Bitcoin cai abaixo de US $ 20.000 à medida que a venda de criptomoedas acelera
O preço do bitcoin caiu abaixo de US$ 20.000 pela primeira vez desde o final de 2020, em um novo sinal de que a venda de criptomoedas está se aprofundando
ARQUIVO – Um anúncio do Bitcoin, uma das criptomoedas, é exibido em um prédio em Hong Kong, em 18 de novembro de 2021. Bitcoin e outras criptomoedas estavam caindo de preço na segunda-feira, 13 de junho de 2022, depois que o principal credor de criptomoedas Celsius parou todos os saques citando “condições extremas de mercado.” É o segundo colapso de uma parte do mundo das criptomoedas nos últimos dois meses.
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NOVA YORK – O preço do bitcoin caiu abaixo de US$ 20.000 no sábado pela primeira vez desde o final de 2020, em um novo sinal de que a venda de criptomoedas está se aprofundando.
Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, fell below the psychologically important threshold, dropping by as much as 12% to less than $18,100 by late afternoon on the East Coast, according to the cryptocurrency news site CoinDesk.
The last time bitcoin was at that level was in November 2020, when it was on its way up to its all-time high of nearly $69,000, according to CoinDesk. Many in the industry had believed it would not fall under $20,000.
Bitcoin has now lost more than 70% of its value since reaching its peak.
Ethereum, another widely followed cryptocurrency that’s been sliding in recent weeks, took a similar tumble on Saturday.
It’s the latest sign of turmoil in the cryptocurrency industry amid wider turbulence in financial markets. Investors are selling off riskier assets because central banks are raising interest rates to combat quickening inflation.
The overall market value of cryptocurrency assets has fallen from $3 trillion to below $1 trillion, according to coinmarketcap.com, a company that tracks crypto prices. On Saturday, the company’s data showed crypto’s global market value stood at about $834 billion.
A spate of crypto meltdowns has erased tens of billions of dollars of value from the currencies and sparked urgent calls to regulate the freewheeling industry. Last week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate to regulate the digital assets. The crypto industry has also upped its lobbying efforts — flooding $20 million into congressional races this year for the first time, according to records and interviews.
Cesare Fracassi, a finance professor at the University of Texas at Austin who leads the school’s Blockchain Initiative, believes Bitcoin’s fall under the psychological threshold isn’t a big deal. Instead, he said the focus should be on recent news from lending platforms.
Cryptocurrency lending platform Celsius Network said this month that it was pausing all withdrawals and transfers, with no sign of when it would give its 1.7 million customers access to their funds. Another crypto lending platform, Babel Finance, said in a notice posted on its website Friday that it will suspend redemptions and withdrawals on products due to “unusual liquidity pressures.”
“There is a lot of turbulence in the market,” Fracassi said. “And the reason why prices are going down is because there is a lot of concern the sector is overleveraged.”
The cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase announced Tuesday that it laid off about 18% of its workforce, with the company’s CEO and cofounder Brian Armstrong placing some of the blame on a coming “crypto winter.”
A Stablecoin Terra implodiu no mês passado, perdendo dezenas de bilhões de dólares em questão de horas.
A criptomoeda havia permeado grande parte da cultura popular antes de sua recente queda, com muitos anúncios do Super Bowl divulgando os ativos digitais e celebridades e personalidades do YouTube promovendo-a rotineiramente nas mídias sociais.
David Gerard, crítico de criptomoedas e autor de “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain”, disse que os recentes colapsos mostram uma falha dos reguladores, que ele acredita que deveriam ter examinado mais a indústria anos atrás. Muitos investidores nascentes – especialmente jovens – investiram em criptomoedas com base em uma falsa esperança que foi vendida a eles, disse ele.
“Há vítimas humanas reais aqui que são pessoas comuns.”
Chan relatou de Londres.