Ethereum, the second most popular cryptocurrency, hit record highs at over $ 1,500. The trade seems to be partly fueled by speculation, a major factor driving demand is the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's launch of Ethereum futures this Monday.
Ethereum has seen year-to-date gains of around 120 percent, compared to bitcoin's 30 percent, and hit an all-time high of $ 1,576.7.
Ethereum's upward trajectory may be representative of the "fortunes of the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem," said Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex. One macroeconomist expects the price to surge higher, to around $1,920, ahead of the CME launch.
"The listing of ethereum futures on a regulated exchange should serve to improve the structure of the cryptocurrency market by allowing investors to gain exposure to the second largest cryptocurrency as a Bitcoin diversifier, or simply to hedge existing ethereum exposures." JPMorgan strategists wrote.
Separately, bitcoin rose 3% last Thursday to $37,381.04, against the backdrop of continuing global macroeconomic uncertainty with the potential to devalue fiat currencies.
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Led by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies are gaining ground among mainstream investors. The euphoria pushed the total market value of all cryptocurrencies above $ 1 trillion for the first time in early January.