But this cycle had something new: crypto craziness. The Federal Trade Commission reports that 46,000 people have reported losing $1 billion in crypto to scams since January 2021. Bitcoin is down more than 50% since its 2021 peak, Ethereum is down 65%, XRP 78%. And of course, the Luna token is down from $116 on April 5 to essentially zero. Is anyone liable? Binance, FTX, Coinbase, Kraken, Bitfinex and Crypto.com are some of the largest exchanges for crypto trading.
Class actions will follow the money. Kim Kardashian and boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. are being sued for false statements promoting crypto. But that’s nothing! The trillion-and-a-half-dollar question is: Are cryptocurrencies securities or not? Selling unregistered securities can be a felony, with up to five years in jail, and damages could include the dollar amount of an investors’ losses or more.