Bitcoin’s brief drop below the symbolic price threshold of $30,000 on Tuesday has reignited talk of a crypto winter. It doesn’t help that cryptocurrencies like dogecoin, XRP and others saw sharp drops in the last 24 hours.
But experts tell CNBC that bitcoin’s fundamentals are good, and the market conditions in 2021 are very different than the last big crypto crash in 2018.
“We are far from a bear market, only traders are freaking out over technicals seen on exchanges like volumes and price action,” said popular on-chain analyst and statistician Willy Woo.
What’s happening to bitcoin
Bitcoin’s rise in the last 12 months has had a lot to do with the billionaires and corporations that are buying bitcoin in big amounts. The surge in interest from mainstream financial players has not only reformed bitcoin’s image but has also fomented a supply shortage, which helped drive up the price of the token.
But since the price of bitcoin peaked over $63,000 in April, the last few months have been rough for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency.
China’s countrywide crackdown on the nation’s bitcoin miners certainly isn’t helping.
“Recent news on the China mining shutdown is very reminiscent of China every few years. They’ve banned banks from using bitcoin, but this is actually different. I’ve never seen an exodus like this before,” said Darin Feinstein, founder of Blockcap, one of the largest bitcoin mining operators in North America.
More than half the world’s bitcoin miners are in China, and Beijing has