Over $200 Billion Erased From The Market Cap As Bitcoin Crashes Below $33K

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It seems that the long-anticipated cryptocurrency correction has finally materialized as over $200 billion vanished from the market cap. Bitcoin plummeted to below $33,000, while most alternative coins have it even worse with massive double-digit price drops.

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After a highly volatile and positive first ten days of the new year, in which BTC broke above $40,000 for the first time and charted an all-time high of $42,000, the cryptocurrency headed south.

During the weekend, BTC was hovering above $40,000 again and even hinting at a new breakout. However, the situation quickly changed in the past 24 hours as the bears took charge.

Bitcoin firstly dropped to about $35,000 (on Bitstamp) before it bounced off to north of $39,000 hours later. However, the price declines weren’t over – this time, BTC lost even more value.

Bitcoin’s intraday low came at $32,400, making it a 24-hour price drop of about $9,000 from yesterday’s high. Nevertheless, the asset has recovered some of the losses and currently trades at $35,500.

One possible reason behind these developments could be that the giant banking institution HSBC had reportedly blocked transactions from crypto exchanges for UK investors.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
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As it typically happens during a massive correction, the altcoins have it just as bad if not worse than BTC. After yesterday’s significant gains, most alternative coins have dumped by double-digits today.

Ethereum was just inches away from painting a new all-time high yesterday, but it has dropped by 17% to $1,100 today. Ripple was on its way to recover some of the substantial losses following the SEC charges, but another 20% decline has taken XRP to $0.28.

Bitcoin Cash (-20%), Binance Coin (-10%), Chainlink (-17%), Polkadot (-17%), Cardano (-17%), Litecoin (-21%), and Stellar (-20%) are also deep in the red.

EOS is down by more than 30% after Dan Larimer resigned as CTO from the company behind the blockchain project – Block.one.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto

Further declines are evident from Maker (-35%), Bitcoin SV (-33%), Nano (-30%), Status (-28%), Verge (-27%), NXM (-27%), Loopring (-25%), Band Protocol (-25%), Crypto.com Coin (-25%), and more.

Ultimately, the cumulative market capitalization of all cryptocurrency assets has plummeted by more than $200 billion to below $900 billion.

Crypto Market Cap. Source: CoinMarketCap
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