As XRP court ruling prompts « Alt Season » talk, Bitcoin’s dominance of the cryptocurrency market declines by the most in 13 months

U.S. court threw a wrench in the SEC’s attempts to regulate digital assets on Thursday, which caused Bitcoin’s market share to collapse while altcoins surged.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) plan to regulate virtual currencies has been complicated by a U.S. court, which has raised hopes for an extended period of outperformance by alternative cryptocurrencies, also known as the « alt season. » As a result, Bitcoin’s (BTC) dominance, or share of the overall cryptocurrency market, plummeted on Thursday.

The District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that while XRP is not a security when offered to individuals through centralized exchanges, it is one when sold directly to institutions, in a highly anticipated decision in the SEC’s case against Ripple Labs for breaking securities law through XRP sales.

The distinction in the judgement ultimately put a kink in the SEC’s intention to label all cryptocurrencies as securities and subject them to strict regulation by doing so.

Following the court decision, Bitcoin’s dominance rate dropped 2.6% to 50.14 percent, the greatest one-day drop since June 13, 2022, according to statistics from the charting site TradingView. With double-digit increases, altcoins including XRP, SOL, MATIC, and ADA outperformed bitcoin by a wide margin.

Some commentators believe that cryptocurrencies might continue to outperform traditional currencies in the foreseeable future.

« Alt season may be upon us following the Ripple news as indicators collectively suggest risk appetite is funneling down the risk continuum, » Decentral Park Capital stated in a market newsletter released on Thursday. « With the U.S. dollar breaking down and the inflation battle nearing the end, it appears to be game on for investors. »

Contrarily, Noelle Acheson, the creator of the Crypto Is Macro Now newsletter, claimed that the decision would support Coinbase in its legal dispute with the SEC, but she advised against making unwarranted predictions about an enormous cryptocurrency surge.

The SEC accused cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and its offshore rival Binance of selling unregistered securities at the beginning of last month, which created a sense of unease in the market.

According to Acheson, the decision should be sufficient to rekindle interest in the changing market story, which in and of itself might be sufficient to bring in fresh flows.

The SEC will probably appeal the ruling, and given some of the discrepancies, it could win, so it’s premature to declare that a ‘victory’ is in the bag. In the best case scenario, the uncertainty will last longer. It therefore seems premature for alt season; it will likely have to wait until we get more information on the Coinbase case, according to Acheson.

A similar viewpoint was expressed by analysts at K33 Research on Friday in a letter to clients, who were informed that « the ruling will be appealed and might even be reversed, so we expect the ongoing battle to continue. »

The court also determined that by selling XRP directly to institutions, Ripple violated securities legislation. Therefore, institutions that purchased XRP may be subject to regulatory scrutiny, adding to the market’s uncertainties.

According to Townsend Lansing, head of product at CoinShares,

« It is important to note that institutional investors who purchased directly from Ripple may find themselves subject to class-action litigation as potential underwriters. This is an area to watch closely, especially if big-name venture capitalists were involved ». « The legal landscape continues to change, and we urge all parties to stay informed of these important developments. »

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