The CEO of the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange has said a sudden 50% drop in ether’s price on the exchange Monday was caused by an extreme sell-off and not any system glitch.
- “There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of a trading-engine malfunction,” Jesse Powell, told on Tuesday. “It seems like trades processed accurately.”
- Powell added that the crash could have been caused by a single big investor who “decided to dump his life savings.”
- crashed to $700 at 14:20 UTC (9:20 a.m. ET) Monday, having been north of $1,600 only minutes earlier.
- The drop occurred amid a broader sell-off of crypto assets that saw ether drop as low as $1,546, according to the CoinDesk 20, but nothing as dramatic as was witnessed on Kraken’s platform.
- When by CoinDesk soon after, Kraken noted ether prices had dropped on multiple venues, but did not comment on its far lower price.
- Kraken is unlikely to roll back trades, Powell advised Tuesday, but hinted at offering some kind of compensation for clients affected.