Bitcoin resumes slide after breaking back below $50,000 level Image Credit: Ador T Bustamante/Gulf News

Bitcoin snapped a three-day rally, dipping back below the $50,000 price level initially breached during this past weekend's flash crash.

The largest cryptocurrency by market value declined as much as 3.7 per cent to $48,685. Ethereum, Solana, Cardano and Shiba Inu tokens also fell. The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index slumped about 1.8 per cent, declining for the fifth time in six trading sessions.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies dove this weekend amid a greater risk-off sentiment that also encompassed selloffs in many areas of the US stock market. It happened as spiking inflation is forcing central banks to tighten monetary policy, threatening to reduce the liquidity tailwind that lifted a wide range of assets. Bitcoin tumbled as much as 21 per cent on Saturday.

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Bitcoin swung between gains and losses around the $50,000 price level.

After a record-breaking run this year, digital assets are the "top contender" for a "major correction" in 2022, with nearly three-quarters of institutions polled saying they're not an appropriate investment for most retail investors, according to a survey done for Natixis Investment Managers. The combined total of assets managed by respondents clocks in at $12.3 trillion.

Dire predictions for its demise have been a constant for Bitcoin since its debut a little more than a decade ago. Most have been to little avail. Since breaking into the mainstream consciousness, Bitcoin has jumped more than 5,000 per cent over the past five years.

Bitcoin swung between gains and losses around the $50,000 price level as traders sought direction in the wake of one of the biggest one-day selloffs this year. The fall in Bitcoin prices for three straight weeks hints at a rally in the offing, according to an analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg.

The signal occurred 15 times in the last five years and rewarded dip buyers with returns of 39 per cent in the ensuing three months and 225 per cent in the next 12 months, the analysis shows.