The Real Reason Why Bitcoin Had Its Worst Crash in 7 Years

The brutal stock market and S&P 500 selloff is killing other asset classes. Bitcoin plunged by nearly 40% in the last 24 hours.
Bitcoin
Bitcoin had its worst day since 2013 and is no longer being taken seriously as a safe haven asset in times of global uncertainty. | Source: Shutterstock.com
  • Bitcoin plunged by nearly 40% in the last 24 hours.
  • The brutal stock market selloff is killing other asset classes.
  • Bitcoin’s safe-haven and uncorrelated asset narratives have been thrown out of the window.

Bitcoin has a history of heart-stopping volatility but they all pale in comparison to what happened in the last 24 hours. The king cryptocurrency bowed down to macro forces as it lost nearly 40% of its value in yesterday’s trading. The last time something similar happened was back in 2013 when bitcoin plummeted by close to 50% in a day.

Crazy Bitcoin day
BTC crashing harder that it has in seven years | Source: Twitter

Virtually no one has foreseen yesterday’s drop considering that bitcoin has made tremendous leaps in fundamentals. However, one must also take into account that the entire crypto market has never faced a global financial meltdown. The stock market tanking has ignited a sequence of events that forced investors to dump bitcoin.

The S&P 500 Selloff Is Killing Other Asset Classes

America’s bellwether index is now down by over 26% from its peak of 3,393.5. Bears are flexing their muscles as the S&P 500 tripped circuit breakers and halted trading. Since its implementation in 1987, this is the first time that circuit breakers kicked in twice in one week.

The severity of the stock market selloff has ripple effects that impact other asset classes. Gold, a supposedly safe-haven asset in times of turmoil, is also in the midst of a brutal dump. Bitcoin, an uninitiated asset, appears to be taking the heaviest damage in the middle of the crossfire.

Traders Are Finding Liquidity Where They Can

A stock market crash is a vicious cycle that’s very difficult to stop. Overleveraged traders are selling all assets in their portfolio to meet margin calls. This leads to increased selling pressure which kills buying momentum which further increases selling pressure and so on.

We’re seeing this unfold in the stock market.

Jonathan Ferro, anchor of “Bloomberg Markets,” perfectly sums up the situation. He wrote:

People are raising cash to meet redemptions and margin calls. Market liquidity is freezing up, people are struggling to trade. The buy the dip mentality has totally flipped.

Traders will find liquidity where they can even if it means selling assets outside equity markets.

People are selling gold to fund margin calls
People are selling gold to fund margin calls | Source: Twitter

Bitcoin’s market cap is a drop of water in comparison to the trillions of dollars that power the stock market and gold.

Bitcoin’s Liquidity Is All But Gone

Bitcoin is performing like a risk-on asset. The safe-haven and uncorrelated narratives of the top cryptocurrency have been exposed. Liquidity in the BTC market is being sucked dry as the cryptocurrency is dangerously close to trading back to $3,000 levels.

One trader revealed the thinning order book for the Bitcoin US Dollar pair (XBT/USD) on Bitfinex. In other words, everyone is selling and almost no one is buying.

One at one point, 135 million in liquidity exists on Bitfinex
One at one point, 135 million in liquidity exists on Bitfinex | Source Twitter

Let’s face it, bitcoin is too young to be in the midst of a financial meltdown. As a risk-on asset, it is one of the first to get sacrificed in times of turmoil.

The above should not be considered trading advice from CCN.com. The writer owns bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

Samburaj Das edited this article for CCN.com. If you see a breach of our Code of Ethics or find a factual, spelling, or grammar error, please contact us.

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

* All comments must be approved by staff before appearing on CCN.com. We do not allow bad language, hate speech, nor verbal attacks on staff or other commentators. Some comments may be edited for clarification or if they are in breach of our comment policy. If you wish to delete your comment or data, please contact us.

Kiril Nikolaev

Kiril Nikolaev

Kiril is a CFA Charterholder and financial professional with 6+ years of experience in financial writing, analysis and product ownership. He has a bachelor's degree with a specialty in finance and lives in Canada. Kiril’s current focus is on finance and cryptocurrencies. He also has his personal website, , where he teaches people about the basics of investing. He owns Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins but does not engage in short-term or day-trading. Get in touch with Kiril: Muck Rack, Email, Follow on Twitter

More from this author: