This is indeed a very unfortunate situation and my heart goes out to everyone especially the small holders. That said, if the argument is that a government should step in, then the regulation will absolutely change the entire market and remove the appeal for a lot of community members. If taken, that’s a big step.
Additionally, the situations do not appear comparable.
Through FDIC insurance the US guarantees its own system. The US government secures its own banks for its own currency for its own economic stability and for the security of its own citizens. How would that work for something like Terra? What is it backed by that it could use to support its holders? It has no economic activity, no productive citizens.
The existence of citizens is important in considering whether to have an FDIC like scenario for smallholders. A nation’s citizens do not generally make a conscious choice about fiat. Investors in Terra/Luna algorithmic investment vehicles made a conscious choice to invest their fiat in an algorithm and its management. As investors, they are responsible for their own due diligence and they outcome of their investment, in the absence of fraud.
Insurance options might be a useful way for investors to determine the relative risk of a crypto investment. That might have been helpful in deciding whether to invest in Terra. Greed can be a powerful ally in investment decisions, and if investors saw a difference in price / risk profile from professional assessors, that may have affected their decisions and such a service if popularly used could change the whole space.
If Terra holders are investors, then why should Terra investors be treated any differently from non-insured holders of some other investment like stock or FOREX? In their due diligence, “Lunatics”, what investors called themselves, had ample opportunity to see the “master” of Terra/Luna taunting economists (warning it Terra would crash), billionaires, and other crypto projects, and to follow other news about Terra on Twitter:
They stayed in the investment. It looked successful. For some it seemed like this coin was the chosen one that would bring balance between the crypto side and the fiat side of the funds. Maybe the lunatics overestimated Terra’s power. Either way, it was their right to participate when it appeared to have the high ground the same as now when it has been brought low.
And the story may not be over now. There could be several more episodes in the saga. For those who buy the substantial dip it may be premature attempt to bail them out.
The comparison to the system of insurance for fiat currency is not clear. If small investors made their choices based on their own due diligence and got to enjoy the gains, why not also take the L.
To be clear, I hate the fact that small investors got tanked by this bet. And I hope that the entire community develops better, clearer information for people to understand the risks they are taking. It’s just not clear that there should be restitution unless something criminal took place.
The algorithmic approach was an interesting bet, and as a wise man once said in a galaxy far, far away:
“Whenever you gamble my friend, eventually you’ll lose.”~ Qui-Gon Jinn