Bitcoin falls below $ 30,000

Bitcoin fell below $ 30,000 on Thursday, as the cryptocurrency continues its 2021 slide after increasing in value four times last year.

The digital currency fell 17% to $ 29,246.77, wiping out about $ 100 billion from the market, according to data from CoinDesk. It is now down more than 30% since peaking at $ 41,940 earlier this month.

The latest dive, which comes for no clear reason, underscores currency volatility that has become a popular investment for day traders in recent years even as it still has limited application in the real world. Bitcoin rose over 300% in 2020, closing the year right about where it currently sits.

Ether, the digital currency second to Bitcoin in total value, fell even more on Thursday, falling 22% to $ 1053.80. It’s now 27% lower than its highest from earlier this week, according to CoinDesk. Ether rose 471% last year.

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