Crypto tokens fall, signaling global market nerves. Bitcoin, along with other cryptocurrencies, fell sharply on Saturday. A further evidence of the risk aversion that has gripped global markets recently.
The value of the largest digital coin dropped as low as $42,296. Before recovering some of its losses. It was selling at approximately $48,300 as of 10:31 a.m. on Saturday in New York, a decrease of approximately 10% from the previous day. Following its all-time high of more over $69,000 on November 10. The token has already fallen by more than 20% from its previous high.
Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Plummeted as much as 17.4 percent before reversing course and falling to approximately 4 percent. According to cryptocurrency tracker CoinGecko, the total crypto industry has lost around a fifth of its value. Falling to $2.2 trillion.
In the cryptocurrency market, which operates around the clock. It is not uncommon for prices to fluctuate dramatically on weekends. This is due to a variety of causes. Including lower trading volumes and a market structure. That is comprised of hundreds of disconnected exchanges. Which operate as mini-islands of liquidity in their own right, among others.
The use of leverage by cryptocurrency traders, as is customary. Has resulted in a cascade of sell orders and liquidations, according to Antoni Trenchev. Also, co-founder of crypto lender Nexo. “We should find support in the range of $40,000 to $42,000 and then rebound in preparation. For a rally toward the end of the year.” If it doesn’t hold, we could see a return to the lows of $30,000 to $35,000 seen in July.”
Vulnerabilities in cryptocurrency
The swings in cryptocurrency prices coincide with a period of high volatility in the financial markets. Inflation is surging, prompting central banks to tighten monetary policy. Which is threatening to remove the liquidity tailwind. That has buoyed a wide range of assets in recent months.
Founder and managing partner of Fairlead Strategies, an independent research firm. That specializes in technical analysis, Katie Stockton wrote, “The decline was likely in part technically-driven. Made worse by the derivatives market, and not helped by the downside momentum. Behind high-growth stocks on Friday, with which Bitcoin has a positive correlation.” Stockton’s firm, Fairlead Strategies, is a technical analysis firm that specializes in independent research.
Concerns about what the omicron variety of the coronavirus might entail. For the reopening of the global economy. Have also contributed to risk aversion in the wake of the outbreak.
Global stocks have fallen more than 4% since reaching a record high in November. While safe-haven assets such as Treasury bonds have risen.
Following Saturday’s meltdown, several leveraged Bitcoin buyers. Were forced to exit the market, according to Vijay Ayyar, the CEO of Asia Pacific. At cryptocurrency exchange Luno in Singapore.
According to him, “markets have been quite nervous because to all of the uncertainties. Surrounding omicron, with cases suddenly showing in a number of nations.” “It’s difficult to predict what it will entail for economies and markets, which adds to the uncertainty.”
Despite recent drops, Bitcoin has nevertheless gained more than 60% this year. Outpacing the performance of many other assets. And El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced that the country had again. Purchased the dip, this time adding 150 coins. Bitcoin was officially recognized as legal money in the country this year and crypto tokens fall.