Are We in A Bear Market?

Bitcoin (BTC) price fell below $9,500 on Aug. 29 as the largest cryptocurrency’s sudden bearish move continued to bite.

Bitcoin price must finish this week above $9,533

Data from Coin360 painted a gloomy picture for day traders Thursday, BTC/USD had lost 8% in the past 24 hours. 

The turbulence began late on Wednesday, Bitcoin markets shedding $500 in minutes to completely lose support at $10,000. Selling pressure then mounted, BTC/USD putting in a local low of $9,350 before stabilizing closer to $9,500.

As Cointelegraph reported in an article by William Suberg, expectations had been mounting throughout the week that Bitcoin would break its sideways trading pattern to produce fresh volatility. 

Those omens came true, albeit to the downside, as analysts admitted that the monthly outlook as well was now looking less than appetizing.

“Price is near weekly support & on weekly perspective, I want to see BTC close above $9533 Sunday or it would form a lower-low,” regular contributor Josh Rager summarized in his latest update.

“Monthly chart looks ugly too,” he added.

Not everyone was concerned by the drop, however. PlanB, the well-known cryptocurrency Twitter account, likened current conditions to Bitcoin in mid-2016, shortly before momentum built to take the cryptocurrency to its record high of $20,000.

That forecast would likely provide little comfort to traders who longed Bitcoin, however, with $150 million liquidated on derivatives giant BitMEX late Wednesday. 

Altcoins face “oblivion,” says Keiser

Altcoins meanwhile felt the full force of the bears, with many tokens considerably outpacing Bitcoin in shedding value. 

Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin by market cap, fell 8.8% to $170, a drop similar to most of the top twenty cryptocurrencies.

The action fuelled the existing lack of faith in altcoin markets, with RT host Max Keiser declaring ETH/USD could soon fall to just $90.

“Bitcoin dominance climbs as alt-season fails to materialize and alts resume downward trek to oblivion,” he summarized on Twitter.

Altcoin Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and its controversial spin-off Bitcoin SV (BSV) should additionally shed another 90% of their value, he claimed.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap took a $20 billion hit from the combined losses, currently sitting at $246 billion, with Bitcoin’s share at 69%.

A bear market as it relates to cryptocurrency trading is a time where the prices of coins and tokens are falling, where there is a decline in the values of coins whether a simple 5% or 10% drop.

These periods can be It can be tricky to identify the best timing to make an investment or trade. if you wait too long and the price of coins rise again, you’ve missed an opportunity to buy on a dip and won’t profit from the bounce back in your current holding value. But if you are too quick to jump on the bear, you may see your holding continue to decline.

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