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October 2020 CoinGecko Monthly Crypto Report

Erina Azmi -

Hello Geckos

How was your Halloween?

This year has been quite a whirlwind with so many things happening around the world. We can barely believe that it is already time for our October monthly report. Nonetheless, we are still excited to share our findings with you! 

Bitcoin has had quite a bullish run this month due to a variety of factors such as the U.S elections and large financial institutions implementing steps for adoption. Other than that, we are also seeing signs that the DeFi hype is slowing down.

Here are our 4 key crypto-highlights for the month of October: 

  1. Bitcoin’s price rose by 28% and hit multi-year highs at $13,778
  2. Total crypto market cap recorded another yearly-high of $378 billion
  3. Open Interest on Bitcoin Perpetual Swaps up 40% since early September, indicative of bullish sentiment on Bitcoin
  4. Uniswap continues to dominate the DEX market, taking 69% of the DEX market share

1. Bitcoin’s price rose by 28% and hit multi-year highs at $13,778

Bitcoin (BTC) began its rally as soon as the DeFi craze began to slow down. News of large institutions such as MicroStrategy, PayPal, Square, and DBS Bank taking steps to adopt the cryptocurrency helped to drive the positive sentiment for Bitcoin. 

As a result, in October Bitcoin’s price went 28% higher and hit multi-year highs at $13,778. Further proof of Bitcoin’s growth can be found in its trading volume which ended the month with a 22% jump. This is its best monthly performance since the February-March 2020 market crash. 

2. Total crypto market capitalization recorded another yearly-high of $378 billion

Despite the slight pullback in September, total cryptocurrencies market capitalization continued with a 19% increase in October. This led to another yearly-high of $378 billion. 

It also saw a slight recovery of 7% in trading volume, which returned it to average trading volumes last seen in August. This was also likely caused by a surge in interest of large institutions adopting and implementing Bitcoin into their business strategies. 

3. Open Interest on Bitcoin Perpetual Swaps up 40% since early September, indicative of bullish sentiment on Bitcoin

The aggregate Open Interest Bitcoin Perpetual Swaps saw an increase of $87 million (+5%) this month and breached the $2 billion mark once again. 

We found that Binance made up a majority of the Open Interest at $738 million with Bybit following behind at $563 million. 

Altogether, Open Interest on Bitcoin Perpetual increased almost 40% since its largest daily drop on the 7th of September. It is likely that this increase in interest is due to new money coming in to capitalize on Bitcoin’s bullish run.

4. Uniswap continues to dominate the DEX market, taking 69% of the market share

Lastly, we found that DEX volume in October fell by $9.4 billion (-32%) across all the exchanges. Uniswap took the brunt of the hit with the biggest loss of $5.5 billion (-59%). 

However, despite the drop Uniswap still continued to maintain its position as the most popular DEX. the protocol solidified its market dominance by increasing its market share from 66% to 69% in October.


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Erina Azmi
Erina Azmi
Erina is CoinGecko’s market research analyst. Current expertise is finance and crypto - DeFi. Previously in research consulting and often did market analysis.

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