The cryptocurrency market has experienced a notable downturn recently, with the total market capitalization falling by 10% between Aug. 14 and Aug. 23, reaching its lowest point in over two months at $1.04 trillion. This movement has triggered significant liquidations on futures contracts, the most since the FTX collapse in November 2022.

Total cryptocurrency market capitalization, USD. Source: TradingView

Several economic factors have contributed to this decline. As interest rates have surpassed the 5% mark and inflation remains above the 2% target, borrowing costs for both families and businesses have risen, placing pressure on consumer spending and economic expansion. That means less money is available for savings, which could force people to let go of their investments just to cover monthly bills.

(DXY). Source: TradingView