Despite practically everyone in the crypto community expecting the U.S. SEC to approve multiple spot Bitcoin ETFs later this week, the altcoin market was seemingly in a bearish mood this past weekend, with many altcoins suffering double-digit losses over the past few days. Prominent crypto analysts McKenna, Lex, and Michaël van de Poppe have shared their insights on social media platform X, providing explanations for the recent price movements.

McKenna’s Analysis of the Market Selloff

McKenna attributes the current selloff to a deleveraging process in long-tail assets, which was anticipated due to elevated funding rates and a sentiment shift towards euphoria. Deleveraging in this context refers to the reduction of leveraged positions in the market, often occurring when investors close their positions to reduce risk. This process is particularly impactful on assets that are not mainstream but have longer tails in terms of market capitalization and liquidity.

Interestingly, McKenna notes that the CME Futures open interest has remained stable, indicating that institutional investors maintain their long Bitcoin positions. This observation suggests that institutions are optimistic about the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, which is expected as early as this Wednesday. The stability in Bitcoin’s institutional investment contrasts with the volatility seen in altcoins.

McKenna also points out that these market selloffs are starting to appear attractive for investment, hinting at potential opportunities amid the downturn. The mention of “pain and capitulation” refers to the point where investors give up on their positions, often marking a bottom in the market cycle.

Lex’s Commentary on Weekend Selling

Another analyst, Lex, comments on the timing of selling cryptocurrencies, particularly just before the weekend and ahead of the anticipated ETF decision. He does it in such a way that suggests that investors might be acting prematurely or without considering the potential positive impact of the ETF approval on the market.

Michaël van de Poppe on Altcoins and Spot Bitcoin ETF Week

Michaël van de Poppe observes that altcoins are suffering as the spot Bitcoin ETF week approaches, noting that the market’s focus is heavily skewed towards Bitcoin. He anticipates that after the spot ETF decision, momentum is likely to return to altcoins. Van de Poppe also mentions his strategy of buying on 10%+ dips and selling when Bitcoin reaches the $48-51K range, indicating his expectations for Bitcoin’s price movements.

Current State of the Crypto Market

At the time of writing, major cryptocurrencies have seen a decline. Bitcoin is trading at around $44,017, down 0.19% in the past 24 hours. Ethereum, BNB, Solana, and Cardano have also experienced drops, with Cardano seeing the most significant decrease of 7.26%. These figures reflect the broader market trend and the heightened volatility in the altcoin sector.

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