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Bitcoin drops 56% in Q2 2022 its worst quarterly performance in a decade

The magnitude of Bitcoin’s ongoing slump is highlighted by the asset’s quarterly returns that have hit the worst value in over a decade as the general crypto market sell-off continues. 

During 2022 Q2, Bitcoin’s price dropped 56.27%, a period when the asset plunged below crucial support and is currently struggling to stay above $20,000. During the first quarter of 2022, the flagship crypto lost its value by 1.46% after enjoying a highly profitable end to last year with returns of 168.78% in Q4. 

In Bitcoin’s brief history, other notable quarterly losses occurred during 2021 Q2 at 40.37% and 2018 Q1 at 49.89%. However, Bitcoin’s current performance appears to be a shadow of previously profitable quarters that hit a record 210.13% in Q4 2017. 

Bitcoin’s quarterly returns. Source: Skew

Bitcoin struggles around $20,000

The second quarter that ended on June 30 saw Bitcoin’s price fall from about $45,000 at the start of the quarter to slightly above $19,000. The slump has also acted as a catalyst for the crypto market to lose about $2 trillion in capital outflows. By press time, Bitcoin was trading at $19,400, having made gains of about 2% in the last 24 hours. 

Various crypto analysts have shared their views on the quarterly performance and the likely implications. According to Will Clemente: 

“Bitcoin’s Q2 quarterly candle is in the books as the worst in its history. What a beauty.”

Bitcoin chart. Source: Will Clemente

Triggers of Bitcoin correction

During the quarter, Bitcoin and the general crypto market operated in a high inflation environment, with the Federal Reserve moving to impose high-interest rates. Notably, risky assets like Bitcoin have suffered amid rising fears of a recession. Although the equities also feel the pressure, Bitcoin and the stock market have recorded increased correlation. 

The challenging economic period has resulted in most crypto-related businesses adjusting their business models, with companies like Coinbase resorting to initiating layoffs and hiring freezes. 

Furthermore, Bitcoin’s losses were accelerated following the Terra (LUNA) ecosystem collapse. The controversy partly triggered Bitcoin to lose key support at $30,000, with analysts projecting that the correction might slide further near $10,000

However, a section of analysts believes that the current bear mark is bottoming, and there is a likelihood of a price rally in the coming weeks. 

Finbold reported that technical strategist at Fundstrat Mark Newton noted that the market should look out for the $20,491 and $19,744 levels before Bitcoin undergoes a final ‘washout’. He called on investors to buy in the dip as the right investment strategy in this line. 

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