Bitcoin Price Slumps to $25K as Elon Musk Selling BTC FUD Remains

Pathik Bhattacharya
Pathik Bhattacharya Published on August 18, 2023 04:54 PM

Elon Musk disclosed in 2021 that Bitcoin is present on SpaceX's financial records, yet the precise quantity of the cryptocurrency held by the company remains undisclosed.

Bitcoin Price Slumps to $25K as Elon Musk Selling BTC FUD Remains
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The crypto community was left uncertain on August 18 when a report from The Wall Street Journal suggested that SpaceX might have sold its Bitcoin holdings.

The report raised questions about whether SpaceX had sold $373 million worth of Bitcoin or merely reduced its exposure by the same amount. This ambiguity led to a flurry of confusion across social media platforms, with some outlets claiming the entire BTC holdings were liquidated.

Elon Musk, known for his influence in the crypto space, had earlier confirmed that SpaceX held Bitcoin on its balance sheet, similar to Tesla. However, specifics about SpaceX's BTC holdings had remained undisclosed, contributing to the ongoing puzzlement. While Tesla's Bitcoin holdings were publicly disclosed, the narrative around SpaceX's involvement remained hazy.

Market Impact and Musk's Strategy Scrutinized

The uncertainty around SpaceX's Bitcoin holdings was believed to be a driving factor behind the $2,000 drop in BTC's price, although not everyone agreed. Elon Musk, a significant figure in the crypto world, faced criticism for what some dubbed a strategy of buying high and selling low.

Critics suggested that Musk's companies might be experiencing cash constraints, leading to speculation about the potential liquidation of his Bitcoin and Dogecoin holdings within the next six months.

On various platforms, including Reddit and X (formerly known as Twitter), Musk faced accusations of having paper hands – a term used to mock those who sell their crypto holdings prematurely. Some critics linked SpaceX's BTC write-down with X's ambition of becoming a payment giant.

Despite the noise, Bitcoin proponents encouraged traders to "hodl" (hold) BTC and not be swayed by market FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt).

Bitcoin's Price Performance and Market Downturn

Bitcoin's price demonstrated resilience in the face of these developments, trading at $26,433 at the time of writing and overcoming the $26,000 resistance level. However, the cryptocurrency faced a 9% decline recently, which also led to a substantial drop in the value of top altcoins. Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, lost about 10% of its value within a week.

Bitcoin's price crash was part of a broader concern in financial markets. The crypto market experienced a significant downturn, with Bitcoin falling more than 7% in the last 24 hours and nearly 12% in the past week. This decline translated into a 5.7% drop in the overall crypto market, as tracked by CoinStats.

bitcoin price chart

Source: CoinStats

The recent market turmoil triggered a surge in trading volumes, which increased by almost 80% within the last 24 hours. The sharp drop in cryptocurrency prices, notably Bitcoin, was reminiscent of the largest one-day fall since November 2022. Popular Crypto analyst Miles Deutscher also shared a Tweet regarding the liquidity faced on August 18 which was bigger than the one Bitcoin experienced during the FTX collapse.


During that time, the collapse of the FTX exchange had sent shockwaves through the crypto landscape, evoking widespread concerns and apprehension.


The perplexing situation surrounding SpaceX's Bitcoin holdings and the subsequent market volatility highlights the significance of Elon Musk's influence in the cryptocurrency space. As Bitcoin's price faces fluctuations and the broader crypto market endures turbulence, market participants remain watchful of Musk's actions and their potential impacts on the industry's sentiment and dynamics.


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