South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home

21 February, 2018, 08:04 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home

The Bitcoin price and value broke $11000 on February 20 for the first time since January 29, with a current price of $11454. During that period Bitcoin's price was trading between about $8,600 and $9,000.

Bitcoin, the digital "crypto-currency" has passed the $1,000 mark for the first time in history, marking a growth of some 4,000 percent since the beginning of the year. With the recent crash, Bitcoin took nearly all altcoins down with its self, and this showed investors around the world that the high correlation between Bitcoin and other cryptos is highly unsafe.

The surge had a positive impact on the overall cryptocurrency market, which recorded a valuation of $502 billion on Monday.

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The government launched a series of meetings of vice-ministers, led by Hong Nam Ki, minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, in late November past year to regulate cryptocurrency transactions and curb market overheating. Meantime, the United States authorities have begun an investigation of the Bitfinex exchange over its links to Tether, which is rumored to being used to artificially inflate bitcoin prices.

The wild swings in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lately should reinforce the idea that they are not sound long-term investments-and that investors should only buy as much as they can afford to lose.

South Korea had previously disclosed that it had considered shutting down local cryptocurrency exchanges entirely. Kay Van-Peterson, who is an analyst at Saxo Bank went one step further in an interview with CNBC, saying Bitcoin could in fact reach a high of $100,000. However, the year ended on a not too good note for the cryptocurrency market, with the likes of Bitcoin depreciating by over 40%.

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The volatility of cryptocurrency, combined with a widespread lack of understanding of the market, has led many financial experts to warn people to steer clear.

"We believe that the future success of cryptocurrencies will largely depend on the coordinated approach of global regulators and policymakers to regulate and enhance market participants' confidence in these instruments", Damak added.

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