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Terra's LUNA Falls Below $1

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Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:48
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Alex Dovbnya
Terra's LUNA has slipped below $1 mark
Terra's LUNA Falls Below $1
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The price of Terra's LUNA token has fallen below the $1 mark. It reached a new daily low of $0.938 on the Bitfinex exchange at 12:39 p.m. UTC.

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One of the most popular cryptocurrencies shed $29.5 billion in market capitalization in days in what appears to be the biggest and fastest downfall of a major blockchain project to date. The token is down more than 99% from its record high of $119.18 that was recorded a little over a month ago.

The UST stablecoin is currently trading at $0.34 after plunging as low as $0.30 earlier today. Many have already jokingly branded it a "Kwonzi" scheme.

In an attempt to right the ship, Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon supported minting some additional LUNA tokens in order to eventually restore the $1 peg. After hours of silence, his statement only exacerbated the selloff.

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Kwon was allegedly trying to secure a bailout deal with some big-name investors, but it ended up falling apart. In the past, Terra had faced accusations of being a Ponzi scheme, but the controversial co-founder chose to wave them away.

MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen, who called Terra's UST "a solid Ponzi" in January, tweeted that he was sorry about all the people who got suckered into the project.

An all-out disaster

In the meantime, Bitcoin slumped below $30,000 for the second time this week, currently trading at $29,192 on the Bitstamp exchange.

Terra's annihilation has spilled over into other major cryptocurrency projects. Avalanche's AVAX is taking a severe beating, plunging by more than 40%. It is worth noting that the two blockchains started their "blossoming collaboration" in early April, with Luna Foundation Guard buying $100 million worth of AVAX tokens. Solana (SOL) and Polkadot (DOT) plunged more than 25%.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.