Market Retreats – Time to Buy the Dip?

By Ben Knight December 12, 2023 In Avalanche, Binance Coin, Bitcoin
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  • Bitcoin plunged after a promising week, reminding investors of the volatile market conditions despite a potential long-term bull run.
  • Dips can be buying opportunities, but it’s crucial to maintain long-term investment strategies.
  • Avalanche (AVAX) and Binance Coin (BNB) were the only two top-ten coins to avoid losses.

It’s been a long and arduous crypto bear market, with Bitcoin’s last all-time high coming over 28 months ago. However, the tail-end of 2023 has injected some hope back into the crypto community that the worst of it may be over. But the past week has reminded investors that, while a longer-term uptrend may still be in play, we are still in a tough macroeconomic environment. 

Bitcoin Wiped Out A Week of Gains in One Day

Bitcoin began the week hovering around the USD $42K (AUD $64K) mark, but quickly pushed past that barrier, giving traders hope that the USD $50k (AUD $76K)  milestone may be in play before the end of 2023. Unfortunately, those dreams were quickly dashed, as the price of BTC sunk more than 6% in less than 24 hours. This meant that what looked to be a promising week actually ended in the red, with the price of Bitcoin now consolidating at approximately USD $41.2K (AUD $63K).

The rest of the market more or less followed suit, with most tokens in the top ten by market cap posting losses in the past 24 hours with the exception of Avalanche (AVAX) and BNB.


The exact reason for the market’s sudden drop-off isn’t exactly clear. But after such a thrilling performance in the last quarter of 2023, it isn’t surprising that some larger investors began taking profits and preparing themselves for the holiday season. Even the strongest of bull runs will have pitstops along the way – the lead-up to every single BTC all-time high has several peaks and troughs.

Bitcoin’s all-time-high in October-November 2021, source: CoinMarketCap

Time to Buy the Dip?

Bitcoin’s sudden drop caused a chain reaction in the markets, with millions of dollars worth of long (bullish) positions wiped from popular crypto exchanges. Dips often scare off novice investors, who believe the sky may be falling and quickly jump out of their investments.

However, this is exactly why dips can present great buying opportunities. If Bitcoin is to go on a lengthy bull run into 2024, a slight drop-off in the USD $40K range ultimately presents excellent value. That said, long-term investors shouldn’t throw their strategies out the window just because BTC is “cheap”. For example, somebody who employs a dollar-cost averaging plan may just double their purchase for this week, and return to their usual buying patterns in the future.

It’s also important to remember that while dips can be a great way to build a portfolio for a discount, they can also signal the start of a trend reversal and a longer-term downward spiral. There is no guarantee Bitcoin will continue to appreciate in value in 2024. 

Ben Knight

Ben Knight

Ben Knight is a writer and editor from Melbourne with a passion for all things music and finance. He enjoys turning complex topics – especially the technical details of cryptocurrency – into digestible bites that anybody can understand. He acquired his Master’s in Writing, Editing and Publishing from RMIT in 2019 and has run his own creative writing business ever since.

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