Will The Crypto Collapse Spill Over? It’s Complicated

Will The Crypto Collapse Spill Over? It’s Complicated

When cryptocurrencies took another leg lower this month following the collapse of Terra's algorithmic stablecoin and its floating balancer token, Luna, familiar questions surfaced about potential spillover to traditional assets. I've written voluminously on the subject. There was, undoubtedly, a knock-on effect from the Terra debacle. If nothing else, it was a body blow to risk sentiment at a delicate juncture. It's always difficult to say which way the causation runs. Do stock selloffs underm
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10 thoughts on “Will The Crypto Collapse Spill Over? It’s Complicated

  1. Lower crypto/risk assets forced people into the job market, but they are lower due to QT which will intentionally lower openings. All according to plan?
    Many young adults seemed to have been influenced by crypto influencers at the peek last fall from what I can tell.

  2. “Nothing happens in a vacuum.”

    Indeed, I am regretting that I am so clumsy with typing on a smart phone.
    I don’t know how to put that mini numeral when posting math functions.

    Anyway. I’m thinking of CDO Squared debt packages which had “notably risen in size” during 2097-8.

    Whodathunk that the collapse of those beautifully crafted derivative-based products cenedould have threatened the solvency of the regional state banks in Germany?

  3. Every now and then someone says something that is very quotable. Bruce Schneier, one of the world’s leading cryptogrpahers who created the Blowfish and Twofish encryption ciphers, said the following on his blog on 20 April of this year

    “It is insane to me that cryptocurrencies are still a thing.”

    1. The red flag for me was the total absence of utility on decentralized finance platforms. I played around with a dozen of them across multiple chains with thousands of dollars each, and there’s just nothing at the bottom. It’s just a casino mixed with Ponzi dynamics. At least on Wall Street there’s something underneath it all. Even with CDOs and subprime mortgages there was something being financed. Yes, we live in a world defined by intrinsically worthless fiat, fractional reserve banking, financial engineering, self-referential government-financing schemes and financialization run totally amok, but at the bottom of it all are people trying to finance things, pay for services and buy stuff. With these DeFi platforms there’s none of that. I couldn’t discern a single purpose for their existence other than to facilitate crypto trading off centralized exchanges. But it’s just trading for the sake of it — swapping around tokens and staking them for rewards denominated in other tokens. Nothing is being accomplished. The only saving grace was that the tokens were generally all appreciating, so you could make profitable trades and earn token “rewards” which you might then convert to dollars, euros, etc. which you’d then use to transact in the real economy. But now that the tokens are all depreciating versus government-issued currencies, you don’t even have that.

  4. To paraphrase John Paulson, cryptocurrencies are an artificially restricted supply of nothing. And ironically, technology allows for an unlimited variety of cryptocurrencies.

  5. Looking for “treasure” we occasionally find a token worthy of a frame due to history or design, and permitting property owners tend to like them more than say a silver dime ($1.40), of the same date range.

    Crypto will never even be a cool relic.

  6. Only the various crypto inventors are safe. They got their share of the limited supply for free. Having a basis of zero may give these folks a big tax bill if and when they sell but they can never lose. Everyone else has holdings that effectively hang over a black hole. BTW, stocks share that characteristic. Founders like Bill Gates got their billions for free and can’t actually lose. The rest of us bought our stuff from someone without any guarantee of lasting value. All stocks can go to zero. I know because it’s happened to me a time or two.

  7. Good post, I think it hits a lot of points that to me seem accurate based on personal experience. Here is some anecdotal evidence related to this topic, I’m a male in my late forties, retired because of money I made with crypto, I live better than most of my fellow countrymen and I’m thankful for it daily. I did buy early, long before this latest cycle and as such I still hold decent bags of BTC and ETH, I have taken gains along the way to buy real property because I do agree that crypto is just speculation, not a store of value, although I very much like the idea of having some wealth untied to the traditional monetary system. If Trump returns (likely) I will appreciate the ability to turn whatever stocks and cash I still have tied up in the US monetary system, turn them into BTC, put it on a ledger and walk away to El Salvador, Uruguay, Mexico or any of the other cheap but beautiful places where I can live the rest of my days and observe the caos from a distant beach. One more reason I still hold crypto, it is a call on human avarice and a put on humanity at the same time, those are bets I like.

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