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China’s stock meltdown sparks Bitcoin Frenzy – What you need to know

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  • Reports have it that China is increasing trading restrictions on domestic institutional investors and some offshore units as officials seek to prevent a worsening market meltdown.
  • China is attempting to stabilize markets after stock prices fell to a five-year low in chaotic trading on Friday.
  • Block subsidy halving is a major Bitcoiner issue this year, as every four. Although the halving is more than two months away, analysts are already discussing and monitoring its effects on market psychology

China’s stock market recently experienced a significant crash, with stocks plummeting by 8% in a matter of hours. This event has raised concerns and implications not only for the domestic financial landscape but also for the global crypto market, particularly Bitcoin. 

As China’s crisis unfolded, five key aspects emerged that shed light on the broader implications for Bitcoin and its investors. Understanding these factors is crucial for anyone navigating the dynamic intersection of traditional and digital financial markets.

China’s market on the economy edge

According to persons familiar with the matter, China is tightening trading restrictions on domestic institutional investors and some overseas units to halt a deteriorating stock market.

Officials this week capped some brokerages’ cross-border total return swaps with clients, blocking a conduit for China-based investors to short Hong Kong stocks, according to the people who asked not to be identified because the topic is private. 

At the same time, several brokers in China who use the channel to purchase mainland shares for their offshore units were instructed not to cut their positions, according to the sources.

Some quantitative hedge funds, however, were restricted from placing sell orders altogether beginning Monday, while others were barred from reducing stock positions in their leveraged market-neutral funds. The sources said these trades, known as a Direct Market Access approach, are thought to have exacerbated the recent sell-off in small-cap stocks.

China is attempting to stabilize markets after stock prices fell to a five-year low in chaotic trading on Friday. The latest initiatives add to officials’ piecemeal efforts to stem a three-year slump that has wiped out $7 trillion in value and eroded trust in the world’s second-largest economy.

Bitcoin’s marketplace amid China’s woes

Bitcoin begins the first full week of February with a recovery from a drop below $42,000. Some predict that a significant change is on the way and that Bitcoin may not only break through local resistance but also reach a new all-time high by mid-April. Others advocate for “business as usual” – no big pricing changes until months after the halving occurs.

Macroeconomic uncertainties persist in the background, and this week’s upheaval in China’s equity markets has further exacerbated them.

With US data surprising markets this week, there are worries about how the Federal Reserve’s economic policy will evolve — particularly the timing of interest rate decreases, which is a crucial issue for crypto and risk assets.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is worth $42,806.66, down 1.2% from an hour ago and 0.2% from yesterday. The value of BTC today is 2.1% higher than it was seven days ago. The total volume of Bitcoin exchanged over the last 24 hours was $16,860,975,629.

The global crypto market cap is $1.73 trillion today, up 0.29% in the last 24 hours and 56.09% a year ago. As of today, Bitcoin has a market cap of $841 billion, reflecting a 48.65% domination. Meanwhile, stablecoins’ market cap is $137 billion, accounting for 7.92% of the overall crypto market cap.

The halving of the block subsidy is a key argument for Bitcoiners this year, as it is every four years. Currently scheduled for April 18, this will reduce the amount miners receive as a reward for mining each block by 50% to 3.125 BTC.

While the halving is more than two months away, analysts are already discussing and closely monitoring its impact on market psychology. Their predictions for what would happen to BTC price action as a result vary dramatically.

The total BTC supply presently held in ETF products has surpassed 3% around the world, with asset managers BlackRock and Fidelity owning three-quarters of the newly acquired BTC in the United States.

This excludes the newly converted ETF Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which continues to see significant withdrawals as clients withdraw.

Despite the rangebound BTC pricing landscape, whales have been seen preparing for change. Santiment, a research business, discovered significant variations in whale population composition during the last week.

The number of wallets holding 1,000 BTC to 10,000 BTC has reached a new high since November 2022, whereas the number of wallets holding 100-1,000 BTC has dropped significantly since then. The numbers were 1,958 and 13,735 wallets, respectively.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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Florence Muchai

Florence is a crypto enthusiast and writer who loves to travel. As a digital nomad, she explores the transformative power of blockchain technology. Her writing reflects the limitless possibilities for humanity to connect and grow.

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