The market capitalization value of the leading digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a new all-time high of $1,211,242,526,571 on Oct. 19.
Meanwhile, Bitcoin reserves held by crypto exchanges are drained to a three-year low, and Bitcoin is still facing a 2.2% gap from its April ATH of $64,850.
Bitcoin's market cap soars above $1.21 trillion
Dylan LeClair, an on-chain analyst and founder of 21stparadigm.com, has tweeted that currently Bitcoin market capitalization value has surpassed its $1.206 trillion all-time high, reaching $1.211 trillion.
The previous market cap ATH coincided with the Bitcoin price's historic peak of $64,850. At the moment, the biggest cryptocurrency is changing hands at $63,917 per unit. That is less than 2.2% away from the April historic peak.
While this is happening, Bitcoin is peaking at over one million active wallets per day, according to data shared by Santiment, a popular on-chain analytics provider.
In the meantime, Bitcoin reserves across crypto exchanges have dropped to a three-year low as investors are withdrawing BTC to their cold wallets for long-term storage.
First ever U.S. Bitcoin ETF starts trading
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, ProShares started trading its Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund on the New York Stock Exchange. The launch of the ETF under the BITO ticker has caused the flagship cryptocurrency to rally to its current level.
The product that tracks CME Bitcoin futures contracts was not rejected by the SEC and its chairman, Gary Gensler, after a 75-day consideration period.
CNBC's expert and host, Jim Cramer, believes that after the launch of an ETF, Bitcoin is likely to reach a short-term peak or even a "real peak." He added that if the launch indeed happens, he may even cash out half of his Ethereum stash to buy into the Bitcoin futures ETF.
The new Bitcoin ETF trading volume hit a whopping $320 million during the first half hour on the NYSE.
Steve Hanke again attacks Bitcoin
Prominent economist Steve Hanke has tweeted that on the news of the Bitcoin ETF launch, the king crypto has reached another all-time high (calling it a bandwagon effect), while in reality Bitcoin has not.
Hanke has been a long-term opponent of Bitcoin and has been mocking BTC and its investors from time to time this year by publishing memes on his Twitter handle. He seems to have copied the Twitter strategy of Elon Musk, who also loves posting memes, but he uses them mainly to pump cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin and his favorite altcoin, DOGE.
In his previous tweets and in this new one as well, Hanke predicts a massive rollback for Bitcoin that, he believes, will definitely happen after the "Bitcoin bubble" gets big enough and then suddenly bursts, taking BTC bulls' investments down to zero.
#EconWatch: Following the first day of trading of a #Bitcoin-based ETF, #BTC has reached a new All-Time High. Talk about the “Bandwagon effect”. While it lasts, enjoy the ride. pic.twitter.com/CbR7jo11UV— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) October 19, 2021