Bitcoin is volatile as Bitcoin halving is looming


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Bitcoin is going through a topsy-turvy phase as Bitcoin halving is on the horizon. The top cryptocurrency jumped yesterday after learning that Hong Kong had approved spot Bitcoin ETFs, but it fell again soon after. The cryptocurrency continued its decline on Tuesday morning with an over 4% drop in a day to less than $63,000.

The sentiment has spread across the crypto market as the second-largest cryptocurrency, Ether, is trading just above $3,000 today after experiencing an over 4% decline in the past 24 hours. The situation with Solana is worse since it has fallen over 12% in a day and nearly 25% in a week, hovering around $132. The top meme coin, Doge, has declined over 5% in value today to $0.15, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin volatility will continue for some time

Bitcoin will undergo the halving phase around April 19, cutting the current mining rate to 3.125 Bitcoin from 6.25 Bitcoin. This is an integral part of the Bitcoin blockchain system, which creates a monetary system that controls inflation. While this major event has been projected to possibly increase Bitcoin’s price, right now, Bitcoin’s price has been increasingly volatile, and will likely continue to be going into the halving.

Meanwhile, the founder of 10X Research, Markus Thielen, has also turned bearish on Bitcoin price amid fading chances of Fed rate cuts and rising bond yields, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoin ETFs are having a hard time

Spot Bitcoin ETFs that were driving Bitcoin to another level in the past month are now seeing massive outflows these days. Over the past two days, only BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) has seen inflows, while all other Bitcoin ETFs have seen zero or lower inflows, according to Farside. The iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) recorded a net inflow of $73.4 million on April 15, a decline from the previous day’s inflow of $111.1 million. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which has continuously seen outflows for a month, experienced $110.1 million in outflows yesterday.


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2024-04-16 15:07:00

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