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Bitcoin's recent price drop did not occur in isolation, and nearly every major cryptocurrency has experienced large value drops during the week.

Bitcoin's slide triggered a selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day at one point, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging by as much as a third.

Just today, the value of many currencies fell more than 10 percent, and the value of these investments overall are down nearly 40 percent over just the last month. Ethereum, another major currency, fell by more than 15%.

"The volatility of bitcoin - and other cryptocurrencies - is an expected, and important, part of the journey to becoming a mature asset class". More investors hopped on board the digital currency train in an effort to make quick money.

Many organizations are still reluctant to trust blockchain technology, however others have found good use cases for it apart from Bitcoin.

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Several of these crypto-related stocks had stunning moves higher in recent weeks. This is major news, due to the fact that the costs of electricity in the country is extremely low - making it an attractive place to set up shop for those in the bitcoin business.

Faced with market confusion and angry reactions from local investors, the South Korean government has talked down the idea, saying no decision has yet been made regarding a possible shutdown of the country's cryptocurrency markets. On 18 January 2018, the day after the "Bitcoin crash", the currency was trading at $11,000. South Korea's justice minister had said last week the ministry was preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, which sent bitcoin prices plummeting.

The total balance of virtual currency held in accounts at the six banks rose to 2.06 trillion won last year from 32.2 billion won the previous year.

A petition to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential residence, demanding a stop to regulating virtual currency has reached 200,000 signatures and will now get an official response. Such a ban would require a majority vote from the country's National Assembly, which the Evening Standard reports could take months or possibly years.


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