2023 Recap and 2024 Outlook: SOL- ADA- AVAX- XRP or BTC?

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Solana (SOL) took the spotlight in the final months of 2023, showcasing impressive performance, but there are other cryptocurrencies that also experienced notable gains throughout the year.

As we step into 2024, all attention is now on the next 12 months. The potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States, the upcoming fourth Bitcoin halving in less than half a year, and various developments in the world of altcoins are key focal points.

Before delving into the future, it’s essential to look back at the overall market performance in 2023, where certain cryptocurrencies, like Solana’s native token, stood out and gained significant recognition. The crypto community is eagerly anticipating how these trends will unfold in the coming months.

Bitcoin’s Strong Performance Throughout 2023 and Outlook for 2024

In a departure from the usual focus on short-term price movements, this special January 1st review takes a comprehensive look at how the entire year of 2023 unfolded, especially its conclusion. As the largest and pioneering cryptocurrency, Bitcoin spearheaded the year’s price gains for the most part.

At the beginning of 2023, Bitcoin started below $17,000 but swiftly ascended, reclaiming $20,000 by mid-January. Impressively, BTC maintained a position above this mark with only a few brief retracements throughout the year. The journey to surpass $30,000 was a challenging one, taking several months before Bitcoin achieved this milestone. Subsequently, the digital asset continued its upward trajectory, surpassing $42,000 by the end of the year. The peak came in early December when Bitcoin surged to a 19-month high, nearing $45,000.

Despite a retracement from this local high, Bitcoin concluded 2023 with a remarkable 156% surge, outperforming traditional finance assets like the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and gold by a substantial margin.

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Indicators are now pointing towards a potentially bullish 2024. However, focusing on the present moment, as of the start of 2024, Bitcoin’s price stands around $42,500, its market cap exceeds $830 billion, and its dominance over altcoins is just above 50% on CoinMarketCap. The crypto community eagerly awaits how these dynamics will shape up in the coming months.

BTCUSD 1-Year. Source: TradingView

Altcoin Surges and Market Growth: A Recap of 2023

While Bitcoin’s bullish dominance was notable at one point in 2023, the year ultimately witnessed strong finishes for many altcoins, marked by significant gains. Among these, Solana’s native token stole the spotlight with an extraordinary performance. Despite concerns about potential massive sell-offs by FTX and Alameda, Solana’s layer 1 blockchain became the focal point of the recent meme coin rally, concluding the year with its token valued above $100 and a staggering yearly surge of over 900%.

Several other altcoins also posted impressive gains for the year, including Avalanche (257%), Chainlink (170%), Bitcoin Cash (171%), ICP (240%), OP (291%), and Cardano (142%). Among mid-cap alts, STX, fueled by the Ordinals mania, stood out with an impressive 600% yearly surge.

Larger-cap altcoins like ETH, XRP, DOGE, MATIC, and DOT couldn’t outperform BTC, with their yearly gains falling below 100%. Nonetheless, their performances remained commendable. BNB increased by 27% in 2023, noteworthy considering Binance’s regulatory challenges and CZ’s resignation.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview Yearly. Source: Quantify Crypto

The overall crypto market cap experienced substantial growth in 2023, more than doubling from under $800 billion to over $1.6 trillion by the year’s end. The crypto landscape witnessed diverse performances, with various altcoins showcasing their resilience and potential for growth.

Important: Please note that this article is only meant to provide information and should not be taken as legal, tax, investment, financial, or any other type of advice.


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