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It’s bot a bad month te crypto-city.
Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, is trading at $7,076 — a 7% decrease ter the last 24 hours and a 34.6% decrease on a monthly onderstel. The 2nd largest coin, Ethereum, is being absolutely pummeled, having dropped 5% to $398 te the last 24 hours, and losing more than half of its value (55.1%) since March 1. And none of the other major cryptocurrencies fared much better.
A part of this price druppel can be explained by an onslaught of bad news, mostly having to do with enhanced regulatory scrutiny of ICOs (initial coin offerings) and cryptocurrency trading ter most of the world’s markets. The fact that Facebook, Google and Twitter all banned cryptocurrency-related ads on their platforms didn’t help. Other latest news, including a rumor of a fresh mining chip being built for Ethereum (which could make it more centralized) spil well spil an significant, bearish technical indicator called the “death cross” happening on Bitcoin’s charts, have certainly contributed.
The news don’t matter
It’s hard to wiggle the feeling, however, that the prices have recently bot going down regardless of the news cycle.
Edward Cooper, Head of Mobile at Revolut, seems to think so. “I don’t think the latest market movements ter the crypto space are particularly related to any current news story. The price swings te crypto that are caused by news stories are generally much more extreme than wij are observing now,” he told Mashable via e-mail. “It’s a natural cooling off period following an unprecendented bull run towards the latter part of 2018.”
There’s certainly bot a fair amount of good news te the crypto space spil well, but none of it did much to switch the bearish trend. Just recently, Morgan Stanley analysts said Bitcoin could be looking at a “strong recovery.” Money is still pouring into blockchain-related startups. And there’s titillating news on the development vuurlijn for both Bitcoin — check this handy list — and Ethereum, whose co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently proposed a novel fresh way of scaling Ethereum called Plasma Metselspecie.
“ICOs and cryptocurrencies have faced lotsbestemming more serious problems te the past and have emerged stronger. This time is not going to be any different.”
But if positive news aren’t enough, what will it take for the crypto prices to get a steadier footing? Most experts think it’s just a matter of time. “This same cycle of hype and then a terugwedstrijd to normality happened ter 2011, 2013, and 2018, and will doubtless toebijten again,” said Cooper . “ICOs and cryptocurrencies have faced loterijlot more serious problems te the past and have emerged stronger. This time is not going to be any different.”
What goes up, most go down. and then up again?
Ethereum’s incredible boom te 2018 wasgoed largely due to a big rente ter crowdfunding efforts (ICOs) on its verhoging, but the enthusiasm is waning. Just months ago, it wasgoed almost trivial for a welvoeglijk ICO to raise ems of millions, now, investors are taking a 2nd look at what they’re getting into. The gegevens does not support it yet — CoinDesk’s ICO tracker only shows a modest druppel te ICO funding te January, and the gegevens for February isn’t available yet — but after three consecutive months te which funding reached an average $1.Five billion, it’s very likely time for a cooldown. Another factor are startups which raised large quantities of Ethereum, such spil EOS, that now may be selling it for fiat.
There’s hope for recovery on the horizon, tho’, perhaps Telegram’s and Rakuten’s monster ICOs, planned for sometime this year, will revive the ICO toneel.
Charles Hayter, CEO of CryptoCompare agrees that this is a “fear and scare”-driven correction after “irrational exhuberance” on the market. “There is certainly selling pressure from funded ICOs and more caution ter what gets funded spil comes back are falling,” he told mij via e-mail.
He also remains bullish long-term, especially now that spil institutional investors are joining the crypto fray.
“There are still the money flows from traditional finance which should bring more buying pressure when opened up – family offices and hedge funds have bot dipping their toes but mainstream products for the larger specie holdings that meet their remits will create another bull run,” he said
The principal problem with assessing the price of cryptocurrencies such spil Bitcoin and Ethereum has remained: Thesis assets do not generate revenue, and are therefore subject to speculation regarding price, which often goes to extremes. Will Bitcoin one day become a global, cheap, widely-supported currency and payment podium? Will Ethereum fulfill the vision of becoming a global pc? It’s possible, but speculation is still way ahead of technology. Investors who are still holding on to their coins might get some convenience from optimistic experts and the fact that crypto has always bounced back after big bearish periods but, spil always, there are no ensures.
Disclosure: The author of this article wields, or has recently possessed, a number of cryptocurrencies, including BTC and ETH.