“With hindsight it was inevitable,” crypto bull and Galaxy Digital founder Mike Novogratz tweeted. “Markets got too excited around [the Coinbase] direct listing.”
He expects crypto backers will “be fine in the medium term as institutions [are] coming to the space,” but predicts the short term could be bumpy.
Others point to the potential for increased regulation as a threat that was bound to take some of the wind out of bitcoin’s sails.
“It’s difficult to work out exactly why the sudden reversal occurred but the online chatter is linking it to speculation that the US Treasury may soon crack down on money laundering that uses digital assets,” Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid said in a note to clients Monday.
Competition is also poised to grow as authorities trial state-backed crypto coins.
Li Bo, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said on Sunday that the digital currency pilot was going well following last year’s launch in four cities, plus the venues for the Winter Olympics. The experiment has since been expanded to include 10 cities or provinces covering 100 million people.
Watch this space: For all the turbulence, the latest round of crypto mania may not be over yet. Dogecoin is up 35% in the past 24 hours, giving it a market value of almost $54 billion.
With cryptocurrency exchanges open 24/7, that could make for some more dramatic weekends ahead.
Peloton shares drop after treadmill safety warning
In a news release Saturday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of 39 accidents involving the Tread+, including “multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under” the $4,295 device. The agency said it’s urging customers with small children and pets to stop using the machine immediately.
The statement was accompanied by a video showing a small child becoming pinned underneath the treadmill.
A voluntary recall wasn’t issued by the agency because Peloton hasn’t agreed to a corrective action, such as a repair or replacement, nor is it stopping the sale of the Tread+, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Investor insight: Peloton’s shares, which have jumped 220% in the past year as people rush to buy home exercise equipment, are off 5% in premarket trading.
Executives at this top bank will start hot desking
One of the world’s biggest banks is getting rid of a huge executive perk following the pandemic: lavish offices.
Senior management, including CEO Noel Quinn, will no longer work from private rooms on the building’s 42nd floor. Instead, they’ll “hot desk,” or rotate through workstations, two floors below.
“Our offices were empty half the time because we were traveling around the world. That was a waste of real estate,” Quinn told the Financial Times, which broke the story.
He said he won’t be in the office five days a week. Earlier this year, HSBC announced plans to cut its global real estate footprint by 40% and adopt a more hybrid model of working, with employees splitting their time between the office and home.
“It’s the new reality of life,” Quinn said.