There are no clear catalysts but @IamJosephYoung notes that the South Korean government previously announced that under-aged investors and foreigners will be prohibited from trading cryptocurrency. Korbit is the first one to comply with that policy. Bithumb and Coinone yet to comment on it. Date expected to be February 1, not confirmed yet. Kookmin Bank and some other banks will not provide support for exchanges. But, Shinhan Bank will. Soon, they’ll regret giving the entire market to their competitor.

And perhaps the pre-emptive impact of that speculative capital leaving the market is triggering these drops.

Additionally, headlines in the SCMP suggest further pressures from China

The People’s Bank of China has ordered financial institutions to stop providing banking or funding to any activity related to cryptocurrencies, further tightening the noose since its shutdown of crypto exchanges last September sent digital currency enthusiasts fleeing overseas.

“Every bank and branch must carry out self-inspection and rectification, starting from today,” according to a document issued by the central bank on Wednesday. “Service for cryptocurrency trading is strictly prohibited. Effective measures should be adopted to prevent payment channels from being used for cryptocurrency settlement.”

The Chinese-language document, as seen by the South China Morning Post, was distributed as an internal document among banks, and not published on the central bank’s official website.

However, Government crackdowns, often meant to protect against excessive speculation, also end up dousing the fire of technological innovation, said Kay Van-Petersen, an analyst at Saxo Bank.

Decentralised systems like capital cannot be killed because “it will flow to where it is appreciated globally,” he said. “So you can choose to be part of that technological innovation or on the other side of the table.”

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