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Markets Flush Green As BTC Has Best Quarter Since 2013

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Markets Flush Green As BTC Has Best Quarter Since 2013

As Q1 draws to a close, markets gave investors a bumper day as almost every asset in the global top 20 cryptocurrencies was in the green. 

Global market cap gained 2.1% bringing it back into the $1.9 – $2 trillion range after yesterday’s flash crash. 

BTC Rejection At $60K Ends Five Days of Growth

The cause of the crash was BTC, which fell off a cliff earlier yesterday after it approached $60,000. 

The cause appears to have been a wave of triggered stop-losses – automated trades that execute if the markets look like they’re heading the wrong way – that led to $1,800 being wiped from BTC’s value in a single 5-minute candle.

The crash led to the liquidation of some $600 million worth of futures contracts in one hour. As we reported earlier in the week, the markets are becoming increasingly frothy making predictions tougher. 


On March 26, more than $2.4 billion in futures contracts were wiped out in one 24 hour period as markets changed rapidly. But the picture today is looking decidedly more rosy. 

BTC is now back in the $59,000 range, and ETH, which more than recovered from the drop yesterday gained 6.5% to take to an all-time high of $1,944

Other big gainers were Filecoin, which added an eye-watering 41% to its coin price helping it break into the top 10 biggest currencies for the first time. Chainlink added 11%, Polkadot 12% and Algorand 7%. 

The only losses yesterday came from Theta Token, the surprise performer of Q1 that rose from obscurity to one of the world’s largest projects. Its price fell 5% taking it out of the top 10 largest currencies. 

But the overall trend for crypto in the start of 2021 is positively bullish. BTC had its best Q1 performance since 2013, and has spent more than 30 days above $50,000 for the first time in the project’s history. 

The global crypto market went from $180 billion to $1.8 trillion in 12 months, and all signs point to continued gains. The same can be said for the broader stock market. 

Markets Flush Green As BTC Has Best Quarter Since 2013
A bumper year for crypto. IMAGE: CoinMarketCap

The Dow has ended the quarter up 8%, the S&P 500 up 6%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq, despite a move away from the growth stocks that dominate that market is up 3%. But the star of this quarter’s show was the Russell 2000, which saw 13% gains for the quarter.   

April, for both BTC and the stock markets, has been an auspicious month. Stocks have closed April higher in 14 out of the past 15 years, and since 1950 it has been the second-best month for stocks, according to Ryan Detrick, LPL Financial chief market strategist. The same can be said of BTC – the cryptocurrency has only gone down in April twice in its history. The only other month BTC has performed this well has been May. 

It’s no wonder the bulk of futures contracts for the next quarter put BTC’s price at $80,000, according to Glassnode.

Markets Flush Green As BTC Has Best Quarter Since 2013
Glassnode futures contracts. IMAGE: Glassnode

Hold on to your hats, people.


All content in this article is for informational purposes only and in no way serves as investment advice. Investing in cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks is very risky and can lead to capital losses.

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