Cryptocurrencies in general fall as FTX, one of the top giants, falls.
- FTX, one of the giants in the world of cryptocurrency, has just plunged in value—and it happened fast.
- The failure of the large crypto exchange has brought fear to the sector causing many holders to sell causing many digital coins to drop quickly.
- This marks yet another big crypto fall this year, but this one was unexpected leaving holders shocked.
- Bitcoin fell more than 10% in one day on the news, as coin holders panicked.
Why it’s news
FTX is one of the giants in the crypto world. It is a crypto exchange platform that boasts millions of users including big name celebrities.
The exchange was showing no signs of trouble before the huge fall this week, which was a huge shock to the crypto world.
It was announced that the exchange company was being bought by its rival, Binance, which is another huge crypto exchange platform. The announcement of the FTX failure and its need to be bought by Binance sent fear crippling through the cryptocurrency sector causing major selloffs.
These selloffs marked another huge hit to crypto after the sector faced a large selloff this summer and caused big drops to many coins.
Bitcoin and other coins took a large dive after the announcement. The price of Bitcoin tumbled 11% in volatile trading in just 24 hours to $17,233—marking the lowest price for the coin this year.
The global value of the overall crypto sector fell 12% over the last day to $911 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin has fallen over 12% now while Ether fell 17.5%, and Dogecoin 25%.
“Nervy days ahead for cryptos,” says Oanda analyst Craig Erlam. “Cryptocurrencies have been pummeled at the start of the week with Bitcoin down almost 20% in two days at one stage amid concerns over FTX.”
Backing up a Bit
This isn’t the crypto sector’s first major hit this year. Bitcoin and other currencies were plagued by major selloffs this summer.
June and July were brutal months for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin dropped 37.3% in June alone, giving it the largest fall since 2011. The major sell off led to job cuts in many crypto companies and even forced some lenders to pause withdrawals.
Bitcoin was able to rally again and build price, but nevertheless the sector has been affected again by the fall of FTX.