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Bitcoin’s rollercoaster ride with halving event approaching

Bitcoin’s trajectory resembles a turbulent rollercoaster ride as the looming prospect of the Bitcoin “halving” event casts a shadow over the market. Following Hong Kong’s green light for spot Bitcoin ETFs, the leading cryptocurrency surged on Monday, only to plummet shortly afterward. Tuesday morning painted a gloomy picture as Bitcoin experienced a staggering 4% drop in value within a day, resting below the $63,000 mark.

Bitcoin's rollercoaster ride with halving event approaching

This uncertainty has rippled throughout the cryptocurrency domain. Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, struggled to maintain its footing, trading marginally above $3,000 after enduring a 4% decline within 24 hours. Solana faced a bleaker scenario, plummeting by 12% in a single day and nearly 25% over the span of a week, stabilizing around $132. Even the darling of meme coins, Dogecoin, saw a more than 5% dip on Tuesday, settling at $0.15, as reported by CoinMarketCap.

With the halving event looming on April 19, Bitcoin’s mining rate is set to halve, diminishing from 6.25 Bitcoin to 3.125 Bitcoin. This fundamental alteration is intrinsic to the Bitcoin blockchain’s mechanism, establishing a monetary framework designed to curb inflation. While this event was anticipated to potentially drive up Bitcoin’s value, the current scenario is marked by escalating volatility, a trend expected to persist in the lead-up to the halving.

Markus Thielen, the founder of 10X Research, has adopted a bearish stance on Bitcoin’s price trajectory, citing diminishing prospects of Federal Reserve rate cuts and escalating bond yields, according to CoinDesk. Spot Bitcoin ETFs, which had previously propelled Bitcoin to unprecedented heights in recent months, are now grappling with significant outflows. Recent data indicates that, over the past two days, only BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) has witnessed inflows, while all other Bitcoin ETFs have either stagnated or experienced net outflows.

On April 15, IBIT recorded a net inflow of $73.4 million, marking a decline from the previous day’s $111.1 million inflow, signaling a shift in investor sentiment. Conversely, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has endured continuous outflows over the past month, with a staggering $110.1 million outflow recorded just yesterday, highlighting a persistent trend of divestment from this particular investment vehicle amidst the current market volatility.

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