Bitcoin recently held a major retreat as crypto traders evaluated how the financial markets might behave if authorities met expectations by approving the first exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the US, investing straightaway in the coin.
Bitcoin is the largest virtual asset that plummeted 2.3% in the last two days and is currently trading at $42,740 as of Wednesday. In 2023, the digital asset as a whole has increased by nearly 157%, fueled in part by bullish speculation that ETFs will stimulate new demand.
One major issue is that a green light for Bitcoin products will spark some profits based on the traders’ perceptions regarding “buy the rumor and sell the news.” In other words, the interest that traders have shown in Spot BTC ETFs created by Fidelity Investments, Blackrock Inc., and others still remains unclear.
The crypto market is certain that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will grant permission for Bitcoin ETFs before January, according to a Bloomberg interview with the founding partner of Castle Island Management, Nic Carter.
The funds are expected to widen the foundation for crypto investors in the midterm while signaling the possibilities of “news selling events” in the current situation.
In the last 24 hours, smaller crypto assets such as Solana and Avalanche projected bigger losses. On the other hand, meme-based favorites like Dogwifhat have also plummeted. BNB, the native coin of the Binance exchange, has increased 10% against the trend.
This year, Bitcoin’s advance has been driven by the hopes of falling interest rates in the United States. The bullish rally has partly repaired the consequences of the 2022 precipitous crash that echoed around the entire crypto industry.
Bitcoin still remains below the pandemic-era record made in 2021, when it reached almost $69,000, achieving one of the biggest milestones in the history of Bitcoin.