Crypto Market Crash: Top 100 Virtual Currencies Register Downward Trend


The vibrant world of cryptocurrencies has plunged into a period of uncharacteristic gloom. On this day, the crypto market is feeling the aftereffects of a negative reverberation, with over 90% of the top 100 virtual currencies registering a downward trend within the latest 24-hour cycle. Among the few currencies to stay afloat amidst the stormy conditions are merely six alternate coins or ‘altcoins’ – two of which happen to be stablecoins.

As anyone who has trailed the mercurial highs and lows of the crypto market knows, such corrections are the outcome of various intricate and overlapping elements at play. The impact of these forces can be sensed in the performance of the key cryptocurrencies. Over the last day, Bitcoin, for instance, has slid 4.2%, followed by Ethereum’s 5.0% dip. This downward trend is shared also by Solana, XRP, and Dogecoin, exhibiting 8.7%, 4.7%, and 8.3% decrease respectively.

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One of the prominent factors steering the bearish currents of the crypto market is the flux in the macroeconomic landscape. As the year initiated, speculators held an optimistic outlook towards considerable monetary easing by the Federal Reserve. The scales have since tilted considerably owing to the recent economic metrics and subtle cues from the Fed. Intimations suggest a noticeable decrease in potential rate cuts this year compared to the Federal Reserve’s prior projection of three cuts. Concurrently, the futures market hints toward the likelihood of just a single or at most, two rate cuts, with the inferred federal funds rate climbing to 5.0% by December.

To decode the financial storyline, investors will be closely monitoring the release of the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index – the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge of inflation. The PCE, due to be unveiled this week, will likely bring a distinctive insight into inflation trends. This development could further endorse the Fed’s propensity to forestall the rise in interest rates. Market theorists anticipate a minor upswing in the PCE Price Index. Concurrently, they are also predicting the index’s month-over-month figures to decline to 0.30% from 0.33%.

However, the driving elements behind the crypto downturn are not exclusively financial. Today’s mood on the trading floor is also influenced by a legally charged whirlwind that has surrounded the cryptocurrency market. A groundbreaking legal development involving the Samourai Wallet has triggered shockwaves across the crypto realm. It was a sharp jolt for the crypto enthusiasts when the U.S Federal Prosecutors adjudicated to press charges against the founders of Samourai Wallet, Keonne Rodriguez and William Lonergan Hill, on counts of money laundering and leading an unlicensed money-transmitting business. This situation sheds light on the regulatory scrutiny clouding the cryptocurrency sector and delivers a sobering reminder of the legal quandaries inherent in crypto operations.

Additionally, insights gleaned from leading crypto experts paint a vivid picture of the existing market liquidity and trading patterns. According to one such analyst, the crypto market has proffered a significant reset in trader positioning for Bitcoin. This readjustment pertains to a decrease in the heated futures market, potentially levelling the playing field for future growth.

Finally, shedding light on the relentless silence in the Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), it was reported that inflows into these funds took a negative turn again. Only two managed to record negligible inflows while BlackRock experienced zero inflows for the first time since its inception. This indeed marked the end of an impressive 70-day inflow streak for BlackRock. Concurrently, the consistent hype for spot Bitcoin ETFs has dramatically subsided for the past fortnight. Yet on a positive note, despite this downturn, neither BlackRock nor Fidelity experienced any outflows, with Grayscale’s GBTC remaining the chief element stimulating outflows.

As we wrap up, the Bitcoin was trading at $64,034. It is clear that the constantly evolving traditional sector investors’ willingness to invest is reflecting a lukewarm trend, with total inflows through Bitcoin ETFs registering stagnation. This striking flattening in Bitcoin prices corresponds with the same static trend that the crypto market – and indeed, the investment world – has been witnessing for the last 30 days.