Bitcoin’s Price Drop Sparks Pre-Halving Danger Zone Concerns

The sudden price retrace has raised questions about whether Bitcoin will continue its downward trend or rebound ahead of halving.

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  • The recent Bitcoin price drop following its week-long rally has spurred industry debate.
  • Market analysts have predicted a pre-halving price correction.
  • The upcoming Bitcoin halving has heightened expectations for the asset’s price performance.

Bitcoin, the world’s largest crypto asset, has experienced a remarkable surge in recent weeks, stunning the markets with an impressive rally and a new all-time high milestone. The upward price movement has been further fueled by the evolving market demand-supply dynamics, driven by the increasing demand by the recently-launched Bitcoin exchange traded-funds, and the mounting anticipation surrounding the upcoming Bitcoin halving.

However, as the halving nears, the crypto king’s price trajectory has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the market, hinting at a potential reversal on the horizon.

Bitcoin Price Drop Threatens Rally

Following its peak at $73,738 on March 14, Bitcoin experienced a sharp decline to new lows, trading at $67,500 at press time.


The price retracement has ignited comparison to previous pre-halving cycle trends, raising questions about the crypto king’s ability to sustain its rally. According to market analyst Rekt Capital, the decline echoes the patterns witnessed in the lead-up to previous Bitcoin halving cycles, typically occurring 14-28 days before the event. 

Drawing parallels to past cycles, Rekt Capital emphasized that Bitcoin has witnessed an 11% pullback so far, and is expected to step into a “danger zone” in the next two days, marking the commencement of the next pre-halving retrace. 

Historically, pre-halving price retraces for Bitcoin in 2012, 2016, and 2020 saw a decline range of -38% to -40%. If repeated, this could further exacerbate the ongoing downward trend for Bitcoin, potentially reaching new lows.


Despite the Bitcoin price drop, optimism remains high among market participants, who anticipate stronger highs as the halving nears.

Bitcoin Halving: How Long to Go?

Following the 10,000 blocks halving milestone on February 12, which marked the addition of the 830,000th block height out of the required 840,000 for the halving, expectation has remained heightened across the industry for the fourth bitcoin halving to occur on April 21, 2024.

With only 4,796 blocks to make 840,000, countdowns across the industry highlight that the event is just 33 days away. Upon activation, the halving will see the reduction of the overall bitcoin supply, cutting the present 6.25 BTC mining block reward to 3.125 BTC.

The historical trend of the halving to trigger a price increase due to its impact on supply and demand has ignited optimism for the supply cut to coincide with an unprecedented Bitcoin ETFs-based “demand shock,” fueling speculation of an imminent bull run among investors and industry analysts.

On the Flipside

  • Bitcoin’s new all-time high of $73,783 surpasses its previous 2021 peak of $69,000 by 5.797%. 
  • While high anticipation surrounds post-halving price movements, the industry’s volatile nature makes predicting guaranteed price appreciation challenging.
  • Bitcoin ETF issuers and major institutional holders have continued snapping up the asset.

Why This Matters

The Bitcoin price drop aligns with expectations for a pre-halving correction, underscoring the inherent volatility of the crypto industry even during bull runs. However, charting a certain trajectory for Bitcoin to replicate its previous pre-halving patterns is difficult, considering the introduction of additional variables such as spot ETFs, and evolving market conditions.

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.