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ETH Sinks Below $2,000 Amid Latest Crypto Crash

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ETH Sinks Below $2,000 Amid Latest Crypto Crash

The price of ETH has fallen below $2,000 for the first time since April 7. The cryptocurrency’s price is now under half of ETH’s all-time high of $4,165 on May 12—just eleven days ago.

The market cap of ETH has halved accordingly, from highs of about half a trillion dollars on May 12 to current levels of about $230 trillion.

ETH has fallen about 18% in the past day and 45% in the past week. This is far more than BTC, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap that is currently worth about $35,000; BTC has fallen by about 5.5% in the past 24 hours and about 30% in the past week.

ETH’s latest dip follows a fortnight of tough news for the crypto market. Elon Musk kicked things off on May 12—the day of ETH’s all-time high—when he announced that Tesla would no longer accept BTC, citing environmental concerns.

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ETH uses the same energy-intensive proof-of-work mining mechanism as BTC. However, it’s switching to an energy-efficient consensus algorithm called proof-of-stake later this year, which the ETH Foundation, the non-profit that maintains the network, promises will make ETH 99.5% more energy-efficient. 

More bad news came out of China this week. On Wednesday, three Chinese payment and banking firms warned that cryptocurrencies are highly speculative and harmful to a healthy society. On Friday, a government official added crypto mining to a list of sectors that ought to be monitored to ensure economic and social stability.

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Much of the world’s cryptocurrency mining operations are housed in China, since miners take advantage of cheap electricity rates. Combined, the news has tanked the markets and sent the price of ETH into freefall.

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All content in this article is for informational purposes only and in no way serves as investment advice. Investing in cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks is very risky and can lead to capital losses.

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