Back To The Crypto Glossary

Flash crash

– a sudden and precipitous drop in the value of a cryptocurrency, where the price action represents a dramatic decrease from the current price in an uncharacteristically short period of time, then suddenly returns to a price at or near the price achieved prior to the event.  Usually as a result of a large sell order, then fueled by the closing of margin orders due to margin calls, combined with the execution of stop loss orders.

Why the GDAX Ether Flash Crash Isn't Surprising, and What It Means for  Crypto | by Omega One | ConsenSys Media
The chart above displays what is known as the GDAX flash crash, where price action on the GDAX exchange (now Coinbase Pro) sent the value of ETH temporarily to near $0.00 before the price recovered moments later.  

The exchange did not have an automated kill switch to temporarily halt trading for instances like this.

The guy you know who needs to get up 5 times a night....

yo, did you see ethereum go to zero last night?
Tweet @ me!
Tweety tweet
Stay in touch
We'll keep you in the loop
"You'll be amazed at what happens..."

You'll understand the crypto-verse, get weekly deep dives & frameworks, PLUS network with our private little group.