Bitcoin is now worth more than Visa and Mastercard combined

Mar 16, 2021 | CoinTelegraph News | 0 comments


The largest cryptocurrency also recently beat the world’s three biggest banks by market cap, data confirms.

Bitcoin (BTC) did more than hit $60,000 per coin last week — it also became worth more than the world’s three biggest banks combined.

According to publicly available data, the largest cryptocurrency surpassed the three highest-valued global banking giants by market capItalization.

Bitcoin market cap blasts past financial stalwarts

At its all-time highs of $61,700, Bitcoin’s market cap was roughly $1.15 trillion. The combined market cap of JPMorgan, Bank of America and The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is $1.08 trillion.

The achievements do not stop there — Visa and Mastercard, the biggest payment networks, have a combined market cap of $871 billion, also now significantly less than Bitcoin.

Since then, BTC/USD has seen a slight pullback, bringing its market cap down to $1.03 trillion, still holding the significant trillion-dollar-asset title.

That level was previously tipped by analysts as a likely consolidation zone, something which remains the case after Monday’s dip took Bitcoin back below its previous all-time high set in late February.

Its ascent, others have noted, is impressive — Bitcoin went from zero to $1 trillion in network value 3.6 times faster than Microsoft, for example.

Hot on gold’s heels

Analyzing the market cap data, on-chain analytics resource Ecoinometrics added that as of March 13, Bitcoin equalled 45% of the gold held in investment vehicles and 10% of the physical gold market as a whole.

To eclipse gold entirely — something which is already a topic of debate among market participants — BTC/USD would need to trade at $590,000.

Bitcoin market cap comparative chart. Source: Ecoinometrics/ Twitter

As Cointelegraph reported, meanwhile, both Visa and Mastercard are coming to terms with the need to incorporate Bitcoin in their corporate strategies going forward.

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