South Korean crypto traders are pivoting to ‘smaller cap’ altcoins

South Korea’s “huge 4” crypto exchanges — Bithumb, Korbit, Upbit and Coinone — are exhibiting a marked cooling off in Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, altcoins are now accounting for the best 24-hour buying and selling quantity in accordance to knowledge from a number of market aggregators.

Apart from XRP, which is usually well-liked amongst crypto traders in Asia, altcoins with smaller market capitalizations are main the way in which by way of buying and selling quantity on the massive 4.

Data from crypto analysis outfit Messari reveals Ravencoin (RVN), Near Protocol (NEAR) and New Kind of Network (NKN) because the three top-traded cryptos by quantity on the Upbit trade.

NKN’s quantity surge on South Korean exchanges is indicative of the altcoin pivot seemingly gaining a foothold amongst crypto traders within the nation.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, NKN saw a 1,400% surge between March 8 and April 6, with the token up 83-fold year-to-date as of the time of writing.

CoinMarketCap’s trade knowledge reveals XRP because the number-one traded altcoin throughout all the huge 4 crypto exchanges in South Korea. Indeed, the highest 10 buying and selling quantity figures throughout the 4 exchanges are dominated by smaller-cap tokens similar to MileVerse (MVC) and Chiliz (CHZ).

Compared to a snapshot of the CHZ buying and selling quantity on Upbit again in January, the social token’s 24-hour exercise has grown from underneath $5 million to over $730 million in April. The smaller-cap altcoins dominating buying and selling exercise on South Korean trade platforms have elevated by a median of three,000%.

This scramble for altcoins able to delivering “face-melting” features has led to a decline in Bitcoin buying and selling quantity throughout South Korean exchanges. BTC quantity is down between 30% and40% throughout the massive 4.

Bitcoin is at the moment experiencing one other spherical of optimistic value motion and has set a brand new all-time excessive above $62,000. BTC is buying and selling at a median of $71,200 throughout the South Korean huge 4 with the Kimchi premium at about 13% as of the time of writing.