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Cryptocurrencies are in meltdown – are we about to see the end of the bitcoin dream?

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The bitcoin and cryptocurrency market suddenly went into meltdown today, with the bitcoin price dropping over 10%–just after the closely-watched Bakkt crypto platform went live.

Bitcoin’s major rivals, including the likes Ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, Litecoin, and bitcoin cash, all recorded even heavier losses, falling from 15% to 22%.

The sudden sell-off

The sudden sell-off, which wiped $20 billion from bitcoin’s value and a further $5 billion from the combined value of the wider crypto market, was put down to the muted reaction to the launch of the hotly-anticipated Bakkt bitcoin and cryptocurrency platform.

Cryptocurrencies are in meltdown – are we about to see the end of the bitcoin dream? #Cryptocurrencies #Cryptocurrency #Crypto #bitcoin #ethereum #litecoin #XRP #Ripple #BitcoinCashBitcoin cash led today’s downturn, losing a whopping 22% of its value, while Ethereum lost 15%, Litecoin fell 14% and Ripple’s XRP dropped 10%.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, And Litecoin In Shock Meltdown

Bakkt, an Intercontinental Exchange-backed bitcoin and crypto platform, went live on Sunday night after being unveiled to much fanfare last year–boasting computing giant Microsoft and coffee chain Starbucks among its partners.

Compared to over 5,000 bitcoin traded

Total trading of Bakkt’s hyped “physical” bitcoin futures, meaning traders and investors are not able to sell more bitcoin than they actually have, came to just 72 bitcoin by the end of its first day, compared to over 5,000 bitcoin traded on the first day of CME’s cash-settled futures, launched at the peak of bitcoin-mania in December 2017.

The bitcoin price had soared some 200% this year as the likes of social media giant Facebook and some of the world’s biggest technology companies indicated their interest in bitcoin and crypto.

“What we’ve just seen is short-sellers and momentum traders piling on to make things worse, and now here we are back at support,” Mashinsky added.