Bitcoin slid Feb 23 after a bout of volatility highlighted lingering doubts about the durability of the token’s mesmerising rally.

The cryptocurrency fell as much as 9.7% to below US$50,000. At one point Monday the digital currency plunged 17% before paring the worst of the slide. It’s still up some 400% in the past year, a rise that dwarfs other assets.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates were the latest to weigh into a debate over the digital coin. Gates cautioned about how investors can be swept up in manias, while Yellen said Bitcoin is an “extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions”.

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