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‘Black Swan’ Author Names Crypto Market's Main Weak Point

Sat, 05/06/2023 - 15:21
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Yuri Molchan
Nassim Taleb explains what may easily have major negative impact on crypto market
‘Black Swan’ Author Names Crypto Market's Main Weak Point
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Expert on risk management, mathematician and author of several popular books on fighting uncertainty ("Black Swan," "Antifragile," "Skin in the Game" and others) Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a well-known anti-crypto speaker.

He has taken to Twitter to point out what he believes to be a major weakness of the cryptocurrency market.

Taleb names crypto market's weakest point

Taleb tweeted that currently, the overall worth of the crypto market is $1.5 trillion ($1.23 trillion, according to CoinGecko). However, if market participants sell from 1% to 4% of the crypto offered in it, this total market capitalization will drop by 50%, he claims in the tweet.

Mostly, this refers to Bitcoin, as the flagship cryptocurrency usually leads the way for the prices of other coins, making them correlated with it — they fall when BTC drops and they rise when Bitcoin goes up.

Bitcoin lover converted to BTC hater

Taleb is known for his stable and harsh criticism of cryptocurrencies, although he used be a fan of Bitcoin and praised it when a bank crisis and the "WhatsApp Revolution" hit Lebanon in 2019.

In 2021, however, he sold all his Bitcoin, explaining this step by BTC's harsh volatility waves. "You can't price goods in BTC," he tweeted back then.

Breaking: Bitcoin (BTC) Stumbles as Fed Opts for Another Rate Hike

Bitcoin pushed back by Fed's recent decision

Over the past two months, Bitcoin was recovering on the wave of the banking crisis that hit the U.S. as several large regional banks crashed — Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and just recently First Republic Bank followed suit.

Bitcoin managed to touch the $30,000 level. However, three days ago, the Fed Reserve announced another rate hike, BTC slipped below the $29,000 level, where it stays for now, trading at $28,568, according to CoinMarketCap.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at