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Bitcoin price today: Jumps after testing $60,000 amid Fed jitters, profit-taking


Bitcoin price today: Jumps after testing $60,000 amid Fed jitters, profit-taking By Investing.com

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AuthorVahid KaraahmetovicCryptocurrency

Published Mar 20, 2024 01:16AM ET
Updated Mar 20, 2024 07:58AM ET

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Bitcoin price sank to a two-week low on Wednesday, deepening losses to as far as $60,000 as investors locked in profits ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting, while heavy capital outflows from a major exchange-traded fund also weighed.

The downswing marked the worst single-day decline for BTC since the FTX crash in November 2022.

A broader risk-off move in currency markets saw traders pivot into the dollar while collecting profits in Bitcoin after it surged to record highs of over $73,000 earlier in March.

The dollar index hit a two-week high before the conclusion of a Fed meeting later in the day, where the central bank is widely expected to keep rates steady and offer more cues on when it plans to begin cutting interest rates.

Bitcoin traded at $63,031 by 06:52 ET (10:52 GMT). It had fallen as far as $60,771.1 earlier in the day.

Adding to the downward pressure on Bitcoin, the token saw a flash crash on crypto exchange BitMEX, where it sank as low as $8,900 following a series of massive sell orders on Tuesday. BitMEX said it was investigating potential wrongdoing.

Since reaching its recent all-time highs, the entire cryptocurrency market has lost approximately $400 billion in value, with significant declines also seen in other digital currencies like Ether and Solana.

“We are seeing a natural market shift at this point, which is a culmination of several important factors,” Nejc Krzan, head of NiceX Exchange, told Investing.com.

Among other things, he added that “many investors who recently came into the market who were hoping the BTC price would continue to break through the all time high and rise further, have sold to take short term gains.” This is likely the key reason why Bitcoin price is correction from fresh record highs. 

Bitcoin capital inflows continue, but Grayscale a point of contention

Data from digital asset manager CoinShares showed earlier this week that Bitcoin-linked investment products saw total inflows of $2.86 billion in the past week, as its recently-approved ETFs continued to garner investor interest.

But the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC) (NYSE: GBTC) saw sustained outflows, of a whopping $1.25 billion over the past week. This saw the fund manager’s assets under management sink by about $2 billion in the past week, adding to the selling pressure on Bitcoin.

Still, Bitcoin remained up around 50% so far in 2024, having seen massive buying after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved spot ETFs in U.S. markets.

Anticipation of the token’s halving event, which halves the rate at which new Bitcoin is generated every four years, is also expected to support the cryptocurrency. The halving event is due to take place in April.

Analysts said that the current weakness in Bitcoin presented a buying opportunity for the token ahead of its halving.

(Ambar Warrick contributed to this article.)

Bitcoin price today: Jumps after testing $60,000 amid Fed jitters, profit-taking

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