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Bitcoin Fees Soar Above Ethereum’s As Investors Flock To Ordinals-Backed Assets

CryptoFees data shows that Bitcoin daily fees averaged $10.65 million from November 16 to November 18, surpassing Ethereum’s average fee of nearly $7 million for the same period. Until 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is deferring decisions on several Bitcoin ETF applications, despite the market’s increasing optimism about the approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the US. This hesitation has coincided with a remarkable surge in the top crypto’s average transaction fees, soaring over 1,000% to reach a peak of $18.67 on November 16, according to BitInfoCharts data. The average daily transaction fees for BTC, totaling $37,370, have seen a reversal with Ethereum. This change comes in the wake of heightened activity related to Ordinals on the Bitcoin network. Bitcoin Fees Hit Highest Point In 6 Months During the observed trend, it became evident that Bitcoin’s average daily trading fee experienced a noteworthy surge, reaching its highest point in the past six months on November 16, where it peaked at $18.67. This spike in transaction fees within the Bitcoin network indicated a moment of heightened activity and demand. In contrast, over the same period, Ethereum’s transaction fees registered at $7.90, showcasing a relatively lower level compared to Bitcoin. The divergence in fee dynamics between the two prominent cryptocurrencies underscores the distinct market forces and user behaviors influencing their respective blockchain networks. Bitcoin has outpaced Ethereum in daily fees in the last five days. Source: BitInfoCharts This fluctuation underscores the dynamic nature of transaction fees in the cryptocurrency space, with Bitcoin experiencing notable shifts in its fee landscape. Contrary to worries about the potential deterrent effect of elevated transaction fees on Bitcoin users, on-chain data suggests a contrasting trend. Related Reading: Sam Altman’s Worldcoin Token Makes Headlines With 24% Surge Amid OpenAI Drama From late October, Ordinals inscriptions increased by almost 6 million. Source: Dune Analytics Widespread Adoption And Growing Addresses Recent data from IntoTheBlock reveals a notable surge in Bitcoin adoption, hitting a new yearly high at 67.62% this week. Related Reading: Kaspa Binance Listing Sparks Frenzy: 50% Price Surge Captures Investors’ Interest This increase in adoption is reflected in the uptick of newly created active addresses, signaling a substantial influx of new participants into the market. Bitcoin retakes the $37K territory. Chart: TradingView.com Ordinals Gathering Momentum Additionally, the volume of Bitcoin held by long-term investors has reached an unprecedented high, with over 1 million addresses now possessing more than 1 unit of Bitcoin. This data indicates a growing and robust interest in Bitcoin, despite concerns about transaction fees, as evidenced by both increased user participation and a rise in long-term holdings. Since October 24, the network has redistributed approximately 800 BTC in fees, equivalent to $30 million, as a result of the production of nearly 6 million Ordinal assets. Following ORDI’s (the second-largest BRC-20 token by market capitalization) debut on Binance on November 7, the increase in Ordinals inscription activities gathered momentum. (This site’s content should not be construed as investment advice. Investing involves risk. When you invest, your capital is subject to risk). Featured image from Freepik