Smaller digital coins soar as bitcoin powers on towards record high

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LONDON (Reuters) – Digital currencies Ethereum and XRP soared on Monday, gaining momentum as bitcoin hit an all-time high.

Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap after bitcoin, jumped 7% to its highest level since June 2018, pushing its gains to over 25% in just the past three days.

Traders said ethereum, which often operates in tandem with Bitcoin, was boosted by growing demand ahead of an upgrade to its blockchain network – slated for early December – that is expected to make it faster and more secure.

XRP, the third largest coin, climbed 15% to its highest level in two years, pushing gains to over 75% in the past three days. Traders said there was no immediate news catalyst for his jump on Monday.

The price of these so-called altcoins is closely related to bitcoin. Less liquid than their larger cousin, they tend to suffer from even greater volatility than the original cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin rose about 10% last week and last traded at $ 18,347, its all-time high of $ 19,666 in sight.

It has gained around 160% this year, fueled by demand for risky assets, a thirst for assets perceived to be inflation-resistant and expectations of more widespread use.

Reporting by Tom Wilson; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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