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More than $1.5 trillion has been wiped from the crypto market since November (Getty Images)
More than $1.5 trillion has been wiped from the crypto market since November (Getty Images)

Bitcoin is teetering on the precipice of an abyss, according to some crypto market analysts, with its price hitting its lowest level since July 2021.

The cryptocurrency has lost more than 50 per cent of its value over the last six months amid a market-wide downturn that has wiped more than $1.5 trillion from the overall crypto market.

Hovering just above $30,000 on Wednesday morning, some fear it risks even heavier losses if it falls below this key level of support.

Since first rising above this price at the start of 2021, BTC has never fallen below it for any significant amount of time, meaning it will be in unchartered territory if the sell-off continues.

Bitcoin has so far managed to keep just above it, with some hopeful it can stage a similar recovery to last summer, which took it to new record-breaking highs before the end of the year.

You can follow all the latest news, analysis and expert price predictions for bitcoin, as well as other leading cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL) and Cardano (ADA), right here.

Key points

  • Bitcoin price crash caused by ‘wider adversity'

  • Bitcoin market enters ‘extreme fear'

  • Crypto market metrics ‘incredibly bullish’ despite price crash

  • El Salvador ‘buys the dip'

Bitcoin’s price crash explained

11:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson

What caused bitcoin’s price crash and where does it go from here? These are the questions we asked crypto market analysts and experts in order to help decipher what exactly is going on.

The downturn has coincided with a major slump for tech stocks, with some saying cryptocurrencies have become more synced up with traditional markets as they become more accessible to both retail and institutional investors. Others warn that holding the $30k level could be critical for bitcoin’s short- to medium-term prospects.

You can read the full story here:

Why did bitcoin’s price crash and where does it go from here?

Bitcoin price collapse plan for MicroStrategy

Tuesday 10 May 2022 18:39 , Anthony Cuthbertson

MicroStrategy, the world’s biggest corporate investor in bitcoin with holdings of roughly $4 billion at current rates, has so far refused to sell any of its crypto stockpile.

Some of that stash was acquired through bank loans that used the firm’s existing holdings as collatoral, which could lead to complications if the price falls considerably further.

CEO Michael Saylor has shared what the plan is if bitcoin completely implodes, claiming that even if the cryptocurrency’s price falls below $3,562 - 90 per cent down on today’s prices - the company could still survive.

Bitcoin price enjoys moment of calm

Tuesday 10 May 2022 16:23 , Anthony Cuthbertson

There has already been $1.1 billion liquidations of leading cryptocurrencies over the last 24 hours, according to data from Blockworks, but the mass sell-off appears to have subsided.

Bitcoin has so far managed to hold above the $30k level, but only just. After climbing above $32,000, it has since slid back down to $31,000 in the last hour.

When compared to the volatility of recent days, today has so far been relatively calm. But is there more storm still to come?

Bitcoin price crash: ‘When in doubt, zoom out’

Tuesday 10 May 2022 13:17 , Anthony Cuthbertson

A popular adage from veteran bitcoin investors during price crashes is “when in doubt, zoom in out.”

Looking at the bigger picture shows that bitcoin is up 250 per cent from May 2020, up 35 per cent since May 2018 and up more than 6,000 per cent since May 2016.

Zooming out even further, a decade ago one bitcoin was worth just $5. That marks an astonishing 600,000 per cent price gain.

Bitcoin City

Tuesday 10 May 2022 12:08 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The scale model of El Salvador’s as-yet unbuilt Bitcoin City, which was shared by President Nayib Bukele overnight, has given some insight into the mega project.

There’s a lot of trees, a lot of landmarks, and even a “beautiful lookout in the volcano”. That volcano is going to be used to not only power the city with geothermal energy, but also provide the energy to mine bitcoin.

The circular city will slope up the side of the Conchagua volcano on the Gulf of Fonseca in the south-east of the Central American country, with construction expected to begin later this year.

You can read the full story here:

Bitcoin City: El Salvador president unveils layout of ‘crypto utopia’

Bitcoin price $10k away from MicroStrategy margin call

Tuesday 10 May 2022 10:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson

MicroStrategy, the world’s biggest corporate investor in cryptocurrency, revealed earlier this month that it faces a margin call for its $205 million bitcoin-collateralised loan with Silvergate Bank if bitcoin drops to $21,000. We are now just $10,000 away from that point.

If it is hit, MicroStrategy CFO Phong Le expained during the company’s first-quarter earning calls that it would use some of its uncollatoralised BTC holdings to pay it. Either way, it would be a disaster for CEO and co-founder Michael Saylor, who has pledged his reputation on the belief that bitcoin’s price will go up in the long term.

Here’s what he said during the earnings call:

We took out the loan at a 2 per cent LTV; the margin call occurs at 50 per cent LTV. So essentially, bitcoin needs to cut in half, or around $21,000, before we’d have a margin call.

As you can see, we mentioned previously we have quite a bit of uncollateralized bitcoin. So we have more that we could contribute in the case that we have a lot of downward volatility. But again, we’re talking about $21,000 before we get to a point where there needs to be more margin or more collateral contributors. So I think we’re in a pretty comfortable place where we are right now.

Phong Le, CFO of MicroStrategy

Bitcoin price crash sees market plunge deeper into ‘extreme fear'

Tuesday 10 May 2022 09:17 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The Crypto Fear & Greed Index has fallen even further overnight, dropping from 11 to 10.

The market indicator – which analyses data from cryptocurrency exchanges, Google Trends, social media posts and price volatility – is used to measure current market sentiment. For some investors, the metric is also used as a gauge for whether to buy or sell, with ‘extreme fear’ seen as a strong buy signal and ‘extreme greed’ as a signal to sell.

The last time the index was this low was on 8 January, 202, and it has only ever fallen lower four times since it was first established in February 2018. The lowest it has ever fallen is 5, which happened in August 2019, when bitcoin was trading below $10,000.

Bitcoin price retests $30,000

Tuesday 10 May 2022 08:07 , Anthony Cuthbertson

This is the third time over the last 12 months – and the first time since last July – that the price of bitcoin has tested the $30,000 level.

Both previous times that BTC fell this low, it managed to use the price point as a platform to bounce back up. Should the downward momentum continue, however, then bitcoin will enter unchartered territory, having never fallen below $30,000 for any sustained amount of time since first rising above it.

In the time it took me to put this chart together, bitcoin already appears to be back on the ascendency, rising above $32,000. Let’s see if it can hold.

Bitcoin City in El Salvador ‘coming along beautifully'

Tuesday 10 May 2022 06:55 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The latest bitcoin price crash doesn’t seem to have deterred El Salvador’s plans to build Bitcoin City, set to be built in the shadow of a volcano in the Central American country.

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele revealed images of a model of the futuristic city, with construction expected to begin later this year.

Announcing the new city last year, President Bukele said residents would pay no income tax and geothermal energy from the volcano will be used to mine bitcoin.

You can read more about Bitcoin City here:

El Salvador to build crypto-fuelled ‘Bitcoin City’

Bitcoin price recovers after dip below $30,000

Tuesday 10 May 2022 06:21 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The price of bitcoin briefly fell below $30,000 overnight, reaching as low as $29,944 before immediately returning above the key resistance level.

The cryptocurrency is once again trading above $31,000, though there appears to be some resistance going in the other direction at $32,000.

The last time bitcoin tested $30,000 back in July 2021, it actually fell even lower before staging a dramatic comeback that saw it rise more than $10,000 over the course of a week.

At such a precarious level, whatever happens today could have major implications for BTC’s future trajectory.

Bitcoin price bounces back

Monday 9 May 2022 21:21 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Bitcoin just shot up by more than $1,000, marking its biggest bounce back throughout the decline of the last 24 hours.

After falling to a low of $30,516 on CoinMarketCap’s price index, BTC returned almost immediately above $31,000 before continuing its surge back above $31,000.

It is only a modest recovery considering all the losses today, but it signals that the expected resistance at the $30,000 level may well be as strong as many had hoped.


El Salvador buys the dip

Monday 9 May 2022 20:40 , Anthony Cuthbertson

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has just tweeted that his government just “bought the dip”.

The world’s first country to adopt bitcoin as a legal form of tender bought 500 coins at an average USD price of ~$30,744 ($15,372,000), Bukele revealed, marking his country’s 10th purchase of the cryptocurrency.

It is the lowest price El Salvador has ever paid for bitcoin, as well as the most bitcoins ever bought in one go, having never purchased more than 420 at once.

Bitcoin price tests $31,000

Monday 9 May 2022 19:12 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Bitcoin is getting closer to its next major level of resistance, falling below $32,000 to just $31,277, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index.

Since first breaking above $30,000 at the start of last year, this level has proved a firm platform from which bitcoin has bounced back from. After a flash crash took it briefly below it in July, bitcoin went on a record-breaking price rally that took it to a new all-time high of close to $69,000 in the space of just four months.

A move of less than 5 per cent would take bitcoin back to this level, which is relatively minor by bitcoin’s notoriously volatile standards - it is down 8 per cent just today. If it fails to hold that level, bitcoin will be in unchartered territory, with no historic levels of support for quite a way down. The coming hours and days could prove crucial in determining bitcoin’s longer term trajectory.

Bitcoin ‘will crash below $10k'

Monday 9 May 2022 18:13 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Prominent bitcoin skeptic Peter Schiff believes the current price slide may be far from over.

Having dipped below $33,000, the American stock broker tweeted that the “next stop is $30k”. He added: “If that level fails look out below. Bitcoin will crash below $10k.”

It is not the first time Schiff has predicted a near-absolute capitulation for bitcoin, with his proclamations often coming near the bottom of a cycle. This has led some to use his bearish comments as a buy-signal, with one Redditor writing in response to his comments that it was the “positive signal” they had been waiting for to buy more bitcoin.

Noted bitcoin advocate and investor Anthony Pompliano mocked Schiff’s prediction with his own tweet.

“If a nuclear attack happens, we all may die,” he wrote. “If we don’t die, an asteroid may hit the Earth and kill us. If we don’t die from that, another pandemic could take us out. And if none of that gets us, we just have to wait long enough and then we’ll die for sure.”

MicroStrategy boss responds to bitcoin price crash

Monday 9 May 2022 16:21 , Anthony Cuthbertson

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, who heads the world’s largest corporate investor in bitcoin, has joked that the latest price crash has caused him to lose his job at the software firm.

The company holds more than 120,000 BTC, worth roughly $4 billion at today’s prices, bit despite the dip, Saylor is unlikely to sell any time soon.

He is a vocal advocate for holding the cryptocurrency for the long term. MicroStrategy also acquired its holdings at an average price of just over $30,000 per bitcoin, so technically the company hasn’t actually lost money on its investment.

Bitcoin’s yearly price lows offer perspective

Monday 9 May 2022 15:07 , Anthony Cuthbertson

There seem to be certain recurring themes of bitcoin price crashes - which come around not infrequently - as people try to calm their fellow investors.

One popular chart that is shared encourages people to not look at all-time highs, but rather yearly lows. This shows the progress bitcoin has made over the last decade, with annual price bottoms rising from $4 in 2012 to $25,000 in 2021.

Bitcoin price crash doesn’t deter long-term holders

Monday 9 May 2022 14:51 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Despite bitcoin’s recent price slide, some crypto market analysts are remaining positive about the overall outlook for the cryptocurrency.

One metric that investors can take encouragement from is that long-term holders of bitcoin do not appear to be selling their crypto stash. Marcus Sotiriou, an analyst at the UK-based digital asset broker GlobalBlock, claims that this on-chain metric means bitcoin remains “incredibly bullish”, and suggests a bounce back at the key support level of around $30,000.

Here are his full comments:

Technically, bitcoin’s structure is bearish as lower-lows and lower-highs persist, but bitcoin is now approaching the bottom of the 16-month range. The region near the low of the range, from $28-32k, could be a good region to add to long term holdings from a risk-reward perspective.

On-chain metrics remain incredibly bullish, as the percentage of bitcoin which has not moved in a year is now at an all-time high. Every time a macro bottom has formed in the market previously when this has happened, it has marked a bottom in the crypto market. This shows that the proportion of bitcoin holders who are long-term HODLers is increasing, which is positive as it shows that short-term holders are selling to those with long-term conviction.

Marcus Sotiriou, GlobalBlock

Bitcoin market enters ‘extreme fear'

Monday 9 May 2022 14:27 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The latest Crypto Fear & Greed Index shows that the bitcoin market is at just 11 - deep into the “extreme fear” territory.

The index compiles data from crypto exchanges with daily online trends to analyse general market sentiment.

It is currently at the lowest level it has been at all year, which some analysts use as a measure to suggest that bitcoin is currently oversold.

Bitcoin price crash caused by ‘wider adversity'

Monday 9 May 2022 13:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Crypto market analysts have offered us their insights into what is behind the latest price crash for bitcoin.

“The market is caught in the wider adversity of investment markets that are battling to decide where confortable levels are in the wake of interest rate hikes designed to quell soaring inflation around the Western world,” says Simon Peters, from the online trading platform eToro. “The concern now for cryptoasset investors is when the slide will end.”

You can read the full story here.

Bitcoin price crashes to 2022 low amid crypto market collapse

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Monday 9 May 2022 13:00 , Anthony Cuthbertson

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Several days of tumbling prices has seen bitcoin fall to a 2022 low on Monday, leaving traders and investors wondering when the sell-off will come to an end.

We’ll have all the latest news, analysis and expert price predictions for bitcoin and the rest of the cryptocurrency market right here.