Why Crypto Crashed Yesterday, in Less than 200 Words

It’s a lot easier than you think

Adrien Book
2 min readMay 13, 2022


A lot of people are incentivized to say that crypto is complicated. It is not. Here is why the market took a dive over the past 48 hours, in less than 200 words.

  • There was a digital coin (UST) that was supposed to be a direct equivalent to 1 dollar. No more, no less. Ever. Super safe way to get into crypto, right?
  • It stayed stable by being strictly equal to another digital coin (LUNA).
  • So, if prices of UST went to $0.99 because of high supply, you could buy some using LUNA, then resell it when it got back to $1. Thus making a small profit.
  • That way, the price is always stable thanks to market incentives.
  • Sounds good until you realize that LUNA wasn’t backed by anything but vibes (belief in its inherent worth). Literally.
  • So when people started stressing out because of the stock markets, oil prices, war in Europe… the death spiral began💀.
  • The more people sold, the more people wanted to sell, until the price was less than a cent. Instead of a dollar.
  • In less than 48 hours.
  • Now people are asking if ANY crypto is safe.
  • Hint : it’s not.

Good luck out there.



Adrien Book

Strategy Consultant | Tech writer | Somewhat French