Ethereum (CCC:ETH-USD), and other cryptocurrencies have been very hot lately, in part thanks to Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COIN) going public. Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, has actually struck record highs in the previous couple of days, and it currently shy of $2,500. Today I’ll take a look at ETH to see if further gains are possible in the months ahead.

Source: Shutterstock ETH Follows Bitcoin While Bitcoin (CCC: BTC-USD)remains the largest cryptocurrency, the second-largest digital asset is ETH. Ethereum now has a market capitalization(cap )of $290 million, and Ether is up by 237 %year-to-date. Put another method, the proverbial$1,000 bought ETH in early January would now deserve $3,370.

Source: Stockcharts.com By comparison, Bitcoin, the very first cryptocurrency, is up around 95%YTD. Its cost is around$62,000 and the marketplace cap loafs$1.17 trillion. There are other cryptocurrencies, called altcoins, that have actually received considerable attention recently. Among these are Ripple(CCC:XRP-USD), Dogecoin(CCC:DOGE-USD), Binance Coin(CCC:BNB-USD), and Tether (CCC:USDT-USD). Nevertheless, Bitcoin and Ethereum hold around 65% of the total market cap in cryptos.

Ether began in 2015 as a programmable blockchain. While Bitcoin utilizes blockchain technology used to money, Ethereum, the protocol for developing decentralized applications, is currently the most actively utilized blockchain. The innovation behind Ethereum protocol is advanced and has numerous uses beyond the keeping and recording of transactions.

Recent research study by Stefano Ferretti and Gabriele D’Angelo of the University of Bologna, Italy highlights:

“The Ether is the fuel for operating in Ethereum. Every transaction in Ethereum is made possible through a payment made by the customers of the platform to the machines executing the requested operations. This enables numerous applications, varying from the exchange of cryptocurrencies, to monetary applications, keeping and management of tokens and digital properties, notary systems, identity management, voting systems, up to those application that need the traceability of resources and possessions.”

In early February, CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) introduced futures agreements in Ether. These are legal contracts to buy or offer Ether at a fixed price at a later date. The Street anticipates to see increased institutional financial investment in ETH as an outcome of the introduction of futures agreements. This regulated market will boost the crypto’s future potential customers.

Ethereum and the Growth of NFTs

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are among the most recent global cryptocurrency phenomenon and financial investment buzz. These blockchain-based crypto tokens serve as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets. Thus, an artwork or a collectable item is “tokenized,” and the digital certificate of ownership is ultimately bought and offered.

ETH, BTC and other altcoins are fungible. Put another way, 1 XYZ token, such as USDT, in someone’s wallet is worth precisely the same as 1 XYZ (or USDT) in another person’s wallet. The very same applies for national fiat currencies: every U.S. dollar costs is interchangeable with another one.

However NFTs are non-fungible as no two NFTs are the exact same. For that reason, they are not equally interchangeable. Presently, many NFTs tend to be digital, and any digital piece of work could potentially be purchased or sold as an NFT. For instance, video-gamers can use NFTs as in-game items.

Take the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the Mona Lisa in the 16th century. If he might have produced his work of art on a blockchain, it would have been an NFT, which is just worth what someone is willing to spend for.

As we talk about cryptos and NFTs, we need to highlight the significance of Ethereum. Developers use the Ethereum blockchain to build other coins, consisting of NFTs. In truth, Many NFTs have actually up until now been established on the Ethereum blockchain.

Ferdinand Regner of the University of Augsburg, Germany suggests:

“To foster interoperability, the community settled on multiple application-level standards– so-called Ethereum Ask for Remarks (ERCs). The most popular requirement, called ERC20, specifies a standardized user interface for fungible tokens … A new class of tokens was presented in late 2017 with the ERC-721 requirement. The ERC-721 basic specifies a standardized user interface for so called non-fungible tokens.”

The increasing popularity of non-fungible tokens will likely support the rate of ETH in the coming months too. Many creatives, like musicians, digital artists, artists, and painters, have actually started accepting ETH as a type of payment. On the other hand, institutional players are also heating up to the concept of cryptocurrencies like Ethereum.

The Bottom Line on Ethereum

As more and more people and organizations accept digital currencies, I expect the growth of cryptos like Ethereum to continue. ETH might reach $3,000 sooner rather than later on. If you are a long-term financier, you must think about purchasing the dips.

Yes, the cost of Ethereum is unpredictable. Provided the rally over the previous year, ETH is most likely to be choppy in the coming weeks. Its price chart certainly reveals that day-to-day swings are broad and the direction of the next move normally surprises investors. Therefore, short-term traders should to be cautious.

On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either straight or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this post.

Tezcan Gecgil has actually worked in financial investment management for over 20 years in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to official higher education in the field, she has actually likewise finished all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) evaluation. Her passion is for choices trading based on technical analysis of basically strong companies. She especially delights in establishing weekly covered calls for income generation.