Bitcoin crashed below $21,000 on Wednesday, dropping a further 10 per cent overnight to reach its lowest level since the end of 2020.
The cryptocurrency has since recovered slightly, though analysts warn that the volatility may not yet be over.
The latest losses mean that the price of BTC is now more than 70 per cent since its all-time high in November 2021, though previous major downturns following then-record highs in 2013 and 2017 resulted in corrections of more than 80 per cent.
Major platforms including Celsius and Binance have experienced operational issues this week, which they blamed on an influx of investors liquidating their assets.
Crypto exchange Coinbase has also announced that it is culling over 1,000 employees after previously rescinding job offers, however Binance has announced it is hiring 2,000 more staff.
Bitcoin could be on the verge of a breakdown and a ‘crypto winter’ might be approaching,
Tether sees another wave of redemptions
07:21 , Vishwam Sankaran
Investors have pulled out nearly $1.6 billion in 48 hours from Tether’s USDT.
Investors pulled out some $1.6 billion in 48 hours from USDT, the most popular stablecoin, amid growing nervousness as cryptocurrency prices keep sliding and large institutional crypto investors face financial woes, @sndr_krisztian reports.https://t.co/1RmotUhgFA
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk) June 15, 2022
The stablecoin’s circulating supply has dropped to about $70 bn, the lowest since October 2021, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Bitcoin miners scaling down production
06:28 , Vishwam Sankaran
Bitcoin miners are reportedly scaling down production due to the crypto market crash and surging energy costs.
The bitcoin hash rate, which is a measure of the amount of power spent for minting new coins, has slipped by 4 per cent since the beginning of this week, according to data from Blockchain.com.
Bitcoin miners stung as fallout from price collapse widens https://t.co/rVPZ8R1GH0
— FT Markets (@FTMarkets) June 16, 2022
“Currently, it’s not fun to be in the mining business,” Alexander Neumueller, digital assets project lead at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, said according to the Financial Times.
Bitcoin sinks but regains value
04:42 , Vishwam Sankaran
After sinking very close to the $20,000 mark on Wednesday, Bitcoin has marginally risen to over $22,000, growing in value by about 3 per cent in the last day.
The leading cryptocurrency is still down by over 25 per cent compared to its price last week.
Ethereum has also grown by over 2 per cent in the last day, but is down by over 30 per cent compared to its value a week ago.
Cardano, polkadot, and dogecoin have grown by over 10 per cent in the last 24 hours.
The overall crypto market has grown by 3 per cent in the last day, but is still below the $1 tn mark.
‘Bitcoin is the best performing asset’: MicroStrategy CEO responds to price crash
Wednesday 15 June 2022 17:30 , Anthony Cuthbertson
We reported earlier that more than $1 billion has been wiped from MicroStrategy’s bitcoin holdings following the latest market downturn.
CEO Michael Saylor has today addressed those losses on live TV, appearing on CNBC to say he has a long-term view of the bitcoin market, noting that bitcoin has never moved below its four-year simple moving average in its history. That means anyone who has ever bought bitcoin and held it for more than four years has not lost money.
“I think it’s been a net positive,” he told CNBC.
“Over any time frame - two years, four years, eight years - bitcoin is the best performing asset, I can’t come up with a better idea.”
#Bitcoin is the only digital scarcity, backed by the world’s most secure computer network, and meets the fundamental need everyone has for a long term Store of Value. My conversation with @davidfaber, @michaelsantoli, & @carlquintanilla on @SquawkStreet. pic.twitter.com/ho7rEaHS1M
— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) June 15, 2022
Wednesday 15 June 2022 17:00 , Adam Smith
Coinbase’s reduction in staff shows shows the dangers of relying on HODL, instead of a calculated approach to the crypto industry, according to Dmitry Gooshchin, co-founder of AI trading platform EndoTech.
“Investors and pioneers have failed to factor market volatility into their business models, which is an oversight given that volatility is an inherent component of this young market. It’s clear that both investors and crypto pioneers took a HODL approach instead of one that represents a more calculated approach to this nascent industry”, Mr Gooshchin said.
Crypto exchange Binance is hiring
Wednesday 15 June 2022 16:39 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Just a day after Coinbase announced that it would be firing 18 per cent of its workforce - totalling roughly 1,100 people - rival crypto exchange Binance has announced that it is hiring.
CEO Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, said the company has 2,000 open positions, which he attributed to Binance not splashing the cash on expensive crypto ads and sponsorship deals during the latest bull run.
It was not easy saying no to Super bowl ads, stadium naming rights, large sponsor deals a few months ago, but we did.
Today, we are hiring for 2000 open positions for #Binance. pic.twitter.com/n24nrUik8O
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) June 15, 2022
Crypto crash: MicroStrategy’s bitcoin losses top $1 billion
Wednesday 15 June 2022 16:02 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Today’s losses mean MicroStrategy, the world’s biggest corporate investor in bitcoin, is now down more than $1 billion from its initial investment.
CEO Michael Saylor remains adamant that the firm won’t sell its holdings, and that previous concerns on a margin call on one of its loans were over stated.
After spending nearly $4 billion on its stockpile, MicroStrategy’s BTC is now worth less than $2.7 billion. Advocates would say that the USD value may drop but the number of bitcoins remains the same.
You can read more about it here.
Wednesday 15 June 2022 15:00 , Adam Smith
stETH has dropped to $4 billion from about $10 billion last month as holders sell while ether’s price crashes.
“In the short term, stETH will face tremendous selling pressure,” Huobi Research Institute’s report states. “Turbulence is expected in the near future.”
Celsius holds 409,260 stETH tokens
Wednesday 15 June 2022 14:00 , Adam Smith
Celsius, which froze withdrawals last weekend is also holding 409,260 stETH tokens.
Celsius took a loss of almost $71 million earlier from staking stETH on Stakehound because Stakehound misplaced the keys, according to Johnny Louey and Andy Hoo, analysts at Huobi Research Institute.
“What Celsius can do is sell its stETH in order to buy ETH on the market to satisfy client requests,” Noelle Acheson, head of market insights at crypto market maker Genesis, told CoinDesk
Bill Gates says NFTs are based on ‘greater fool theory'
Wednesday 15 June 2022 13:34 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Billionaire Bill Gates has once again spoken out about cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens, claiming they are “100 per cent based on greater fool theory - that somebody is going to pay more for it than I do”.
Speaking at TechCrunch talk, he joked: “Obviously digital images of monkeys are going to improve the world immensely, and that’s so incredible.”
As the biggest private owner of famland in the US, he added: “I’m used to asset classes like a farm where they have output or a company where they make products.”
Here’s the full story:
Bitcoin price teeters above 2017 peak
Wednesday 15 June 2022 12:05 , Anthony Cuthbertson
A further 10 per cent price slide on Wednesday morning has left bitcoin hovering just above $20,000.
Rewind nearly five years and this was the peak seen in 2017 after a record-breaking rally. If it fails to hold support at this key level, analysts fear that even more losses could be on the way. BTC is currently around 70 per cent down from its 2021 record, with major corrections in the past wiping upwards of 80 per cent from the cryptocurrency’s value.
You can read more about it here.
Crypto needs safeguards against a liquidity crisis
Wednesday 15 June 2022 12:01 , Adam Smith
Crypto lenders and exchanges need to leverage adult tools to safeguard against a liquidity crisis, according to Dr. Anna Becker, co-founder of AI trading platform EndoTech.
“In the same way trading platforms are growing up by incorporating volatility into their business strategy, for instance with the use of algorithmic trading as opposed to the old model of emotional buy and hold trading, crypto lenders and exchanges need to leverage adult tools to safeguard against a liquidity crisis like the one we’re seeing,” said Dr. Becker.
“It is unacceptable for lending institutions and currency exchanges to prevent customers from accessing their funds. I urge regulatory bodies to clamp down on cowboy crypto firms who are robbing innocent people, and help steer the market into maturity.”
Wednesday 15 June 2022 11:30 , Adam Smith
CRYPTO HEDGE FUND THREE ARROWS CAPITAL IS RUMORED TO BE INSOLVENT
— FXHedge (@Fxhedgers) June 15, 2022
Hedge fund tweet means more speculation
Wednesday 15 June 2022 11:00 , Adam Smith
A tweet from crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital has caused more fear in the market. The hedge fund has been liquidating its crypto holdings admit the price drop.
“We are in the process of communicating with relevant parties and fully committed to working this out,” former Credit Suisse Group AG trader Zhu Su tweeted from his verified account, without providing further details.
Three Arrows started withdrawing a cryptocurrency called staked Ether, or stETH from decentralized platforms last month, Bloomberg reports.
Crypto prices this morning
Wednesday 15 June 2022 08:32 , Adam Smith
Today, BItcoin is down 6.13 per cent to $21.072. Ethereum is down 8.52 per cent to $1,114.08.
MicroStrategy says it can withstand further volatility
Wednesday 15 June 2022 07:30 , Vishwam Sankaran
US software developer MicroStrategy says it has not received a margin call against its bitcoin-backed loan, and could withstand more volatility in the crypto market.
“We can always contribute additional bitcoins to maintain the required loan-to-value ratio,” MicroStrategy said in a statement, according to Reuters.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 15, 2022
“Even at current prices, we continue to maintain more than sufficient additional unpledged bitcoins to meet our requirements under the loan agreement,” the company reportedly said.
Bitcoin could tank further if it slips below $20K, expert says
Wednesday 15 June 2022 07:00 , Vishwam Sankaran
Arthur Hayes, former BitMEX chief, has said if bitcoin’s value dips below the $20,000 mark, a “massive sell pressure” may ensue, which could further drive down prices of the leading cryptocurrency.
Ethereum’s price could also be impacted in a similar way if it slips below $1000, he said.
If these levels break, $20k $BTC & $1k $ETH, we can expect massive sell pressure in the spot markets as dealers hedge themselves. We can also expect that there will be some otc dealers and that will be unable to hedge properly and might go belly up.
— Arthur Hayes (@CryptoHayes) June 14, 2022
“If these levels break, $20k $BTC & $1k $ETH, we can expect massive sell pressure in the spot markets as dealers hedge themselves,” Mr Hayes said.
“We can also expect that there will be some otc dealers and that will be unable to hedge properly and might go belly up,” he added.
Bill Gates slams crypto as based on ‘greater fool’ theory
Wednesday 15 June 2022 06:20 , Vishwam Sankaran
Bill Gates has dismissed crypto projects like NFTs as shams based on the “greater fool” theory.
Speaking at a climate conference on Tuesday, hosted by TechCrunch, the billionaire reportedly said he is neither long nor short on the entire sector.
Billionaire Bill Gates dismissed cryptocurrency projects such as nonfungible tokens as shams “based on the greater-fool theory” https://t.co/DkRHm497RU
— Bloomberg (@business) June 15, 2022
“Obviously, expensive digital images of monkeys are going to improve the world immensely,” Mr Gates said sarcastically, according to Bloomberg.
Wall Street watchdog asks laid-off crypto employees to work with them
Wednesday 15 June 2022 05:40 , Vishwam Sankaran
The chief of US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Robert Cook has said the company is planning to increase its resources to monitor cryptocurrencies.
Amid the ongoing layoffs and hiring freezes by crypto firms including Coinbase, Blockfi, and Crypto.com, FINRA has said it wants to “bulk up” its capabilities to understand cryptocurrencies better.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 14, 2022
“We’re going to need to be engaged and prepared to have the resources to do that, so anybody who is getting laid off from a crypto platform and wants to work for FINRA, give me a call,” Mr Cook said, according to Reuters.
stETH is crashing too
Wednesday 15 June 2022 09:05 , Adam Smith
stETH has dropped to $4 billion from about $10 billion last month, due to holders selling as ether’s price crashes.
“In the short term, stETH will face tremendous selling pressure,” Huobi Research Institute’s report states. “Turbulence is expected in the near future.”
Crypto has ‘not moved in step with traditional assets'
Wednesday 15 June 2022 05:00 , Adam Smith
“[Cryptocurrencies] have in the past not moved in step with traditional assets such as equities, however in recent times the link between the two has grown ever closer,” Simon Peters, an analyst at the online trading platform eToro, wrote in a note on Monday.
“Now the clearest signal yet that cryptoassets such as bitcoin and ether are moving in lockstep with equities has flashed, as inflation worries have sent stocks and crypto tumbling. The reasons for this are varied, but much of it comes down to institutional holders, which calibrate their risk assets in similar ways, be they tech stocks or bitcoin.”
Bank of England chief warns people about crypto investment
Wednesday 15 June 2022 04:40 , Vishwam Sankaran
Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has warned people to prepare for huge losses if they invest in digital assets.
“If you want to invest in these assets, OK. But be prepared to lose all your money,” Mr Bailey said on Monday amid the crypto market crash as Celsius Network froze withdrawals and transfers between accounts citing “extreme market conditions”.
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk) June 13, 2022
Bitcoin, altcoins marginally rise in value
Wednesday 15 June 2022 03:34 , Vishwam Sankaran
Bitcoin has grown by about 3 per cent compared to its value a day earlier.
However, the leading cryptocurrency is still hovering around the $22,000 mark over the last 24 hours.
Other top cryptocurrencies, including ethereum, cardano, and dogecoin, have surged by about 8 to 10 per cent in the last day, but are still down by 25 to 30 per cent compared to their values a week earlier.
The overall crypto market is up by about 4 per cent in the last 24 hours but its value is still below the $1 tn mark.
Coinbase says a ‘crypto winter’ could come
Wednesday 15 June 2022 02:00 , Adam Smith
Crypto exchange Coinbase will sack 18 per cent of staff amid fears of an incoming “crypto winter”.
The company said that it feared that a recession could bring with it a crypto winter that could “last for an extended period”. That in turn would hit trading volumes, Coinbase’s primary source of income.
Brian Armstrong, Coinbase’s chief executive and co-founder, said that he admitted the company had grown too quickly and was to blame for at least some of its problems.
But it now faced a situation in which it had to sack a large proportion of its staff in order to keep the company secure through any future economic downturn, he said.
Coinbase employees were to receive emails from HR to tell them if their job was affected, he said. Those would be sent to their personal email addresses, since the people being sacked would immediately lose access to the company’s systems.
El Salvador says financial risk is ‘minimal'
Tuesday 14 June 2022 23:00 , Adam Smith
The losses, which total more than $50 million, pose an “extremely minimal” fiscal risk for the Central American country, according to Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya.
“When they tell me that the fiscal risk for El Salvador because of bitcoin is really high, the only thing I can do is smile,” he said according to Reuters.
“The fiscal risk is extremely minimal. 40 million dollars does not even represent 0.5 per cent of our national general budget.”
The IMF “stressed that there are large risks associated with the use of bitcoin on financial stability, financial integrity, and consumer protection, as well as the associated fiscal contingent liabilities.”
Despite these warnings, the Central African Republic (CAR) voted in April to become the second country in the world to make bitcoin legal money.
Binance chief executive says it will carry on
Tuesday 14 June 2022 20:00 , Adam Smith
Binance’s chief executive has said that it will be hiring more - even as other companies are reducing staff.
“We have a very healthy war chest; we in fact are expanding hiring right now,” Zhao said, as Fortune reports. “If we are in a crypto winter, we will leverage that, we will use that to the max,” he said, adding that the company is “kicking into high gear in terms of M&A activity.”
This is Binance did not spend money on large promotions like Super Bowl ads or naming rights to sports arenas - which Crypto.com did.
Other crypto firms are reducing heads
Tuesday 14 June 2022 17:00 , Adam Smith
As well as Coinbase, BlockFi CEO Zac Prince has that the company will be “reducing [its] headcount by roughly 20 per cent”.
Crypto.com also announced that was laying off 260 employees.
Tuesday 14 June 2022 16:20 , Adam Smith
“If [Celcius] goes into full liquidation mode, then it will have to close out these positions,” said Omid Malekan, an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, but a sell off of crypto assets is likely to only affect the crypto market - although inflation and a general crash among tech stocks has also happened recently.
Crypto investors are worried about another downturn
Tuesday 14 June 2022 16:00 , Adam Smith
“In the medium term, everyone is really bracing for more downside,” said Mikkel Morch, executive director of crypto hedge fund ARK36, told CNBC.
“Bear markets have a way of exposing previously hidden weaknesses and overleveraged projects so it is possible that we see events like last month’s unwinding of the Terra ecosystem repeat.”
Monsur Hussain, senior director of financial institutions at Fitch Ratings, also told the publication that the liquidation of Celsius’ assets would “further rock the valuation of cryptoassets, leading to a wider round of contagion within the crypto sphere.”
Tuesday 14 June 2022 15:40 , Adam Smith
Few things quite as funny as Coinbase running a commercial during the NBA Finals tonight that mocks tweets saying "Crypto is dead"
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) June 14, 2022
El Salvador’s bitcoin plunges
Tuesday 14 June 2022 15:30 , Adam Smith
Coinbase users could lose their crypto
Tuesday 14 June 2022 15:14 , Adam Smith
“Because custodially held crypto assets may be considered to be the property of a bankruptcy estate, in the event of a bankruptcy, the crypto assets we hold in custody on behalf of our customers could be subject to bankruptcy proceedings and such customers could be treated as our general unsecured creditors”, the warning states.