Bitcoin drops all the way below $57,000 and into a bear market


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Bitcoin has continued its April wipeout into May, falling all the way below $57,000 on Wednesday morning and technically entering into a bear market after its worst month in almost a year-and-a-half.

The ongoing selloff, which sent Bitcoin’s price as low as $56,757 early Wednesday before a slight rebound, follows April’s closely watched “halving” event and comes ahead of Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. Bitcoin is now more than 20% below its record high of $73,803 set in March, though it’s still up about 30% so far this year.

Bitcoin’s previous halving events, in which the reward for miners who create more Bitcoin is cut in half, have typically been followed by big rallies in the cryptocurrency’s price. But analysts had warned that might not be the case this time.

Bitcoin shed its value Tuesday as Hong Kong’s Bitcoin and Ether ETFs failed to impress investors on their debut. Recently, six crypto-related ETFs were listed on the Hong Kong exchange. Bitcoin ETFs contributed $8.5 million in volume, while Ether ETFs brought in $2.5 million. As a comparison, the issuers anticipated an initial volume of $100 million, as per media reports.

Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. are struggling, too, with a total net inflow of $11 billion — which could have been much better if Grayscale’s GBTC had seen any inflows. According to investment firm Farside, GBTC has experienced outflows for over a month, totaling $17 billion since April 11. Over the past three days, Fidelity’s FBTC also has witnessed continuous outflows totaling $31 million.

The bearish sentiment spread throughout the crypto market, sending Ether, the second largest cryptocurrency, to below $3,000 after a 4% drop in the morning. Solana and Dogecoin also lost 4.4% and 8.4%, respectively. 



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