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Crypto market stability expected until May 15th, says expert

TL;DR

  • Daniel Yan predicts a stable crypto market until May 15, influenced by upcoming CPI data.
  • Major causes of April’s crypto crash included persistent U.S. inflation and a volatile labor market impacting Treasuries.
  • Bitcoin ETFs did not perform as expected, treated more like trading tools than steady investments.
  • Altcoins experienced severe losses due to poor liquidity and scheduled releases, with a significant drop not seen since 2022.

Daniel Yan, the brains behind Kryptanium Capital, recently shared insights suggesting that the crypto market might see less turbulence leading up to May 15th. According to him, the market’s direction for the latter part of May will heavily depend on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data due on that day. He’s betting big on Solana, AI, and Memes to beat Bitcoin in gains next month.

Breaking Down the April Market Crash

Let’s dive into why April was rough for crypto. Daniel explained that a couple of big problems hit Bitcoin and Ethereum, and altcoins got the worst of it. First off, inflation stayed high and jobs were too hot in the US, which messed with the bigger economic scene. This led to a massive sell-off in US Treasuries—something that cryptocurrencies are really sensitive to.

Next, the Bitcoin ETFs didn’t play nice. People thought they would act like stock ETFs, where investors keep pouring money in no matter what. Turns out, that’s not the case. Folks treated it more like a game—buying high, selling low—which just doesn’t work out well.

Then there’s the altcoin mess. They had some serious cash flow problems and a lot of coins were set to be released in May, which crashed their prices big time. We’re talking a 33% drop for the average token, way worse than the 15.5% dip for Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Is the Crash Justifiable?

Daniel thinks the drop in Bitcoin and Ethereum makes sense, but the altcoin crash was over the top. He mentioned a healthy 15% drop for Bitcoin can happen when the market’s too excited, but a 30-50% crash in altcoins? That’s too much. Last time we saw something this bad was the FTX crash in November 2022 and before that, the Luna crash between April and June 2022.

“May will continue to be a very macro month for crypto. The market should behave more calmly from now till 15-May, and the CPI print on the day will dictate the direction of the second half of the month. However for the alts, I think nevertheless we should see outperformances.

Daniel Yan

Some Good News, Finally

But hey, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel! The US Treasury kicked off its first bond buyback since 2002. They’re starting small, but they might ramp it up. Plus, the Federal Reserve’s latest statements were pretty mild, and they’re cutting back on how fast they’re pulling money out of the economy, which should help.

Also, the job market’s cooling off a bit, with weaker payroll numbers and a tiny bump in unemployment to 3.9%, the highest since March 2022. Thanks to all this, the U.S. Treasury market is finding its footing again. This all helped Bitcoin bounce back more than 10% in just a few days.

Daniel’s final take? May should be calm until mid-month, but after that, it’s all up to the CPI numbers. He’s optimistic about Solana, AI, and Memes doing better than Bitcoin. Even with the April shocks, he doesn’t see any big reasons to doubt a strong market in 2024. He thinks last month was a tough lesson but a good one for everyone betting on crypto.

DisclaimerThe 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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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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