Bitcoin price dips below $70,000 amidst rising volatility

by Shura Guseva

Bitcoin faced a downturn early Monday, slipping below the $70,000 mark as volatility surged in anticipation of this month’s looming block reward halving. Currently trading at around $69,565, Bitcoin experienced a 1.1% dip within the day, according to data from CoinGecko. Despite this, it retains a nearly 4% increase over the week. As the Bitcoin halving approaches, a key indicator of the cryptocurrency’s volatility has witnessed a notable spike. Bitcoin’s 30-day annualized realized volatility peaked at 63.76% last week, maintaining levels above 60% as per Glassnode data.

Bitcoin price dips below $70,000 amidst rising volatility

This surge marks its highest point since August 2022. Realized volatility, measuring the standard deviation in returns over a specified period, reflects heightened price risk during this time frame. Late in March, Beam CEO Andy Bromberg suggested that the recent volatility in Bitcoin signifies a “crisis of faith” among traders ahead of the block reward halving event. Scheduled every four years, the Bitcoin halving involves cutting the block reward allocated to miners by half, effectively managing the distribution of its fixed 21 million supply.

The upcoming 2024 halving will reduce mining rewards from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC. While historical trends suggest a surge in Bitcoin’s price following each halving, analysts caution that such expectations may already be factored into the market. Additionally, a recent Coinbase report highlights that previous price rallies correlated with broader macroeconomic events like the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting fiscal stimulus measures. The 2024 halving stands out due to Bitcoin’s price hitting an all-time high ahead of the event. Propelled by the approval of several U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs in January, these funds absorbed Bitcoin from the market.

In the lead-up to the halving event, where the production of new Bitcoin is poised to decline, the resultant dynamic could pave the way for a shortage in available Bitcoin across the market. This scarcity, identified and favorably regarded by certain analysts, carries significant implications. It suggests an impending imbalance between supply and demand, wherein the anticipated reduction in supply intersects with potential heightened demand. Consequently, this imbalance may catalyze an upward trajectory in Bitcoin prices, buoying a bullish sentiment among investors as they anticipate the halving’s impact on the cryptocurrency’s supply-demand dynamics and its subsequent influence on market trends.

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