A very interesting chart from The Economist from last week providing evidence on rapid evolution of cryptocurrencies:
In basic terms, the value of cryptocurrencies market has risen to over USD60 billion, tripling within less than 6 months of 2017, while trading across cryptocurrencies markets has increased tenfold to ca USD 2 billion per day (average) and 38 initial coin offers have been launched in 2017 so far.
What is also notable is that Ripple is now on par with Ethereum and their combined valuation is now a challenger to Bitcoin.
Uncharacteristically for The Economist, the publication that never sees a bubble until it pops is calling a bubble in the cryptos. Perhaps due to a freshly acquired consciousness of empiricism or due to the publication's innate distaste for anything not-state-centric. Still, given the exponential growth so far this year, cryptos are overdue a major correction. When and how will it be triggered is anyone's guess.