Institutions short Bitcoin as SBF is ‘deeply sorry’ for FTX collapse


The monumental collapse of FTX will go down as one of many largest company scandals of all time. However, a minimum of Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, is sorry. On Nov. 22, the disgraced founding father of FTX penned a letter to his former staff describing his function within the firm’s chapter. “I by no means supposed this to occur,” he wrote. “I didn’t understand the total extent of the margin place, nor did I understand the magnitude of the danger posed by a hyper-correlated crash.” Get this: SBF nonetheless thinks the corporate could be saved as a result of “there are billion of {dollars} of real curiosity from new traders.” Shouldn’t he be preoccupied with making an attempt to keep away from jail proper now?

Bitcoin (BTC) and the broader crypto market have been reeling within the wake of the scandal. Whereas this has allowed many diamond handed hodlers to build up extra BTC on a budget, institutional traders are utilizing this chance to quick the market. We could lastly get that closing capitulation to spherical out the present four-year cycle.

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Sam Bankman-Fried says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for collapse in letter to FTX crew

SBF’s letter to former FTX employees painted the image of a deeply remorseful founder who managed to squander billions due to extreme margins and poor oversight. He additionally blamed the “run on the financial institution” for FTX’s final demise. For these of you conserving observe, the financial institution run that SBF talked about was triggered by Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao who, on Nov. 6, disclosed on Twitter — of all locations — that he can be selling $500 million worth of FTX tokens. That announcement triggered a tidal wave of redemptions on FTX as customers rushed for the exit. Inside 48 hours, FTX was proven to be bancrupt.

FTX owes over $3 billion to its 50 largest collectors: Chapter submitting

The outlet in FTX’s stability sheet is estimated to be value round $8 billion — and an enormous portion of that’s owed to just 50 people. New chapter filings within the state of Delaware confirmed this week that FTX’s prime 50 collectors are owed a mixed $3.1 billion. One particular person is owed greater than $226 million, whereas the remainder of the highest 50 had wherever between $21 million and $203 million on the failed derivatives exchange. So, when can FTX collectors count on to get a few of their a refund? It could take years or even decades, in accordance with insolvency lawyer Stephen Earel.

FTX disaster results in document inflows into short-investment merchandise

Believers in Bitcoin as a sound cash various to the present financial regime have used the most recent market collapse to build up extra BTC. However, for some institutional traders, the FTX collapse has triggered a new shorting opportunity. In line with CoinShares, 75% of institutional crypto investments final week went to quick funding merchandise. In different phrases, they’re betting that Bitcoin and different crypto property will see an additional decline in worth. BTC has already plunged to around $15,500, marking a brand new low for the cycle. Though Bitcoin can go a lot decrease, we’re nearing the tip of the present four-year cycle. So, the underside may very well be shut.

US senators urge Constancy to rethink its Bitcoin choices after FTX blow-up

Constancy Investments, one of many earliest institutional backers of digital property, is being strongly urged by members of Congress to restrict its Bitcoin funding choices. This week, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tina Smith and Richard Durbin as soon as once more called on Fidelity to rethink its Bitcoin 401(okay) product providing in the wake of the FTX disaster. “Since our earlier letter [from July 26, 2022], the digital asset business has solely grown extra risky, tumultuous, and chaotic—all options of an asset class no plan sponsor or individual saving for retirement ought to wish to go wherever close to,” the senators wrote. The crypto skeptics can take their victory lap for now, however Bitcoin will get the final chuckle.

Earlier than you go: May Grayscale set off the following Bitcoin worth collapse?

Considerations round Grayscale’s Bitcoin Funding Belief (GBTC) started to mount final week after the corporate refused to provide on-chain proof of its reserves. Now, traders are apprehensive about whether or not Grayscale’s guardian firm, Digital Forex Group (DCG), may very well be compelled to liquidate a portion of its GBTC to cowl an enormous maintain in Genesis International Buying and selling’s stability sheet. What’s the connection between DCG, GBTC and Genesis? On this week’s Market Report, Marcel Pechman and I talk about this relationship and why it issues to Bitcoin traders. You may watch the total replay under.

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