Blood in the streets

Rothschild’s words are as loud as ever.

$2.9 billion liquidated in the last 24 hours.

Euphoria is dead. Gamblers are out. Who dares buy now?

As always, many will say they saw this coming. Others will even say they know the reason.

Confident analysts will point a finger at the resolving US election and say it increased consumer confidence in the US currency, and that this was the cause for our euphoria to end.

Some will blame the crash on the bounce of the DXY, saying that this proves Bitcoin is used as a macro asset like gold.

Others will say with total confidence that it was the fault of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, who warned their consumers of the volatility of “investing in crypto assets”, just before the market retraced by around ~30%.

None of them are to be trusted entirely. The more confident they are, the more doubt they deserve.

We reached out to several prominent traders to enquire about their performance - all declined to comment.

The market pumped ~100% in a month then retraced ~30%, what do people expect?!

The fundamentals remain the same.

DEX volume continues to increase, code is still shipped and the ecosystem still grows.

The builders haven’t stopped. Roadmaps are unaffected.

Fast money hunters are the ones hurt hardest by pullbacks like this.

Those who add the least value feel the most pain.

There’s more to this game than being long or short. A good investor will diversify their risk. Earning yield on your coins, providing liquidity and profiting from trading volume, or by seeking access to liquidation bots; many tools are available to manage one's risk.

Coinbase, however, is never available in times like these.

We’re investigating an issue impacting transactions on and the mobile apps. The record of a recently initiated transaction may be delayed in showing up in your Coinbase account. There may also be some issues with some buys completing on the platform.

4:14 PM · Jan 11, 2021

This is a company expecting to IPO at around $67 billion.

Are we seeing market manipulation, or just total incompetence?

Whatever it is, it’s an all too familiar sight to their ~30 million users.

Kraken also experienced problems.

We approached a liquidation bot to request an interview.

Unfortunately the bot declined, but their owner did give us the following quote on condition that they remained anonymous.

People were overleveraged, using excessive loans, increasing their liquidation ratio - they didn’t want to listen, they thought the numbers would always go up, they paid no attention to the fundamentals. Right now the flash loan business is the main business from Aave - $1.7B, imagine you could take 3bps, that's $5M, cash!!! They take a nice bit of that…

Anyway, you tell people to be careful and they just don’t listen - it’s like 2017 never even happened, in crypto it takes weeks not years for them to completely forget.

They never learn...

“Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if it’s your own.”


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