$30 Billion Lost: 4 Stats That Show a Crypto Market in Decline

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Stan Higgins and Sam Ouimet
Aug 8, 2018 at 20:03 UTC  |  Updated  Aug 9, 2018 at 11:32 UTC

The crypto markets are seeing red in a big way Wednesday as an ongoing rout is wiping away billions of dollars in value.

As reported by CoinDesk, the collective market capitalization for all crypto assets hit a new low for the year earlier today – as it stands, the overall market cap is roughly $225 billion, representing a significant decline from the more than $800 billion witnessed in early January of this year.

Among the developments driving the market turmoil: the fact that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to punt a decision on a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

As always, the devil is in the details – and these four statistics show a market in turmoil

1. Market cap decline

According to figures compiled by CoinDesk, as much as $51 billion in market cap was lost during the past seven days. CoinMarketCap figures indicate that as much as $30 billion or more in value was shed amid the day's market action.

This amount indicates a more than 18 percent decline within that time frame.

2. Top coins take a hit

But the market capitalization data only tells part of the story.

Perhaps most tellingly, all of the top 20 cryptocurrencies (indicated on sites like CoinMarketCap as well as OnChainFX), showed significant declines in the past 24 hours, accounting for an average loss of more than 14 percent during that period.

Source: OnChainFX.com

For bitcoin specifically, the past days haven't been exactly forgiving either.

3. Days of pain

The cryptocurrency has seen losses for ten out of the last eleven days – a series of events that have not occurred since September 2014.

That extended period of price declines is fully on display in the graph below, pulled from Bitfinex, which shows the market sliding downward after climbing above $8,000 last month.

4. Reversal of fortune

But the 11-day datapoint has another message: the recent bull run has basically evaporated, CoinDesk analysis shows.

Today's low represents a depreciation of 26.28 percent endured over the bearish stint. As a result, over 80 percent of the recent rally from bitcoin's annual low has evaporated.

In sum, bitcoin's price rallied $2,705 from June 24th to July 24th, over $2,000 of which has since disappeared, according to data from Bitfinex.

Image via Shutterstock; Chart via TradingView

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