Bitcoin price dropped as much as 8.4% to $45,773

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The largest cryptocurrency’s drop from its all-time high price level entered its fifth week of decline today when it fell below a carefully watched price level. On Monday, the price of Bitcoin fell as much as 8.4% to $45,773 in New York trading. As a result of the decrease, it is now trading below its 200-day moving average of $46,720.

Solana, Cardano, and Polkadot, three of the most popular DeFi coins, lost more than 7% on the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index.

“The idea that as it matured, the volatility would ease has not really materialized,” said Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex. Its stated benefits, such as a hedge against rising inflation, appear bogus.

A seven-day period ending on Friday shows that Bitcoin has fallen for four weeks. For the first time, digital tokens can be traded around the clock, typically on poorly regulated internet exchanges in countries worldwide.

Consumer prices rose in the United States, supporting those who believe that Bitcoin is an inflation-protection tool. Tokens fell up to 21% on December 4 but recovered most of the losses hours later. After hitting a record high of nearly $69,000 on November 10, it’s still down roughly 30% from that peak.

In the past, proponents have claimed that Bitcoin and other digital assets might serve as a hedge against market volatility because they constitute a unique asset class. Under the computer protocol that oversees issuance, there will only be 21 million Bitcoin in circulation, but that quantity isn’t likely to be achieved for another 100 years.

Hexro co-founder Dan Gunsberg said by phone that these kinds of moves are “standard” in the industry. Many froth and projects may have been more short-term in nature that gets pushed out due to this. “It is extremely good.”