Bitcoin (BTC) did more than hit $60,000 per coin last week — it also became worth more than the world’s three biggest banks combined.
According to publicly available data, the largest cryptocurrency surpassed the three highest-valued global banking giants by market capItalization.
Bitcoin market cap blasts past financial stalwarts
At its all-time highs of $61,700, Bitcoin’s market cap was roughly $1.15 trillion. The combined market cap of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is $1.08 trillion.
The achievements do not stop there: Visa and Mastercard, the biggest payment networks, have a combined market cap of $871 billion, also now significantly less than Bitcoin.
Since then, BTC/USD has seen a slight pullback, bringing its market cap down to $1.03 trillion, still holding the significant trillion-dollar-asset title.
That level was previously tipped by analysts as a likely consolidation zone, something that remains the case after Monday’s dip took Bitcoin back below its previous all-time high set in late February.
Its ascent, others have noted, is impressive — Bitcoin went from zero to $1 trillion in network value 3.6 times faster than Microsoft, for example.
Hot on gold's heels
Analyzing the market cap data, on-chain analytics resource Ecoinometrics added that as of Saturday, Bitcoin equaled 45% of the gold held in investment vehicles and 10% of the physical gold market as a whole.
To eclipse gold entirely, something that is already a topic of debate among market participants, BTC/USD would need to trade at $590,000.
As Cointelegraph reported, meanwhile, both Visa and Mastercard are coming to terms with the need to incorporate Bitcoin in their corporate strategies going forward.