Cryptocurrency Market Drops Among Regulatory Crackdown Fears

Cryptocurrency Market Drops Among Regulatory Crackdown Fears from China and South Korea, triggering a sell-off in crypto-assets. Is the sell-off over? A Swissquote analyst has shared his viewpoint.

17 January, Swissquote –The entire crypto-asset market went through a massive sell-off since the beginning of the week with the total market capitalization shrinking by $262 billion, down to $450 billion, the lowest level since mid-December last year. The sell-off was particularly acute for alt-coins, which suffered even bigger losses.

This panic selling was triggered by fears of the regulatory crackdown from China and South Korea.

Cryptocurrency Market Drops Among Regulatory Crackdown Fears

It definitely sounds like an old song. Indeed, those regulations fears have been making the headlines regularly last year, each time triggering a sell-off in crypto-assets. However, every single time this panic movement was followed by a strong recovery that sent the entire market to new heights. We do not expect the outcome to be different this time.

After dipping below the $10,000 level in overnight trading, the price of Bitcoin recovered slightly and stabilized at around $10,500. Even though we do not rule out a further weakness in the short-term, we remain confident that the sell-off is over. Alt-coins have already bounced back as fears dissipate; it is just a matter of before the entire market recovers.

Germany owns the biggest current account surplus of the world in 2017

For the second consecutive year, Germany has become the country with the largest current account surplus in the world in 2017 according to the Ifo Institute Center for Economic Studies (CES).

Strongly criticized by the IMF and the European Commission for its lack of engagement in stimulating the Euro-Area internal demand, Germany confirms its role as a leader in the European Union. With a current account surplus of USD 287 billion in 2017 (resp. USD 84 billion and USD 152 billion more than Japan and China; equivalent to 7.8% of German GDP in 2017), Germany is by far the most competitive country within the Euro Zone.

This also validates the view that the EU works in two different cadences. With regard to recent economic data releases of this year, German January – November 2017 exports correspond to 30% of total EU (ex UK) exports in 2017, amounting to up to EUR 1’181.4 billion according to Eurostat latest release. PMI and CPI indicators are also higher than most Euro Zone countries (on average basis: PMI +3.38% and CPI Y/Y +15.20% compared to Euro Zone data for 2017).

German imports from January to November 2017 have also been much higher than its European peers (ex UK) and are valued at EUR 950.60 billion. With regard to intra-European transactions, Germany remains the first European importer, equivalent to 66% of its total imports. For these reasons, we remain dubious as to the fact that Germany does not sufficiently stimulate EU internal market for the time being.

From a monetary policy point-of-view and according to the data provided above, we remain confident that the January 25th 2018 ECB January Interest Rate Decision will stay unchanged, as many countries are expected to catch-up in 2018.


This article “ Cryptocurrency Market Drops Among Regulatory Crackdown Fears “ was written by Arnaud Masset & Vincent-Frédéric MIVELAZ, Market Analyst at Swissquote.

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