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Crypto Market Suffers Losses in August Amid Volatility and Regulation



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The cryptocurrency market experienced a turbulent month in August, as prices and trading volumes declined across the board. According to a report by CCData, a digital assets data provider, the combined spot and derivatives trading volume fell 11.5% to $2.09 trillion, the lowest level since October 2020.

CCDATA Published an In-Depth Report Analyzing the Crypto Market’s Situation

The report attributed the slump to a combination of crypto-specific and external factors, such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX selling its Bitcoin holdings, Grayscale’s victory against the SEC, and the ongoing regulatory crackdown on Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange.

Binance saw its market share drop for the sixth consecutive month, losing nearly 13% of its share since the start of the year. The exchange has faced multiple challenges from financial regulators around the world, who have accused it of operating without proper licenses and violating anti-money laundering rules.

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On the other hand, Huobi Global, a rival exchange that is part of Tron founder Justin Sun’s ecosystem, emerged as the second-largest exchange by spot trading volume in August, after Binance. Huobi saw its market share increase by 2.26%, the largest gain among major exchanges.

The derivatives market, which accounts for more than three-quarters of all crypto trading, also suffered a 12.5% decline in volume to $1.62 trillion, the lowest since December 2022. The report noted that derivatives trading relies on speculative interest for an asset, which was dampened by the market crash on 17 August that wiped out $4.13 billion in open interest.

The report also observed that the liquid supply of major crypto assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum were at their multi-year lows, indicating that investors were holding on to their coins rather than trading them on exchanges. This trend could continue until the next strong bull run of 2024, coinciding with Bitcoin’s halving.

The report concluded that the crypto market was in a state of uncertainty and consolidation, waiting for a clear direction and catalyst to resume its growth.