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Legendary trader foresees major crypto disaster ahead 

source-logo  finbold.com 26 May 2024 15:09, UTC

The recent approval of Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by regulatory bodies marks a significant milestone in cryptocurrency history.

Amidst this development, veteran trader Peter Brandt has raised alarms, warning of potential disasters in the crypto staking sector following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) green light for spot Ethereum ETFs.

Peter Brandt, a well-known figure in the trading community, took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) on May 24 to express his grim outlook.

“The biggest disasters yet to come in crypto will be related to staking,” Brandt predicted, emphasizing the potential for significant financial losses and bankruptcies.

An opinion that will not have much appeal among ETH/SOL similar hound dogs.
The biggest disasters yet to come in crypto will be to staking (and those who think they are doing the staking). The bankruptcies and personal fortunes lost in the staking game will someday blow your mind pic.twitter.com/pmnm4fo6Oi

— Peter Brandt (@PeterLBrandt) May 24, 2024

Potential regulatory impact

Brandt’s recent warnings are part of a broader critique he has been voicing. Earlier this month, he predicted a full-scale SEC assault on crypto staking, describing it as a “bloodbath” and deeming the practice “illegal as hell.”

Brandt’s comments came in the wake of the SEC’s unexpected approval of eight spot Ethereum ETFs, a decision that caught many in the crypto industry off guard.

Previously, the SEC had not engaged with issuers, but it suddenly began interacting with them and requested resubmissions of filings on an accelerated basis.

Despite the approval of spot Ethereum ETFs, the SEC has not clarified whether Ethereum is classified as a security or a commodity. Notably, all issuers of these ETFs did not include staking in their applications, which highlights a critical distinction.

Concerns and reactions from the crypto community

Brandt elaborated on his concerns in follow-up posts, outlining the potential negative impacts of staking on the market.

He pointed out that crypto staking involves owning, borrowing, or leveraging assets such as Solana (SOL) and Ethereum. These assets are typically lent out to earn revenue, often in the form of interest.

Brandt cautioned that as staking becomes more widespread and accepted, it could attract increased scrutiny and regulation from central banks, government treasuries, and other authorities.

He was skeptical of the profitability of staking, comparing it to collapsed scams like Ponzi schemes, where high returns were often fraudulent. He warned that the introduction of new regulations could fundamentally change the crypto space or even lead to the end of staking.

This is a name and photo the many seeking their 10% weekly ROI through staking will come to know and hate
Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi$ETH $SOL $others pic.twitter.com/PBFRWiEsW0

— Peter Brandt (@PeterLBrandt) May 24, 2024

Brandt’s predictions have sparked significant debate within the crypto community. Before issuing his controversial statements, Brandt acknowledged that his opinions might not be well received by supporters of popular digital assets such as Ethereum and Solana.

True to his prediction, many community members dismissed his warnings. Critics argued that Brandt was uninformed about the staking process and overstating its risks.

One community member criticized Brandt for his statement, asserting that he was exaggerating the impacts of staking by claiming it would result in a “disaster.”

Another member clarified that staking involves using coins or tokens to verify and secure the consensus mechanism of a blockchain rather than simply lending assets for interest.

The future of crypto staking remains uncertain, with Brandt’s warnings highlighting potential risks from increased regulatory scrutiny and government intervention.

As the crypto industry continues to evolve, stakeholders must navigate these challenges carefully to avoid potential financial disasters.

The recent approval of Ethereum ETFs by the SEC marks a turning point, but it also brings to light the complexities and uncertainties that lie ahead for the crypto staking sector.