Bitcoin is on the brink of a brutal correction below $40,000 as the bear market narrative thrusts itself back into the spotlight.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency sold off from $48,000 to as low as $42,500 on Monday morning, with the plunge being attributed to a visibly weak US and Chinese stock market.
The $45,000 level of support was obliterated by a cascade of sell orders as the move liquidated more than $1.25 billion in desperate long positions.
Bitcoin has, however, bounced back significantly from its $42,500 low as it currently trades around the $44,000 mark after clinging on at support.
If it can begin to close four-hour candles back above $45,000, it would almost certainly confirm a short-term reversal with price targets beginning to emerge at $47,200 and $48,500.
But, on the whole, the higher time frames paint a fairly bleak picture for Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market as a whole. The local high at $53,000 now appears to be the lower high from the $65,000 all-time high, with a lower low on the macro pointing to between $16,000 and $24,000 over the next six to 12 months.
This bearish outlook would be invalidated with a successful move above $43,000 on meaningful volume, although a stock market recovery would be needed for this to come into play.
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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 Bitcoin. 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 Bitcoin network came into existence. Nakamoto mined block number “0” (or the “genesis block”), which had a reward of 50 Bitcoins.
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