Is it altseason? Altcoin 30-day performance and total market cap flash bullish

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A wave of green has washed across the entire crypto market, and it won’t be long before traders on X (the social platform formerly known as Twitter) begin to explain that a new altcoins season has arrived. 

Altcoin season, or ‘altseason’ as the crypto bros say, typically measures the rallying of altcoins and a positive market capitalization increase of the total altcoin market cap.

Let’s take a look at some key indicators that market participants use to determine whether or not an altcoin season has emerged.

Total crypto market capitalization hits a 14-month high

The total crypto market cap recently hit a 14-month high, clearly reflecting the current bullish momentum.

Similar strength is seen in the total altcoin market capitalization chart (TOTAL2). The metric measures the crypto market cap minus Bitcoin (BTC).

Since Sept. 8, the metric has springboarded from $526 billion to $622 billion on Nov. 9. The change shows traders’ growing interest and investment interest in altcoins, along with an increase in the prices of altcoins within the metric.

Total crypto market cap minus Bitcoin. Source: TradingView

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Large-cap altcoins display multi-week strength

Data from CoinMarketCap shows the top 13 altcoins by market cap (excluding stablecoins) reflecting double-digit gains within the last 30 to 60-days.

In particular, Ripple (XRP), which has won a host of legal battles against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), witnessed 45% gains in the past 60-days. On top of the legal victories that helped to boost investor sentiment, it is rumored that Ripple will be announcing an IPO on Nov. 9.

Top altcoin performers. Source: CoinMarketCap

For the past 3-months, Solana (SOL) has rallied significantly and started to lose its “Sam coin” moniker. Sam coins are cryptocurrencies with exposure to Alameda Research, FTX and Bankman-Fried. SOL price gained over 107% in the past 60-days as the project continues to rebuild and gain users in the aftermath of the FTX collapse. BitMEX exchange co-founder Arthur Hayes recently joined the Solana train, announcing that he purchased the altcoin on Nov. 2.

Similar to Solana, Chainlink (LINK) has seen massive 60-day returns of over 100% due to consistent building and usage. Link also has posted 26% returns in 6-days.

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Other notable performances came from BNB (BNB), Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and Polygon (MATIC), which also produced double-digit gains in a 60-day period.

The altcoin market performance seemingly coincides with an improvement in investor sentiment. A gauge of market sentiment is the Fear & Greed Index. Since starting September as fearful, the market has turned to greed on Oct. 23 and has not reversed.

Fear & Greed Index. Source: Newhedge

Whether it is truly altseason or not, it is clear that excitement is returning to the crypto market.

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