While there was plenty of FUD flying around, it wasn’t the real reason prices pulled back so significantly.

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Today on the Brief:

  • Home sales up, home supply down
  • Biden’s first test on the stimulus
  • Euro pessimism

Our main discussion: Why the bitcoin dip wasn’t caused by FUD.

Anyone paying attention this week had reasons for frenetic worry. Janet Yellen’s comments on criminal activity. Persistent questions around Tether. A non-story about a double-spend that got amplified by mainstream media.

In this episode, NLW argues that none of these actually explains the dip. Instead, he argues, they were used by sophisticated traders to amplify the dip’s impact.

See also: First Mover: Bitcoin ‘Double-Spend’ FUD Gives Newbies a Volatility Lesson

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