Bitcoin has shed more than 5% of its value in the last 24 hours, according to crypto data aggregator CoinMarketCap. Yesterday, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap fell below the $19,000 threshold for the first time since July 4.
Broadly speaking, Bitcoin has dropped 7% over the past seven days, with the more intense selloffs happening yesterday and today.
At the height of Bitcoin's bull run last year, it commanded a market capitalization of $1 trillion. This figure has since dwindled to $358.8 billion.
The world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of $184.7 billion, plummeted 7% overnight as hype for the network’s major overhaul, dubbed the merge, turned to concern.
It’s not just crypto, either.
Stocks are also down, in part due to fears that the United States Federal Reserve will continue hiking interest rates in a bid to stem rampant inflation. The price of gold has flattened, too, due to the tightening fiscal policy.
The general western economy is also experiencing geopolitical pressure.
Bitcoin’s selloff intensified following news last week that Russia shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, halting gas to Europe and spooking markets, according to experts.
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