Bitcoin sinks to one-week low

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Bitcoin sinks to one-week low

Bitcoin sank to a one-week low yesterday, buffeted by nervousness ahead of a looming Federal Reserve interest-rate hike amid harsher regulatory scrutiny of the cryptocurrency sector.

The largest token dropped as much as 5,4 percent yesterday in Asia and was trading at US$21 073 as of 9:42 am in Singapore. The MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 100 gauge shed more than 4 percent.

The retreat has put a dent in hopes for a sustained Bitcoin rebound and returned the token to a trading range between roughly US$19 000 and US$22 000. Risk appetite is generally on the back foot before an expected 75 basis-point Fed rate rise today.

“We’ve had some stabilisation over the past few weeks and that gave some folks confidence that perhaps a bottom was being put in place,” Katie Stockton, co-founder of Fairlead Strategies, said on Bloomberg Television. “We’re not so convinced.”

Rising interest rates and high-profile meltdowns like that of crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital have pummelled digital tokens this year. Bitcoin is down 55 percent over the period.

The turmoil is leading to ever greater regulatory oversight of the industry. Coinbase Global, for instance, is facing a US probe into whether it improperly let Americans trade digital assets that should have been registered as securities, according to 3 people familiar with the matter.

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