Mark Cuban says he lost money trading a DeFi token called Titan that crashed from $60 to zero in one day

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Mark Cuban says he lost money trading a DeFi token called Titan that crashed from $60 to zero in one day
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  • Mark Cuban said he got hit by losses in Titan, a token that crashed to $0 from $60 on Thursday.
  • It reportedly crashed as whale accounts unloaded their shares and triggered panic selling.
  • "I got hit like everyone else," Cuban tweeted.

The billionaire investor Mark Cuban said he traded a DeFi token that crashed to zero in one day.

The token, known as the Iron Titanium Token, or Titan, was part of Iron Finance, an algorithmic-stablecoin project.

On Thursday, Titan plunged to nearly zero from about $60 as large whale accounts dumped their holdings and triggered panic selling, Rekt News said.

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Cuban tweeted that he'd gotten hit by the token's massive slide. "I got hit like everyone else," he said. "Crazy part is I got out, thought they were increasing their TVL enough. Than Bam."

It wasn't clear how much money Cuban lost or when he exited his trade. He told Bloomberg News that Titan made up a small percentage of his crypto portfolio but enough that he "wasn't happy" about the trade.

The billionaire investor mentioned Titan in a blog post on Sunday titled "The Brilliance of Yield Farming, Liquidity Providing and Valuing Crypto Projects."

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In the post, he said he was a liquidity provider for QuickSwap, a decentralized exchange platform:

"I provide 2 different tokens (DAI/TITAN) that enable Quikswap to offer swaps between these two tokens. As you can see here, this pair is one of many, and you can also see that based on the .25 pct of volume in this swap that Quickswap pays, my return on my initial $75k investment (based on fees only) as of this writing, is an annualized return of about 206% (Based on the fees earned in the last 24 hours. This return percentage will vary all over the map depending on the activity.) But the cool thing is while I don't get any extra rewards for this pair (you reading this Titan and Quickswap ???), I am currently the only LP in this pool, so I get 100pct of the fees. In every pool, the LPs, get a percentage of the fees based on the percentage of the liquidity they provide.

"So in exchange for providing the Liquidity both TITAN and Quickswap need for their businesses, I get .25 of the transaction volume for swaps between these two tokens. As long as I keep making a good return, I will keep my money invested (Volatility can create mark to market losses). If not, I can immediately withdraw it (some platforms have a hold period or penalties) . Have enough LPs and the exchange is far more capital efficient than a similar traditional exchange business and i get to make some money."

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Cuban told Bloomberg News that there should be regulation to define what a stablecoin is and what collateralization is acceptable.

"Even though I got rugged on this, it's really on me for being lazy. The thing about de fi plays like this is that its all about revenue and math and I was too lazy to do the math to determine what the key metrics were," Cuban said in an email to Bloomberg.

"But if you are looking for a lesson learned , the real question is the regulatory one. There will be a lot of players trying to establish stable coins on every new l1 and L2. It can be a very lucrative fee and arb business for the winners."

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Cuban did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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