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Bitcoin: Is the Market Ready for More Pain?


www.financemagnates.com 15 July 2022 12:54, UTC
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“Bitcoin still has downside potential,” Yohannes Christian, Research Analyst at Bitrue told Finance Magnates while mentioning that the crypto asset might touch a low of even $12,000 before the end of this year. Christian added that the short-term relief rallies won’t be able to save Bitcoin as the market will suffer more pain in the longer run.

In the second quarter of 2022, Bitcoin witnessed a price dip of approximately 55%, its worst quarterly performance in more than a decade. Amid a massive price correction, fear among retail and institutional holders of the world’s most valuable digital asset touched a record high during H1 2022. Moreover, the fall of prominent crypto firms like Three Arrows Capital, Voyager Digital, and Celsius has raised concerns over the ability of Bitcoin companies to survive the crypto winter.

BTC Chart
Fear Index

So, under current circumstances, is the market ready for more pain if Bitcoin dips below $15,000? Liviu Manda, CEO & Co-Founder IMPERIUM, believes that the current market dynamics are more “complex” than ever before.

Macroeconomic Factors

One of the major reasons why the current market plunge in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is different from the previous corrections is that macroeconomic factors like rising inflation, interest rates, and intense geopolitical scenarios are now having a direct impact on the crypto market. Bitcoin has reacted negatively to all these factors in the past few months, which shows that unless we see an improvement in the mentioned elements, Bitcoin and other digital assets will remain under pressure.

“Unlike the last bear cycle, the world is now affected by multiple pronounced crises at once: we have just recovered from the COVID pandemic, but now we are facing a socio-political crisis (the war in Ukraine) doubled by an economic recession, with a historical rise in inflation. This context creates a lot of uncertainty among not only the common population, the small investors, but also institutions,” Manda said.

Long-Term Holders

Long-term BTC holders have always played an important role in the price growth of Bitcoin. BTC’s supply cap of 21 million makes long-term holders even more significant in the crypto ecosystem. However, the recent bearish market has made it difficult for them to survive. According to Glassnode, long-term Bitcoin holders (LTHs) are currently holding an aggregate unrealized loss of -14%, compared to -11% during the market correction in March 2020.

Long term BTC holders

Challenging Environment

The debacle of Celsius, Voyager, and Three Arrows Capital shows that the market may find it difficult to survive a prolonged crypto winter. While conditions are challenging for most of the players in the crypto market, Manda believes that Bitcoin projects with strong fundamentals have the potential to survive and grow as there is not much “noise” and “FOMO” in the market.

“What we know for sure is that every time there was a major decline followed by a bottom, the market returned to bullish trends and each time it did so with a vengeance, following the theory of market cycles. However, in the context of this "crisis", I urge people to diversify their portfolio in order to reduce their risk,” IMPERIUM’s CEO said.

Not so Ready

While there is potential for a few relief rallies in between the current bear market, the overall health of the crypto is not that good to survive one of the brutal market corrections in its history. Being the largest crypto asset, Bitcoin shapes the trends across the digital asset space. Most of the retail and institutional participants hold BTC in their portfolios. So, a consistent dip in the price of Bitcoin will fuel liquidations and bankruptcies across the crypto ecosystem as most of the holders and corporates are ‘not so ready’ to see BTC at around $10,000.

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