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Crypto Crash: Anybody here lost a shirt.?

Casper 2022-01-29 03:56:04 

How Crypto Became the New Subprime.

If the stock market isn’t the economy — which it isn’t — then cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin really, really aren’t the economy. Still, crypto has become a pretty big asset class (and yielded huge capital gains to many buyers); by last fall the combined market value of cryptocurrencies had reached almost $3 trillion.

Since then, however, prices have crashed, wiping out around $1.3 trillion in market capitalization. As of Thursday morning, Bitcoin’s price was almost halfway down from its November peak. So who is being hurt by this crash, and what might it do to the economy?

I love these comments:

Mark McIntyre, Los Angeles

It's the perfect medium for criminals, drug dealers and ransomware hackers. For the little guy it's like a Ponzi scheme where latecomers at the bottom get hurt the worst, and it's already happening.

There is nothing tangible to back up crypto, and blockchain isn't like the full faith and credit of a government or banking system. It reminds me of a line from Seinfeld:"It's a show about nothing!"

Heinrich Zwahlen' Brooklyn

Crypto is fool‘s might as well by lottery tickets for the same money and hope for a better financial future

Casper 2022-01-30 01:54:59 

Investors in crypto seem to be different from investors in other risky assets, like stocks, who consist disproportionately of affluent, college-educated whites. According to a survey by the research organization NORC, 44 percent of crypto investors are nonwhite, and 55 percent don’t have a college degree. This matches up with anecdotal evidence that crypto investing has become remarkably popular among minority groups and the working class.

NORC says that this is great, that “cryptocurrencies are opening up investing opportunities for more diverse investors.” But I remember the days when subprime mortgage lending was similarly celebrated — when it was hailed as a way to open up the benefits of homeownership to previously excluded groups.

It turned out, however, that many borrowers didn’t understand what they were getting into. Ned Gramlich, a Federal Reserve official who famously warned in vain about the growing financial dangers, asked, “Why are the most risky loan products sold to the least sophisticated borrowers?” He then declared, “The question answers itself.” Homeownership dropped sharply once the bubble burst.

Guess which group of people were hurt most after the homwownership bubble burst

The foreclosure crisis has hit blacks harder than any other group in America and it will be tough for them to regain their footing in the housing market.

Blacks' homeownership rate has plummeted nearly 6 percent to 46.2 percent since its peak in 2004. That's more than twice that of any other racial or ethnic group, as well as the nation's rate as a whole, which fell only 2.3 percent, according to U.S. Census data.

Also, among recent borrowers, nearly 8 percent of blacks have lost their homes to foreclosure, compared to 4.5 percent of whites, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. Latinos, who have also been pummeled by the mortgage meltdown, came in a close second behind blacks in foreclosure losses.

The consequences are devastating. Fewer blacks own their home now than any other racial or ethnic group and that makes it even more difficult for them to achieve financial security and attain wealth.

sgtdjones 2022-01-30 02:09:41 

In reply to Casper


SnoopDog 2022-01-30 06:54:51 

In reply to sgtdjones

You’re still buying fake money with real money Bro? lol

XDFIX 2022-01-30 16:28:18 

In reply to Casper

What goes up comes down and vice versa!

sgtdjones 2022-01-30 17:32:25 

In reply to SnoopDog


I still have 8 and holding on. Have not bought any .

lol lol