- Bitcoin, the red-hot digital coin, was trading down 3.8% Thursday morning.
- The coin has been under pressure as anxiety mounts over a number of outages at leading crypto-exchanges.
Bitcoin is under pressure a day after a wild trading session for the scorching-hot digital currency.
Bitcoin, which pushed past $11,000 on Wednesday, was trading down 3.8% Thursday morning at $9,465 a coin, according to Markets Insider data. On Wednesday, the coin shed more than $1,000 in a couple of hours as anxiety mounted over a number of outages at leading cryptocurrency exchanges.
Users of Coinbase’s professional trading platform, and Bitstamp, a bitcoin exchange based in Luxembourg, reported slow performance and outages. Such platforms have struggled to keep up with the explosive rise of bitcoin and increased trading volumes for cryptocurrencies.
24-hour volumes, according to crypto data site CoinMarketCap, hit all-time highs in November. At the time of publication, they were just under $20 billion. To put that in context, the New York Stock Exchange sees approximately $50 billion of shares exchange on its floor during any given trading day.
The problem is platforms like Coinbase don’t have the infrastructure to handle volumes that high, according to Garrett See, the CEO of DV Chain, the crypto trading division of Chicago-trading firm DV Trading.
See told Business Insider his firm is focusing on how it can improve the interface between his trading desks and cryptocurrency exchanges.
“We have been adapting the software we use on the traditional side and applying them to cryptocurrency markets,” See said.
Coinbase blamed high volumes for problems with their site in a tweet out early Thursday morning.
Exchanges appear to be stepping up their game, however. San Francisco-based Kraken, for instance, has been actively hiring developers Read More Here