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Ethereum Plunge Highlights Crypto-Currency Fears

Ethereum Plunge Highlights Crypto-Currency Fears

Nick Cawley, Strategist

Talking Points

- The GDAX exchange temporarily suspended Ethereum trading as the price plunged.

- Stop-loss orders hit as Ethereum temporarily traded as low as $0.10.

The volatile nature of crypto-currencies, and their various exchanges, was laid bare on Wednesday when the price of Ethereum (ETH) plunged from over $317 to touch a ‘spike-low’ of just $0.10, on the GDAX exchange.

According to a GDAX blog post, a multi-million USD sell-order saw orders filled between $317.81 down to $224.48 before tripping around 800 stop loss orders and margin funding liquidations “causing ETH to temporarily trade as low as $0.10.”

The GDAX blog highlights that there was no indication of wrongdoing or account takeover and that the exchanges’ matching engine operated as intended throughout the event.

Full GDAX blog.

Market heavyweight Bitcoin (BTC) remained immune to the trading problems at GDAX and traded just 1.25% lower at $2642. BTC has soared in recent weeks, and months, as investors eye a variety of uses for the digital currency and its technology.

Chart: Bitcoin Daily Timeframe (February 25 – June 22, 2017)

Ethereum Plunge Highlights Crypto-Currency Fears

Chart by IG

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--- Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst

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