INTERNATIONAL – The great crypto crash of 2018 plunged deeper over the weekend.
Bitcoin slid another 4.5 percent to $3 635 (R50 200) at midnight Sunday in New York, according to Bitstamp. It recouped most of the losses by 7:50am but remains in the red. It’s lost 33 percent in the past week and 75 percent this year.
Cryptocurrencies just had their worst week ever, and Bitcoin is 82 percent below its high of $19 666 almost a year ago. Ripple declined 5.3 percent to 35 cents, and is about 90 percent below its peak.
After an epic rally last year that exceeded many of history’s most notorious bubbles, digital currencies have become mired in an almost $700 billion rout that shows few signs of abating. Many of the concerns that sparked the 2018 retreat – including increased regulatory scrutiny, community infighting and exchange snafus – have only intensified this week.
Even after the steep losses, Oanda’s Stephen Innes has yet to see strong evidence of a capitulation that would signal a market bottom.