Why is crypto down today? Cryptocurrency market crash, China ban - prices of Bitcoin, Shiba Inu, Ethereum

China makes all crypto currency transactions illegal after ordering shut down of Bitcoin mining in Sichuan province

Cryptocurrency market is down 1.99% on the last 24 hours (4.30pm, Thursday 21 October).

After a year of gains and record highs, crypto currencies are enduring a turbulent time with unpredictable price changes.

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Bitcoin and other leading crypto coins experienced a significant drop in share price after investors began dumping mining equipment as China announced fresh regulations.

  • Bitcoin (BTC) -4.90% (£45,601.00)
  • Ethereum (ETH) +1.35% (£2,930.49)
  • Binance Coin (BNB) -4.45% (£342.45)
  • Cardano (ADA) -0.37% (£1.57)
  • Tether (USDT) +0.22% (£0.72)
  • Solana (SOL) +8.05% (£130.70)
  • XRP (XRP) -2.42% (£0.80)
  • Polkadot (DOT) -1.41% (£30.61)
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) -2.42% (£0.18)
  • Terra (LUNA) +0.56% (£29.04)
  • SHIBA INU (SHIB) +0.30% (£0.00001985)

It follows recent crashes brought on by Tesla making a u-turn on accepting Bitcoin as payment for its products and China clamping down on initial coin offerings, block exchanges and warned against speculative trading.

A further blow was dealt when China ordered Bitcoin mining in its Sichuan province to shut down completely and furthermore told banks to stop supporting crypto transactions, in a latest wave of restrictions on cryptos.

Now the country’s central bank, People’s Bank of China, has effectively banned digital coins after announcing all transactions of cryptocurrencies are illegal.

The decision has already had an impact on the global crypto market.

Bitcoin wasn’t the only cryptocurrency to feel the effects of Tesla’s decision. (Pic: Shutterstock)

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Why is the crypto market down?

China’s crackdown on cryptos comes days after Musk’s shock announcement.

Musk’s decision signifies a sharp u-turn for Tesla who only started accepting Bitcoin as payment for its services in February 2021.

It came after the electric car company bought $1.5b (£1.06b) of Bitcoin shares, which in turn sent the market price of both the crypto and Tesla soaring.

Yet the impact on the environment of Bitcoin mining - a complicated process of minting new digital tokens - has seen Tesla withdraw this option for customers.

The billionaire entrepreneur said: “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuel for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

Musk reaffirmed his belief that cryptocurrency has a “promising future” but that it “cannot come at great cost to the environment”, in his Twitter post.

Musk has been a long-time advocate of cryptocurrencies and the Tesla decision was felt across the market, with other digital tokens going down in price.

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What is the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum?

The price of Bitcoin was £45,601.00 after the latest drop in prices (21 October), according to Coinbase.

Ethereum’s value is now £2,930.49.

Cryptocurrencies are seen as an alternative to traditional banking methods, cheaper to move money around due to not being regulated by the government or its banks.

The decision by Tesla, and announced by Musk, was seen by some as a slight on the credibility of cryptos to become a viable method of payment against physical currencies.

Which crypto prices are down?

Bitcoin wasn’t the only cryptocurrency to feel the initial effects, with most of the top 10 all experiencing dips in value.

Dogecoin, which was initially set up as a joke in 2012 before seeing its shares skyrocket, has also dropped while Solana has seen its market price rise by more than 8%.

Musk’s influence cannot be underestimated as, even though the likes of PayPal, Mastercard and Facebook have backed cryptos, the Tesla announcement still rocked the market.

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