Bitcoin Crashes To $65,000, Expert Unpacks Drivers Of Crypto Market Bloodbath

Kayode Adeyemi
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The cryptocurrency market has been experiencing a significant downturn, with Bitcoin leading the way by retracing to the $65,000 mark after failing to retest its all-time high of $73,700 reached in March. 

Market expert Michael van de Poppe has shed light on the reasons behind this ongoing bloodbath, highlighting several key factors that have contributed to the current state of the market.

Crypto Market Battles Uncertainties

A key event highlighted by van de Poppe is last Wednesday’s release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, which has a major impact on the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates. 

The data, which came in lower than expected, favored risk assets. A lower-than-expected headline CPI of 3.3% (vs. 3.4% expected) and core CPI of 3.4% (vs. 3.5% expected) pointed to potential rate cuts or a positive outlook for future rate cuts, providing favorable market conditions.

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Another significant event was the release of the Producer Price Index (PPI) data, which provides inflation data from the producer’s perspective. The data revealed a lower-than-expected regular PPI score of 2.2% (versus an expected 2.5%) and Core PPI Y/Y score of 2.3% (versus an expected 2.4%). 

Additionally, the monthly data showed negative figures, further favoring risk-on assets. However, van de Poppe contends that despite these positive indicators, the crypto market has continued its downward trend.

According to van de Poppe, the release of consumer sentiment data on Friday also impacted the market. Consumer sentiment is considered a market leader and a gauge of market strength or weakness. The data came in lower than expected, with a score of 65.6 (versus an expected 72.1). 

This data signaled a lack of economic strength, potentially fueling bullish sentiments for risk-on assets and a shift toward crypto-native markets. 

However, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered an unexpectedly hawkish speech. Despite data pointing towards the need for rate cuts and worsening economic conditions, Powell maintained a hawkish tone and revised the potential rate cuts in 2024. 

According to Michael van de Poppe, this outlook did not bode well for the markets, adding to existing uncertainties and the notorious price volatility seen in recent days.

Bitcoin Price’s Struggle Continues As Bond Yields Drop

The analyst further pointed out that Market indicators, such as Treasury Bond Yields, declined. The 2-year Treasury Bond Yield dropped to the lowest point in two months, while the 10-year Yield continued its fall to the lowest point since the beginning of April. 

These indicators typically suggest favorable conditions for Bitcoin and risk-on assets, implying a higher probability of a potential rate cut. However, the strength of the US Dollar persisted due to the rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB). 

Van de poppe believes that this unexpected Dollar strength, driven by the ECB’s actions, further complicated the market dynamics, as rate cuts are usually necessary for economic stability.

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In sum, the cryptocurrency market, particularly Bitcoin, has substantially declined as it struggles to regain its previous highs. Despite positive economic data pointing towards potential rate cuts and market indicators favoring risk-on assets, the market has failed to respond positively. 

The ongoing uncertainties surrounding events, such as the listing of the Ethereum ETF, have contributed to the market’s weakness. With rate cuts on the horizon and the Dollar’s strength persisting, the upcoming weeks will likely be critical in determining the market’s direction.

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The daily chart shows that BTC’s price is trending downward. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

When writing, Bitcoin was trading at $65,280, down by 2% in the past 24 hours and over 5% in the past seven days. 

Featured image from DALL-E, chart from TradingView.com

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