- Bitcoin and ether may have raked in impressive gains for 2021, but one altcoin beat them handily.
- Binance coin gained 1,344% this year, far outperforming returns of 73% for bitcoin and 455% for ether.
- The rise of the coin can be attributed in part to the growth of the Binance Smart Chain ecosystem, said Arcane Research.
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Bitcoin and ether may have raked in impressive gains for 2021 but one altcoin beat them handily: binance coin.
The third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization gained 1,344% this year, far outperforming bitcoin’s 73% and ether’s 455%.
The rise of the coin, ticker BNB, can be attributed in part to the massive growth of the Binance Smart Chain ecosystem, according to a recent report by Arcane Research.
The BSC, which took some market share from ethereum, enables users to build their decentralized apps and digital assets on one blockchain, among others.
Performance of top 3 cryptocurrencies in 2021
BNB is issued by Binance Holdings, the world’s largest crypto exchange, and is the native currency of Binance’s own blockchain, the Binance chain. Initially, the coin was based on the ethereum network.
BNB trades at about $522 and commands nearly 4% of the entire crypto market with an $87 billion market cap, according to CoinMarketCap.
Elsewhere in the market, altcoin gained traction throughout the year as droves of retail investors piled in, looking to cash in on the hefty gains.
“Throughout the first five months of the year, bitcoin saw a continuous loss of dominance, as traders rotated into altcoins while bitcoin pushed above former highs,” the research firm said.
This year saw the rise of many meme tokens as well, including shiba inu, a dogecoin spinoff whose price rocketed 44,540,000% this year
“These months saw a mixture of ‘stupid’ pumps in meme coins and ethereum DeFi strength,” the firm added.