Bitcoin and ether may be pulling back from their all-time highs but alternative cryptos are starting to see action.
As prices for bitcoin and ether retreat from their recent highs, the strong performance of other cryptocurrencies indicate traders and investors may now be turning to alternative coins (altcoins) for potential high returns.
Data compiled that Research shows that as of Jan. 11, prices for bothÂ bitcoinÂ (BTC, -4.61%)Â andÂ etherÂ (ETH, -4.03%)Â were about 87% and 78%, respectively, of their all-time highs. Yet, other CoinDesk 20 assets were still far from their highest prices on record. One possible implication is that these tokens may still have potentials to reach higher price levels amid the latest bitcoinâ€™s bull run.
â€œWe have seen [altcoins] pump â€“ both before and after [Mondayâ€™s] correction â€“ in ways that we have not really seen since 2017,â€ Andrew Tu, an executive at quant firm Efficient Frontier, said.
Bitcoinâ€™s market capitalization hit a new record high on Jan. 8 but has dropped since then, evidence that some traders may be taking some profits from bitcoin and plowing them into altcoins, according to Tu.
Following the institution-driven 2020 bitcoin bull run, retail investors and tradersÂ have joined the rallyÂ for â€œfear of missing out.â€ Some entry-level investors viewing the high-numbered trading price of bitcoin â€“ unaware that it can be bought in minute fractions â€“ take to altcoins because their relatively low price make them appear affordable