Bitcoin (BTC-USD) is experiencing a massive sell-off, shedding as much as 15% in the last 24 hours — the biggest intraday drop since February — days after hitting record highs.
In late February, bitcoin saw a retreat to as low as $43,000 amid uncertainty in the traditional markets over stimulus expectations and their positive effects on US bond yields.
The drop appears to coincide with reports that the US Treasury is planning to tackle financial institutions for money laundering carried out through digital assets.
On Sunday, bitcoin shed nearly $8,000 and is currently trading 12% lower at $54,900 down from a day high of $61,293.
Other cryptocurrencies have also plummeted.
Ethereum (ETH-USD) the second biggest cryptocurrency in circulation, fell 17% before paring losses. It is currently down 13% to $2,132.
Litecoin (LTC-USD) also declined, down 24% to $252.
It comes after bitcoin approached $65,000 last week ahead of the historic debut listing of cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase on Wednesday. Coinbase is the first crypto firm to list on the Nasdaq (^IXIC).