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Why is the crypto market down today?

The crypto market is down today as U.S. macroeconomic headwinds and a harsher regulatory stance from the SEC impact investor sentiment.



Source: Cointelegraph

The total cryptocurrency market capitalization remains flat at $2.35 trillion on May 7, even though Bitcoin 

BTC $62,341 is slightly up at $63,550. The lack of positive momentum has led to modest 0.5% to 2.5% declines in Ether ETH$2,999, XRP XRP$0.52, Dogecoin DOGE$0.15, Cardano ADA$0.44, Toncoin (TON), and Avalanche AVAX$34.27, mostly driven by increased uncertainty in traditional markets.

Total crypto market capitalization, 12h, USD. Source: TradingView

Socio-political turmoil and concerns over the impact of AI in industry

The current investor discomfort stems from data indicating an 18% drop in Tesla electric vehicle sales in China in April compared to the previous year, as the company faces strong competition from domestic producers, including BYD. China’s new electric vehicle sales rose 33% year over year in April, with BYD leading on a 49% growth. Shares of Tesla dropped 3% on May 7 as the market absorbed the news.

Billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller told CNBC that his firm cut positions in Nvidia in March, believing the artificial intelligence (AI) market boom could be overdone in the short term. Druckenmiller, now running Duquesne Family Office, thinks further gains in the sector could take “four to five years from now.”

Such comments fueled speculations that the AI sector might be entering a bubble, negatively impacting risk-on assets, including cryptocurrencies. More uncertainty arose after The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is developing chips to run AI software in data centers, though no clear timeline has been set for its launch.

Apple has reportedly partnered with TSMC on the chip’s design and production, differing from Google’s AI efforts, which invested in developing their own inference server chips to reduce dependence on other chip designers. Regardless of its impact on the AI market, this move shows that Apple is seeking new growth areas after iPhone quarterly sales dropped 4%.

Investor discomfort also arises from increased global socio-political turmoil in the Middle East and Ukraine. The ongoing tension in the region creates fear and uncertainty that negatively impact global risk on assets.

SEC comments confirm negative stance on the crypto industry

The cryptocurrency market also faced setbacks, especially after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler’s appearance on CNBC. During his most recent interview, Gensler stated that most tokens «are securities under the law of the land, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.» In Gensler’s view, investors are not getting the «required or needed disclosures» prior to being offered those assets.

According to a court filing released on May 6, the SEC has issued a Wells notice to the popular trading platform Robinhood regarding its U.S.-based crypto business. Other crypto firms have also recently been targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice and regulators, including Samourai Wallet, Uniswap, and Consensys.

Efforts to curb the industry in the U.S. and companies aiming to service the region have caused multiple ventures to block U.S. citizens from taking part in airdrops, accessing decentralized finance front-ends, or participating in certain markets. However, regulators cannot stop inflows to regulated assets, including spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), so the overall impact on crypto markets from such FUD might be less than anticipated.

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

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