Bitcoin fell below $ 30,000 on Thursday as the cryptocurrency continued its decline around 2021 after quadrupling in value last year.
The digital currency fell 17% to $ 29,246.77 and deleted around $ 100 billion from the market, according to CoinDesk. It’s now down more than 30% since it hit a high of $ 41,940 earlier this month.
The recent slump, which has come for no clear reason, underscores the volatility of a currency that has become a popular investment for day traders in recent years, despite having limited use in the real world. Bitcoin rose over 300% in 2020 and ended the year exactly where it currently is.
Ether, the digital currency, the second in total value after Bitcoin, fell even further on Thursday, falling 22% to $ 1,053.80. It’s now 27% below its high earlier this week, according to CoinDesk. Ether rose 471% over the past year.
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