On Friday morning, there was no decision made in the lawsuit between Grayscale Investments and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding plans for a spot bitcoin ETF. Many were anticipating a ruling, and a flash crash occurred in the crypto market last night due to the anticipation.

Bitcoin market situation is revealed

As a result, over $1 billion in leveraged positions were liquidated in the past 24 hours, causing Bitcoin to drop below $26,000 for the first time in two months.

Throughout the day on Friday, Bitcoin’s price was unstable and continued to decline, ultimately dropping 6.6% over the past day to $26,033 at 2:35 p.m. ET, according to CoinGecko.

Data from The Block confirmed a spike in price fluctuations. After a month of notable stability, the annualized hourly bitcoin volatility for the last 24 hours was 96.6%. That’s much higher than an annualized volatility of 29.52% over the last 30 days.

The two graphs depict different timeframes – one for the last day and the other for the past month – but both are annualized. The past 24 hours have been an anomaly compared to the recent trend.

Analysts have been trying to determine the cause of this sudden change. Some news sources suggested that SpaceX sold its Bitcoin holdings after writing down their value by $373 million.

Others placed the responsibility on the Federal Reserve after Wednesday’s FOMC minutes indicated that hawkish officials hold a strong influence.

The market experienced steeper declines on Thursday evening, shortly after news broke that China Evergrande, a property developer, had declared bankruptcy protection in the United States.

This sparked concerns that issues in China’s real estate markets could spread globally. However, according to K33 Research, none of these explanations can account for the timing or severity of the drop.

In a note to The Block, the firm’s analysts suggested that a buildup of leverage in derivatives markets led to rapid feedback loops.

“This was evidenced by the sizeable amount of liquidations and subsequent drop in open interest,” the analysts said.

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