Why Is Crypto Down Today? SOL, AVAX and Others Explained

why is crypto down today

Several key tokens have dropped in price today with Solana (SOL) down 13%, Bitcoin (BTC) down 3%, XRP down 3% and Avalanche (AVAX) down 9%.

Of course, by the time you’re reading this — one or all of them may have gradually recovered.

But let’s dive in to why crypto is down today and why it might be a ‘healthy’ pullback.

Why is SOL down?

Well first things first, let’s not get too greedy here.

Solana has enjoyed massive gains of close to 1,000% over the past year.

In fact, the daily decline is merely a blip on the radar.

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Nonetheless what explains the pullback? First, let’s explain the catalysts behind SOL’s recent surge.

The increased gas fees, more airdrops and a successful smartphone launch, pulled in investors across the board.

Still, SOL had to run out of ‘gas’ eventually – no pun intended.

Despite the decline in price, SOL volume is still up on the day close to 7% ($6,237,928,922).

This indicates to us that sentiment is still bullish for Solana and investors are looking at the decline as a ‘buying opportunity’.

Why is BTC down?

Let’s be honest: a 2% drop for Bitcoin is mild compared to the declines we saw in crypto winter.

BTC has also enjoyed a nice monthly gain of roughly 13%, capping off a strong year up 150%.

Much of BTC’s price action in the coming weeks could be related to the expected approval of the BTC spot ETF.

At InvestingHaven, we are forecasting some sideways trading and choppiness for BTC leading up to that.

If the BTC spot ETF gets approved — which it sounds is likely — we’re forecasting a quick gain followed by a correction once hype dies down.

Our BTC 2024 forecast should give some reassurance to any ‘paper hands’.

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When in doubt, we always like to cross references our forecasts with other traders on TradingView.

In this case, it too looks like the slight pullback on BTC is to be expected, prior to a higher breakout.

AVAX Down Big, Time for Concern?

We’ll be releasing our Avalanche forecast in the coming days.

In the meantime, the 10% drop for AVAX today has us slightly concerned.

There was some speculation that people would take recent SOL gains and rotate into AVAX.

This doesn’t appear to be happening, at least yet anyway.

With Solana’s volume still being high, it looks like AVAX still has some ground to make up prior to any significant pops.

Without giving away our AVAX forecast for 2024, we share similar sentiments of other traders, that the overall sentiment remains bullish.

We hope today is just an outlier and that AVAX can maintain a nice base around the $40 level – prior to climbing higher.


With a pullback across most tokens today, crypto traders/investors that stick to their convictions, can be assure that they are all likely healthy pullbacks.

While crypto is known for its volatility, we cannot truly enjoy the fruits of our labor without some dips here and there.

Hang on to your hats and your coins, ladies and gentlemen. It looks like we’re in for a good year ahead.

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