Why Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, And Other Cryptocurrencies Plunged Today

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What happened

Cryptocurrencies fell on Friday after China furthered its crackdown on the industry. Here’s how some of the most popular cryptoassets were performing as of 3:30 p.m. EDT:

  • Bitcoin (CRYPTO:BTC), down 6%
  • Ethereum (CRYPTO:ETH), down 8%
  • Litecoin (CRYPTO:LTC), down 9%
  • XRP (CRYPTO:XRP), down 7%
  • Dogecoin (CRYPTO:DOGE), down 7% 

So what

Earlier this year, China banned cryptocurrency mining, an energy-intensive process that has drawn criticism from environmentalists for its potential to contribute to climate change. Chinese regulators also forbid the country’s financial institutions from providing services to crypto-focused companies. 

Today, China’s central bank took the next step and declared all cryptocurrency-related activities illegal. This includes trading cryptocurrencies and their derivatives on foreign exchanges. 

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This article originally appeared at The Motley Fool.