As the economy goes down, so does Bitcoin.

Crash and Burn

Bitcoin is down horrendously — and it’s losing money for many investors who thought it was a sure shot during balmier days.

According to a new analysis from crypto analysis firm Glassnode, roughly 40 percent of Bitcoin holders have lost money on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. And that percentage is likely higher for those who invested over the past few years, when the currency’s once-relentless climb started becoming choppy before trending steeply downward in recent months, meaning that a disproportionate share of the losses are going to fall on the lower-info later adopters who bought in after the blockchain hit the mainstream.

Tradeoff

In the past month alone, the Glassnode analysis noted, more than 15 percent of all Bitcoin wallets fell into an unrealized loss. Bitcoin isn’t the only part of the market doing poorly right now, of course, but it is ironic that crypto continues to track closely to the rises and falls of the stock market in spite of enthusiasts’ early belief that the tech would be a means to escape the tyranny of traditional finance.

As of yesterday, Bitcoin was at its lowest value since July 2021 and down more than 50 percent since its all-time high in November.

Fed Up

The prevailing theory behind the crash stems from market responses to the Federal Reserve instituting a 0.5 percent interest rate hike on the newly-regulated world of crypto.

But that’s not the whole story, of course.

Will Clemente, a lead analyst at the bitcoin mining company Blockware Solutions, told MarketWatch that in essence, investors “are trading bitcoins the way that they trade tech stocks” — and the subsequent selloff bolsters that hypothesis, as the tech stocks themselves are also hit by historically low stock prices.

With the global economy continuing to trend ever more downward amid massive inflation and socioeconomic turmoil, it’s no shock that crypto is following suit. Unfortunately, that means a lot of tenuously middle class investors who were promised riches by investing in the stuff might never see any substantial return on their investment.

READ MORE: Rate Hikes Drive Markets Lower [Glassnode]

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