Bitcoin’s volatility sparks $400 billion crypto market value drop

The cryptocurrency market witnessed a staggering loss of $400 billion in value as Bitcoin, the leading digital currency, continued its downward trajectory following a recent all-time high. On Wednesday, Bitcoin experienced significant volatility, briefly dropping below the $61,000 mark, as it struggled to initiate a recovery. As of 07:20 a.m. ET, Bitcoin managed to rebound slightly, trading just above $63,900, marking a 1% increase from its position 24 hours earlier. Earlier in the day, the cryptocurrency reached an intraday peak of $65,716.

Bitcoin's volatility sparks $400 billion crypto market value drop

Bitcoin has enjoyed a remarkable surge, boasting a 124% increase in value over the past year. Last week, it achieved a historic peak of nearly $73,800. This surge has been attributed to factors such as the introduction of spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds in the U.S. in January and the anticipation surrounding the upcoming halving event, which historically has provided support to Bitcoin prices. However, despite Bitcoin’s individual success, the overall market has experienced a significant downturn since the all-time high, with the collective value of all digital currencies plummeting by $200 billion as of Wednesday morning, according to Coinmarketcap data. Other major cryptocurrencies, including Ether and Solana, have also witnessed sharp declines.

A substantial portion of this decline can be attributed to profit-taking behaviors following the rapid rally in cryptocurrency prices. Data from CryptoQuant indicates a notable increase in short-term holders selling their Bitcoin for profit on March 12. Additionally, momentum in Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has waned, with total net outflows amounting to $154.4 million on Monday, as reported by BitMEX Research. Notably, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) recorded outflows of $642.5 million, while other ETFs saw modest or stagnant inflows.

Criticism has been directed at GBTC for its above-average fees. However, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein stated earlier this week that the company plans to reduce fees on its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ETF in the near future. Vijay Ayyar, Vice President of International Markets and Growth at crypto exchange CoinDCX, cautioned that should Bitcoin fall below the $60,000 mark, further weakening could ensue, possibly testing the $50,000 to $52,000 range – a pivotal level for the sustainability of the current bull market.