Today, we’ll be diving into the ongoing fallout from the bankruptcy of FTX Group, which has drawn in creditors ranging from the Miami Heat to crypto lender BlockFi. The situation is growing beyond the US, with regulatory agencies from around the world getting involved. We’ll also take a look at the successful fundraising efforts of the crypto community for Ukraine’s war effort, a wholesale Central Bank digital currency test by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and major banks, the rise of decentralized exchanges and lenders in the wake of FTX’s collapse, and the impact on lending firms such as Genesis Parent Digital Currency Group.
FTX Group Bankruptcy Woes Deepen,
Involving Creditors and Regulatory Agencies The aftermath of FTX Group’s bankruptcy continues to worsen as more creditors come forward, according to the company’s new management, who revealed in a Delaware bankruptcy court that the group could have over a million creditors. The list of creditors now includes the Miami Heat and crypto lender BlockFi, which was previously rescued from insolvency by FTX Group CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. The situation has also drawn the attention of dozens of federal, state, and international regulatory agencies, with the restructuring team of FTX Group being contacted by these agencies. One of the hardest-hit by FTX’s bankruptcy is the Solana Foundation, whose token price has halved due to its close association with FTX Group.
Crypto Community Raises $135 Million for Ukraine’s War Effort
Dispelling Disinformation Campaign The crypto community has come together to raise an impressive $135 million for Ukraine’s war effort. However, a disinformation campaign has been spreading a conspiracy theory that the bankrupt FTX exchange was helping the Biden Administration funnel money to the Democratic party, which Ukrainian Deputy Minister called a blatant lie. The disinformation originated from an extremist site and spread to mainstream right-wing media, forcing a response. The campaign lacked evidence and only raised questions without providing answers.
Big Banks and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Test Wholesale Central Bank Digital
CurrencyTogether banks, has launched a 12-week proof of concept experiment for a wholesale Central Bank digital currency (CBDC). The experiment is not focused on a mainstream digital dollar for day-to-day purchases but rather a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based platform limited to financial institutions. The goal is to make transactions faster and cheaper. Participants in the experiment include eight banks, namely BNY Mellon, City, HSBC, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Truist, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. MasterCard and Swift are also part of the experiment.
Decentralized Exchanges and Lenders
Thrive in the Wake of FTX’s Collapse Decentralized exchanges (DEXes) and decentralized lenders are seeing significant user and transaction volume spikes in the aftermath of FTX Group’s collapse. Uniswap, the largest DEX, has seen a 19% users increase and a 21% increase in transactions. Uniswap Labs noted on Twitter that its regularly new transacting wallets are up 55%, reaching a 2022 high. Hardware wallets used for self-custody, such as Trezor and Ledger, have also experienced a surge in sales, with Trezor sales up by 300% and Ledger claiming its best sales week ever
In conclusion, the cryptocurrency industry is experiencing significant repercussions from the recent bankruptcy of FTX, with Genesis Parent Digital Currency Group pointing to it as a cause of market dislocation and loss of industry confidence. However, the DeFi sector has shown resilience, and the launch of a wholesale CBDC experiment by major banks highlights the evolving landscape of digital currencies. The cryptocurrency community’s charitable efforts for Ukraine’s war effort are also noteworthy. The extent and impact of FTX’s collapse on the lending industry and the broader crypto ecosystem remain uncertain, and the industry continues to navigate through these challenges as it evolves and matures.