Crypto’s 2023 rally is a sign that the wider market is now risk-on.
Bitcoin, the largest coin by market cap, fell by 3.77% in the last 24 hours to US$24,024, although it is up 8.5% in the last week, even briefly breaking past US$25,000.
Ethereum is also down 3.76% to US$1,641, but up 6% in the week.
Edward Harrison of Bloomberg noted crypto’s rally has come despite a raft of crackdowns in the space.
This implies that the US Department of Justice, at least, is looking to move the crypto ecosystem offshore which is bad for industry acceptance.
However, the 50% rally in Bitcoin since its lows in November 2022 suggests a larger risk-on play, that its investors feel the market is less risky, and therefore will gravitate to riskier assets, such as crypto.
Harrison notes that, at the turn of the year, bonds and mortgages, low-risk assets, were sold off.
In the alt-space, Solana was down 9.3% to US$23.58, with the Solana Spaces stores in New York and Miami closing down.
Litecoin was down 1.6% to US$94.67 and Dogecoin fell 4.8% to US$0.08396.
In some other news, Coinbase beat its fourth-quarter revenue expectations but continued to see transaction volume decline.
Revenue came in at US$605mln, while transaction volumes were down 12% compared to the prior quarter.