SBF, Ordinals and more: What defined crypto markets in 2023

With bitcoin poised to end 2023 around 150% higher — and ether more than 80% in the green — crypto traders are heading into the new year in a positive mood.

Here are some of the top headlines and storylines that moved markets this year, and what to keep an eye on as we enter 2024. 

Bitcoin NFTs come on the scene 

Ordinal protocol developer Casey Rodarmor launched Bitcoin Ordinals in January 2023, bringing non-fungible tokens to the Bitcoin blockchain. 

Data from CryptoSlam shows that Ordinal sales peaked in May 2023 with $452 million in transactions before dipping to around $3 million by August. 

While demand has ebbed and flowed, Ordinals have also made transactions on the…

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