Bitcoin rebounded after Mondayâ€™s steep plunge left investors grasping for clues about what lies ahead for the worldâ€™s largest cryptocurrency.
The digital coin rose 4.9 per cent to US$35,616 as of 11:30 a.m. in London, following yesterdayâ€™s 11 per cent slide. The latest bout ofÂ roller-coaster volatilityÂ recalls past boom and bust cycles including the 2017 bubble, and has investors debating whether this is a healthy correction or the end of the latest bull run for cryptocurrencies.
â€œWe think a pull back is healthy,â€� said David Grider, lead digital strategist with Fundstrat GlobalÂ AdvisorsÂ LLC, who added he doesnâ€™t think the recent price action indicates that Bitcoin has already topped out.
Investors who bought the digital coin a year ago are still sitting on gains exceeding 300 per cent. Pinpointing who is mainly responsible for the rally is one of the many crypto mysteries — Bitcoin funds, momentum chasers, billionaires, day traders, companies and even institutional investors have all been cited.
Just as hard is working out what caused the recent two-day drop of as much as 26 per cent. For some, a bounce in the dollar may be among the reasons. The greenback has snapped a prolonged losing streak after rising U.S. government bond yields bolstered its allure.
â€œThereâ€™s signs that retail investors are taking profit,â€� said Ryan Rabaglia, the global head of trading at OSL. â€œHeightened volatility is often correlated with an uptick in retail participation.â€�
At the same time, the world remains awash with monetary and fiscal stimulus, and some of that wall of money could yet gravitate to crypto assets. Bitcoin believers continue to tout the digital currency as a viable hedge for inflation risk and the potential debasement of fiat currencies. Some forecasts for its long-term price range fromÂ US$146,000Â toÂ US$400,000.
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