Crypto Markets See Small Slump, Bitcoin Keeps Above $6,500

Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading at around $6,597. The coin is down about 1.5 percent over the past 24 hours, but it’s still keeping above the psychologically important $6,500 mark. Bitcoin is still up on the week with an 8 percent increase in value.
Ethereum (ETH) similarly holds recent gains, trading at about $470 at press time. The major altcoin is down 1.5 percent over the 24 hour period, but up 7 percent over the past seven days.

Total market cap is currently at $273 billion, down around 2 percent from yesterday’s high of $277 billion.

Total market capitalization chart. Source: Coinmarketcap
While the market in general had experienced a small decline, NEO is up almost 8 percent over the past 24 hours. The altcoin is trading at $41.78 at press time, with a 38 percent value gain over the past week, according to data from Coinmarketcap.
IOTA (MIOTA) and Cardano (ADA), which have seen a surge of 19-21 percent over the past 7 days, are down from yesterday’s highs, as per Coinmarketcap data. Both Cardano and IOTA are down some 5 percent, trading at $0.17 and $1.17 respectively.
Earlier today, the general manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Agustin Carstens made another anti-crypto statement, arguing that cryptocurrencies “cannot assume the functions of money.” 60-year old Carstens has claimed that digital currency is an attempt of “young people” to “create money,” which is not “compatible with maximising the usefulness of money.”

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