Bitcoin continues its price slide since its December 16 peak last year at just under $20,000. From December to early February it fell to around $6,600 then rebounded to $11,500 in early March. Since then it has been on a steady decline and is now testing the February low.

[Ed note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment.]

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The latest negative item to hit Bitcoin and pretty much all cryptocurrencies is a report from Nikkei Asian Review via Cointelegraph that two more cryptocurrency exchanges are shutting down, making a total of five since Japan’s Financial Services Authority, or FSA, started stepping up its enforcement activity in the wake of the Coincheck hack in January.

Mr. Exchange and Tokyo GateWay have decided that the regulatory hurdles are too great to stay in business. This is a translated portion of Mr. Exchanges posting, “After receiving business order improvement order from Fukuoka Financial Bureau on March 8, 2018, we have made efforts to improve items that were pointed out. As a result, indeed unfortunately, we judged that it is difficult to prepare a thorough attitude to respond to the recent changes in the situation related to the virtual currency, and decided on the policy to withdraw the application of the virtual currency exchange industry, so we will report I will do.”

This chart doesn’t capture late Friday and Saturday’s trading, so I have added a blue circle to show where it has been trading over the past 24 hours. The blue lines show the continuous downward trajectory and the February low, respectively. While it is difficult to see the magnitude, the last item to point out is that Bitcoin has substantially fallen below its 200 day moving average of $7,349, the green line.

bitcoin 1 year price chart