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Little forkers: BCH and BSV get crushed by Bitcoin price in 2021

The two cryptocurrencies look poised to end 2021 in double-digit percentage losses against Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC) looks set to beat its forked versions Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) in terms of price-performance in 2021, market data shows.

Notably, BTC's year-to-date (YTD) returns sat near 60% at press time as its price wobbled near $47,500. In comparison, BCH rallied a little over 26% to $435.50, while the BSV price plunged over 25% to $122.30 in the same period.

But the biggest takeaway remained the performance of Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV against Bitcoin. In detail, the BCH/BTC rate declined over 22.50% YTD to 0.00916. Meanwhile, BSV/BTC dipped by nearly 55% YTD to 0.00258 BTC, signaling capital rotations out of Bitcoin forks.

BCH/BTC and BSV/BTC daily candle price chart. Source: TradingView

Market dominance

Additionally, forked Bitcoin tokens — once counted among the top-ten cryptos by market capitalization — lost their positions to the emerging layer-one blockchain projects.

Notably, the arrival of Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Terra (LUNA), Avalanche (AVAX) and other protocols opened more avenues for crypto traders to park their money.

On the other hand, Bitcoin Cash's and Bitcoin SV's main selling point remained claims of greater scalability, which didn't gain traction with investors as Bitcoin's transaction fees fell by over 50% this year. 

Performance of top 25 crypto assets as of Dec. 30, 1330 UTC. Source: Messari

That resulted in a decline in the market dominance of both Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV. While the BCH's share in the entire crypto market slipped to 0.37% from 0.84% at the beginning of this year, the BSV's market portion also declined to 0.10% from 0.40% in the same period.

Bitcoin, whose market dominance also slipped from 70% to under 40%, performed better than Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV, nonetheless. That is primarily because of its rising adoption among retail and institutional investors as they searched for safe-havens against the central banks' inflation-friendly loose monetary policies.

Abysmal development data

Bitcoin also excelled over BCH and BSV based on developers' activity.

Data fetched by CryptoMiso.com showed that Bitcoin approved 2,937 changes suggested by over 100 contributors to its source code this year, the seventh-largest number of commits recorded on GitHub. In comparison, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV processed 1,099 and 496 commits in the same period.

Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV commits in 2021. Source: CryptoMiso

A higher number of commits shows that more developers want to improve the open-source project in concern. Conversely, a lower count alerts about a slower rate of improvements on the protocol. 

In the end, Bitcoin SV turned out to be the worst-performer than Bitcoin Cash in terms of price-performance, as well as market dominance and developers activity. Investors also kept their distance as the Bitcoin SV network suffered three 51% attacks and its co-founder Craig Wright remained embroiled in a lawsuit, as Cointelegraph covered earlier.

Now, BSV price may face more losses ahead should it break below a long-withstanding support level near $121.50, as shown in the chart below.

BSV/USD weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

Conversely, a pullback from the $121.50-support could have the BSV price test its 50-week exponential moving average (EMA) (currently near $167) as the next upside target.

Related: Top crypto winners and losers of 2021

Likewise, the BCH price's latest decline has brought it near its multi-year ascending trendline support. Therefore, a pullback from the said level could have the Bitcoin Cash token eye approximately $600 as its next upside target, as shown via Fibonacci levels below.

BCH/USD weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

Otherwise, breaking below the long-term support level risks puts the BCH price en route to near $195, a level with a history of sending prices higher.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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SBI Group launches crypto-asset fund for Japanese investors

The SBI crypto-asset fund consists of seven cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Chainlink and Polkadot, none exceeding more than 20% in ratio.

Tokyo’s biggest finserv firm, SBI Group, will now allow general Japanese investors to purchase cryptocurrencies via its newly launched ‘crypto asset fund’. The fund is composed of seven cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), XRP, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Chainlink (LINK) and Polkadot (DOT). 

The crypto-asset fund, to be traded and operated by the SBI Alternative Fund, was established on Dec. 02 with a dedicated capital of 5 million yen, worth approximately $45,000 at the time of writing. However, the company may choose to release the capital in smaller break-ups of 1 million yen each.

Source: SBI

According to the official statement, investors will be required to go through an application process that includes an anonymous partnership agreement with SBI Alternative Fund prior purchases. The company’s reasoning behind this move states:

“Since it is not suitable for all customers, it can only be purchased by customers who meet certain standards set by our company.”

In addition, the crypto investments made by such anonymous associations will be handled by SBI VC Trade, a sister firm dealing with cryptocurrency trading. SBI also highlighted that none of the seven cryptocurrencies in the crypto-asset fund will exceed 20% in ratio.

Assuring the longevity of the service, SBI has stated that the fund “cannot be canceled within one year,” between Feb. 1 2022 to Jan. 31, 2023. Investors will also be subject to unrealized capital gains taxes in addition to bearing other shared expenses including establishment and liquidation costs and audit expenses.

SBI has set an age limit between 20 to 70 for this fund and will enforce a three-month locking period for every purchase “aiming to reduce investment risk by diversifying time.” The company will also rebalance the investment ratio allocation once every month.

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