On the technical and dApp side of things, Ethereum is having a breakout year in 2020. But even with all the fundamental advances at hand, it wasn’t long ago that uncertainty was acutely reigning in the markets.
Indeed, back during the March 12th “Black Thursday” global stark market crash, the ether (ETH) price tanked nearly 50% on the day as selloffs hit all risk-on assets. In the aftermath, it seemed for a time that things would be ugly for ETH no matter what was happening with Ethereum.
The ensuing slump notched ETH as one of the mainstream market’s worst-performing assets between mid-February and the end of March, behind only crude oil at the time.
S&P 500 is down 25% since the peak but what about all the other indices, sectors and commodities? Gold is the only best performing asset with a return of 0.3% since February. Ethereum is nearly the worst-performing. Only beat by oil. Bitcoin is also among the worst-performers pic.twitter.com/gvskZAtncZ
— Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) March 30, 2020
Yet fast forward a few months, and things couldn’t look more different for ETH.
WSJ Highlights ETH’s Recent Run
If there’s a silver lining to Black Thursday for Ethereum, it’s that the market crash caused an explosion of activity around decentralized exchanges and stablecoins, and this activity has only continued to grow ever since.
In fact, this surge fed into the other major rising trends Ethereum has going on right now, namely DeFi, yield farming, governance tokens, DAOs, NFTs, and so forth. With all of these sectors starting to heat up, buy pressure around ETH has also picked up.
For example, the Wall Street Journal recently published a graphic called “Crypto Rally,” which showed ether (ETH) significantly outperforming bitcoin (BTC) and traditional assets like gold, the Nasdaq Composite, and the S&P500 year-to-date (YTD).
Crypto is in the WSJ today. That chart…👀 pic.twitter.com/EH35h73Lyw
— eric.eth (@econoar) August 3, 2020
Yet even this newer graphic…