Connect with us

News

Bitcoin Tumbles Below $39,000 After China Issues Warning

Published

on

Inform Others

Bitcoin plunged below $39,000 for the first time in more than three months Wednesday after China said cryptocurrencies would not be allowed in transactions and warned investors against speculative trading in them.

The comments sent the unit diving more than 10 percent and dealt it another blow soon after being battered by comments from tycoon and his Tesla car company.

Will It Rise Again?

Trading in cryptocurrencies has been banned in China since 2019 to prevent money laundering as leaders try to stop people from shifting cash overseas. The country had been home to around 90 percent of the global trade in the sector.

And in a statement, three state-backed industry associations — the National Internet Finance Association of China, the China Banking Association and the Payment and Clearing Association of China — said “cryptocurrency prices have skyrocketed and plummeted, and cryptocurrency trading speculation activities have rebounded”.

ALSO READ  Man arrested in Kano for impersonation Ahmed Musa

The price fluctuations “seriously violate people’s asset safety and disrupt normal economic and financial order”, said the statement, which was posted to by the People’s Bank of China.

The notice warned consumers against wild speculation, adding that the “losses caused by investment transactions are borne by the consumers themselves”, since Chinese law offers no protection to them.

It reiterated that providing cryptocurrency services to customers and crypto-based financial products was illegal for Chinese financial institutions and payment providers.

Bitcoin tumbled Wednesday from $45,600 to $38,570, its lowest since early February, and well off the record high of $64,870 seen as recently as last month. Analysts have warned it could go down as far as $30,000.

“This is the latest chapter of China tightening the noose around crypto,” Antoni Trenchev, managing partner and co-founder of -based crypto lender Nexo, said.

ALSO READ  Kim Kardashian Officially Files For Divorce From Kanye West

– ‘Here to stay’ –
Adam Reynolds, of Saxo Markets, added that avoiding use of cryptocurrency, which be transferred out of the country, is “essential to maintaining capital controls” in China.

Bitcoin has had a torrid few days. It took a heavy hit at the start of the week after Musk appeared to suggest Tesla was planning to sell its huge holdings of the unit. And that came days after the electric car giant said it would halt using it in transactions because of environmental concerns.

“Elon Musk started the ball rolling,”  Germany-based crypto analyst Timo Emden told AFP. “It will take some time for them to recover from this shock.”

However, some Chinese enthusiasts remained unfazed.

“This has happened before and it happens every year… Crypto is here to stay,” said trader and ex-tech industry worker Zeng Jiajun. “I think nothing will change until big exchanges like Binance close their businesses for Chinese users, which is unlikely to happen since those exchanges all operate abroad.”

ALSO READ  ''Sooner Than Later I’ll Bring Home An Oscar''- Alex Ekubo Promsises Nigerians

China is in the midst of a wide-ranging regulatory crackdown on its fintech sector, whose biggest players — including Alibaba and Tencent — have been hit with big fines after being found guilty of monopolistic practices.

The central bank has also sought to promote its own heavily regulated digital yuan, which it is testing across the country in pilot schemes.

Consumers already widely use mobile and online payments, but the digital yuan could allow the central bank — rather than the big tech giants — greater data and control over payments.

— Bloomberg News contributed to this story —

AFP


Inform Others

Editor's Picks For You

Advertisement
Comments
Advertisement

PICKED FOR YOU TO READ

News6 seconds ago

NUPENG Blasts El-Rufai, Threatens National Strike

Inform OthersThe National Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Tuesday criticised the actions...

News3 mins ago

Bitcoin Tumbles Below $39,000 After China Issues Warning

Inform OthersBitcoin plunged below $39,000 for the first time in more than three months Wednesday after China said cryptocurrencies would...

News8 mins ago

Lagos Govt Launches First And Last-Mile Buses To Replace ‘Okada’

Inform OthersThe Lagos State Government on Tuesday launched 500 first and last-mile buses, as well as 100 high-capacity buses to...

News18 hours ago

El-Rufai Orders Sack Of Nurses Below Level 14 In Kaduna

Inform OthersThe Kaduna State Government on Tuesday ordered the sack of nurses below level 14 for joining a strike called...

News18 hours ago

Nigeria Receives £4.2m Ibori Loot

Inform OthersNigeria has received the £4.2million seized from the associates of convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori from...

News18 hours ago

Armed Thugs Disrupt NLC Protest In Kaduna, Wabba Accuses El-Rufai

Inform OthersThe protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday turned violent as armed thugs attacked the workers, throwing stones...

News18 hours ago

Germany To Return All Benin Artefacts By 2022

Inform OthersGermany has agreed to return all Benin artefacts by 2022. The artefacts are those taken from the Benin Royal...

News1 day ago

Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Drops For First Time In 20 Months

Inform OthersNigeria’s headline inflation has dropped for the first time in 20 consecutive months, recording 18.12 per cent decrease in...

News2 days ago

Unknown Gunmen Kidnap UNIJOS Professor, And Her Husband

Inform OthersProfessor Grace Ayanbimpe of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the University of Jos has been abducted alongside her...

News2 days ago

Six Vehicles Burnt As Hoodlums Attack INEC Enugu Office

Inform OthersSix vehicles have been razed with two others damaged following an attack on the Enugu State office of the...

Advertisement
Advertisement

GET OUR UPDATES ON Facebook

Advertisement
You cannot copy content of this page