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From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall

  • January 13 2021
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From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall

By Cameron Micallef
January 13 2021

Following a price surge to a new all-time high on Friday, bitcoin crashed nearly 20 per cent over a period of three days and found itself in a “bear market”.

From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall

From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall

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  • January 13 2021
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Following a price surge to a new all-time high on Friday, bitcoin crashed nearly 20 per cent over a period of three days and found itself in a “bear market”.

From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall

Bitcoin took 11 years to steadily climb to US$20,000 a coin in 2017, before adding a further US$20,000 in a matter of days. But, following its rapid rise to a new high of US$42,000 ($54,000), the growth trend was cut short and the price of the world’s favourite cryptocurrency came crushing down 20 per cent to $US30,000 ($38,900) in a matter of days.

In investment terms, a fall of 20 per cent or more is a bear market, with bitcoin technically landing in one just days after it was celebrated for reaching a record high.

Despite the three-day fall being the biggest slide since the pandemic began, investors who purchased bitcoin 12 months ago still pocketed a 1,000 per cent return on the speculative asset class.

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Apollo Capital’s co-founder and CIO, Henrik Andersson, was not surprised by the sudden pullback.

“At some point we will see pullbacks, that is natural in any market,” he told investors.

His colleague, Apollo Capital’s managing director, Tim Johnston, believes the timing of the recent pullback is not unusual following such strong gains.

“It’s very hard to explain the drivers of bitcoin’s price movements. One suggestion is investors taking some profits after such strong gains. Another suggestion is momentum traders and leverage exacerbating movements, both on the upside and downside,” Mr Johnston said.

He highlighted the latest pullback was normal for such a new asset class, opining that long-term bullish investors shouldn’t worry about a 20 per cent decline. 

“No, and indeed it if does, bitcoin is probably not for them. Bitcoin is very volatile.

“Investors need to be prepared for this volatility, and if the thought of dramatic price swings scares them, they are probably better placed investing elsewhere. We like to think the volatility creates opportunities,” Mr Johnston concluded.

From record rise to bear market: Why investors shouldn’t fear bitcoin’s sudden fall
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

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Cameron Micallef

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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