The decline in price has coincided with a faltering stock market, with the S&P500 losing 10.5% of its value since January 4.
But that has been a drop in the water compared to Bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market as investors opt to stay safe in cash or gold.
The entire cryptocurrency market cap has fallen from $2.956 trillion to $1.543 trillion since early November with it appearing that the asset class has entered a gruelling bear market.
Short-term levels for Bitcoin remain at $32,800, $34,800 and $36,400, it is expected to consolidate in this region for the coming week unless the stock market heads lower, in which case Bitcoin may experience a sweep of the lows beneath $30,000.
BTCUSD chart by TradingView
Ultimate downside targets will be grim reading to Bitcoin bulls. It is not impossible to suggest that Bitcoin may even slump below its 2017 high of $20,000, with $16,000 to $24,000 becoming a key level to look forwards to over the coming months.
However, Bitcoin has a habit of turning the tide when odds are stacked against it. If it can begin to close daily candles back above $43,000, it could well trigger a short-term reversal back towards the psychological level of $50,000 before another key pivot point.
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In August 2008, the domain name bitcoin.org was registered. On 31st October 2008, a paper was published called “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. This was authored by Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of BTC. To date, no one knows who this person, or people, are.
The paper outlined a method of using a P2P network for electronic transactions without “relying on trust”. On January 3 2009, the BTC network came into existence. Nakamoto mined block number “0” (or the “genesis block”), which had a reward of 50 Bitcoins.
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