Bitcoin volatility continues as it slumps below $63000 after reaching a record $73000

Bitcoin extended its slide on Tuesday 19th March 2024, dropping more than $10,000 from its all-time high last week.

The cryptocurrency went below $63000. Last week it climbed to a record $73679.

The move helped drag other cryptocurrencies lower. Ether lost more than 5% and was recently trading at $3,287.58 after topping $4,000 last week for – a drop some analysts predicted following the network’s *Dencun upgrade. The token tied to Solana fell 8%, Dogecoin lost 7% and XRP slipped 2%.

*Dencun introduces a scaling technology called proto-danksharding. This feature aims to drastically reduce transaction fees on Layer 2 (L2) rollups like Pontem’s SuperLumio, Optimism, and Arbitrum. By efficiently managing large data chunks, *proto-danksharding streamlines transaction processing, particularly for L2 solutions.

*Proto-Danksharding, also known as EIP-4844, is an intermediate step toward achieving a truly scalable Ethereum blockchain. Proto-Danksharding aims to make transactions on Layer 2 as cheap as possible for users and ultimately scale Ethereum to handle over 100,000 transactions per second. It serves as a precursor to full Danksharding.

In summary, Proto-Danksharding paves the way for more efficient and cost-effective Layer 2 solutions, enhancing Ethereum’s scalability and usability.

Bitcoin volatile pullback – profit taking

Bitcoin’s decline started last week when traders began to capitalize on profits following its approximately 70% surge from the beginning of the year to its peak last Wednesday. Data from CryptoQuant indicates a significant increase in investors liquidating their Bitcoin holdings for profit on 12th March 2024.

CoinMarketCap chart demonstrating Bitcoin volatility over 7-day period dropping below $63000

CoinMarketCap chart demonstrating Bitcoin volatility over 7-day period dropping below $63000

Moreover, the act of securing profits resulted in a surge of long position liquidations for leveraged Bitcoin investments. Centralised exchanges witnessed approximately $122 million in long position liquidations on Monday, as per analysis from Bitcoin exchanges.

The previous week saw nearly $372 million worth of long liquidations over the span of three days.

Bitcoin ETFs

The introduction of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. earlier this year has significantly contributed to the rally of Bitcoin. This surge began even before the ETFs were officially launched, spurred by the anticipation of their regulatory approval. Concurrently, growing interest from investors and a higher demand for Bitcoin have led to increased leverage and amplified volatility.

Investors and analysts caution that traders ought to proceed with care in March due to the anticipated volatile price movements and a surge in trading volumes, which could result in a deviation from Bitcoin’s sustained upward trend.

Tread with extreme care – or DON’T TREAD AT ALL! Bitcoin is an extremely volatile asset and too unpredictable to trade for my liking.


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