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Bitcoin Traders Caught Off Guard: $300 Million Liquidated in 24 Hours

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The cryptocurrency market has been experiencing significant volatility in recent days, with Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, testing the $66,000 mark during Asian trading hours on March 22, 2024.

Market observers anticipate that Bitcoin will face more volatility in the coming weeks as the highly anticipated halving event approaches.

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Bitcoin experiences volatility, testing $66,000 during Asian trading hours on March 22, 2024.
Analysts expect more volatility ahead of the upcoming Bitcoin halving event.
Bitcoin price faces resistance at $68,000, with indicators signaling a potential decline to $62,000.
Nearly $300 million in liquidations occur in the crypto market following Bitcoin’s sharp reclaim of $67,000.
Analyst Willy Woo suggests the possibility of a “double pump” cycle for Bitcoin, with potential price surges in mid-2024 and 2025.

The halving event, which occurs approximately every four years, reduces the amount of new Bitcoin entering circulation by half. Historically, this event has been associated with increased market volatility and significant price movements.

Semir Gabeljic, Director of Capital Formation at Pythagoras Investments, noted that the recent 10% drawdown in Bitcoin’s price remains in line with the expected range of 10-20% that has been observed historically in the lead-up to the halving event.

Despite the recent volatility, Bitcoin’s price has faced resistance at the $68,000 level, with indicators signaling a potential decline to $62,000. The cryptocurrency’s failure to sustain a recovery above $68,000 has led to a wave of liquidations in the crypto market, amounting to nearly $300 million in a 24-hour period.

Over 80,000 traders were affected by these liquidations, with major exchanges like Binance, OKX, Bybit, and Huobi bearing the brunt of the losses.

Short positions accounted for approximately 57.55% of the liquidations, indicating that many traders had anticipated a continuation of the market’s downtrend.

However, Bitcoin’s sharp reclaim of the $67,000 mark caught these traders off guard, resulting in significant losses. Long position holders also faced liquidations, contributing to nearly 40% of the total losses.

Despite the recent volatility, some analysts remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s future prospects. Willy Woo, a prominent cryptocurrency analyst, suggests the possibility of a “double pump” cycle for Bitcoin, reminiscent of the market patterns observed in 2013.

At the rate the #Bitcoin Macro Index is pumping, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a top by mid-2024, which would hint at a double pump cycle like 2013… a second top in 2025. pic.twitter.com/i2a0V5ytPv

— Willy Woo (@woonomic) March 19, 2024

According to Woo’s analysis, Bitcoin could potentially experience two significant price surges in the coming years, with the first peak anticipated by mid-2024 and a subsequent, more substantial rise in 2025.

As the crypto market continues to navigate the challenges posed by the upcoming halving event and the ongoing volatility, investors and traders alike will be closely monitoring Bitcoin’s price movements and the broader market sentiment.

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