Just as Bitcoin (BTC) trading was becoming ‘boring’, a flash crash has erased as much as $500 in rapid-fire selling. Byte Tree CEO, James Bennet, says that this sudden decline was the result of a significant drop in network velocity. Loss Deepened Within Minutes BTC slid from above $8,200 at the start of the day, down to $7,769.90, after hovering above the $8,000 range for a few hours. The Wednesday flash crash has worsened the
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A 5,000 BTC dump on Bitstamp likely caused the bitcoin price flash crash that occurred during the early hours (UTC) of Friday (May 17, 2019). Bitcoin plunged to as low as $6,100 on the exchange but has since recovered over $7,000 over the past few hours. Whale Dump, ‘Fat Finger Error,’ or Bot Glitch A trader on the Bitstamp exchange reportedly put up a sell order of 5,000 BTC at an oddly low price of
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In an effort to pin Bitcoin’s price drop on anything other than sellers overpowering buyers, mainstream and cryptocurrency-focused media have been eager to blame Coinrail — an irrelevant and incredibly minor cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea. However, the hack of Coinrail is not to blame for the flash crash. Market manipulators and panic sellers are. Panic Selling After a prolonged period of sideways trading, market makers in the cryptocurrency space decided to slice a $42
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