Ethereum is on a tear as Ether explodes to a new record high of near $2,800
While everyone is talking about Bitcoin, Ethereum has been surging in recent weeks, thanks to institutional investors. This morning, Ether, the world’s second-largest digital currency, jumps to a fresh record of $2,800 and almost doubled the price it reached when we wrote about it on January 19 of this year.
Back then, Ethereum closed at an all-time high of $1,439 beating bitcoin in daily transactions. Also in January, the Ethereum network now processes $3 billion more in daily transactions, compared to Bitcoin. Also known as an altcoin, Ethereum is one of many alternatives to bitcoin. To date, Ether has almost quadruple in market value.
So how is Ethereum different from Bitcoin? Unlike bitcoin, the Ethereum blockchain network powers many of today’s crypto transactions. For example, Ethereum has several software developers building apps on its network. Ether is the native token of the Ethereum blockchain. The same goes for the popular non-fungible tokens (NFTs), digital assets meant to represent ownership of rare virtual items like art and sports memorabilia, which are also processed on the Ethereum network.
In addition, with the ongoing major upgrade to Ethereum protocols, Ethereum will enable faster transaction rates and reduce the amount of power required to process transactions.
One more good news for Ethereum. This week, The European Investment Bank issued its first-ever digital bond on the Ethereum blockchain, Ethereum’s underlying network. This led to speculation that the currency is gaining traction among mainstream financial institutions.