Crypto: FTX lent over half of its customer funds to affiliated trading firm: WSJ

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Stock Market

Embattled crypto exchange FTX, once the third-largest crypto exchange by trading volume, reportedly lent more than half of its customer funds to its affiliated trading firm Alameda Research, exposing further risks in the lightly regulated industry.  Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX’s chief executive, reportedly told an investor this week that the company had extended loans of about $10 billion to Alameda using funds that customers had deposited on the exchange for trading, according to a Wall Street Journal article citing an anonymous source. That amounted to over half of FTX’s customer assets of $16 billion, according to the report. 

Representatives at FTX didn’t respond to a request seeking comment for this article. The exchange saw about $5 billion in customer withdrawals on Sunday, Bankman-Fried tweeted Thursday. Revelations in recent days about the inner workings at FTX have shocked investors, and more information is emerging about the company’s insolvency risks and about its opaque relationship with its affiliate Alameda. See also: ‘I f—d up’: Sam Bankman-Fried takes blame for liquidity issues at FTX “I think that, hopefully, people learn their lesson this time,” Ian Weisberger, co-founder of CoinRoutes, told MarketWatch. It could mean, he added, that “they don’t trust these kind of operations that have principal market makers attached to [them].” Still, other crypto heavyweights have attempted to calm markets about the potential for spillover at other exchanges. “Even though FTX is one of the biggest exchanges, its operating business model is still very different than all the other exchanges …

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