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Why India’s unban of crypto isn’t triggering a Bitcoin rally like 2019’s “Xi Pump”

Why India’s unban of crypto isn’t triggering a Bitcoin rally like 2019’s “Xi Pump”

India’s Supreme Court released the long-awaited ruling on the crypto ban imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in favor of the cryptocurrency industry. Yet, despite the optimism surrounding the decision, the Bitcoin price is showing no signs of an immediate upsurge.

No big response from bitcoin and crypto market

Apart from several cryptocurrencies with ties to India such as Matic, the crypto market and the Bitcoin price have remained relatively stable after the ruling was announced.

It contrasts the reaction of Bitcoin when Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the acceleration of blockchain development on October 25, 2019.

At the time, the Bitcoin price suddenly spiked from around $7,400 to $10,600 within merely 48 hours, liquidating hundreds of millions of dollars worth of short contracts.

There are three likely reasons behind the lack of a strong response from Bitcoin and the crypto market to the ruling of India’s Supreme Court:

  1. The ruling was expected by the local crypto industry
  2. The sentiment around crypto remains divided after the rejection of $10,500
  3. The U.S. market is yet to respond to the news

Typically, the crypto market tends to see heightened volatility when the U.S. market opens. A large portion of the daily volume of Bitcoin comes from leading exchanges in the U.S. such as Coinbase and CME.

But, it is also possible that most companies in Asia were already aware that the Supreme Court would eventually side with the crypto industry regarding the RBI’s ban.

As said by Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, the company made large investments in India such as the acquisition of WazirX prior to the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Many local companies and industry executives deemed the circular released by the RBI in April 2018 that bans banks from working with crypto companies to be unconstitutional. Hence, investors could have expected such a decision to be made by the Supreme Court.

The market sentiment has remained divided amongst crypto investors in the past several weeks due to extreme volatility in the broader financial market.

The instability in the stock market and the global economy may have led to the decline of appetite of high-risk investments like single stocks and Bitcoin, causing a lackluster reaction to the development in India.

“Help me understand why the market isn’t reacting more to the India news,” Sino Capital CEO Matthew Graham said.

The Bitcoin price declines after the ruling of India’s Supreme Court (source: tradingview.com)

Optimistic long-term development

Like the Dow Jones dropped 785 points on March 3 to a 50-basis-point-cut by the Federal Reserve, markets often tend to react with a “sell-the-news” attitude.

Amidst rising uncertainty and fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it is difficult to assume that Bitcoin, crypto, and any other asset class would perform as they did several months back when the epidemic had minimal impact on the global economy.

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Joseph Young

Joseph Young

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Joseph Young is a finance and tech journalist. He has worked with leading media and news agencies in the technology and finance industries, offering exclusive content, interviews, insights and analysis of cryptocurrencies, innovative and futuristic technologies.

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