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Bitcoin, Ethereum prices in freefall as China plans crackdown on mining and trading


Bitcoin has seen much better days. 


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Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum and every cryptocurrency available had a terrible week. Prices began falling Wednesday following the news of China reaffirming its ban on the crypto services for its financial institutions. Then, after a brief rebound Thursday, prices fell again Friday when a statement from a meeting among top Chinese officials called for what could be disastrous actions against cryptocurrency. 

“We should be more alert and look for potential risks,” a statement from the meeting said, according to Coindesk. “We should crack down on bitcoin mining and trading activities and prevent individual risks from being passed to the whole society.” 

Bitcoin prices fell sharply after the news from the meeting came out Friday morning, reaching a low of $33,590. It was priced at just over $41,000 just hours before. Dogecoin and Ethereum also saw their values slip by 10% and 12%, respectively. 

The cryptocurrency industry had its first gut-punch come Tuesday as the China Internet Finance Association said it won’t allow the country’s financial institutions to partake in any business related to cryptocurrency due to the volatile nature of the digital coins, according to a Chinese media report that was spotted by Coindesk Wednesday. This decision isn’t new. China took a similar stance back in 2017, which also resulted in a massive Bitcoin selloff. 

“The price of virtual currency has soared and plummeted, and virtual currency trading speculation has rebounded, which has seriously violated the safety of the people’s property and disrupted the normal economic and financial order,” the report said via Google Translate. “In order to further implement the requirements of the ‘Notice on Preventing Bitcoin Risks’ and ‘Announcement on Preventing Token Issuance Financing Risks’ issued by the People’s Bank of China and other departments to prevent the risks of speculation in virtual currency transactions.”

Not the kind of morning Bitcoin owners want to see.

Not the kind of morning Bitcoin owners want to see.


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Bitcoin’s price dropped sharply Wednesday morning to a low of just above $30,000, then rebounded to $37,000, according to Coindesk — a loss of 12% for the day. Ethererum and Dogecoin also saw drops at about the same time.

Since the start of the pandemic, Bitcoin, along with other cryptocurrencies, saw its value climb, reaching a peak of almost $65,000 in April. Since then, the price has been coming down because of growing concern about the large energy consumption required for Bitcoin. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company would no longer accept Bitcoin as payment because its use is increasing the burning of coal for power. 

The popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies attracted the attention of President Joe Biden. The US Treasury proposed a requirement for individuals report any cryptocurrency transfers over $10,000 to the IRS.  The proposal is also included in the president’s American Family Plan. A similar rule is already in place in banks for any deposits over that same amount. 



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