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Bitcoin’s fall to $60,000 signals worry as investor confidence wanes

In a continuing decline that began earlier this month, Bitcoin’s value plummeted to as low as $60,666.30, marking its weakest performance in over a month. As of Monday, the premier digital currency settled at $61,211.00, down more than 4%, according to data from Coin Metrics. This downward trajectory is part of a broader slump that saw Bitcoin shed over 8% of its value in the past week alone.

Bitcoin's fall to $60,000 signals worry as investor confidence wanes

The cryptocurrency market is facing a liquidity squeeze as evidenced by two consecutive weeks of outflows from digital asset investment products, with global trading volumes dipping to their lowest since the launch of U.S. Bitcoin ETFs in January. James Butterfill, head of research at a crypto-focused asset management firm, attributes the $1.2 billion recent outflow from crypto ETFs to a bearish sentiment fueled by expectations around U.S. Federal Reserve rate cuts.

“The market is reacting to the Fed’s cautious stance on inflation, which needs to show a consistent downtrend before any dovish pivot is considered,” Butterfill explained to CNBC. Concerns are mounting as investors anticipate this week’s release of the personal consumption expenditure index, a critical inflation measure for the Fed. Eleanor Gaywood, head of strategy at Coincover, suggests that anticipation of rate adjustments in September might stabilize the volatile Bitcoin prices if the data indicates manageable inflation rates. However, any negative surprises could exacerbate the sell-offs.

The ripple effects of Bitcoin’s decline were felt across the cryptocurrency spectrum. Ethereum, Solana, and XRP all recorded losses this week, with respective declines of 4%, 3%, and 1%. More dramatically, Dogecoin fell by nearly 5%. The downturn also dragged down crypto-related equities; Coinbase and MicroStrategy saw their shares drop by nearly 4% and over 5%, respectively, while mining stocks generally ended lower.

Adding to the market’s challenges, CoinGlass reported $97.83 million worth of long Bitcoin liquidations over the last 24 hours, forcing many traders to exit their positions hastily. This selling pressure was anticipated by CryptoQuant, which had warned of a potential fallback to the $60,000 level after Bitcoin broke below the critical $65,800 support earlier in June. The analysis noted a significant reduction in Bitcoin holdings among traders, a trend that hasn’t reversed despite the cryptocurrency’s brief peak at $71,000 earlier in the season.

Despite the current market woes, some analysts remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s long-term prospects. Ryan Rasmussen of Bitwise Asset Management views the recent price volatility as “bullishly choppy,” indicative of significant market developments that could eventually bolster the cryptocurrency’s value. “With a 43% gain year-to-date and positive shifts in the political landscape favoring crypto, the fundamental outlook for Bitcoin remains strong,” he stated, suggesting that the current market conditions could present a valuable buying opportunity for long-term investors.

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