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Bitcoin Faces Price Turbulence as Market Liquidity Falls, Says JPMorgan

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Bitcoin Faces Price Turbulence as Market Liquidity Falls, Says JPMorgan

With liquidity falling in the bitcoin market, smaller trades can have a relatively large price impact.

Bitcoin’s falling market liquidity – how much is available for trades – is raising the risk of wild price swings, according to analysts at JPMorgan.

“Market liquidity is currently much lower for Bitcoin than in gold or the S&P 500, which implies that even small flows can have a large price impact,” Bitcoin’s falling market liquidity – how much is available for trades – makes it prone to wild price swings, JPMorgan’s Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou wrote in a note on Friday, as reported by Bloomberg.

While bitcoin (BTC, -6.41%) has rallied by over 300% since mid-October, the number of coins held in exchange addresses has declined by 6.6% to 2.38 million, according to Glassnode data. This sell-side liquidity shortage has been exacerbated by strong institutional demand, allowing the steep price rally to record highs over $58,000 Sunday.

The low liquidity is also evident from bitcoin’s average daily spot and futures market volume of $10 billion, which is just 10% of gold’s $100 billion, according to Panigirtzoglou. Hence, relatively few large buy or sell orders could lead to significant price moves either way.

Bitcoin’s three-month realized volatility, its level of actual price fluctuation over the past 90 days, stood at 92% on Sunday, the highest since June 9, 2020, according to Skew. Meanwhile, the three-month implied volatility, or investors’ expectations of price swings over the next 90 days, was 94%.

At press time, bitcoin is trading near $54,070, representing a 5.7% drop over 24 hours, according to CoinDesk 20 data.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence firm, announced it has purchased another 19,452 Bitcoin worth $1.026 billion.

The company joined Square and other companies that bought the dip witnessed earlier this week after Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Janet Yellen commented on the fast-rising digital currency.

MicroStrategy now holds 90,531 Bitcoin worth $4.78 billion, more than Elon Musk’s Tesla acquisition of $1.5 billion.

Michael Saylor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MicroStrategy continues to pursue a coin acquisition strategy now codified in the business intelligence company’s mission.

Square purchased 3,318 Bitcoin at an estimated $170 million value on Tuesday when the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency dipped to $45,000 before rebounding to the current level.

Bitcoin presently trading at $49.233.71 per coin as of the time of writing.

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

Following Elon Musk, Janet Yellen and Bill Gates’ comments that plunged the world’s new gold, Bitcoin, on Monday, the digital asset has rebounded from $48.321 per coin to $50,881.63 as of 10 am Nigerian time on Wednesday.

Bitcoin gained 5 percent in the last 24 hours due to the surge in transactions by investors after Square, a payments giant, announced it has added 3,318 Bitcoin valued at $170 million to its holding of the coin on Tuesday.

Investors carried out 288,011 transactions valued at $16.91 billion in the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin briefly rose to as high as $51,413.61 to pare losses and extend year-to-date returns to 72.29 percent.

The digital currency was trading at an all-time high of $58,332.36 per coin before Elon Musk, the then world’s richest man said the dominant cryptocurrency is “too high too fast”.

Also, Bill Gates, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, said he is not bullish on Bitcoin. The third richest man in the world and the founder of Microsoft said, bitcoin uses too much energy and can cause a lot of trouble for investors who may not have much money to spare like Elon Musk.

He said “Elon has tons of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I don’t worry that his Bitcoin will sort of randomly go up or down,” Gates said during the interview. “I do think people get bought into these manias, who may not have as much money to spare, so I’m not bullish on Bitcoin, and my general thought would be that, if you have less money than Elon, you should probably watch out.

Janet Yellen, the former Chair of Federal Reserve and the present Treasury Secretary of the United States has been vocal about the environmental impact of Bitcoin given the amount of power needed to mine digit tokens.

I don’t think that bitcoin is widely used as a transaction mechanism,” Yellen told the New York Times on Monday. “It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.

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Elon Musk Net Worth Tumbles With Bitcoin Value

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Elon Musk Net Worth Tumbles With Bitcoin Value

The now second richest man in the world, Elon Musk, has experienced a decline in his total net worth following a comment he made that Bitcoin value is too high and too fast.

Elon Musk’s net worth plunged by $15.2 billion in the last 24 hours to N183 billion, according to the latest data from Bloomberg.

The former world’s richest man has grown his net worth by $13.6 billion in 2021 alone. This represents an over 61 percent decline from over $20 billion gain posted last week.

In early February, the value of Tesla and Bitcoin rose substantially immediately Tesla announced it invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.

Cryptocurrency-focused investors jumped on Tesla stocks because of its exposure to Bitcoin, these same investors have started dumping the company’s stocks following Musk’s comments.

Tesla stocks dropped by $66.80 or 8.55 percent to $714.50 per share.

While Bitcoin valued plunged by over 17 percent from $58,000 to $47,226.88 with market value declining from $1 trillion to $880.11 billion.

 

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