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More than $ 5 billion settled after the worst red candles in bitcoin history

Key facts:

The red candles on this Monday and Tuesday are around ranges of up to 10,000 difference.

Bitcoin set a new all-time high this weekend, above $ 58,000.

Rivers of blood ran in the cryptocurrency market between this Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23, when the price of bitcoin (BTC) had a correction of more than 20%, falling from 57,500 to less than 45,000 dollars at its lowest point of this Tuesday.

Between the two days, bitcoin has had the worst red candles in its history. Monday, with a range greater than $ 10,000 between its maximum and minimum point. And this Tuesday, the candle is also above $ 9,000 as shown by TradingView market data.

Although the candle on Monday had a greater range, the opening and closing price suffered a smaller fall than the one that takes this Tuesday at the time of writing this article. On Monday, the price of the main cryptocurrency fell from $ 57,485 to 54,173.

Bitcoin opened this Tuesday with its price above $ 54,000 and reached its lowest point at $ 44,845. And although it rebounded and is currently hovering around $ 47,000, the fall seems to hold more than the previous day.

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Between Monday and Tuesday, bitcoin has dropped more than $ 10,000. Source: TradingView.

Both candles become the largest in the history of bitcoin on the market. Not only in negative terms, they have also had a higher range than that of the largest green candle in history, reported by CriptoNoticias on the 9th of this month.

On that occasion, bitcoin rose more than $ 8,000 in one day, marking what still remains the most winning day of the cryptocurrency in its history.

With the correction of these days, BTC has fallen more than 18% with respect to the new all-time high that it set last weekend, when it first exceeded $ 58,000. Nevertheless, remains above the price reached that February 9 with apparent support above $ 40,000.

More than 2 billion dollars in bitcoin settled in a day and a half

After maintaining a powerful bullish pace for days, bitcoin’s correction seemed to take everyone by surprise. In a range of just 36 hours, more than $ 2 billion in long positions in the bitcoin derivatives market were liquidated, in ByBt data.

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In a range of 36 hours, more than 2 billion dollars in long positions of bitcoin were liquidated. Source: ByBt.

Long positions are “bets” by traders on a rise in price. As they are predictive markets, the user speculates with positions predicting price movements in certain time ranges. In this case, the trader risks his capital if the price of the asset contradicts his prediction.

In case of breaking a certain price in the opposite direction to what is foreseen in the position, the risk capital is liquidated in favor of the derivatives platform where it is being operated. What happened in these last days is that Thousands of long positions were liquidated with the BTC crash in no time.

As we said initially, blood has run in the cryptocurrency market in full. The vast majority of cryptocurrencies have maintained their correlation with the behavior of bitcoin and have dropped considerably accordingly.

And if we take into account the cryptocurrency derivatives market, the long liquidated positions amount to more than 5,000 million dollars in just a day and a half. ByBt’s graph shows how In just 12 hours, some 3.3 billion dollars fell this Monday and 2,000 others in the same range today.

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More than 5,000 million dollars were settled between Monday and Tuesday. Source: ByBt.

The first week of January, CriptoNoticias reported a record of liquidations to bullish positions on Binance, the exchange that moves the largest volume of the cryptocurrency market, both in spot and in derivatives.

At that time, in a period of just 10 minutes, almost 200 million dollars were settled on the platform of Chinese origin. Now, this February 23 there was a settlement of more than USD 270 million in 15 minutes. In that same period, another 177 million were settled on another exchange: Huobi.

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In 15 minutes, more than 400 million dollars were settled between Binance and Huobi. Source: ByBt.

Janet Yellen, US Secretary of the Treasury: behind the bitcoin crash?

There are those who see the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Janet Yellen, as responsible for the fall of more than 20% in the price of bitcoin. The movement in the price of the cryptocurrency has coincided at a certain point with statements made by the secretary this Monday.

As reported by various media, Yellen referred to bitcoin as “an extremely inefficient way to carry out transactions ”. During an interview with the New York Times, Yellen stated that bitcoin was very energy consuming and does not believe it will become “widely used” for transactions in the future.

In 15 minutes, more than 400 million dollars were settled between Binance and Huobi. Source: ByBt.

In contrast, the former president of the Federal Reserve assured that a hypothetical digital dollar could effectively perform the role of a means of payment, unlike bitcoin. Nevertheless, did not give further advances on plans to digitize the North American currency, which have been discussed for years.

Some mainstream media associate the fall of bitcoin with these words from Yellen, historically conservative with respect to cryptocurrencies and very in favor of firmly regulating bitcoin.

The correction in the price of the cryptocurrency, however, It was already in progress since the early hours of this Monday, before the political figure issued those statements against bitcoin.

‘Healthy’ fix for bitcoin

Analysts see this sudden drop as a necessary correction for this bullish bitcoin cycle. For example, the experienced trader and market analyst Peter Brandt, assured a few hours ago on Twitter that a correction of 20% “It may be enough to make the market healthy again.”

Additionally, he calculated possible levels for a higher correction of up to 35%, taking as a reference corrections from the last bullish cycle, which culminated in the maximum of 2017 with BTC close to $ 20,000.

In Brandt’s estimates, bitcoin could end up correcting up to about $ 37,938, although he considered that 41,986 could be a good entry price before BTC resumes its upward course.

Previously, Willy Woo had evaluated this stage as the consolidation phase of bitcoin as an asset of 1 trillion dollars in capitalization, a barrier that he broke this weekend.

With the correction in recent days, bitcoin fell below that level again, but a bounce at the end of the correction could see bitcoins in circulation again equal to more than $ 1 trillion. To do this, the cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto would have to exceed $ 53,700 again. But in Woo’s estimates, the next price target is well above that level, around $ 63,000.