AltCoins vs. Bitcoin - What's the Deal?

Although Bitcoin (BTC) remains the dominant cryptocurrency, there are a plethora of other digital assets that compete with Bitcoin, known as alternative currencies or altcoins, on the market.


With so many Bitcoin alternatives available, investors want a thorough understanding of how each altcoin differs from Bitcoin and what it might bring to the table in terms of portfolio diversification.


Alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) may be considered as variants of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In other words, developers build altcoins to enhance the functionality of Bitcoin or to provide new features that are not currently available in Bitcoin.


Not all cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, are made equal. While there are some alternative currencies that may be of interest to investors, there are others that rise only on the basis of hype and profit from speculation.


Many altcoins have had spectacular climbs in recent months, mirroring the performance of Bitcoin, which has gained more than 110 percent in value as of Nov. 15. In the same period, Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin's primary rival, has increased roughly 500 percent, while the upstart Shiba Inu Coin (SHIB) has gained an incredible 380,000 percent in a year.


Such figures may lure investors who are eager to make a quick buck!


What Exactly Are Altcoins?


Altcoins are cryptocurrencies that are not the same as Bitcoin. On the other hand, Altcoins utilize Bitcoin as a benchmark since it was the first cryptocurrency and has dominated the market, accounting for the vast majority of the total market value of all cryptocurrencies.


While both altcoins and Bitcoin are based on blockchain technology, the purpose, features, and operation of these digital assets might differ significantly. There are dozens of different cryptocurrencies such as LTC, DOGE, ADA, etc.


Alternative currency developers and creators aspired to build new versions of Bitcoin that were tailored to what they saw was lacking from the Bitcoin ecosystem.


For example, Ethereum is a system that enables users to transmit money to one another, but it also serves as a tool in application development, allowing for the creation of new tokens to be distributed over the network.


Litecoin, on the other hand, offers a variety of characteristics. First and foremost, Litecoin has a greater supply than Bitcoin, and transactions on the Litecoin network are often quicker than those on the Bitcoin network.


According to some, Litecoin is intended to serve as a silver substitute, just as Bitcoin is intended to serve as a gold substitute.


Although there is an unending array of other cryptocurrencies, they do not necessarily compete with Bitcoin. The objective of alternative currencies is to be initiatives that build on top of open-source blockchain technology, enabling alternative use cases to the old financial system and large technology corporations - think DeFi (decentralized finance) or NFTs (nonfungible tokens).


Investing in Alternative Cryptocurrencies


When Bitcoin rises in value, altcoins tend to follow suit, and when Bitcoin falls in value, altcoins tend to follow suit. Alternative cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, are significantly more volatile than Bitcoin in terms of their increases and falls.


Despite this, some investors believe there is potential for gain in altcoins in a market where Bitcoin is trading around all-time highs.


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