In the past months, the cryptocurrency market has experienced a depreciation in value and volume. The cause for this is unknown and we can only assume what happened. However, we can see a few conspiracy theories and supposition.
What caused the bull market?
1. Crypto Whales
According to a few theories, the whales have a mastermind plan to own 70% of all the major crypto assets and ultimately control the price. According to this theory, they used their money and influence to scare the traders and make them sell their crypto assets at a really low price out of fear to not lose more. Once the whales will regain ownership of the majority of crypto assets, they will move the selling order to a higher price and regular traders will be excited and buy them at a bigger price considering that they will get rich once again. Supposedly, this has already happened in December 2017.
Another theory points out that entrepreneurs and politicians used cryptocurrencies to manipulate elections, riots and other movements in smaller countries. Supposedly, foundations owned by some of the wealthiest men alive have sent cryptocurrencies to fund those responsible for different political movements from different countries. Once the European elections will take place in the next months, they are expected to send cryptocurrencies once more and thus, increasing their price.
3. Money Laundering
According to this theory, cryptocurrencies have been used to justify the source of illicit money. The trick of buying Monero or any privacy coin and then turning it back into Bitcoin and real money has worked for hackers, why wouldn’t it also work for the mafia and other illicit organisations?
4. Unrealistic expectations
And yet, probably the most realistic theory is that at the end of 2017, cryptocurrencies gained a wider media exposure and people from all over the world considered it was the right time to invest. Once the price of Bitcoin got to almost $20 000, a scavenger hunt for the next Bitcoin started, and most investors turned their attention towards ICOs. They all looked for the one that will moon and sadly, because of the lack of regulations, many took advantage of their good faith and money. Because 85% of the ICOs started during 2017-2018 turned out to be scams or without sustainability on the long run, people started to lose faith in this industry and try to minimize the losses or wait for better days to come.
With the worldwide regulating of cryptocurrencies and arrival of legit projects, the market is slowly expected to redress and encourage old investors to come once more and give the crypto market a second chance.
Bitcoin and Ethereum
In the past months, the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum managed to rise and fall in relatively proportional values, directly linked to the volume. This could be a good sign for Ethereum and new investors might consider a greater and safer opportunity to purchase ETH and HODL until the market redresses itself.
With renewed strength, curiosity and enthusiasm, the crypto market is expected to redress itself by April, as most investors are looking towards multiplying the value of their crypto assets. Drove by the wish to become rich overnight, new players also are expected to take advantage of the low prices and purchase many crypto assets. However, only the future will tell us what will really happen.