Bitcoin Investors Lose Record $7.3 Billion in Three Days

The Bitcoin selloff from Thursday to Saturday marked the largest realized loss ever for the top cryptocurrency by market cap, with investors recording $7.3 billion of locked-in losses.
About 555,000 Bitcoin were traded in the $18,000 to $23,000 range during the three-day span, with many sellers having originally purchased BTC at much higher prices, according to research firm Glassnode.

Short-term holders reached a Spent Output Profit Ratio equal to that of the 2018 bear market, meaning their profits are down overall, while some long-term holders experienced “deep capitulation” after buying at Bitcoin’s all-time high of nearly $69,000 and selling for closer to $18,000, per Glassnode.

The last three consecutive days have been the largest USD denominated Realized Loss in #Bitcoin history.

Over $7.325B in $BTC losses have been locked in by investors spending coins that were accumulated at higher prices.

“It is important to note when looking at this historical data, that Bitcoin has not gone through a period of persistent inflation,” Sotiriou said in a statement Monday. “We may be edging closer to a generational bottom as more forced liquidations occur, but we can not be confident of a sustained uptrend until inflation convincingly slows down.”

Yuya Hasegawa, an analyst at Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitbank, also sees more potential downside given that Bitcoin’s PSP is just above 50%.

“Bitcoin’s weekend dip was, to put it simply, not deep enough,” Hasegawa wrote in a report Monday. “Bitcoin still has a downside potential but if its PSP goes below 50%, then the price could finally bottom out.”

Some analysts like FxPro’s Alex Kuptsikevich said bitcoin managed to hold above the $20,000 round level on Monday amid weak trading activity due to the U.S. holiday. Bitcoin ended up “attracting enough speculative demand” to fuel movement in the past two days, he added.
Kuptsikevich remained unconvinced of a continued rally, however. “It will be too early to talk about a long-term reversal: All negative fundamentals remain. Until sharp monetary-policy tightening becomes the norm, financial market pressures can quickly negate bounces in cryptocurrencies,” he told CoinDesk in an email.

Prices of Bitcoin fell below the $20,000 level last weekend in a move that marked a drop below previous highs for the first time in the asset’s history. The dynamics caused a record $7.3 billion in losses for bitcoin holders over the weekend, as reported.

Tuesday’s gains in bitcoin led to recovery among crypto majors. In the past 24 hours, ether (ETH) rose 6.4% to $1,130, while Solana’s SOL jumped as much as 15% amid a spike in transactions. Layer 1 tokens like Avalanche’s AVAX and Polkadot’s DOT added at least 8%, while total cryptocurrency market capitalization rose 5% to $914 billion, as per CoinMarketCap.

The relief, which started late on Sunday, came after volatile trading over the weekend as macroeconomic market conditions remained shaky.

Investor sentiment around risk assets, such as technology stocks and cryptocurrencies, has soured in recent weeks amid rising inflation – and a hawkish Federal Reserve has caused concerns of prolonged economic contraction.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell hiked rates by 75 basis points last week, the highest raise in over 28 years as the agency remains committed to combating inflation.

But broader equity and index markets saw a relief rally following Powell’s comments that he did “not expect moves of this size to be common.”

Meanwhile, crypto market observers remain wary of the current relief in crypto markets.
“Everybody kind of feels that Bitcoin needs to wash out and take out all the short positions,” said Chris Terry, vice president at lending platform SmartFi. “This would be probably the full 80% retracement, which is typical in the markets, which would be down in the $12,000 to $13,000 range.”
Lily Zhang, chief financial officer at crypto exchange Huobi Global, said the group remained “long-term bullish on crypto” but showed concerns in the short run.

“Our market indicators show that there is an unprecedented level of fear, uncertainty and doubt in the market,” Zhang said. On-chain liquidations may trigger a cascade of drawdowns as the market sees a large wave of capitulations.”

Zhang added that such dynamics could, however, allow crypto-focused investors to take advantage of a possibly “undervalued market.”

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