At least US$516 million worth of long positions in cryptocurrencies have been liquidated this week, according to data from Coinglass.

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Fast facts

  • The crypto liquidation comes as the Nasdaq closed at its lowest since late 2020.
  • Bitcoin accounted for more than US$142 million of liquidated long positions, while Ethereum crossed US$143 million. 
  • Bitcoin dipped 4.7% in the past 24 hours to trade at US$38,788 while ETH was priced at US$2,878 at press time, according to CoinGecko data. 
  • Bitcoin has increasingly started to correlate with risk-on assets such as technology stocks.
  • But the cost of capital has risen owing to speculation that the Fed may act to tame inflation, already rising from higher gas prices due to the war in Ukraine.
  • As the gap between returns on risk assets and the risk-free return on treasuries reduces, investors find relatively stable assets such as utilities and bonds more favorable than Bitcoin.
  • Investors betting on Asia, however, received some reassurance, as there is talk of Beijing’s unveiling a stimulus to revive an economy reeling from Covid-19 related lockdowns.  

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