Wednesday, May 19th 2021

Cryptocurrency Market Bleeds Trillions in Less Than 24 Hours; Did the Bubble Pop?

The cryptocurrency market is experiencing another major shakedown in pricing, with the overall crypto market valuation dropping by more than a trillion dollars in less than 24 hours. As of time of writing, leading cryptocurrency by market cap Bitcoin has lost more than 30% in value, dropping to $31,000. Ethereum is down by 40% to $2,424, and memecoin Dogecoin has fallen by 45% - one would think a memecoin would have had its value dropped to zero from the instant of its conception, but that's not the world we live in.

As the market tries to staunch the bleeding, major cryptocurrency platforms Coinbase and Binance are down, citing "network congestion" issues stemming from the unexpected volatility. As investors see their attempts to sell neutered by these network congestion issues, this seems like a way to reduce the amount of cryptocurrencies available in the market, which would feed the descending value cycle even more. Whether or not this is the bubble popping, it's yet another foundational shock to the trust that was already achieved by these platforms and the cryptocurrency market as a whole. How this will affect market availability and demand for graphics cards and hardware is anyone's guess, but even if it does, it'll take some time until we see availability in the main and secondary channels.
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136 Comments on Cryptocurrency Market Bleeds Trillions in Less Than 24 Hours; Did the Bubble Pop?

#52
TheinsanegamerN
lexluthermiesterI wonder if other nations will follow that action? I hate to side with the Chinese government, but they're on the right track with this one..
It doesnt matter how many vidya cards I cant buy, I'll never side with an orwellian government nor her policies limiting what you can and cannot purchase with your own money or do with your own hardware. Nearly every argument for banning crypto mining also applies to nearly any leisure activity enjoyed by nerds.
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#53
dragontamer5788
lexluthermiesterI wonder if other nations will follow that action? I hate to side with the Chinese government, but they're on the right track with this one..
Its easier in an authoritarian / single-party system like China. Here in the states, we're largely free-market kind of thinking. So its really hard to figure out an argument that matches with the political atmosphere.

Even proof-of-stake seems to be toxic: it really is just formalizing the notion of "Those who hold this coin deserve to get more of this coin", which doesn't seem like a good system in my eyes. Its kind of true with proof-of-work (because the richer a group is, the more miners they can buy), but there's a level of indirection with PoW that seems more fair. Of course, the amount of wasted power is a problem, which makes both systems kinda suck IMO.
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#55
lexluthermiester
TheinsanegamerNIt doesnt matter how many vidya cards I cant buy, I'll never side with an orwellian government nor her policies limiting what you can and cannot purchase with your own money or do with your own hardware. Nearly every argument for banning crypto mining also applies to nearly any leisure activity enjoyed by nerds.
Yeah, but when those "leisure activities" are the cause of a number of social, economical and environment problems(several severe in nature) it's time for government moderation. It's not Orwellian, not even close(you really need to read and understand the context of that book before you use it as a reference).
dragontamer5788Even proof-of-stake seems to be toxic
A conversation RTB and I were having elsewhere motivated me to look into it deeper. As it turns out, these changes are really very positive and will mean that ETH gets to continue on and be profitable, without all the downsides. Not toxic at all. Very logical and prudent actually.
R-T-BWow toms. Nice journalism there.

The new "ban" was just a reiteration of the past one. Literally no new laws at all. They literally just said "guys, it's still illegal."
I absolutely loath saying this, but the Chinese gov is right on this one. Cryptocoin is too unstable to be allowed to run rampant. Regulations might have been a better solution, but when you're trying to protect an economy that is already hurting, strong actions are sometimes needed. And for the record, banning financial entities from trading cryptocoin can hardly qualify as "no news at all". This is a serious blow to the cryptocoin market as China is the single largest economy in the world(not the strongest or even richest, just the largest), and a ban in that nation has a huge effect.
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#56
silentbogo
R-T-BThe new "ban" was just a reiteration of the past one. Literally no new laws at all. They literally just said "guys, it's still illegal."
Yeah, sounds familiar. Over here it's also "illegal" (not to have crypto, but to buy goods w/ crypto), which is counter-intuitive since the main goal of crypto-adoption is to be able to go and buy non-hypothetical stuff. Still, doesn't stop local "entrepreneurs" to pay for chinese and turkish contraband. We even used to have "cryptomats" near large marketplaces not too long ago, until they were shut down post recent controversies and crackdowns around illegal imports.
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#57
tomc100
The only thing they should ban is mining coins which makes no sense and a complete waste of energy. Cryptocurrency isn't going anywhere.
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#58
looniam
R-T-BWow toms. Nice journalism there.

The new "ban" was just a reiteration of the past one. Literally no new laws at all. They literally just said "guys, it's still illegal."
tom's has been trash for awhile. i'd suggest deleting those bookmarks
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#59
mechtech
One can only hope..................forever......................
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#60
ymbaja
looniamtom's has been trash for awhile. i'd suggest deleting those bookmarks
Remember when Tom was still there? Back when overclocking was done with jumpers :D
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#61
Darmok N Jalad
looniamtom's has been trash for awhile. i'd suggest deleting those bookmarks
They jumped the shark for me when they did the whole "what would happen to your CPU if you ripped the HSF off of it while the system is running." Intel won that "benchmark." Glad that test didn't survive the test of time.
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#62
R-T-B
looniamtom's has been trash for awhile. i'd suggest deleting those bookmarks
I do but others keep linking it for... some reason.
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#63
voltage
needs to go down a lot further. the giant scam that it is. a haven for murderers that launder money.
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#64
r9
SteevoCrypto is BS that has a finate lifecycle, but has wasted trillions of watts of power to generate literally nothing of value to 98 percent of the worlds population.
They might as well have burned millions of used tires for the same effect.
Amen!

You would think that people learned from the last time ... guess not. But I'm not gonna be shocked if this thing burns to the ground and resurfaces again in couple years. It's a nice tool for people who have a lot of money to make even more money on the back of the ignorant.
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#65
Atnevon
"crypto" currency. Its name the name. I get its a Libertarian wet-dream to have a government-less currency but play shit game, win shit prizes.

Do ransomware hackers ask for briefcases of cash? gold? NOPE! Whats that tell you?

When politicians are running farms you know the jig is up for the good-use-for-the-masses is long dry and far gone. Its quick-cash bucks now fueled with speculation and driven by some space-obsessed loony with no condom for his twitter-feed.

I hope this entire scheme burns-up quickly, fast, and can be limited soon.
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#66
matar
YES the best news hopefully now we can find GPU stock at MSRP
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#67
watzupken
lexluthermiesterI absolutely loath saying this, but the Chinese gov is right on this one. Cryptocoin is too unstable to be allowed to run rampant. Regulations might have been a better solution, but when you're trying to protect an economy that is already hurting, strong actions are sometimes needed. And for the record, banning financial entities from trading cryptocoin can hardly qualify as "no news at all". This is a serious blow to the cryptocoin market as China is the single largest economy in the world(not the strongest or even richest, just the largest), and a ban in that nation has a huge effect.
I agree that the ban is good and India is also considering a ban on it. For government, cryptocurrencies are a problem for them because it allows funds to be moved illegally. The other main concern for government is the social stability. When things are going up, there's is no problem. But some people mortgage house and spent entire life savings on the promise of good returns. If the bubble pops, many people will be broke. People think they can beat the market, but its the market manipulators that are making money at the expense of others. Its a 0 sum game with nothing to fall back on. If you buy a house for investment, if property market goes bust, you can still stay in the house, rent it out, or sell it at a lost. In this case, you have a virtual currency that inherently have 0 value. So if you are invested in say Dogecoin and that goes bust, you won't even get peanuts out of it.
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#68
looniam
R-T-BI do but others keep linking it for... some reason
i understand
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#69
The red spirit
Darmok N JaladThey jumped the shark for me when they did the whole "what would happen to your CPU if you ripped the HSF off of it while the system is running." Intel won that "benchmark." Glad that test didn't survive the test of time.
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#70
Raevenlord
News Editor
The red spirit
That was painful to watch.
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#71
Bzuco
SteevoCrypto is BS that has a finate lifecycle, but has wasted trillions of watts of power to generate literally nothing of value to 98 percent of the worlds population.
They might as well have burned millions of used tires for the same effect.
Crypto does not force you to waste more watts than you want.
Crypto does not force you to buy anything you already had.
Crypto does not force you to exchange crypto currency for fiat money.
Crypto is sophisticated algorithm with self regulation. One of it's task is punish lazy people(people trading on stock exchanges). Therefor people behind satoshi nakamoto spread the mining process over 132 years. They counted with many scenarios(what happens if, ...what happ. if...). I hope this will be enough time for peoplet to understand what is the real benefit of crypto, especialy BTC on first place.
What we will see in next several years(maybe tens of years) is more even distribution of btc among people. No goverment regulation can stop mining process, only switching internet OFF.
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#72
tech1235
It is going up again :mad:
Oh no, not again!
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#73
R-T-B
voltageneeds to go down a lot further. the giant scam that it is. a haven for murderers that launder money.
Brb, gotta fund my murder laundry thing...
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#74
Hargema
DIE you vermin!
Every worthless programmer started making his own cryptocurrency and it's become a joke, money laundering at best, and all those who got manipulated and lose their money deserve it.
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#75
R-T-B
HargemaDIE you vermin!
no u.


Remember, I have the murder laundry. You cannot win.
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