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Crypto Gains Surpassed $37.6 Billion in 2023: Chainalysis

Global crypto gains reached $37.6 billion in 2023 following severe losses in 2022, blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis revealed in a new report released Thursday.

U.S. Leads The Way In Total Crypto Gains For 2023


According to the organization’s latest research, the total represents a “significant recovery” from the nearly $127.1 billion in cumulative losses in 2022.

The U.S. led the way in cryptocurrency gains worldwide last year “by a wide margin,” pulling in a total of $9.36 billion.

The United Kingdom was next behind the U.S. with a total of $1.39 billion, followed by Vietnam and China with $1.18 billion and $1.15 billion respectively.

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— Chainalysis (@chainalysis) March 14, 2024

However, despite growing at the same rate, 2023’s gains estimate falls far short of 2021’s total of $158.7 billion.

Researchers surmise that the difference is due to the fact investors “were less likely to convert crypto assets into cash under the expectation that prices would rise even higher” in 2023 than in 2021.

“While the methodology isn’t perfect, it gives us a strong estimate of gains across popular assets traded on centralized exchanges,” Chainalysis wrote.

Asia’s Adoption of Cryptocurrencies Is On The Rise


Equally important, researchers discovered that a handful of lower-income and middle-income countries (LMI), including India, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, “achieved outsized gains” –  with each country hitting over an estimated $1 billion respectively.

“Our gains estimates suggest that many investors in those countries have benefited from their embrace of the asset class,” the report states.

Chainalysis then referred back to its “2023 Geography of Crypto Report,” citing that six out of the top ten countries in last year’s Global Crypto Adoption Index were located in Central and Southern Asia, as well as Oceania.

“This could be extremely promising for crypto’s future prospects,” the blockchain intelligence firm wrote. “LMI countries are often countries on the rise, with dynamic, growing industries and populations.”

What To Expect From 2024


The latest data from Chainalysis comes shortly after bitcoin exceeded its new all-time high of over $73,000 early Thursday.

The cryptocurrency’s latest rally follows the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) January 2024 approval of nearly a dozen spot bitcoin ETF applicantions, prompting the cryptocurrency’s price to surge.

“As of March 13, Bitcoin is up 65.4% and Ether is up 70.2% in 2024,” Chainalysis continued, nothing that the SEC’s spot bitcoin ETF approval may encourage more institutions to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, potentially boosting the industry’s growth further.

“If these trends continue, we may see gains more in line with those we saw in 2021,” the report read.

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