Bitcoin prices plunged about 13 percent Thursday after one of the biggest exchanges in China said it will shut down its operation.
The cryptocurrency traded at $3,370.06 at 1:46 p.m. in New York, far below an all-time high of $5,013.91 set earlier this month. The Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) also fell sharply, traing 11.6 percent lower.
BTC China said in a tweet Thursday that it will close down its operations by Sept. 30 as Chinese authorities crack down on cryptocurrencies.TWEET: 1/ After carefully considering the announcement published by Chinese regulators on 09/04, BTCChina Exchange will stop all trading on 09/30.
China is tightening its grip on the burgeoning currency. On Sept. 4, Chinese media outlet Caixin reported that regulators banned companies from raising money through initial coin offerings (ICOs), referring to them as an unauthorized fundraising tool that may involve financial scams.
Since then, bitcoin has lost more than 20 percent of its value.
Bitcoin since Sept. 4
"This all because of China. Chinese investors have until September 30th to get their money out of exchanges before they close," Brian Kelly, CEO and founder of BKCM and a CNBC contributor, said in an email. "This is a market structure drop and not a drop on fundamentals, therefore this is a buying opportunity."
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