Bitcoin falls 10 per cent to a 10-day low

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jan 21, 2021, 09.39 PM(IST)

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The fall has come amid growing concerns that bitcoin was one of financial market price bubbles. In addition to this, there have been fears that US President Joe Biden's administration could try to regulate cryptocurrency

Bitcoin slumped 10% on Thursday to the lowest point in last 10 day. The cryptocurrency has retreated further from record highs as traders increasingly cite fears of tighter US regulation. The world's most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin was last down 7.5% at $32,779 after falling as low as $31,977. It has lost nearly a quarter since touching a record $42,000 on Jan. 8.

The fall has come amid growing concerns that bitcoin was one of financial market price bubbles. In addition to this, there have been fears that US President Joe Biden's administration could try to regulate cryptocurrency.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to head the U.S. Treasury, expressed concerns that cryptocurrencies could be used to finance illegal activities.

"I think many are used, at least in a transactions sense, mainly for illicit financing, and I think we really need to examine ways in which we can curtail their use and make sure that money laundering does not occur through these channels," said the former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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Joseph Edwards of cryptocurrency broker Enigma Securities said these comments had a substantial impact.

"The action over the last 36 hours or so has largely been rippling outwards from the Janet Yellen comments on crypto," he said, adding that it was still unclear exactly what, if any, moves the Biden administration would take.

"We do think it's probably still just a lapse in momentum rather than a sea change, though," he said.

(With Reuters inputs)

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