Do NOT TOUCH cryptocurrency until THIS happens
BITCOIN’s prices have undergone a rollercoaster experience after skyrocketing to new highs of $20,000. Currency trends expert Chris Verrone warned investor to hold off investing in the cryptocurrency until its value stabilises.
Bitcoin’s price plummeted to a two-month low last Friday after going through an unexpected growth spurt shortly before Christmas.
Mr Verrone said the crash signalled the financial sector is not prepared to “own bitcoin yet” and investors should wait to plunge into the crypto market until prices stabilise.
He said: “We are not ready to own bitcoin yet. I think this goes lower before it ultimately goes higher.
“The trend is clearly down: we are down 60 percent from the highs not long ago. Until it stabilises you can’t touch it.”
Bitcoin crashed down to $6,968.8 at 2:43pm on Tuesday after UK high-street bank Lloyds banned all cryptocurrency payments on its credit cards.
The ban extends to other household names in the banking giant’s credit card family including Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA.
Wallet holders would have been hoping for a better start to the week but news of another mainstream finance firm being spooked by price volatility and regulatory threats means that other credit cards retailers around the world will be studying the fallout from Lloyds’ ban.
Concerns have arisen among credit card providers because their customers have increasingly been using credit cards to fund accounts on online exchanges, which are then used to purchase the digital currencies.
Last week Mastercard, the world’s second-biggest payments network, said customers buying cryptocurrencies with credit cards fuelled a 1 percent increase in overseas transaction volumes.
But Mr Varrone remained optimistic about bitcoin, saying it was “too early” to declare bitcoin was completely finished.