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Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Plunges as Binance, FTX Deal Looms

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Plunges as Binance, FTX Deal Looms

What’s Driving Bitcoin?

  • Binance signs a letter of intent to acquire
  • Bitcoin (BTC/USD) falls to fresh two-year low as liquidity concerns fuel volatility
  • Volume surges as the crypto market cap falls below $1 Trillion

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Cryptocurrency is back in the headlines after Binance CEO, and founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao signed a letter of intent to acquire former rival

With a resurgence in volatility and intensifying fears of a liquidity crunch driving Bitcoin lower, BTC/USD fell to a fresh two-year low of $17,144 before finding temporary support above $18,000.

Over the past week, crypto hedge fund Almeda Research and sister company have come under scrutiny after a recent publication by CoinDesk raise concerns over the firms balance sheet. As Sam Bankman-Fried heads up both the exchange and the hedge fund, the FTT token (the native token of FTX) has proven to be essential for both.

Source: CoinDesk – 02 November 2022

Four days after the revelations, Binance CEO Zhao announced his intentions to liquidate its remaining FTT exposure, triggering a liquidly meltdown.


With fears sending jitters through the crypto markets, another tweet confirming Binance’s intention to acquire helped temporality ease the downward move.


Bitcoin Technical Analysis

After rebounding from the June 2022 low, BTC/USD has been trading sideways between a broader range of $18000 and $25000. With rumors of China’s reopening driving BTC higher last week, a surge in volatility and increased selling pressure drove Bitcoin to a fresh two-year low of $17,114 before a brief pullback to $18,000.

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Daily Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

As bearish momentum gains traction, Bitcoin is currently trading over 15% lower for the week. As price action hovers around the June low of $17,592, a retest of the recent low ($17,114) and below $17,000 could see the 23 Nov 2020 low providing support at $16,218.

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