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Bitcoin Price Crashes to Lowest Level Since June, Speculators Wiped Out $1 Billion



In an unexpected turn of events spanning the last 24 hours, investors in digital assets have faced a staggering $1 billion in losses amidst a significant market downturn. This episode marks one of the most substantial sell-offs of the year, leading to Bitcoin’s value plunging to its lowest point in the past three months.

Within this relatively brief timeframe, a staggering 176,374 traders found themselves liquidated, resulting in collective losses totaling around $1.04 billion. CoinGlass analytics paint a vivid picture, illustrating the obliteration of approximately $821 million worth of long positions—indicative of traders who had bet on a bullish market trajectory—as an abrupt and sharp exit unfolded.

Amidst this upheaval, Bitcoin enthusiasts find themselves grappling with the most substantial setbacks, counting losses of $472 million from long-term liquidations, closely trailed by Ether at $302 million.

Liquidation is a mechanism wherein exchanges close leveraged trading positions due to either partial or complete depletion of a trader’s initial or “margin” funds.

This action is typically taken when traders fail to meet margin prerequisites or lack sufficient funds to maintain the trade. 

Simultaneously, the cryptocurrency market’s decline aligns with the retreat of riskier global assets, as investors seek extended periods of higher yields.

The backdrop of these market movements has been further complicated by reports suggesting Elon Musk’s SpaceX may have been selling its Bitcoin holdings, fostering additional unease. 

Speculation around SpaceX’s purported Bitcoin sales – an assertion yet to be substantiated – has arisen. In tandem, there are conjectures linking the market downturn to China Evergreen’s bankruptcy.

Notably, a report by The Wall Street Journal clarifies that SpaceX is merely updating the valuation of its Bitcoin assets. 

Bitcoin, experiencing a 10% loss, appears to be on track for its most substantial weekly decline in three months, having bottomed out at $25,314.

This depreciation stems from the previous day’s valuation of $28,947, with the ascent of global bond yields curbing the appeal of alternate investments like digital tokens. 

Marking a notable milestone, Bitcoin’s market valuation has descended below $500 billion for the first time since June 16, reaching its lowest point since June 20. 

The cryptocurrency market has been caught in a downward spiral since mid-July, coinciding with the surge of the US Dollar Index over the same period. 

Historically, the anticipation of higher interest rates has prompted downturns in the cryptocurrency market, possibly explaining the decline on August 17. 

Factors influencing the market’s retreat include the persistent escalation of global interest rates, notably in the United States, where the 30-year Treasury note soared to 4.42%, marking its highest level since 2011.

Meanwhile, the 10-year yield of 4.32% has risen by a single basis point from its 15-year peak. 

Implying future actions, the forward rate of the federal funds rate predicts the first rate cut somewhere between May and June 2024, while the Fed rate is anticipated to remain within the prevailing range of 5.25% to 5.50% until that juncture. 

Despite these challenges, market indicators suggest that the valuation of the crypto market is nearly oversold, with the daily Relative Strength Index (RSI) hovering around 34, slightly above the customary threshold.

This implies that the market stands a fair chance of stabilizing or recuperating in the impending days. 

Prominent investment research firm Fundstrat has ventured that the price of Bitcoin could potentially exceed $150,000 by the culmination of 2024, subject to the approval of the ongoing batch of Bitcoin spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States.