Daily Tearsheet: Insolvency rumors envelop Coinbase, and banks’ Q2 earnings reports reveal losses in corporate lending


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Insolvency rumors envelop Coinbase, but CEO Brian Armstrong says it's all growing pains

According to leaked emails, Coinbase is temporarily shutting down its affiliate program. The emails show that the payment plans being offered by Coinbase now are significantly smaller than previous ones.

Upon hearing the news of cutbacks facing the affiliate program, some people seemed convinced on Twitter that a liquidity crisis is on the horizon.

These liquidity-related speculations may have led to the $248 million worth of stablecoins that were withdrawn from the exchange over a single day.

However, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong claims that recent decisions by the company are indicative of nothing more than “growing pains”.

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Data Snack: Banks' Q2 earnings reports reveal losses in corporate lending

Six of the big US banks recently published their Q2 earnings reports, exposing some surprising numbers regarding corporate lending.

Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo all reported losses in the corporate lending space – with Bank of America reporting the biggest loss at $320 million.

Altogether, these banks' corporate loan losses totaled $1.32 billion.

The numbers paint a foreboding picture of what’s happening in the market right now.

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