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Cryptocurrencies among the losers in global selloff


There were no good spots for investors to hide yesterday amid a global market rout as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies joined the selloff.

Bitcoin, the largest digital currency, tumbled as much as 7 percent to its lowest since the middle of August, then pared its losses to 4.8 percent as of 9:30am in London, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index slid by more than 11 percent, in a third day of losses. Rival coins Ether, XRP and Litecoin also retreated at least 10 percent.

“The global sell-off in equities has indeed spilled over to the crypto-space,” said Ryan Rabaglia, head of trading with cryptocurrency dealing firm OSL in Hong Kong. “The days of crypto being the safe-haven play and having a high degree of detachment from the rest of the world are seemingly diminishing.”

Increased institutional attention on the cryptocurrency space has led to greater correlation with traditional assets, although this trend is not expected to last, he said.

“With the 2018 low of [US]$5,800 being tested a number of times, our sights are set at that level for all further sell-offs,” Rabaglia said.

Cryptocurrencies have wiped out more than US$600 billion in value from a January peak as the boom in initial coin offerings last year fades further into memory.

Mainstream adoption of digital currencies has failed to materialize this year amid a series of exchange hacks and increased regulatory scrutiny.

“It is clear by now that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies represent the mother of all bubbles,” Nouriel Roubini, chairman at Roubini Macro Associates and a professor at NYU Stern School of Business, said in prepared testimony for a US Senate Banking Committee hearing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain scheduled for yesterday in Washington. “No asset class in human history has ever experienced such a rapid boom and total utter bust and implosion.”

Roubini wrote that the blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is “the most over-hyped and least useful technology in human history” and is “nothing better than a glorified spreadsheet or database.”

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