On Monday, the Bitcoin Cash price dropped 7.02% after Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal warned global markets on the stability of Bitcoin and compared its future to that of Enron.
In comparing Bitcoin to Enron, Al-Waleed reminded markets of the embattled energy company's financial collapse last decade after years of fraud and investor abuse.
During an interview with CNBC, Al-Waleed criticized the lack of central oversight of Bitcoin. He noted its lack of regulation and control by central banks as reasons for his skepticism.
Below is a recap of the top cryptocurrency prices at 3:00 p.m. EDT
- Bitcoin: $5,844.49, -1.93%
- Ethereum: $283.05, -3.85%
- Ripple: $0.191, -5.79%
- Bitcoin Cash: $314.98, -7.02%
- Litecoin: $54.26, -4.97%
Now that we know all of today's movements, here's what has been moving these cryptocurrency prices today...
Cryptocurrency Markets Today
Today, the total market capitalization of the global cryptocurrency sector hit $166.2 billion. Bitcoin's market capitalization comprised 58.5% of the total crypto market capitalization.
Top performers from the largest 50 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included Stratis (up 13.56%), GameCredits (up 9.64%), Stellar Lumens (up 6.52%), Dash (up 1.81%), and Waves (up 1.25%).
The worst performers from the top 50 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included Vertcoin (down -19.22%), MonaCoin (down -10.85%), Veritaseum (down -10.52%), and Gas (down -9.43%).
Bitcoin Retreats from $100 Billion Market Cap
The Bitcoin market capitalization topped $100 billion over the weekend as the price per coin surged above $6,000. At that level, the cryptocurrency was worth more than investment banks Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS). It also surpassed a year-to-date return of more than 500%.
Despite today's downturn, the price of Bitcoin is at eye-popping levels in nations suffering from significant problems with inflation. In Zimbabwe, the price of Bitcoin hit $9,500 on local exchanges due to increased scarcity of the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people in Venezuela are turning to Bitcoin mining as a way to address their worthless fiat currency. Bitcoin is seen as a valuable hedge despite a recent crackdown by the government.
Bittrex Won't List Bitcoin Gold
Meanwhile, Bittrex, the world's third-largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced it will not list Bitcoin Gold when Bitcoin engages in another hard fork in November. The exchange released a statement on Sunday saying it based its decision in Bitcoin Gold's "lack of code testing, auditing, and replay protection."
"At this time, the information and codebase presented by the Bitcoin Gold team is not in a functional state and Bittrex will not commit to opening a Bitcoin Gold trading market," the statement read. "When considering adding tokens to Bittrex exchange we look at the risks involved. Bitcoin Gold does not satisfy our criteria for safety for our users."
Ethereum Hits One-Month Low
The Ethereum price dropped to its lowest level since Sept. 23 as its hard fork-fueled decline continued. Ethereum has been unable to rally from bearish news tied to global regulators clamping down on initial coin offerings (ICO). China took early steps to ban ICO funding in early September.
Ethereum has struggled since developers took the first step last weekend in its long-anticipated Byzantium hard fork. Optimism over the upgrades have failed to drown out the ongoing worries about international regulators and broader concerns about cryptocurrencies.
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Ripple Price Slumps on Broader Market Decline
The Ripple price fell again Monday thanks to a broader altcoin sell-off.
Ripple has been moving downward since it kicked off its inaugural SWELL conference last week. The price of Ripple had rallied as high as $0.30 in the days preceding the conference. Investors had anticipated that the company behind the altcoin would make a major announcement during the event.
However, the event concluded with little more than a half-baked endorsement of cryptocurrencies by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.
AMEX May Turn to Blockchain
Your credit card company might be turning to blockchain technology.
Recent patent applications reveal that American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) is considering blockchain to help manage its customer rewards system. CoinDesk reported the company would make offers to customers based on personalized data like their spending patterns or taste in products.
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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.