Bitcoin withstands heavy losses but pessimism reigns in crypto markets
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bitcoin withstands heavy losses but pessimism reigns in crypto markets

/ 09:10 AM June 14, 2022

Bitcoin steadied on Tuesday after initially falling to a new 18-month low as major crypto lender Celsius Network’s freezing of withdrawals and the prospect of sharp U.S. interest rate rises shook the volatile asset class.

Bitcoin clawed its way to positive territory after falling as much as 7.3% to $20,816, its lowest since Dec. 2020. It was last up 1.1%.

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The world’s largest cryptocurrency fell 15% on Monday, its biggest one-day drop since March 2020. Bitcoin is down about half this year and over 20% since Friday alone. Since its record high of $69,000 in November, it has slumped nearly 70%.

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New Jersey-based Celsius said in a blog post on Monday, citing extreme market conditions, that it had frozen withdrawals and transfers between accounts, “to stabilize liquidity and operations while we take steps to preserve and protect assets”.

Bitcoin withstands heavy losses but pessimism reigns in crypto markets

The move, combined with expectations of sharper U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hikes after high U.S. inflation data last week, pushed the value of the crypto market under $1 trillion for the first time since Jan. 2021.

Most crypto players were pessimistic about bitcoin’s immediate prospects.

“With the broader risk sentiment firmly negative the sellers have had it all their own way for a few days,” said Richard Usher at crypto firm BCB Group. “It will take a shift in the overall risk sentiment to turn the price around significantly.”

Smaller cryptocurrencies, which tend to track bitcoin’s movements, also recovered sharp losses. No. 2 token ether was up 2.4% after losing as much as 10% to $1,075, a fresh 15-month low.

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Celsius, which has around $11.8 billion in assets, offers interest-bearing products to customers who deposit crypto on its platform. It then lends out coins to earn a return.

“The market is now panicking about the impact and contagion if Celsius becomes insolvent,” wrote Singapore fund manager QCP Capital in a note.

Cryptocurrency investors were already rattled by the collapse of the terraUSD and luna tokens in May which was shortly followed by Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin, briefly breaking its 1:1 peg with the dollar.

And higher U.S. inflation has not only roiled cryptocurrencies further but also other asset classes as investors dumped risky assets, with the S&P index falling for four days straight.

Crypto-linked stocks have been particularly hard hit. Bitcoin-buying software firm MicroStrategy tumbled 25.2%, while crypto exchange Coinbase Global lost 11.4%.

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