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Why does Crypto go Up and Down so Much?

in crypto •  20 days ago

Today the crypto market took a marked nose dive and Bitcoin is again well below $7,000.00, unfortunately as we all know Steem which had been bordering $1.00 is now at less than $0.80.


At this moment, 01:00 UTC only the following two coins are in the green:

This news is something that even though we don't want was probably expected by most people who are engaged in crypto, we just knew it would go down kind of hard. I guess this was a gut feeling a lot of people had.

I thought this might happen (I also think that at sometime at least part of the market will explode upwards). But there is one thing I don't understand and would like an explanation. Now the theory is that what drives crypto prices down is pump and dump, buy to make the price go up and then sell it off and the price goes down. Which is OK, but if people who are not in this pump and dump scheme buy so much coins (enough that when they panic sell they can actually decrease by themselves the price of crypto), aren't they buying it from the guys who now want to dump? And wouldn't the fact that these people now own the coins keep the price up?

Actually I think the market (crypto exchanges) just fixes the price according to how they want it, independently of who or what holds the coins, I think it is just like what governments do with the value of fiat, they price it according to what is best for them.

And I don't see how these movements can affect Steem so directly being that a good portion of Steem is powered up, so we shouldn't be seeing the price of Steem be so voluble. Maybe I am wrong but that is how I see it.

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This is the same pattern for the whole year in 2018 in the crypto world. Everything is driving by FUD, false news and too much trading pair correlated to Bitcoin!

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Yes, I have seen it, just that I am not too convinced with how the ups and downs are explained.

I am not an expert when it comes to the crypto markets, but I think that it will help your understanding to just think of the crypto market like a business.
The first people to buy steem, bought 100,000 new 'coins'. (at say $1.00 per coin) Then for whatever reason sold 50,000 'coins'. (at this point the price of steem coins had dropped by 50% because of the economic law of supply and demand. If you have something that is rare then it is generally valuable, but when the market gets flooded with the item that you have then your item is 'cheap') Fred came along and bought 25,000 of those coins, so the coins became a bit more hard to come by (but still not worth one dollar.

One of the questions that I have is that since steem coins are created when people and/or bots upvote a post (this is like saying that people are trying to build a dam out of swiss cheese which has many holes) Every time a crypto currency is created then your personal holdings become less and less. My question is how fast are steem coins being created?