The crash of FTX and crypto!

The crash of FTX and crypto!

As you’ve probably noticed, the market is in free fall, and there’s a lot of speculation and rumors about what’s going on. We’re sending you this update to give you the most recent information.

By: PascalKeizer


Hi there,

As you’ve probably seen, the market is tanking, and there’s lots of speculation and rumors about what’s happening. We’re sending out this update to provide you with the latest information.
Please be aware that this is an ongoing situation with many fresh developments.

FTX is insolvent

FTX, one of the leading crypto exchanges, has become insolvent. It started with a leaked report of both the exchange’s and its connected VCs (Alameda research, owned by the founder of FTX) balance sheets. Click here for the in-depth article.

This information slowly started spreading throughout the crypto spheres and eventually led to Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the founder and CEO of Binance, publicly announcing that the exchange began selling all their $FTT holdings, which amounted to roughly $500 million.

Binance FTT liquidation

This started a cascading effect in the markets, where traders started selling before Binance. Coupled with Binance unloading and various large investors selling out or precaution, the price of $FTT plummeted. This raised whether FTX and Alameda, FTX’s VC arm, were solvent, which led to massive withdrawals on FTX, a good old-fashioned bank run. Around $4 billion got pulled from the exchange. That was until there was nothing to withdraw anymore…

They suspended all withdrawals today (08/11) around 15.00. Similar events earlier this year (Terra Luna, UST, Celsius) showed everyone’s biggest fear; FTX, one of the biggest exchanges with colossal exposure and sponsorship deals, was indeed insolvent.

Binance to the rescue?

During what might have been the most extended 2 hours in crypto history, panic began in the market, and FTX’s token, $FTT, crashed roughly 35%. Just as the entire market started seriously dropping, Sam Bankman Fried, CEO, and founder of FTX, finally communicated with the public. To everyone’s surprise, the industry wunderchild announced their most significant competitor: Binance had purchased them.

SBF announcement Binance take over
Binance announcement take over
Binance FTT liquidation

At first, Sam asked around his network to fill the alleged $2 billion gap in their balance sheet. At this point, Binance stepped in to fill the gap and take over FTX. While confirmed by both founders, nothing has been signed yet.

As far as we understand, the deal still hinges on the size of the gap in FTX’s balance sheet. If this gap is too large, the deal might still fall through. Additionally, US regulators might also still interfere in the purchase.

US regulators Binance bid FTX

Contagion

Traders are at least not buying it, and FTX’s $FTT token has since this afternoon dropped roughly 80%. There’s also a lot of risk in the markets right now as nobody knows who’s solvent and who’s not, and both FTX and Alameda might have to sell many more crypto assets to cover their balance sheet deficits.

This is the last we know about the situation. We’ll keep you updated once we know more.


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