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The crypto market has recently experienced a surge in volatility, leading to more than $215 million in liquidations over the past 24 hours.
Bitcoin (BTC), which had been trading at a multi-year low, rebounded by 5% in the last 24 hours, reaching a price of $43,116, according to CoinGecko.
The rally managed to erase the losses incurred over the weekend, with Bitcoin reclaiming its local top from Friday.
The sudden price movement came after Bitcoin had experienced a sharp decline from $44,000 to $40,750 within a 24-hour period starting on December 11.
However, the cryptocurrency managed to regain the $43,000 range in the following week.
This increased volatility is evident in the 30-day and 60-day moving averages, which have shown a doubling of BTC volatility, reaching levels not seen in over four-and-a-half years, as reported by 99bitcoins.
Ethereum (ETH) also witnessed a similar pattern, experiencing a 5% range tumble and subsequent rebound to trade at $2,250.
The cryptocurrency had suffered a 9% crash within 24 hours after testing year-to-date highs near $2,375 on December 11, further highlighting the recent surge in market volatility.
Over 100,000 Traders Liquidated
In the midst of this market turmoil, more than 100,000 traders found themselves liquidated, with the total value of their positions exceeding $215 million within the past 24 hours.
Long positions constituted over 51% of the liquidated assets, indicating that a slight majority of traders faced losses due to the downside momentum, according to data from CoinGlass.
Among the liquidated assets, Bitcoin accounted for $70 million, but interestingly, short positions bucked the broader trend, representing nearly two-thirds of the total liquidations.
Bitcoin Dominance Reaches Highest Level in Two Years
Bitcoin’s dominance over the overall crypto market capitalization has reached over 52%, its highest level since April 2021.
The surge in dominance has coincided with speculation that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon approve the first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Unlike existing futures-based Bitcoin ETFs, a spot ETF would directly invest in and hold BTC, exerting bullish pressure on Bitcoin’s supply.
Several issuers, including Ark Invest, 21Shares, Wisdomtree, and BlackRock, submitted updated spot Bitcoin ETF applications to the SEC on December 18.
Prominent investors and market analysts have also highlighted the potential impact of the approval of several spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart, senior ETF analysts, anticipate that these applications will receive the green light in early 2024.
Samson Mow, CEO of Jan3, believes Bitcoin has the potential to skyrocket to $1 million within a matter of days to weeks following the approval of a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF).
“You’re hitting a very limited supply of Bitcoin on the exchanges and available for purchase with a torrent of money,” he said.
“This is why you can go really high all at one time.”
Mow highlighted the inflow of institutional capital that is expected to accompany the approval of a spot ETF, stating that there will be a torrent of money seeking to purchase the limited available Bitcoin on exchanges.
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