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Bitcoin’s Price Dropped Almost 10% In 2 Days – But Why?

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Bitcoin’s price dropped nearly 10% in just two days has caught everyone’s attention. That’s a really bad start for the Q2 in 2024. It started the month around $71,000 then finished the second day just over $66,000. Was it a natural market correction, or did specific factors drive this downturn? Let’s explore the reasons behind this sharp drop, what means BTC is now about 11% above it’s March 14 all time high ($73,750).

Economic Signals Trigger Drop

The main reason of Bitcoin’s recent price fall is the rising interest rates and a stronger U.S. dollar. As Treasury yields spiked and the dollar reached a five-month peak, Bitcoin’s value dipped. This inverse relationship between the dollar and Bitcoin isn’t unusual but crucial to understanding the recent price movement. Strengthening U.S. economy signs, marked by growth in the manufacturing sector, have tempered investor expectations for future rate cuts, further contributing to Bitcoin’s slide.

Moreover, the highest 10-year U.S. Treasury yield level this year has changed investor sentiment towards traditional, safer investments. LMAX Group’s market strategist Joel Kruger points that strong U.S. economic data has reignited inflation worries, driving demand for the U.S. dollar. As he said:

Bitcoin doesn’t need much excuse to go through a period of correction after such an explosive performance in Q1,

then added:

Having said that, U.S. economic data has been stronger of late, all while inflation continues to be a concern. This has resulted in a repricing of Fed expectations, translating to broad-based U.S. dollar demand on the more attractive U.S. dollar yield differentials.

Picture: Joel Kruger - LMAX Group | Source: LinkedIn
Picture: Joel Kruger – LMAX Group | Source: LinkedIn

Crypto World Feels the Ripple Effects

Bitcoin hasn’t fallen alone, as Ether also lost over 10% in value and caming back at the end of April 2 from $3,264. It shows the interconnected nature of the crypto market. Major currencies often move together, especially in response to broader economic trends.

Crypto-related stocks, like Coinbase and MicroStrategy, also saw declines in their stock prices due to their strong ties to Bitcoin’s performance. While Coinbase fell 2%, MicroStrategy lost 3%. MicroStrategy with the lead of Michael Saylor is well know about its aggressive strategy of accumulating Bitcoin. At the end of 2023 they reported holding was approximately 189,150 Bitcoins, but according to bitcointreasuries, on March 19 in 2024 they had already 214,246 Bitcoins. It worth at the date of writing a little bit over $14 billion, and they are now big enough to be included in the S&P 500.

By the way, even the crypto mining sector felt this pricefall, such as Marathon Digital with a loss of 8% or CleanSpark with its 10%. These crypto mining companies are bracing for the upcoming Bitcoin halving event, expected to slash miners’ rewards. While this event has historically led to Bitcoin rallies, the immediate effect might cause more turbulence for related stocks.

CleanSpark miner drop chart from March 28 to April 3
Image: CleanSpark’s loss from March 28 to April 3 | Source: Yahoo finance

U.S. Government’s Unexpected Move

According to the blockchain’s data on April 2, an other reason is a massive Bitcoin movement, valued at around $2 billion by a U.S. government-tagged wallet, added to market jitters. This followed the government’s seizure of Bitcoin from the Silk Road website, with the recent transaction possibly signaling a sale.

The story behind this wallet is that a man called James Zhong stole over 50,000 BTC from Silk Road in 2012. The site is well known as it ran on the darkweb and famous about its market with guns, stolen credit cards, identity cards, drugs and more stuffs connected to criminals.

However its creator, Ross Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 with two life sentences, and the webpage no longer exists. Back to Zhong, who was arrested in 2021, his seized Bitcoins was moved on April 2 in 2024. Exactly 30,174 BTC valued around $2 billion was just moved to a Coinbase Prime wallet. This transaction followed the price of Bitcoin dropping more than 7%.

Large transactions like this can unsettle the market, leading to price volatility as investors react to potential supply increases.

The Road Ahead

Despite these challenges, Bitcoin remains up significantly for the year from $42,280 to it’s price at the date of writing with $65,935, showing the cryptocurrency’s resilience and sustained investor interest. The factors behind its recent dip highlight the crypto market’s complexity.

Bitcoin's price in 2024 till April 3
Image: Bitcoin’s price in 2024 till April 3 | Source: Coinmarketcap

Investors and observers will closely watch how Bitcoin and the broader crypto market respond to these developments.

Finally here is a comment from market analyst Neil Rarty from the investment platform who believes that the flash crash likely started from the Asian markets:

Bitcoin lost five percent of its value in a matter of minutes in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the mini flash crash likely driven by trading in Asia. Pinpointing the precise reason is tricky, but a strong dollar – buoyed by positive manufacturing data coming out of the US – may well have been a factor.

Will Bitcoin rebound as it has before, or are we entering a new phase of volatility? Time will tell, but the cryptocurrency world remains as engaging and unpredictable as ever.


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