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Cryptos Head South, Bitcoin Plummets

Posted Thursday, November 21, 2019 by
Shain Vernier • 2 min read

The past 24 hours have been brutal for the cryptocurrency markets. Sellers have dominated the action, sending Bitcoin (BTC) down by more than 6%. At this point, the price action looks eerily similar to the crypto-plunge of late-2018.

Bitcoin, Cryptos Post A Dismal 24-hour Performance

All in all, it has been a rough week for the leading cryptocurrencies. Prices are sliding south and closing in on long-term corrective territory. Here are the 24-hour performance metrics for the big five coins:

Coin                                       % Loss        Key Number

Bitcoin BTC                          -6.35%           $7500

Bitcoin Cash (BCH)                -8.76%            $225

Ethereum ETH                    -9.23%            $150

Litecoin LTC                        -8.33%             $50 

Ripple XRP                            -3.57%             $0.25

So, what is behind today’s sell-off in crypto? While there are no clear market drivers, reports are circling that the Hong Kong protests may be playing a key part in devaluations. Internet outages have been rampant over the past week in crypto-friendly Hong Kong, impacting liquidity. This will be a situation to watch as there is no resolution in sight for the civil discourse.

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CFTC Chairman Speaks On Libra

Wednesday afternoon brought public comments from U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) honcho Heath Tarbert. Tarbert spoke to CNBC on the topic of Libra, regulation, and its potential launch. Here are a few of his key quotes:

  • “The CFTC is able to classify Bitcoin as a commodity. Libra, on the other hand, is a fundamentally different product.”
  • “Libra is developing and there are a bunch of unanswered questions; the way that it’s structured, linking it directly to a set of national currencies makes it a very different product.”
  • “I think that whoever ends up leading in this technology [blockchain] will end up writing the rules for the rest of the world.”

To summarize Tarbert, there isn’t a whole lot of clarity to be found regarding Libra. U.S. regulators still have major questions surrounding its legitimacy and eventual approval. With no real time-frame for a Libra launch, the rest of the cryptocurrency asset class is left waiting for any news. In the event we don’t see a 2019 green light, Bitcoin and cryptos will be in a position for a December sell-off for the second year in a row.

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About the author

Shain Vernier // US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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