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Crypto market plummets amidst Iran-Israel conflict.

By Solomon Victor

Cryptocurrencies experienced a significant downturn on Saturday following reports of Iran’s attack on Israel, highlighting the crypto market’s susceptibility to geopolitical events. Has the bear gate-crashed the bull party?

Geopolitical Tensions and Crypto Markets

Cryptocurrencies, known for their volatility, were shaken on Saturday as news of Iran’s attack on Israel sent shockwaves through the financial world. The global crypto market plummeted by 9% in response to escalating tensions in the Middle East. This sudden decline in the cryptocurrency market shows the vulnerability of digital assets to geopolitical risks.

The conflict between Iran and Israel escalated after Israel’s military reported an imminent drone attack originating from Iran, which was later confirmed by Iran. The retaliatory strike was attributed to an earlier attack in Syria, which Iran alleged was orchestrated by Israel. Such geopolitical tensions have historically led investors to seek refuge in safer assets, triggering sell-offs across riskier asset classes, including cryptocurrencies.

The fear-induced sell-off in the crypto market was compounded by concerns over potential disruptions in the global financial landscape. QCP Capital attributed Friday’s market liquidation to apprehensions surrounding the Iran-Israel conflict. Geopolitical instability often prompts investors to flee from riskier investments, seeking stability elsewhere. Consequently, cryptocurrencies, perceived as high-risk assets, bear the brunt of such market sentiments.

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Analyzing Bitcoin’s Decline

Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, experienced a significant downturn over the weekend. Within three hours, Bitcoin’s price fell from around $67,000 to less than $62,000, erasing over $4,500 in value. The rapid decline triggered a wave of panic selling, leading to extensive liquidations of leveraged positions. Within the past 24 hours, liquidations across the cryptocurrency market neared the $1 billion mark, according to data on Coinglass. With over 250,000 traders facing liquidation, the selling pressure intensified, potentially driving prices even lower. 

Emotional responses often drive such rapid sell-offs in times like this, as traders seek to minimize losses amidst uncertainty. 

As of the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price stands at $64,119.05, marking a 5.36% decline in the last 24 hours and a 7.57% decline over the past week per data and CoinGecko.

The immediate future of Bitcoin remains uncertain, with $63,000 acting as the next support level following the break of $65,000 support. However, if $63,000 support fails to hold, Bitcoin could slide further to $55,000. The resilience of cryptocurrencies in the face of geopolitical tensions will likely continue to be tested, showing the need for investors to remain vigilant and employ appropriate risk management strategies.

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Credit: Solomon Victor is a Technical Analyst who is also knowledgeable about various aspects of blockchain and cryptocurrency.