Grayscale CEO gives take on crypto market pullback

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Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein gave his assessment of the current state of the crypto market. And despite the doom and gloom, he remains upbeat.

The state of the crypto market

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index currently shows a reading of 12, deep within extreme fear territory. Nonetheless, the Index is up by one point from yesterday.

Crypto Fear and Greed Index

However, a fresh pullback on Thursday, which began at 09:00 (GMT), sees intense sell pressure on the alts. The biggest top 10 losers over the last 24-hours are Ethereum, down 7%, and Solana, which is down 8% over the same period.

As a lagging indicator, it’s likely the Fear and Greed Index will revert further into extreme fear as the chart gets updated on Friday.

Meanwhile, the total crypto market cap has seen outflows top $638 billion over the last four weeks. When considering YTD outflows have topped $982 billion, or -46%, the outlook appears bleak.

Total crypto market cap over the last month

Reasons for hope during the downturn

Despite harsh market conditions, Sonnenshein remains unfazed by the recent market activity.

Speaking to Yahoo Finance from World Economic Forum in Davos, Sonnenshein said the current state of the market needs to be taken in context with broader macro factors. In particular, rate rises which have impacted many asset classes, not just crypto.

What’s more, Sonnenshein said pullbacks are nothing new for crypto. More crucially, he added that investors remain undeterred by the sell-off and see this as a buying opportunity based on what he’s heard.

“The recent selloff, though, from what we’re hearing from investors, has not deterred them. If anything, they’re looking at it opportunistically. And a pullback like this is nothing new in the crypto space.”

Regarding the disappearing narrative of Bitcoin as an inflationary hedge, Sonnenshein commented that having just ten years (or so) worth of data to draw from doesn’t help in this regard.

He still considers Bitcoin “digital gold,” and capable of holding its own during these challenging economic times.

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