Bitcoin continued to rise on Thursday, reaching its fresh record high at $2740, an 180% rally year-to-date, but finally started to erase its earnings. As of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $2420, losing 1.4% on the day.
There were no clear catalysts behind today’s drop and it seems to be nothing more than a deep correction. Bitcoin’s relentless upsurge has been fueled by the legalization of the digital currency in Japan and the rising demand from Korea. “Arbitrage between the fiat pairs drags markets up or down in line with leading markets. At present, volumes on the KRW and JPY pairs dominate trading with a combined 48 percent market share,” Charles Hayter, CEO of CryptoCompare, told CNBC recently.