shaken off the bears. At this point, bitcoin is less than 10% away from a new all-time high.
At the time of writing, BTC is trading a little below $60K at $59,919, with a total market cap of $1.129 trillion. The crypto market cap has not been left out of this recovery as the total market cap now sits at $2.45 trillion.
Featured image from Pixabay, chart from TradingView.com

Why We Could See The First Approved U.S. Bitcoin ETF In October

Why We Could See The First Approved U.S. Bitcoin ETF In October

Various investment funds have applied for Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. The number has grown as interest in crypto has been on the rise in recent months. A couple of countries so far have approved some crypto ETFs and investors can trade on these. However, the United States is yet to see the approval of its very first bitcoin ETF.
Speculations around the approval of a bitcoin ETF have been on the rise lately. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was expected to make a ruling on various Bitcoin ETFs that had been filed. But the regulator had moved up the date. In the case of VanEck, moving it by 60 days until the SEC would provide its decision on the Bitcoin ETF.
SEC Boss Clarifies Stance On Crypto
After SEC Chairman Gary Gensler announced that the regulatory body had no intention of banning bitcoin in the United States, investors began to expect the approval of a bitcoin ETF soon. The reasoning behind this being that the chairman would not go out of his way to provide information like this if there wasn’t good news in the future.
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It is expected that October will see the approval of the first bitcoin ETF in the country, which would enable investors to begin trading on Bitcoin Futures ETFs. Instead of having to trade on Canadian crypto ETFs.
In addition to the SEC’s stance on crypto regulation, a Canadian mutual fund with the same language as a bitcoin ETF had been previously approved by the regulation. This was put forward by asset manager James Seyffart, who believes that since the SEC had approved this mutual fund, then it would most likely approve an ETF that consisted of similar wording.
Bitcoin ETFs Getting Closer To Approval
Eric Balchunas, an ETF analyst for Bloomberg, took to Twitter to point out some events that may signal that the first bitcoin ETF is close to being approved. The analyst pointed out that Valkyrie, a digital asset management firm, had updated their Bitcoin Futures ETF prospectus.

NOTABLE: Valkyrie just updated their bitcoin futures ETF prospectus (which typically only happens when ducks in row ready for launch). They added their ticker $BTF, altho no fee still. Can’t say this is done deal type evidence but a good sign IMO. pic.twitter.com/GlQo4C1lBc
— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) October 13, 2021

BTC breaks above $57K again | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Now, updates to ETFs are not a mundane thing. An update to a prospectus is only required when the regulators are close to approving it and the firm needs to make sure that the document contains the correct information. In addition to this update, Valkyrie had also updated added their ticker ($BTF) to the document.
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Balchunas notes that while this is a good sign, it does not mean that a bitcoin ETF is going to be approved. If anything, it means that the firms who submitted these ETFs are moving in the right direction towards getting approval. However, every launch is usually preceded by an update. “That’s what happens right before a launch, they fill in all the XXs and add ticker,” said the analyst.
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Waitlist For Coinbase NFT Marketplace Climbs Above 1.1 Million On Launch Day

Waitlist For Coinbase NFT Marketplace Climbs Above 1.1 Million On Launch Day

Coinbase recently announced the launch of its NFT marketplace, much to the delight of crypto investors. Its aim is to make the minting, selling, buying, and storing of non-fungible tokens easier for investors who want to get into the market. It brings this service to its 68 million-strong user base in its mission to make crypto more accessible to investors.
The NFT marketplace, which is yet to be opened for trading, will provide competition to the leading non-fungible token marketplace OpenSea. With its large user base, Coinbase may be set to be the largest NFT marketplace. Alongside the announcement of the marketplace was a waitlist sign-up for interested parties. On the first day following the launch, Coinbase has already broken the 1 million mark for users who had signed up.
Over 1.1 Million Sign Up For Coinbase Waitlist
The waitlist which is open to everybody has seen a tremendous amount of support. On its first day, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Coinbase, announced that the waitlist had gotten over 1.1 million sign-ups. Interest in the non-fungible token marketplace has been high and users have poured out support for Coinbase following the announcement.

Over 1M people have signed up for Coinbase NFT since we launched yesterday 🤯https://t.co/pNE3nfFmyW
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) October 14, 2021

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Traffic to the waitlist had been so high that it had to be scaled up to accommodate everyone. Coinbase’s Vice President of Product, Sanchan Saxena, gave the update a few hours after the announcement went live and assured users that they could keep signing up for the marketplace.

Thanks for your patience everybody – for the last few hours, we have ramped up and scaled things for you to be able to sign up for the NFT marketplace.
See you there https://t.co/ysu6Eku84b! https://t.co/kOHbZaPr8P
— Sanchan S Saxena (@sanchans) October 13, 2021

Exchanges Taking The Plunge Into NFTs
The success of non-fungible token platforms like OpenSea has driven the need for more NFT platforms in the space. OpenSea currently averages about 260,000 daily users and has seen significant NFT sales on its platform. This has prompted cryptocurrency exchanges to begin offering non-fungible token capabilities on their own platforms.
Binance, the largest crypto exchange in the world, had launched its own NFT marketplace. Its offers users a place to mint, buy and sell non-fungible tokens without having to go through the rigorous process of minting the non-fungible tokens directly on the blockchains.
FTX exchange also recently announced the launch of its very own NFT marketplace. FTX is one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges and has recorded a 397% increase since January.
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As more exchanges launch their own NFT marketplaces, speculations are they will become the go-to platforms for the minting and trading of non-fungible tokens.
Coinbase will launch the marketplace to its U.S. users first and will roll out the feature to its other customers over time. “Just as Coinbase helped millions of people access Bitcoin for the first time in an easy and trusted way – we want to do the same for the NFTs,” the announcement read.
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