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Crypto suffers huge losses across the board – but can they recover?

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Bitcoin has fallen bellow $30,000 for the first time since June, and Ethereum is suffering huge losses across the board. Could this be the end of crypto?

Around 98 billion dollars was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market in 24 hours, in what comes as huge losses for crypto investors.

Bitcoin is down more than 6%, and Ethereum fells almost 9%. Since bitcoin’s all-time high of nearly $65,000 in mid-April, its price has plunged over 50 percent

The co-founder of one of the earliest rivals to bitcoin has sensationally abandoned the cryptocurrency market, sending prices tumbling.

Ethereum has dropped massively in recent days. Picture: CoinDesk
Ethereum has dropped massively in recent days.

Co-founder leaves Ethereum

The crash follows Ethereum co-founder Anthony Di Iorio making a dramatic exit from the crypto world at the end of last week. The Canadian entrepreneur says he plans to sell his Toronto-based blockchain company Decentral.

Di Iorio said he believes the startup is worth “hundreds of millions.” He plans to sell the company for fiat, or equity in another company rather than crypto.

Di Iorio financed Ethereum at its inception. Ethereum is the second biggest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. Ether, the native token of the network, has a market value of about $225 billion.

Ethereum is home of many of the hottest crypto projects, especially in decentralized finance. This allows people to borrow, lend and trade with each other without intermediaries like banks.

“It’s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about”

He told Bloomberg he was leaving crypto behind because he was tired of feeling unsafe. He plans to redirect his focus on philanthropy in the future.

“I don’t feel necessarily safe in this space,” said Di lorio. Since 2017, a security team has escorted him whenever he leaves his house.

Forbes evaluated his net worth at about US$1 billion in 2018. The value of Ethereum has more than doubled since then. For now, crypto enthusiasts will need to wait and see whether the loss continues.

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Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Celsius Network propped up token with investor money

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It’s been revealed crypto lender Celsius used investor money and customer deposits to prop up its own token and inflate its balance sheet

 
Celsius gathered crypto deposits from retail customers and invested them in the wholesale crypto market.

It raised some of the initial capital to fund its business by creating and then selling its own crypto token.

Celsius filed for bankruptcy in July last year, after freezing customer withdrawals from its platform.

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Binance & Mastercard to launch prepaid crypto card in Brazil

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Binance has launched a prepaid crypto card in Brazil in partnership with Mastercard

 
The card will be available to all Binance users in Brazil with a valid national ID, and allow them to make payments and pay bills with 13 cryptocurrencies.

The product is now in a soft-launch phase and “will be widely available in the coming weeks”.

Brazilian consumers are popular crypto users, as nearly half have made made at least one crypto transaction in the past year.

This isn’t the only South American nation to have the partnership between the two financial giants, as Argentina also has a similar offering.

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South Korea to introduce virtual asset tracking system for crypto

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The South Korean Ministry of Justice has announced it is introducing a ‘virtual asset tracking system’

The aim will be to strengthen the tracking of money laundering and recovery of criminal proceeds using cryptocurrency.

Three-quarters of illegal foreign exchange transactions in South Korea are crypto-related.

The ministry will use the tracking system to check and monitor transaction records, extract details on the relationship between transactions, and confirm fund sources before and after transfers.

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