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Bitcoin briefly drops below $30,000 as investors flee risky assets

Key Points
  • Bitcoin momentarily fell below the $30,000 price level late Monday.
  • At its lowest price point, the world's most popular cryptocurrency was more than 12% lower on the day — and more than 56% off its November all-time high of around $69,000.
  • The last time bitcoin traded below $30,000 was in July 2021, when the digital asset traded as low as $29,839.80. 
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Bitcoin dropped below the $30,000 level late Monday, breaching a symbolic price threshold before seeing a slight recovery early Tuesday.

At its lowest price point, the world's most popular cryptocurrency was more than 12% lower on the day — and more than 56% off its November all-time high of around $69,000. It later recovered from those losses and was trading at $31,245.48 on Tuesday, according to data from Coin Metrics.

The last time bitcoin traded below $30,000 was in July 2021, when the digital asset traded as low as $29,839.80. Yuya Hasegawa, a crypto market analyst at Japanese bitcoin exchange Bitbank, previously told CNBC that bitcoin would need to maintain a key psychological price level of $33,000 to stave off further deterioration of technical sentiment.

The price drop comes amid a broader, multi-day sell-off that has ensnared much of the crypto market and equities.

Stocks have been on a steady decline since Thursday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite each posted their worst single-day drops since 2020.

For the last year, bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies have tracked the movement of tech stocks, and some analysts say that this close correlation between bitcoin and the Nasdaq challenges the argument that the cryptocurrency functions as an inflation hedge.

Developments elsewhere in the crypto industry may have hurt sentiment around bitcoin. On Monday, algorithmic stablecoin UST fell well below its $1 peg. In Congressional testimony on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pointed to that event as an example of financial stability risks from crypto.

— CNBC's Jesse Pound contributed to this report.