Bitcoin dominance is slowly receding, is it nearly time for alt-season?

14 Mar, 2019 | Updated: 14 Mar, 2019
by Will Heasman
Bitcoin dominance is slowly receding, is it nearly time for alt-season?

BTC dominance is currently moving sluggishly downward, creeping ever so slightly in a southerly direction. But why is this important? and could it mean that alt season is on its way?

While still significantly in control, BTC dominance has been sloping ever downward since its yearly high of 57.86% in September 2018.

2019 saw BTC dominance ebb to a low of 51% a percentage not seen since the September 2018 high.

While this appears unsubstantial, it may have contributed to the recent rise of altcoins, many of which are citing impressive gains since the start of the year.

BTC dominance or lack, therefore, is often correlated to an increase in prices of altcoins; BTC dominance shares an inverse correlation with altcoin dominance with its decline is indicative of a rise in altcoins and vice versa.

BTC dominance typically increases when traders buy and hold BTC, this usually coincides with a sale of alts and thus a decrease in altcoin dominance. The opposite is true for a decrease in BTC dominance, with people either loading up on alts in exchange for BTC or selling BTC for fiat.  

While BTC price has, for the most part, stayed fairly stagnant during the first quarter of 2019, struggling to breach and hold the $4k mark; altcoins have flourished with a fair few alts citing year-to-date (YTD) returns upwards of 70%.

Binance coin (BNB) at an impressive 145%, Steem at 85%, and Litecoin (LTC) at 83% to name just a few impressive YTD gainers:

In contrast, BTC cites a mere 5% gain since the start of 2019.

Alt season soon?

Some traders believe this lacklustre show of dominance is fairly indicative of an imminent alt season:

One analyst postulates that a break below 50% dominance would result in alts picking up steam:

According to many other traders and technical analysts, BTC dominance is showing signs of receding:

However, not every analyst is as excited about the current display of dominance, with one user citing that the historical implications of BTC dominance reaching above 51% could spell disaster for alts.

However, according to one trader looking at at the combined dominance of front runners BTC, Ethereum (ETH) and XRP, suggests that altseason is already upon us:

So it looks as though a continued lull and downtrend for BTC dominance could present a nice opportunity for alts. however, we might want to see this dominance decrease slightly more before jumping in fully.


This is not investment advice. Our publications are not, and should not be seen as a recommendation to use any particular investment strategy.

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