What are cryptocurrencies? | Decomplicated
Bitcoin has crashed below $24,000, reaching its lowest levels since the end of 2020.
It is the latest in a series of price crashes for the cryptocurrency, which has seen it drop more than 60 per cent in value over the last seven months.
While many crypto holders are liquidating their assets, crypto lender Celsius told customers that they would be temporarily unable to withdraw funds from the platform.
Crypto exchange Coinbase has also announced that it is culling over 1,000 employees after previously rescinding job offers. The company made $800 million last year.
Over 1000 people to leave Coinbase
According to reports, Coinbase has roughly 5,000 full-time workers, translating to around 1,100 people who will lose their jobs.
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Coinbase employees are to receive emails from HR to tell them if their job was affected, he said. Those would be sent to their personal email addresses, since the people being sacked would immediately lose access to the company’s systems, Andrew Griffin reports.
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Coinbase executives are $1.2 billion richer
Coinbase‘s Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, along with two other executives, netted about $1.2 billion in proceeds from selling stock.
They sold the shares at prices ranging from $189 to $422. Coinbase opened at $381 on April 14, 2021, its first day of trading. On Wednesday, the stock closed at $67.17, the Wall Street Journal reports.
This huge profit comes as Coinbase culls over 1,000 members of staff.
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Coinbase made a net profit of more than $800 million in the final quarter of 2021, but has been rescinding job offers. More than 300 people have had their jobs pulled, according to Vice, with one person describing it as “reckless and negligent,” and another described it as “irresponsible.” Coinbase had no comment.
Adam Smith14 June 2022 13:44
Coinbase CEO’s message
In a blog post about the job losses, Coinbase’s chief executive Brian Armstrong said the reasons for the cuts were threefold:
“Economic conditions are changing rapidly: We appear to be entering a recession after a 10+ year economic boom. A recession could lead to another crypto winter, and could last for an extended period. In past crypto winters, trading revenue (our largest revenue source) has declined significantly. While it’s hard to predict the economy or the markets, we always plan for the worst so we can operate the business through any environment.
“Managing our costs is critical in down markets: Coinbase has survived through four major crypto winters, and we’ve created long term success by carefully managing our spending through every down period. Down markets are challenging to navigate and require a different mindset.
“We grew too quickly: At the beginning of 2021, we had 1,250 employees. At the time, we were in the early innings of the bull run and adoption of crypto products was exploding. There were new use cases enabled by crypto getting traction practically every week. We saw the opportunities but we needed to massively scale our team to be positioned to compete in a broad array of bets. It’s challenging to grow at just the right pace given the scale of our growth (~200% y/y since the beginning of 2021). While we tried our best to get this just right, in this case it is now clear to me that we over-hired.”
Adam Smith14 June 2022 13:30
Coinbase announces restructuring
Coinbase has today announced a restructring plan for its business – which includes cutting the company’s workforce by 1,100 employees.
Adam Smith14 June 2022 13:14
‘This is a contagion fallout from the Terra crisis’
“Conspiracies circulate every day in crypto, and most are not worthy of paying attention to, but the bottom line here is clear: this is a contagion fallout from the Terra crisis, and any yield-paying product’s risk spiked massively in the wake of the Terra crisis”, writes data analyst Dan Ashmore.
“Confidence in the long-term model is now gone, and that itself is a killer blow”.
Adam Smith14 June 2022 13:09
El Salvador’s finance minister ‘smiles’ at bitcoin loss
El Salvador, which has stockpiling bitcoin, has now lost 50 per cent of the value of its cryptocurrency.
However the losses, which which total more than $50 million, pose an “extremely minimal” fiscal risk for the Central American country, according to Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, when the losses were closer to $40 million, Mr Zelaya played down the impact of the latest bitcoin price crash on the country’s finances, Anthony Cuthbertson reports.
“When they tell me that the fiscal risk for El Salvador because of bitcoin is really high, the only thing I can do is smile,” he said according to Reuters.
“The fiscal risk is extremely minimal. 40 million dollars does not even represent 0.5 per cent of our national general budget.”
Adam Smith14 June 2022 12:45
Celsius freezing withdrawals ‘will only add to jitters over market’
Celsius Network freezing withdrawals “will only add to jitters over the stability of the market in cryptocurrencies, which had already been stoked recently by the collapse of the Luna and Terra tokens”, said Adrian Lowery, a financial analyst at Bestinvest.
“The steep falls in crypto values are aggravated by a further consideration, which is that it is a market – unlike equities – dominated by retail investors. As inflation and growth fears have accumulated recently, investors have rapidly liquidated holdings, partly because they fear further price drops but also to shore up bank balances and safety-net savings.
“Long-term institutional investors in equities, while they have obviously been selling out of some markets, have not pulled the trigger to the same extent.”
Adam Smith14 June 2022 12:28
Bitcoin is entering a period where ‘worlds collide’
“BTC is entering a period where two worlds collide. Short term sellers on the back of the negative tone to risk are running into medium term investors who view levels approaching 20,000 as good long term value. This will lead to volatile and choppy trading”, predicts head of OTC trading at BCB group, Richard Usher
“As BTC approaches 20,000 and ETH dips below 1100 we are entering a period where two different approaches collide. With the broader risk sentiment firmly negative the sellers have had it all their own way for a few days, however we are starting to see medium term investors buying at these levels. This looks set to continue as we see plenty of demand starting to finally show up. It will take a shift in the overall risk sentiment to turn the price around significantly and we are more likely to see choppy trading between 1750 and 25500 for a period as the two different strategies play out.”
Adam Smith14 June 2022 12:00