At the right on top of the page, where users can “compare markets,” crypto is now listed among the five default markets, which also includes U.S., Europe, Asia and “Currencies.”
For some enthusiasts, like the “Documenting Bitcoin” Twitter account that surfaced the new feature, this seems to be a signal of crypto’s widely rising mainstream presence.
Bitcoin and other top cryptocurrencies have surged to ever new heights this year so far, propelled primarily by institutional adoption of the asset. From MassMutual to MicroStrategy, bitcoin is becoming an essential part of the corporate world.
This sets it apart from the bull market of 2017, which was driven by retail investors only. According to Google Trends, searches for “bitcoin” in the past several months have yet to meet the frenzied searching seen that time. (Significantly there are more people searching for “crypto” than “google finance,” for what it’s worth, according to Google Trends.)
Still, crypto is becoming part of the financial firmament.
At the moment, it appears that Google Finance is only tracking a limited number of cryptocurrencies that are displayed by default when users click on the crypto tab. It shows currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash.
A search for Cardano’s ADA, Polkadot’s DOT, Stellar’s XLM tokens are not returning any results – for either the protocol or the token’s ticker. XRP returned a result for the Ripple XRP Liquid Index, which trades on Nasdaq though for more comprehensive coverage, there’s always the CoinDesk 20.