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Bitcoin plunges below US$20,000

2022-06-19 HKT 02:56
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  • Bitcoin fell to $18,740 at one point on Saturday. File photo: AFP
    Bitcoin fell to $18,740 at one point on Saturday. File photo: AFP
Bitcoin plunged below US$20,000 on Saturday, shedding nine percent from the previous day to fall to $18,740, its lowest level since December 13, 2020.

With investors increasingly wary of risk, the world's most popular crypto asset has lost more than 72 percent of its value since reaching a high of US$68,991 on November 10, 2021.

After sinking to US$18,740 on Saturday, Bitcoin rose to $18,941 a little later, down eight percent from Friday.

Other major digital currencies were also down on Saturday, including ether, which lost nearly 10 percent of its value.

World stock markets plunged last week amid fears that inflation-fighting interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve and other central banks could trigger a recession. Cryptocurrencies have paid the biggest price.

The value of the global crypto market fell below the symbolic $1 trillion mark on Monday after reaching $3 trillion in November of last year.

Bitcoin's fall has been accelerated by the suspension of withdrawals by two cryptocurrency platforms.

The Celsius Network said it was pausing "all withdrawals, swap, and transfers between accounts" due to "extreme market conditions." Meanwhile, Babel Finance said it was facing "unusual liquidity pressures."

Major exchange Binance temporarily suspended bitcoin withdrawals and advised customers to use other networks.

Coinbase said on Monday that it was trimming 18 percent of its workforce, about 1,100 jobs, citing tight economic conditions and overly rapid expansion.

"We appear to be entering a recession after a 10+ year economic boom," Coinbase founder and CEO Brian Armstrong said. (AFP)