Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000 (Again) As South Korea Stamps Out Anonymous Trading

Here we go again. Bitcoin fell below $10,000 on Tuesday morning (with the usual caveat that it depends on where you get your quotes) in yet another testament to the notion that the “revolution” might have seen its better days.

You’re reminded that yesterday, cryptos came under renewed pressure amid a series of potential catalysts including Nordea’s decision to ban trading in what president and CEO Casper von Koskull once called “an absurd joke” of an asset class.

As Bloomberg wrote in a follow-up piece, other Nordic lenders are similarly skeptical as are central banks in the region. “We’re skeptical toward cryptocurrencies and are advising our employees not to trade them,” a spokesman for Danske said, adding that “we’re currently analyzing the situation and time will tell whether there’ll be a formal ban.”

 

The latest bit of bad (or at least “not great”) news comes predictably out of South Korea, where authorities have been debating the best way to crack down on what many officials view as dangerous speculation without triggering some kind of meltdown.

On Tuesday, the country’s Financial Services Commission said the real-name account system for cryptocurrency trading will go into effect next week and cryptocurrency trading using existing virtual accounts will be banned. Additionally, trading by minors and foreigners is explicitly forbidden henceforth. They’re also implementing new money laundering guidelines starting on the 30th.

“Actions in South Korea have an outsized influence on Bitcoin’s price [as] it is the world’s third-biggest market for the digital currency after Japan and the US, and demand has meant the cryptocurrency trading hands at higher prices in the country than elsewhere,” The Telegraph writes on Tuesday, reminding its readers about something the crypto community knows all too well.

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As far as an outright ban in South Korea is concerned, a government official who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity said it is still under discussion.

To be sure, the real-name news isn’t exactly a surprise which perhaps explains why there was no immediate reaction in prices when the headlines hit. Here’s what a South Korean trader who “only agreed to be identified by his family name, Ahn” told Reuters:

Everyone knew this was coming, as the government already said they will enforce the real-name system before. Rather, I can see this as a chance to go in, not out. I don’t see any reason to take my money out.

Well sorry “Ahn” but it looks like not everyone agrees with that assessment because after initially shaking off the news, prices fell overnight with Bitcoin breaking below $10,000 early in the U.S. trading day. The rest of the space dove in sympathy.

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Panning out to the 15th (i.e. before last week’s plunge that left everyone wondering whether the bubble had popped), you can clearly see that the dip buyers are not as enthusiastic these days:

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Remember this from Nassim Taleb?..

No authority that can decide on its fate.

Yeah, well here’s Reuters one more time on South Korea:

To make deposits into virtual coin wallets, cryptocurrency traders will need to identify themselves with their real names at the exchange and have those matched with information at local banks by Jan. 30.

Nothing further.

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4 thoughts on “Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000 (Again) As South Korea Stamps Out Anonymous Trading

  1. Where the cryptocoin faithful are confused – is that cryptocoins are not stocks and the cryptocoin bubble is not a stock bubble. In stock bubbles – the bubble inflates to a price point where there aren’t sufficient buyers/risk profiles necessary to continue to inflate the bubble and the necessary numbers of them to support ever higher prices. Then the bubble deflates until it meets a reservoir of buyers/risk profiles of sufficient size necessary to support a specific price level (recovery). If there is sufficient press to generate the necessary perspectives for further exuberance, then additional sufficient buyers at higher price levels will come in, support higher prices and re-inflate the collapse of the bubble top and it will rise again until it runs out the necessary investors – and the process will repeat. In the cryptocoin case – the top of the inflatable pyramid has been physically chopped off – removed – and is no longer physically or fiscally accessible to the necessary number of buyers to support a recovery or inflate the pyramid peak to new highs.

    In the cryptocoin case the exuberance pyramid was physically chopped off by national treasuries in several Asian countries – where the vast of majority of cryptocoins are traded. This regulated excision of cryptocoin trading has eliminated any potential for the necessary exuberance and effectively limited the necessary higher numbers of cryptocoin traders to come back onto the pyramid and support higher highs.

    The cryptocoin bubble – is not a stock bubble. It’s a fire in theatre and the number of potential exits are being systematically closed and permanently sealed and this has and will create further panic levels far greater than the levels experienced in a typical stock bubble deflation. Not only are the exits being closed to leaving the trade, they are equally closed to entering the theater to support those trapped inside. In a stock bubble deflation you know that there is an exit at some lower price assuming the enterprise is still solvent. There will be some cryptocoin traders that simply do not make it out of this burning trade theater.

    As I have said in many such crptocoin comment spaces – there is a 3,000 year history of private currencies being destroyed and replaced by national treasuries’ and national currencies. Cryptocoin promoters that insisted that crytocoins were currencies – were at least sufficiently right (even if their use was under 1% for merchandise sales transactions) to convince governments and national treasuries’ that they were just as much a threat to them as any other private currency, and consequently should be treated like private currencies always have been – and without exception – regulated to a point to be driven to extinction.

    • Well Dugger, the portion of your posting today on this subject that really defines the future of this is as clear as an ongoing train, and anyone who does not understand your warning should not even be allowed to carry a wallet.

      ” The cryptocoin bubble – is not a stock bubble. It’s a fire in theatre and the number of potential exits are being systematically closed and permanently sealed …” That whole paragraph made me twitch!

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