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Bitcoin trades suspended on certain exchanges after slumps

Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose almost a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000.
Amid the swings, three Bitcoin-related exchanges suspended certain trades.
Bitcoin has had a blistering trip over the past 12 months. Its price at the start of the year was about $1,000.
It has skyrocketed since - more than doubling in value since November - drawing interest from major firms as well as private investors.
Analysts said investors should be prepared for such rapid changes, which have characterised the asset from its start.
This week's plunge led to a flood of trades that swamped one of Bitcoin's major exchanges, Coinbase, on Friday. A technical slowdown prompted the firm to halt buying and selling twice.


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