- Market capitalization of crypto markets falls below $1 trillion, lowest in 18 months
- Bitcoin trading at $22,900, down 18%
- Ethereum trading at $1190, down 21%
- Binance temporarily halts BTC withdrawals
Amid a wider market rout, the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies has fallen below $1 trillion, levels not seen since February 2021.
The combined market capitalization of cryptos has fallen to $969 billion, according to data from Coinmarketcap, a drop of about 200% from the market’s all-time high market capitalization of about $3 trillion, seen last November.
The largest digital currency Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading at $22,900, down about 18% compared to the previous day and about 30% in the last week and its market capitalization has fallen to about $455bn from its peak of $1.3 trillion.
BTC had made an all-time high of $69,000 last November.
The second-largest digital currency, Ethereum, has fallen over 21% in a day and is currently trading at $1190. Its market capitalization has fallen to $147bn.
Meanwhile, the CEO of crypto exchange Binance Changpeng Zhao has announced that the exchange is temporarily pausing BTC withdrawals.
“Temporary pause of $BTC withdrawals on #Binance due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog. Should be fixed in ~30 minutes. Will update. Funds are SAFU,” Zhao tweeted.
SAFU is a term that refers to Binance's trading protection fund, the Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU), which was built during the previous bear market.
In a follow-up tweet, he added that while this was only impacting the Bitcoin network and BTC can still be withdrawn on other networks like BEP-20, the withdrawals would be paused for longer than his initial estimate.
In an official statement, crypto exchange Binance stated that a batch of BTC transactions got stuck due to low TX fees, resulting in a backlog of BTC network withdrawals and as a result, withdrawals on the Bitcoin network have been temporarily suspended on Binance.
“BTC withdrawals on other networks (BEP20 & ERC20) remain open as normal,” the statement added.