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Mt. Gox Trustee Selloff Partially to Blame for Crypto Price Plunge

Note: To maintain consistency with quoted reports, Bitcoin Cash’s old ticker BCC is used in this article

Attorney and bankruptcy trustee for failed Mt. Gox exchange recently revealed his massive selling positions of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash on the open market, which plunged cryptocurrency prices.

Based out of Tokyo, Nobuaki Kobayashi, is responsible for handling the funds acquired from Mt. Gox on behalf of claimants. On March 7, a report was released showing that he exchanged around 35,841.00701 BTC and 34,008.00701 BCC for 42,988,044,343 JPY (~$405 Million USD). He argued that he “made efforts to sell BTC and BCC at as high a price as possible” since he “considered it necessary and reasonable to sell.” Many complained on reddit that he was the cause for the huge plunge in crypto prices over the past week. Redditors also complained about why the trustee had to exchange the BTC and BCC for JPY not just give claimants their BTC and BCC.

Further, it was soon revealed that Kraken suggested that the trustee conduct the sale in Kraken’s dark pools or over-the-counter arrangements to prevent a market plunge, but was not taken up on the offer. Nevertheless, the report also details that the trustee had begun selling the BTC and BCC since last September and still has around $1.9 Billion USD between BTC and BCC to offload.

News of selling, as well as SEC registration demand news, potentially to blame for the price plunge

The fact that the open market selling has been going on for a few months even when prices were increasing indicates that the recent price drop cannot be wholly due to the trustee’s actions. The price drop could be partially blamed on the trustee for selling so much BTC and BCC on the open market, but it is also partially due to a decline of buyers. Since reports have withdrawals starting in September 2017, the lack of significantly unprovoked price decreases for that time revels that there had been buyers, but less buyers now, to make a market at reasonably high prices. The news release of the trustee’s actions can also partially be blamed for changing crypto traders’ expectations of future market conditions due to the excessive reserve of BTC and BCC that still needs to be cashed out.

There are still many headlines blaming the price drop on SEC demands that crypto exchanges be registered with the SEC. Another headline blames the Binance hack for the price decline. While it is easy to name correlations and much harder to name causations, it can be said that cryptocurrencies and their prices have weathered many similar governmental calls for regulations along with hacks over the past few months. The Mt. Gox trustee liquidation case, however, is much more uncommon. Prices are prone to shocks by unexpected news, but only relatively, which the cryptocurrency market is still discovering what is and is not normal price movements and unexpected news.

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