Luno's CEO, Marcus Swanepoel, sees cryptocurrencies bouncing back from the impact of coronavirus pandemic

  • Bitcoin drops below $7,500 after the US travel ban on Europe.
  • All markets are down with coronavirus showing no signs of a slowdown.
  • Luno's CEO, Marcus Swanepoel, believes cryptocurrencies will find buyers coming back in for them.

Despite ongoing shake-off in the global equities market, including crypto markets, Luno's CEO, Marcus Swanepoel, says cryptocurrencies will find buyers coming back in for them.

Swanepoel's statement was in response to the impact of the coronavirus on the crypto market as the United States government announced a travel ban on Europe. The US ban has led to losses across all the main altcoins on Thursday, March 12th, 2020.

Bitcoin is back below $7,500 after plunging to as low as $5,678 - the lowest level since May 2019 in the earlier hours of the announcement.

Ethereum is down to $179, and XRP has crashed below $0.20 to trade at $0.91 as the impact on cross border trade becomes clear. Bitcoin Cash is at $245, a coin which was looking to break above $500 a few weeks ago.

“There is no surprise that as coronavirus has been classified as a global pandemic, and for the first time, the US has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, that all markets are coming under pressure.

“We do still believe that cryptocurrencies will find buyers coming back in for them as investors will want to be in assets that are uncorrelated to the main markets.”

Reacting to the news, the global market plunged at a furious pace Thursday with S&P 500 futures sliding by 5% and Dow futures dropping over 1000 points at pre-day trading.

Our newsletter gives you access to a curated selection of the most important stories daily.

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Sadio Mane the odd one out as Bayern Munich stars take team photo with glasses of beer

Sadio Mane the odd one out as Bayern Munich stars take team photo with glasses of beer

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022