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Bitcoin Price Plunges | Bitcoin Investors’ Joy is Shortlived

After trading above $8,000 less than a day, Bitcoin (BTC) price plunged on May 17 and it was trading at around $7,200 which is a 10% drop within a day.

Other cryptocurrencies have also experienced a price drop. Ethereum dropped 7.97% to around $240 while XRP lost 15.4% and it’s trading at $0.399. The cryptocurrency industry market capitalization fell by 8% which result in about $21 billion being wiped out in 24 hours.

Bitcoin Price Drop Triggered by Huge Bitcoin Sell Order

The sudden decline in Bitcoin price was prompted by the placement of a huge sell order on Bitstamp as well as other cryptocurrency exchanges which caused contracts on margin trading exchanges such as BitMEX to be liquidated.

Someone placed a huge sell order of 5,000 bitcoin on Bitstamp that BitMEX uses for about 50% of its feed and it seems like it triggered some kind of algorithm that impacted on BitMEX. Gnosis Developer Eric Conner said that the manipulation of the cryptocurrency market by a single sell order may actually hurt the possibility of the exchange-traded fund getting approval in future.

The 5,000 BTC Bitstamp sell resulted in a sell-off on Ethereum and Bitcoin on BitMEX which resulted in a drop in the valuation of the cryptocurrency market by almost $30 billon. In the past week, Bitcoin price jumped 26% from $6,200 to around $8,300.

Crypto Assets Far From Being Viable Currency Options

Analysts such as Alex Kruger of Global markets believe that the overnight 10% decline of cryptocurrencies indicates how the narrative of crypto assets being a viable option to global financial instability is far from being true.

Despite the short-term drop in bitcoin price and other crypto assets there is still hope that the market will pick an upward momentum in coming months.  Although the drop is seen as a minor setback it nonetheless caught most investors by surprise.

If cryptocurrency markets were regulated with trusted platforms then it could have been difficult to manipulated prices of crypto assets and the market like what happened.

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Bitcoin Price | Brian Kelly Tells CNBC Watch for Rising Price

Bitcoin enthusiast and crypto fund manager Brian Kelly has told CNBC that Bitcoin price could rise further in the coming months.

His prediction isn’t unfounded; there is an impending supply cut on the horizon and this should help to push prices higher.

Brian Kelly Predicts Bitcoin Price will Rise

In an interview on CNBC’s Fast Money program yesterday, May 21st, Kelly explained that “the halvening,” which is due to take place in 2020, will cut mining rewards in half.

As such, he expects miners to begin hoarding BTC if they aren’t already doing so. This increased demand should see Bitcoin price rise as the supply becomes lessened.

Further, the coin is being spurred on by increased industrial adoption and use in retail.

Kelly described the four-year cycle that leads up to “the halvening,” saying:

“You generally have a rally a year into it, and a year out of it. And so we’re just at the beginning of that stage […] a supply cut is generally bullish.”

The fund manager goes on to say that investors should dedicate between 1% to 5% of their portfolio to cryptocurrency while prices remain stagnated around the current levels of $7,900.

Brian Kelly Predictions

Kelly has been a guest on Fast Money several times where he has made predictions for the future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Recently, the crypto-analyst stated that an approval for a Bitcoin Exchange-traded fund (ETF) was most likely to come in February 2019. We are still waiting on that one, however.

Other analysts believe there are several reasons for BTC’s recent surge. One idea suggests the United States and China trade war could be a reason. Another impetus could be the increased adoption of the mainstream. For example, Ebay recently caused a stir when photos of its banners at the Consensus conference in New York, leaked onto the web.

Saying: “Virtual Currency. it’s happening on Ebay”, the banners made many believe that the e-retailing giant is about to enter the cryptocurrency space. Ebay has yet to confirm anything, however.

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Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin Price | Price Jumps Above $8K Mark Again

Back in 2017, Bitcoin was the biggest news story of the year after it went on a jaw-dropping bull run and reached a price of $20,000 per coin. However, from those heady highs, the bitcoin price soon started dropping and throughout the course of 2018, Bitcoin and the crypto market at large were on a bit of a tailspin.

However, 2019 has been a different kind of year for Bitcoin as the price continued to surge from one month to the next and as of Tuesday morning, bitcoin price reached an $8,000 mark. It is the culmination of a brilliant year so far and is the highest price it has reached since July last year.

Solid Rally

Throughout 2019, Bitcoin price jumped at a conservative pace, but by the end of April and the beginning of May, the price started climbing at a breakneck pace as talk of another monstrous bull run started circulating in the crypto space. On Monday Bitcoin price surged to $8000 but one some exchanges it reached higher prices as well. For instance, on Bitstamp, it reached a price of $8,131, which reflects a 24 hours rise of a massive 17%.

However, the reasons for optimism this time are different. There is a big possibility that significant institutional capital could not put into Bitcoin. Fidelity is all set to open its crypto offering in which big institutional investors are going to be able to buy Bitcoin and in addition to that, widespread institutional interest is being shown for the cryptocurrency.

Is the Bitcoin Price Sustainable?

Despite the current optimism surrounding Bitcoin, the big question remains whether this rally is going to sustain and whether the cryptocurrency the same heights that it did before. In that regard, it must be said that experts are not yet sure whether this rally is going to hold and some have even gone on to state that they are not yet sure whether this can even be called a bull run or not.

That being said, some big moves are currently being made by large Bitcoin holders, who are often referred to as ‘whales’. Single transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars are taking place between large Bitcoin holders and while it may be a sign of an impending bull run, it could also be a case of bitcoin price manipulation.

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Bitcoin Price to Hit $7,200 After Demonstrating Bullish Signs?

Yesterday crypto markets dropped following reports that leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance had been hacked. However, the impact of the developments is minimal, and Bitcoin price managed to hold steady at more than $5,800, continuing the upwards trend towards the $6,000 mark.

BTC Holds Above $5,800

A popular analyst has projected that if BTC continues with the upward momentum, its price could soon hit $7,000—a definitive sign that the bullish run has already begun. Currently, Bitcoin price is up marginally at $5,980 after the daily low of $5,800 occurred moments before the Binance hack news was announced.

Because the hack was limited and Binance quickly reimbursed all accounts affected, Bitcoin price didn’t suffer too much from the news of the hack. In the past week, BTC has been on an upward momentum from lows of $5,400, and it only dropped slightly following the news from its weekly high of $6,000 that was set yesterday.

Analysts consider the muted reaction of Bitcoin price to the Binance hacking news and the recent Bitfinex and Tether fiasco as a bullish sign, sentiments that are equally shared by many investors and traders.

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Bitcoin Continues to Show Bullish Signs

In a tweet, popular cryptocurrency analyst, UB, indicated that he expects Bitcoin price to continue increasing because it has managed to maintain its position at $5,850 despite dropping yesterday. He explained that this drop occurred just before setting new highs and the sooner $5,850 is reclaimed, the better.

Analysts seem to be decisive with the bullish run demonstrated by Bitcoin over the short-term, but it is equally expected to continue in the long-run. One analyst believes that the break of BTC above its 100-week moving average is a sign that Bitcoin price is likely to jump to $7,200 in the near future.

Bitcoin price is expected to continue establishing its foothold in the upper $5,000 region, and it’s only a matter of time before the next bull run.

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Fidelity

Fidelity Investments will Trade Bitcoin in a Few Weeks!

According to Bloomberg, Fidelity Investments is on the verge of buying and selling Bitcoin (BTC). Earlier this year, the firm began a custody service to store Bitcoin, but now it will evolve to trading.

Fidelity Investments Embraces Bitcoin

Fidelity is one of the largest asset managers in the world. Its newly-formed arm—Fidelity Digital Assets—will be the first of its kind to offer “over-the-counter trade execution and order routing for Bitcoin.”

The Wall Street giant is aiming its cryptocurrency trading product at institutional traders and will start with Bitcoin.

According to Fidelity spokesperson Arlene Roberts:

“We currently have a select set of clients we’re supporting on our platform. We will continue to roll out our services over the coming weeks and months based on our clients’ needs, jurisdictions, and other factors. Currently, our service offering is focused on Bitcoin.”

Wall Street Embraces

Fidelity joins brokerages E*Trade Financial Corp and Robinhood in offering cryptocurrency trading to clients. But where the latter two target retail investors, Fidelity is only targeting institutional customers.

The company released a study on May 2 stating that 47% of institutional investors believe digital assets are a good investment idea.

Mainstream Adoption

The news should be enough to spur on Bitcoin bulls. One of the greatest hurdles faced by Bitcoin is mainstream adoption. Price volatility, fraud, and theft remain major concerns for institutional investors and keep Wall Street at bay when it comes to crypto.

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Bitcoin is currently on an upward swing, having already grown more than 50% so far this year. The coin currently sells for $5,725 approximately according to CoinMarketCap. The month of May alone has seen the coin surge almost 8% as it heads toward $6,000 per coin.

What are your thoughts on Fidelity’s embrace of Bitcoin? Do you think it’s simply a matter of time before others follow suit?

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