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Bitcoin (BTC) achieved a bear market first on June 18 as BTC price action gave up $20,000 support.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

BTC price crosses under 2017 all-time high

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed BTC/USD sliding under $20,000 for the first time since December 2020, reaching press-time lows of $19,066.

As nerves heightened after the United States Federal Reserve’s comments on the inflation outlook, crypto markets bore the brunt of a sell-off, which began after shock Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures last week.

Losing the psychologically significant $20,000 mark, Bitcoin also achieved a lifetime first — dropping below its previous halving cycle’s high for the first time in its history.

The largest cryptocurrency had until now avoided such a move, this being reserved for altcoins, notably Ether (ETH) earlier in the week, which has also now slipped below the $1,000 mark for the first time since January 2021.

Reacting, commentators attributed the latest weakness to liquidity problems at investment fund Three Arrows Capital (commonly known as 3AC) in addition to existing troubles tied to FinTech protocol Celsius and the overall macro environment.

Three Arrows co-founder Zhu Su said that the firm was “in the process of communicating with relevant parties and fully committed to working this out,” without confirming specific problems.

The abrupt dip below $20,000 came during weekend trading where thin order book liquidity amplified volatility.

A bear year unlike any other?

BTC/USD thus sealed 37% losses for the first two weeks of the month, making June 2022 the worst month of June on record, according to data from on-chain monitoring resource Coinglass.

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Year-to-date, the pair traded down almost 60% at the time of writing, over 70% below last November’s all-time highs of $69,000.

As Cointelegraph reported, historical trends suggest that 80-84.5% is the classic drawdown target for bear markets, this putting BTC/USD at between $11,000 and $14,000.

Bitcoin monthly price performance. Source: Coinglass.com

“BTC still needs more volume & volatility than at present to match volume levels at previous Bear Market Bottoms at the 200 MA,” popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital tweeted, continuing analysis of Bitcoin’s 200-week moving average, a key lifelong support line.

“Promising sign is that seller volume is above-average for the 1st time this week but much more is needed for final capitulation.”

Bitcoin/USD 1-week candle chart. Source: Tradingview.com

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