The cryptocurrency market has continued its slide from last week, mirroring the fall of the broader stock market.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, fell to $30,641 on Monday afternoon, an 11% drop from Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT, according to prices from CoinDesk. Bitcoin’s price has fallen 55% from its all-time-high of $67,802 in November.
It is on track for the worst five-day stretch since the five days ended March 16, 2020, when it fell almost 38%.
Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, fell Monday to $2,271.24, almost 11% below the price Sunday evening.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more widely are known for their violent price swings. Individual investors controlled the market for years but institutional investors, such as hedge funds and money managers, have started to dominate it.
With more professional investors trading crypto, the market has increasingly moved in tandem with traditional markets. Many institutional investors that buy cryptocurrencies treat them as risk assets, similar to tech stocks. Investors tend to retreat to safer corners of the market during turbulent bouts.
The stock market dropped last week the day after the Federal Reserve announced a rate increase of a half point, the biggest since 2000, to battle inflation. Fed Chairman
said there could be additional increases in the summer. The central bank is also unwinding some of its $9 trillion asset portfolio.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite has fallen almost 26% year to date.
Crypto prices have been stagnant for much of 2022 as investors started bracing for rising interest rates. The crypto market has been active over the past 24 hours, with almost $140 billion in market volume in that period, according to CoinMarketCap. The global crypto market fell to $1.4 trillion.
Cryptocurrency companies have been working to become household names. Flush with venture-capital investment, crypto platforms have been spending more cash on lobbying efforts and marketing directly to consumers.
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