Luna and TerraUSD cryptocurrency crash. This week’s top Bitcoin and Crypto news

Two linked cryptocurrencies crashed and many people lost money. Coinbase said investors using its platform could lose their crypto if the company goes bankrupt. And the whole crypto complex had a week on slip-ups. Here’s what happened in crypto last week:


Cryptocurrency Luna and stablecoin terraUSD crash

A week ago, the luna cryptocurrency was trading at $80 a coin. Now it’s worth less than a penny. The terraUSD stablecoin, which is designed to be worth a dollar at all times, is now worth around a quarter.

Luna and terraUSD are linked on the terra blockchain, and the idea was that the luna cryptocurrency would stabilize terraUSD if the value of the stablecoin was in danger of drifting away from the dollar mark.

The method did not work and many people who owned luna and terraUSD lost most of their investment. A subreddit for the community quickly filled with disturbing comments.

The collapse of terraUSD occurred when Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen appeared before lawmakers on Thursday to talk about cryptocurrency risks. “They are growing very quickly,” Yellen said of stablecoins. “They present the same type of risks that we have known for centuries with regard to bank runs.”

The United States has no federal law stablecoin regulationbut a number of federal agencies study cryptocurrency rules, annually executive order issued by President Joe Biden in March.

Read CNET’s full story on the luna cryptocurrency crash here.


A new disclosure from Coinbase indicates that users’ cryptocurrency held by the exchange could be at risk if Coinbase goes bankrupt

Coinbase, the major US crypto exchange, revealed in its earnings report on Tuesday that all coins users store on its platform could disappear if the company goes bankrupt. Not reassuring for many people.

Disclosuremade in the “Risk Factors” section of the Quarterly Report, states that “because crypto assets held in custody may be considered the property of bankruptcy estate, in the event of bankruptcy, the crypto assets held by us in custody on behalf of our customers could be subject to bankruptcy proceedings and such customers could be treated as our general unsecured creditors.”

This is legalese because your coins could be used to pay off other Coinbase debts if the company goes bankrupt.

The reaction prompted CEO Brian Armstrong to Tweeter that the disclosure was made simply to comply with an SEC requirement. Coinbase, he says, is not at risk of bankruptcy.

Read CNET’s full story on Coinbase’s new risk disclosure here..


Cryptocurrency Market Drops Over $200 Billion in 24 Hours

In a 24-hour window spanning Wednesday through Thursday, the total cryptocurrency market capitalization fell by over $200 billion, according to data from price tracking site CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin and ether, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market cap, are both trading at least 15% lower than seven days ago. The one-day wipeout comes after weeks of declining cryptocurrency prices. Bitcoin has lost more than half of its value since peaking in November.

Read CNET’s full story of crypto markets plunging over $200 billion in one day here.


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