Bitcoin has plunged below $10,000 today driven by regulators' careful examination of the crypto trading. In January the coin recorded an all-time low over the past four years.
In particular, bitcoin transactions took place at $9,549 on the Bitfinex today, followed by the Ethereum at $ 1,091.70. As a result, the exchange witnessed a 25.88% monthly weakening last month, which is the biggest collapse since January 2015.
The Ripple coin changed hands at $1.04 (some 5.45% down) on the Poloniex.
Considering the dynamics of the previous years (2013-2017), bitcoin traditionally shows negative performance in January.
As it was reported earlier, the regulators in different countries have focused on the crypto trading issue lately, which affects prices for digital coins.
Specifically, the current bitcoin softening is related to reports about requests for summons sent to Bitfinex and Tether exchanges by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission back in December. The latter said that its coins have been backed by the US dollar reserves, though failed to provide confirmation for that statement.
At the same time, the global social network Facebook announced a ban on advertisement of financial products and services that are fakes or misinform users, with cryptocurrency being on the ban list.
For now, the cryptocurrency market is yet to recover after Coincheck's robbery. For reference, Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange was hacked and lost coins for $530 million a week ago.
In this situation, Japanese financial regulator is reportedly going to check all crypto platforms in the country. Besides, it has also ordered to eliminate all weaknesses of the Coincheck.
Many countries are attempting to restrain crypto trading. For example, the ban on anonymous accounts for digital coin trading in South Korea came into force on Tuesday. Seoul intends to prevent cryptocurrency usage for laundering and other illegal actions. South Korea did not plan to ban crypto trading but the regulation issue could not be shelved, as commented Korea's Finance Minister.
Today India's Finance Minister promised to take measures aimed at suppressing virtual currency use for illegal activities.