Bitcoin tanked Wednesday after indications of greater scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
The digital currency fell nearly $500, or about 8.7 percent to a low of $5,109.70, according to CoinDesk. That marked the digital currency’s lowest level since Thursday, October 12, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin hit a record high above $5,800 Friday.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission released Tuesday “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” The report said as a commodity, virtual currencies like bitcoin fall under the oversight of the commission when they are used “in a derivatives contract, or if there is fraud or manipulation involving a virtual currency traded in interstate commerce.”
Bitcoin three-month performance
The Chicago Board Options Exchange has said it plans to launch its own bitcoin derivatives trading products by early next year.
Other digital currencies fell Wednesday as well. Ethereum fell more than 7 percent to $292.
That said, bitcoin has proved resilient to regulatory scrutiny so far. Bitcoin plunged $2,000 in September after a Chinese government crackdown on digital currencies, but has since more than recovered those losses.