Bitcoin falls again as crypto nosedive wipes out $1T in value

Selina Johansson

Bitcoin fell by as much as 10% in trading on Monday, capping losses that have totaled 20% during the past week and wiped off $1 trillion in the crypto market’s total value since November.

As of Monday morning, bitcoin was trading at around 7.5% lower than on Friday. The price of one bitcoin was just over $34,000 — a drop of more than 45% from early November, when it reached an all-time high of $67,582.

Ethereum, which at around the same time was trading at a high of more than $4,800 per coin, was down to $2,243 on Monday. Its value has fallen by some 30% in the past week.

On its own, bitcoin has lost more than $600 billion in market value. The crypto market as a whole has suffered losses exceeding $1 trillion – the second largest decline in the brief history of the digital currencies.

Crypto-adjacent stocks are also taking a hit from the market collapse. Coinbase, the digital trading app, was down more than 9% in early morning activity on Wall Street.

In early November, Coinbase hit a record high of $357 per share. On Monday, the share price was less than half of that at $174 — the lowest it has been since it started trading publicly in the spring of last year.

Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange application
The cryptocurrency market has lost more than $1 trillion in aggregate value over the past two months – dragging down crypto-focused stocks like Coinbase.
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Other crypto-focused stocks like digital coin-mining firms Riot Blockchain and Marathon Digital were also hit with losses.

Shares of Riot Blockchain fell by more than 10% after the opening bell while Marathon Digital’s stock price dropped by more than 8%.

The selloff of cryptocurrency is mirroring that of other assets like stocks as investors gird for the Federal Reserve’s withdrawal of stimulus from the markets.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: In this photo illustration, a visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is displayed in front of the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange website on February 12, 2018 in Paris, France. Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. The company is based in San Francisco, California generated in 2017 a record turnover of one billion dollars (about 810 million euros) with exceptional trading volumes, which made it the most downloaded mobile app on iOS last December. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
Bitcoin has seen more than $600 billion wiped off its value in the past three months.
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While bitcoin’s value plunged, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite entered correction territory this week as the expected withdrawal of pandemic-era Fed support and rising inflation roiled US markets.

“Crypto is reacting to the same kind of dynamics that are weighing on risk-assets globally,” Stephane Ouellette, the CEO of FRNT Financial, told Economic Times.

“Unfortunately for some of the mature projects like BTC, there is so much cross-correlation within the crypto asset class it’s almost a certainty that it falls, at least temporarily in a broader alt-coin valuation contraction.”

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