This is not bitcoin's year.
It is only a little more than a month into the new year and the currency has already lost 40 percent of its value. A coin could be yours for $8,500, down from $15,000 at the start of 2018.
And bitcoin isn't the only digital currency in trouble. Cryptocurrencies lost more than $100 billion in the last 24 hours.
When bitcoin lost 30 percent of its value on Dec. 22, for example, one post on Reddit read: "I just re-financed my house to get in. I'm freaking out." Another user offered support to the frantic: "If anyone's actually depressed or suicidal, come to r/SuicideWatch. We love to listen and talk there."
It's the 24-hour cycle of cryptocurrencies that can wear on people's nerves, said Jim Smigiel, CIO of absolute return strategies at SEI Investments.
"With other speculative investments, like private equity and venture capital, you can't check your phone every five minutes," he said. With cryptocurrencies, "You're able to track the minute-by-minute value of it."