Bitcoin is cratering, again. What investors should keep in mind – CNBC

Bitcoin is cratering, again. What investors should keep in mind – CNBC

Bitcoin resting on United States dollar banknotes.

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Bitcoin‘s trademark volatility is again rearing its head, showing investors the risk they’re signing up for when they put money into the cryptocurrency.

The digital coin cratered as much as 10% on Monday, amid a global market decline. Bitcoin was last down nearly 8%, hovering around a price of $43,800 per coin, according to data from Coin Metrics. The rest of the cryptocurrency market was also in a slump, with ether falling more than 9% to about $3,046 per coin.

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The extreme swings up and down are relatively common for cryptocurrencies, and investors can expect them to continue in the future.

“The only thing I can expect for sure is volatility,” said David Yermack, a professor of finance at New York University Stern School of Business. “From day one, this has been a risky investment for people.”

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Bitcoin has seen both astronomical growth over the last decade and major sell-offs at various points in between. Although many bulls point to its past performance as a sign that the cryptocurrency will continue to surge in the future, that might not happen, according to Yermack.

“It’s a purely speculative asset,” he said, adding