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Why is Bitcoin going up? The Celsius BTC Liquidation Price is now $5,000

Bitcoin is up 5% today, as the July 4th daily candle is about to close. During the holiday season, market optimism increased, and Celsius FUD faded.

Celsius lending, which froze customers' funds around the time of the June Bitcoin crash to $17,600 and Ethereum crash to $880, has reduced the price at which their Bitcoin assets will be liquidated.

Why is Bitcoin increasing in value?

The latest Celsius liquidation price of $4,967 - a significant decrease from around $14k, then $12k - significantly reduces the chances of a flash crash in the crypto markets.

If Celsius were to liquidate their position, their position is so large - 23,962 BTC - that there may not be enough willing buyers with bids to fill below that point. Liquidation is the forced market sale of a position.

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Traders reacted favorably to the lower likelihood of a larger Bitcoin crash, which could take months to recover from, and the higher likelihood of the Bitcoin bottom already being in place for 2022 at $17,600 - or close to it (lows tend to get run again).

Some previously bearish crypto traders have turned bullish, at least in the short term, for a relief rally; for example, TraderSZ is long with a price target of $22k.

Another reason Bitcoin is rising could be CZ Binance, the CEO of the Binance exchange, tweeting about the good news that banks can now hold Bitcoin as reserves. If just 1% of bank holdings were BTC, it would amount to trillions of dollars, raising the price of Bitcoin, which currently has a market cap of $386 billion.

During the recent 'crypto winter' and wider financial market correction in 2022, the total crypto market cap fell below $1 trillion to $762 billion. Although it is also recovering and rising, currently standing at around $900 billion. Its all-time high was just over $3 trillion in November 2021.

Will Bitcoin Increase in 2022?

However, a large volume of Bitcoin long positions were opened on crypto exchanges on July 4th - trader optimism tends to improve during holiday periods, according to Santiment data. One of the largest markets, the United States, is betting heavily on Bitcoin's continued rise.

If the price corrects to around $19,400 and some of those positions are liquidated, it could fuel further downside movement and sweep the June 18th lows of $17,600. Based on the low order flow that day, a Saturday, some respected analysts, such as @jimtalbot, have predicted on streams that the June bottom will be tested again.

Some long-term Bitcoin bulls predict that it will take an accumulation cycle of one or two years up to the next Bitcoin halving - in mid-2024 - before Bitcoin can truly recover and rise to new highs.

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