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Crypto winter: Why this bitcoin bear market is different from the past

Crypto loans - particularly those in decentralized-finance apps that dispense with intermediaries like banks - often require borrowers to put up more collateral than the loan is worth

Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Crypto market
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Before the previous crypto winter, many startups had used initial coin offerings, or ICOs, to raise capital by issuing their own tokens to investors.

Emily Nicolle and Olga Kharif | Bloomberg
For a generation of alienated techies, crypto's all-for-one ethos was its biggest draw. Now panic is spreading across this universe — and that same ethos is posing what may be the biggest threat yet to its survival.

What started this year in crypto markets as a “risk-off” bout of selling fueled by a Federal Reserve suddenly determined to rein in excesses has exposed a web of interconnectedness that looks a little like the tangle of derivatives that brought down the global financial system in 2008. As Bitcoin slipped almost 70% from its record high, a panoply of altcoins also plummeted.

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First Published: Jun 27 2022 | 7:24 AM IST

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