Crypto carnage: Bitcoin breaks $19k, Ethereum below $1k

Crypto carnage: Bitcoin breaks $19k, Ethereum below $1k

My full comments to the reporter is as such:

Bitcoin falls below $20,000 for the first time since 2020 is expected by many after a series of unfortunate events. The confidence level dropped when the market capitalization falls below to $900 million and over $100 million of Bitcoin future contracts in the last 24 hours were liquidated.

Bitcoin falling below this range means we will see more liquidation triggers especially so for investors who are using leverage to short these positions. This will result to margin calls for investors who borrowed against it. I know many big funds who have liquidation positions around the price of $19,000 to $20,000.

Given the level of confidence lowering, “sharks” sees the opportunity as there is a lot of incentives to trade it down to pass the threshold point of many long term holders.

If Bitcoin falls between $14,000 to $19,000, the free falling effect will kick in. Many Bitcoin pledged as collateral would be forced to be sold. When that happens, Bitcoin may fall to a $12,000 range or lower.

With the rising inflation, hiking interest rates, projected recession, ongoing war and trying to recover from COVID-19 aftermath, Bitcoin is been testing under all these factors for the very first time. In order for Bitcoin and crypto market to recover, we also need to have some certainties over these macroeconomic concerns.

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Crypto carnage: Bitcoin breaks $19k, Ethereum below $1k

According to experts, the confidence level among investors dropped when the market capitalisation fell below $900 million and over $100m of Bitcoin futures contracts in the last 24 hours were liquidated.

Amid a wider cryptocurrency market carnage on the weekend, the largest digital currency by market capitalisation Bitcoin (BTC) has broken the $19,000 levels, the first time since December 2020, while the second largest crypto Ethereum (ETH) has broken the psychological $1,000 mark.

Bitcoin is currently down about 10% and trading at $19,040, after making a low of $18,905, according to data from Coinmarketcap.

ETH is down around 10%, trading at $992, after making a low of $986.

The overall market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies has fallen by 5% in the last 24 hours and currently stands at $853 billion.

According to experts, the confidence level among investors dropped when the market capitalisation fell below $900 million and over $100m of Bitcoin futures contracts in the last 24 hours were liquidated.

According to Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange, BTC falling below the $20,000 range will lead to more liquidation triggers, especially for investors who are using leverage to short these positions.

Former CEO of BitMEX Arthur Hayes says massive sell pressure can be expected in the spot markets as key levels for BTC – $20,000 and ETH – $1,000 break, as dealers hedge themselves.

We can also expect that there will be some OTC dealers that will be unable to hedge properly and might go belly up,” he says.

 

Original Source: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/cryptocurrency/crypto-carnage-bitcoin-breaks-19k-ethereum-below-1k-8704271.html

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Crypto carnage continues! Investors lose over $2 trillion in eight months + Additional insights

Crypto carnage continues! Investors lose over $2 trillion in eight months + Additional insights

I have also added more insights to what I was quoted in The Economic Times.

Anndy Lian said: “The key weakness to crypto is that we are too closely linked to traditional assets. This weakness is amplified by traditional institutions that were here just for short-term gains. The quick outflow of money left us high and dry.

I think the major tokens contributing to this fall started off with the TERRA LUNA and UST saga last month. Then we saw a global economic slow down choked amid inflation and war, which then resulted in weaker demand in Bitcoin from long-term holders on top of higher selling pressure from the short-term holders. This added pressure to Ethereum too, which has fallen close to 28% in the last 7 days. The downstream issues have snowball effects as the two big brothers continue to fall. Today we saw Celsius tanking 70% in 1 hour after they stop withdrawals citing extreme market conditions. Withdrawals also cause liquidity issues and could result in unsustainable APY.

We need to understand that the whole crypto market is tightly knitted together. While many out there are spreading FUDs about Ethereum for instance. They are also indirectly killing themselves. At such times, we need to stay united and make relevant decisions to reduce losses to the investments made in the most logical manner.

The recovery will not be anything soon based on the current market sentiments and statistics. This could be a start to another crypto winter which could last for another 2 years or so.”

 

Crypto carnage continues! Investors lose over $2 trillion in eight months

New Delhi: The carnage in the crypto market has gathered pace with no near-term respite in sight. Considering the latest slide, investors have lost over $2 trillion (about Rs 15.65 lakh crore) over eight months.

If we compare the notional value lost, only eight countries have a GDP more than what the crypto market eroded in less than three quarters. Countries like Canada and Italy have a GDP of little more than $2 trillion, whereas Brazil’s GDP stood at $1.83 trillion.

The total market capitalization (m-cap) of the digital market is marginally above the $1 trillion mark, which was more than $3 trillion at its peak in November 2021.

Bitcoin, the largest crypto token, is barely above the $25,000 level. It has dropped more than 20 per cent over the weekend, with its market cap slipping below $500 billion or half a trillion.

Its largest peer, Ethereum, has barely managed to hold the $1,300 mark, with total valuation just above $160 billion.

Both the tokens are down about 70 per cent from their peaks. Bitcoin’s dominance in the total market cap has been about 47.25 per cent, which shows that altcoins are left with value worth merely a few billion dollars.

Market participants are linking the weakness in the crypto market closely with the traditional asset class.

Shivam Thakral, CEO, BuyUcoin said after the consumer price index reported the highest inflation since 1981, financial markets across the globe have seen a sharp downturn. The rising food, gas, and energy prices are putting tremendous pressure on the crypto market, he added.

“The market is expected to remain choppy in the coming weeks and the globe continues to report high inflation numbers.”

Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange said the weakness is amplified by traditional institutions who were here just for short term gains. The quick outflow of money left us high and dry, he added.

“We saw a global economic slowdown amid inflation and war, which then resulted in weaker demand. There are liquidity issues and could result in unsustainable annual per cent yield.”

Among the altcoins, Curve Dao Token, Nexo, Fantom, Stepn, Waves, Kava and THORChain have taken a big hit. These tokens are down by 20 per cent in the last 24 hours.

On a weekly basis, Convex Finance, ApeCoin, Avalanche, Near Protocol, Axis Infinity, Harmony and The Graph are down by 35-50 per cent. The major part of this correction has been witnessed over this weekend.

Praveen Kumar, Founder & CEO, Belfrics Group said the volatility in the market would continue which would have a significant impact on the valuation of other coins including Ripple, Cardano, Tether, Solana, among others.

The recovery will not be anything soon based on the current market sentiments and statistics, said Lian from BigONE Exchange. “This could be a start to another crypto winter which could last for another 2 years,” he adds.

On the other hand, some experts are suggesting investors to buy the dips to average out their cost and make gains in the longer term. Going forward, I believe the volatility would continue and there would be immense pressure on Bitcoin and other key altcoins as well, said Kumar of Belfrics.

Thukral from BuyUcoin said that the current dip in the crypto prices allows investors to buy crypto at 2021 prices and we expect the seasoned investors to take advantage of the dip.

(Disclaimer: Recommendations, suggestions, views and opinions given by the experts are their own. These do not represent the views of Economic Times)

 

 

Original Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com//markets/cryptocurrency/crypto-carnage-continues-investors-lose-over-2-trillion-in-eight-months/articleshow/92179178.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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