As the cryptocurrency market crashed by 16.5 percent on Saturday, a Bitcoin trader lost at least USD $2.5 billion in a single day. The mystery trader, who owns 288,000 Bitcoin, suffered huge losses, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
According to BitInofCharts, the trader had $16.29 billion worth of the Bitcoin on Friday. On Saturday morning, crypto market plummeted, dropping his crypto-asset worth to $15.45 billion, then to $13.81 billion by the evening, ultimately, wiping out $2.48 billion in one day.
Bitcoin shed a fifth of its value on Saturday, and some analysts called the market crash “profit-booking” time, as the cryptocurrency market hit its recent high. Justin d’Anethan, Hong Kong-based head of exchange sales at cryptocurrency exchange EQONEX, told Reuters that he had been watching the increase in leverage ratios across the cryptocurrency markets as well how large holders had been moving their coins from wallets to exchanges. The latter is usually a sign of intent to sell.
Based on cryptocurrency data platform Coingecko, the market capitalisation of the 11,392 coins it tracks dropped nearly 15 per cent to $2.34 trillion. That value had briefly crossed $3 trillion last month, when Bitcoin hit a record $69,000. The plunge follows a volatile week for financial markets.
Global equities and benchmark U.S. bond yields tumbled on Friday after data showed US job growth slowed in November and the Omicron variant of the coronavirus kept investors on edge.
The selloff also comes ahead of testimony by executives from eight major cryptocurrency firms, including Coinbase Global CFO Alesia Haas and FTX Trading CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, before the US House Financial Services Committee on December 8.
The hearing marks the first time major players in the crypto markets will testify before US lawmakers, as policymakers grapple with the implications of cryptocurrencies and how to best regulate them.
Meanwhile, India is yet to tablet the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 for introduction in Parliament’s Winter Session, that seeks to prohibit all “private cryptocurrencies” in India. However, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses.