The Crypto market began it’s Friday morning with a severe selling pressure linked to growing concerns about stiffer regulation.
The Crypto market was down by about 4% with its market value trading at $1.56 trillion, while Bitcoin was down by almost 2% for the day to trade around $36,200.
Most of the leading altcoins including Cardano, XRP, Polkadot, Binance Coin, Dodge coin, and UniSwap recorded losses of more than 5% with Elizabeth Warren, high ranking U.S senator calling the pioneer Crypto a “terrible currency” that’s really only useful to “criminals” and speculative investors.
The Massachusetts-based senator also pointed Cryptocurrency had facilitated a platform for helping criminals launder money and in some cases hide their proceeds.
The prominent Wall Street critic and consumer advocate, further disclosed that these digital assets haven’t solved the problems of the United States banking system as claimed by Crypto sympathizers.
Some institutional buyers are, however, adopting a wait and see approach as Senator Warren buttressed the need for cryptocurrencies to be properly regulated.
Also weighing hard on the mind of investors is a bill introduced by Democrat Senator, Kevin S. Parker, seeking to ban Bitcoin mining in New York for three years. The bill has recently been passed by the upper house of the New York State Senate by a 36-27 margin and is now on its way to the Democrat-controlled Assembly, suggesting more headwinds for the flagship Crypto.
That being said, it is important to note that a significant number of institutional investors are still holding on to the pioneer crypto. Recent data from Glassnode reveals that for the month of May, a total volume of 160,700 Bitcoins has been sent from an illiquid state back into liquid circulation, representing just 22% of the supply that moved the other direction, from liquid to illiquid, since March last year.
This further suggests 744,000 Bitcoins were withdrawn to cold storage over the last 14-months, of which 78% have remained unspent despite this recent volatility.
Consequently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release warning investors specifically about the dangers of trading Bitcoin futures by carefully weighing the potential risks and benefits of the investment.Follow us on social media