Ethereum hype climbs with Bitcoin and DeFi boom

Ethereum’s price is undervalued, still down 72% from its all-time high.

Vitalik Buterin argues that Ethereum is a complete financial landscape, not just a store of value.

The launch of ETH 2.0 is on the horizon and could take its price to new heights

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Last week, Bitcoin received all the attention of the crypto industry. It has indeed reached a new record in 2020 thanks to the rise of PayPal, which now accepts payments in cryptocurrency. Ethereum has taken a small wave of this hype, but analysts believe it still has a lot of room to grow.

Ethereum has only managed to gain just over 4% since the week opened at $ 380. It briefly touched $ 400 on October 21, before a significant pullback. Bitcoin, on the other hand, rose by more than $ 1,200 this week, breaking through the $ 13,200 level to a new high in 2020.

So far this year, however, ETH has outperformed BTC by two. This steady growth is expected to continue next year, as technical, fundamentals and chain indicators strengthen.

Additionally, Ethereum is still down 72% from its maximum peak, while Bitcoin is now only 35% off its own high.

Ethereum is gaining momentum

Several factors that emerged in 2020 help cement the idea that Ethereum is a complete financial ecosystem on its own, and not just a store of value or a hedge against failing fiat currencies.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin recently suggested that the asset should no longer be referred to as “altcoin, because it is simply doing a lot more today than it was five years ago:

In simple language, I hope everyone can understand:

In 2020, continuing to refer to ethereum as an “alt” is as outdated as calling a lambo a “horse-less car”.

According to DeFi Pulse, there are currently a record 9 million ETH locked in DeFi protocols. This represents 8% of the total supply, and a growth of over 200% since the start of the year:

ETH is used and invested in order to generate more ETH and earn rewards in other crypto assets. Most bitcoins are kept in cold stores, but the amount of BTC tokenized on Ethereum has also reached record amounts this year.

Institutional investment funds such as Grayscale Investments have also stocked up on ETH, which has been widely viewed as undervalued. Industry watchers have seen this “perfect tornado” that could push Ethereum prices much higher before the end of 2020.