Bitcoin’s tumble worsened over the weekend, putting the 2018 crash within striking distance of the cryptocurrency’s worst bear markets. The virtual currency, conceived just over a decade ago, fell as low as $3,475 on Sunday, Bitstamp prices show. It was trading at $4,033 as of 7.40am in London, according to Bloomberg composite pricing. That’s 5.3% below its level at 5pm New York time on Friday, and about 79% below its closing peak in December. The crash, which also ensnared rival coins like Ether and XRP, has now entered the same league as Bitcoin’s 93% plunge in 2011 and its 84% rout from 2013 to 2015, during the collapse of Tokyo-based crypto exchange Mt Gox. In dollar terms, the damage has been even bigger this time around: virtual currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com have lost more than $700bn of value since the market peaked. While bulls are betting that demand from institutional investors will spark a rally, most big money managers have stayed on the sidelines amid concern ...

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