# Most Epic Stories of Cryptocurrency 2020

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The year 2020 has definitely been a year that most of us will never forget; not only in terms worldwide events, but also with cryptocurrency as well. With the year quickly coming to an end I thought it would be fun to review what I felt to be some of the biggest stories or trends that happened in crypto during 2020.

As I was writing this article I was impressed with just how much actually happened this year and this made me even more excited to see what will happen next year as well. And even more hopeful for what can be accomplished after a few years. There is a famous quote that reflects this kind of thinking; “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year, and underestimate what they can do in five.”

So without further ado, let’s go through some of the biggest things to happen this year..

#### 8) Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 Launch

The long-delayed upgrade finally happened; taking ethereum from a proof-of-work chain to a proof-of-stake chain. This of course brought with it the ability to sake your Ethereum to gain a passive income. While in most years this would would be the biggest story; it wasn’t the case this year even though it does make my list. The reason for this is the fact this is only phase 0 of the Ethereum 2.0 launch and the rest of the upgrade could take many years. For many this has simmered the excited that they had. The feeling seemed to be more of a relief that it finally happened, rather than sheer excitement that the next generation of ethereum was finally beginning. Personally I was very excited and have already locked up a decent portion of my ETH to stake and I couldn’t be more excited to have the next upgrades be coming hopefully sooner than later.

#### 7) Bitcoin Halving

Oh how this year has gone so differently than we all expected. At the beginning of the year the upcoming bitcoin halving was perhaps the most highly anticipated event of the year. The action that would potentially be the catalyst for the next bull run. This halving was mostly a highly anticipated hype cycle in that with the even itself; not too much happened actually. While the price was quite volatile before and shortly after, nothing of too much significance actually happened. But if you’ve been in the market long enough you will know that this was completely expected. In-fact; with the halving the effect doesn’t begin to be felt until months after the fact and we have finally now just reached that point in time. With institutional purchasing, everyday purchasing; and the fact that the new btc supply has been cut in half has already began a supply shock that will send the price upwards. It will be very exciting to see how this supply strain continues to develop into 2021.

#### 2) COVID Virus and Crypto

While for many the corona virus and how it changed the world and also crypto would be the no brainer #1 story; I will be honest I debated this for a very long time. My #1 and #2 are more like 1a, and 1b where you could argue for either one to top the list. Like I just said, Covid changed the world and perhaps also the way the world looks at bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. Fiat money was dirty, being printed by the trillions all-the-while your money was being devalued at a unprecedented rate. This led people to began searching out other avenues to protect their wealth; which led to bitcoin. The sad thing is that the government printing, your money being devalued were all things that were happening pre-Covid, but this just sped up the process and possibly the knowledge of this fact from the average person. Possibly this situation has forever changed the image of bitcoin being that bubble-Internet craze that people don’t understand; to being an asset that is better respected, having an image that not only can it preserve you’re wealth, but give you wealth.

#### 1) Bitcoin Institutional Investing

This was the moment when I realized that all my crazy future bitcoin price predictions were perhaps not that crazy after-all. It was at this time that I knew the future success of bitcoin was guaranteed. In the beginning of the year we kept hearing about this company called Grayscale that was buying up a very high amount of coins. I thought this was great, but felt this wasn’t quite a mainstream kind of thing yet. But when MicroStrategy, and Square began putting a portion of their cash reserves into bitcoin; two public-traded companies and one very well known company. This was when things just got real. There is a famous quote that applies well here; “slowly, then suddenly.” Since that moment we have seen some of the largest hedge funds in the world come out in favor of bitcoin. Even the banks have turned their tune on the coin. While I feel Covid was perhaps the biggest story this year; the institutional buying of bitcoin is what will be the biggest story of the next decade. It is what will propel the price of bitcoin to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

So as you can see; this was quite the event filled year for cryptocurrency and I know that there are several things that didn’t make it to my list.

I would love to hear what you thought were some of the biggest cryptocurrency stories or events this year!?

As always, thank you for reading!