After Yesterday’s Signs of Recovery, Crypto Markets See Drastic Losses

November 20, 2018
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Following slight signals of recovery yesterday, crypto markets experience another dramatic fall, dragging Bitcoin below $5,000.

Monday, Nov. 19: after showing some signs of recovery yesterday, Nov. 18, cryptocurrency markets experience another dramatic fall. Bitcoin (BTC) dipped below the $5,000 mark, with some of the top 20 coins falling by as much as 20 percent at press time, according to CoinMarketCap.

Market visualization from Coin360

After a modest attempt to clamber into the green zone on Nov. 18, BTC today has slumped by over 10 percent on the day and is trading at around $4,977 as of press time. On its weekly chart BTC has lost 21.37 percent.

Bitcoin daily price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ripple (XRP) is down almost 2 percent on the day, and is trading at $0.495 at press time. The coin has retained its position as the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization since it managed to displace Ethereum (ETH) on Nov. 15. XRP’s market cap is around $20 billion, while ETH’s is over $15.8 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap.

XRP daily price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

ETH has seen a drastic fall by over 13 percent over the past 24 hours, and is trading at around $153 at press time. Ethereum’s highest point on the day was $179.70 and the lowest of $150.80. In terms of its weekly overview, the altcoin has lost almost 27 percent.

Ethereum daily price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Major losers among altcoins on the day are Tezos, Ethereum Classic (ETC), and Dash, down by 21.71, 16.05, and 16 percent respectively.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies dipped as low as $164 billion today, marking the lowest point on its weekly chart. Daily trade volume is around $19.6 billion.

Total market capitalization 7-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

While crypto markets have been experiencing a steep decline, Netherlands-based ‘Big Four’ auditor KPMG released a bullish report on cryptocurrency Nov. 15. The report argues that institutional investors must join the industry for it to “realize its potential.”

“In 2018, we are seeing a wave of new entrants in the market such as security token platforms, stablecoins, and even established financial services institutions that are launching crypto products and services. Cryptoassets are now impossible to ignore,” the report reads.

Today Cointelegraph also reported that Bitcoin-based smart contract protocol Rootstock (RSK) is integrating with spin-off project RIF OS to expand its scope of operations. This will purportedly enable the RSK protocol to go beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum network support and include various P2P functions and “accelerate the adoption of open source blockchain technology worldwide.”

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