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The total market capitalisation of all cryptocurrencies is now worth more than $1 trillion for the first time ever, according to data by CoinMarketCap. Data further shows that the total market cap during the 2017 bull run peaked at around $790 billion.

The market cap of Bitcoin alone is $687 billion, just shy of $100 billion from the total market cap of all crypto’s in 2017. Since Bitcoin is the world’s largest cryptocurrency by means of market cap, the latest increase is largely due to the massive increase in its price.

When looking at the two charts below, comparing the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies and the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies excluding Bitcoin, it is not difficult to notice the impact Bitcoin alone has on the total market cap.

Source: CoinMarketCap

What is, however, interesting to note is the difference between the total market cap excluding Bitcoin during the 2017 bull run and the current total market cap excluding Bitcoin.

In 2017, at the height of the bull run, the total market cap excluding Bitcoin topped at around $540 billion. But the current market cap excluding Bitcoin is only at $317 billion. A massive $223 billion difference, this shows the dominance Bitcoin has on the crypto market. While Bitcoin is currently breaking all-time high levels, it seems that Altcoins are lagging far behind. It seems that Altcoins have some catching up to do.. Will they catch up before the next major correction?

Feature image by Jorge Franganillo from flickr

Andrew is a law student currently studying at UNISA, and Global Crypto's in-house reporter. Andrew discovered blockchain in his final year of school and since developed a keen interest in the subject. He appreciates a good cup of coffee. When he is not too busy with work or studies, he enjoys playing a good round of golf.