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Michael Saylor sees opportunity for Bitcoin in chaos

Despite a weekend dip in Bitcoin's price, MicroStrategy's holdings are still profitable.

Opportunity for Bitcoin in chaos

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Bitcoin tumbled over the weekend following a drone attack by Iran on Israel. Under the influence of Middle East tensions and the approaching halving, the price plunged from $68,000 to around $60,000 on Saturday, with $1.2 billion in long positions liquidated. Despite this sharp correction, Michael Saylor, co-founder of MicroStrategy, expressed a positive outlook, stating, “Chaos is good for Bitcoin.”

His statement was shared on X after Bitcoin’s weekend downturn eroded over $1.5 billion from MicroStrategy’s holdings. Still, the company maintains a substantial profit exceeding $6 billion.

Saylor’s comments sparked diverse reactions within the crypto community. Some criticized his timing due to the ongoing international conflict, while others agreed with his view of Bitcoin as a “hedge against chaos.”

Historical data shows that Bitcoin often faces initial price declines during geopolitical instability but tends to recover as it is seen as a long-term haven.

For instance, after the Russia-Ukraine conflict began in February 2022, Bitcoin’s price dropped to around $39,000 but rebounded to $44,000 within a week, according to data from CoinGecko. Similarly, following the Israel-Hamas conflict in October 2023, Bitcoin initially fell by 6% but rose to $35,000 within a month.

Banking distress last March also mirrors this pattern, though Saylor’s comment wasn’t necessarily related to economic chaos.

When Silicon Valley Bank faced bank runs on March 10, 2023, Bitcoin’s price briefly dipped below $20,500 but soon recovered, climbing to a nine-month high by the end of March. This recovery was further bolstered by BlackRock’s filing for a spot Bitcoin ETF.

Bitcoin price reaction banking crisis

Despite recent war fears, Bitcoin market sentiment remains bullish. According to Alternative’s data, the Fear and Greed Index currently sits at 74, indicating “greed” – down from “extreme greed” but still reflecting strong investor confidence. This optimism is likely fueled by the approaching halving event, which historically has been followed by a price peak for Bitcoin several months later.

Fear and Greed Index April 15

Bitcoin reclaimed the $66,000 mark earlier today after Hong Kong officially approved spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at around $62,500, down 2.5% in the last 24 hours, per CoinGecko’s data.

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