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Bitcoin Price Drops 20 Percent. Here’s What Happened

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:22
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Alex Dovbnya
The fact that the Bitcoin price can be easily manipulated shows that BTC is still too fragile to become a viable hedge asset    
Bitcoin Price Drops 20 Percent. Here’s What Happened
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Bitcoin, the number one cryptocurrency, has recently witnessed a major correction with its price plunging to the $6,300 level. The sudden price crash inevitably turned the whole market red with almost all major altcoins posting double-digital losses.

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A 20 percent flash crash

After its value dropped by more than $1,500, Bitcoin quickly rebounded. According to CoinMarketCap data, the BTC price is currently sitting at $7,280.

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Top coins are drowning in a sea of red, image by CoinMarketCap

The most obvious reason for the flash crash was triggered by a mammoth-size sell order of 3,645 BTC that was executed on Bitstamp at around 10:00 PM ET. That essentially explains why there was such a huge price spread between Bitstamp and other cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Bitstamp and Coinbase.

A startling $250 mln worth of longs on BitMEX was liquidated after the BTC price plummeted as a major slap in the face for the bulls.


The volatility problem

According to trader Alex Krüger, the latest price crash proves destroys the “Bitcoin as a hedge asset” narrative since it is still highly susceptible to market manipulations that are perpetrated by a handful of parties.

Notably, the 20 percent price spike that took place on Apr. 2 was also allegedly orchestrated by a single party by engaging in high-volume trading on multiple exchanges when the liquidity was at its lowest point.

Bitcoin’s fragility could make it less attractive to institutional investors whose money is supposed to be the main catalyst for the long-awaited bull run.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at