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The Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) FTX and Alameda Analysis rescue tour is properly underway within the broader cryptocurrency area, with each BlockFi and Voyager taking $250 million and $200 million loans respectively from SBF firm bailouts.
“I do really feel like we’ve a duty to noticeably think about stepping in, even whether it is at a loss to ourselves, to stem contagion” – SBF on the state of the exchange/lendor ecosystem.
At the moment, only a few of the bitcoin and “crypto” yield-generating counterparties look to be solvent or protected — whether or not that’s reinforcing messaging to shoppers, full shutdowns in providers or efforts to lift money to cowl deposit liabilities. As value attracts down, dangers are uncovered and the liquidity tide goes again out, we’re discovering out which establishments will survive this new surroundings and which of them took on an excessive amount of threat.
Immediately, FTX introduced a $250 million revolving line of credit score, or injection, to BlockFi in an effort to assist them “navigate the market from a place of power.” This bailout comes at a time when BlockFi has been within the process of closing an additional funding round at greater than an 80% low cost in comparison with their earlier $5 billion-plus valuation simply final 12 months. They’ve additionally decreased their employees by 20% this month.
In BlockFi’s case, the mortgage will probably be used to strengthen the steadiness sheet with some unclear, authorized language on how that helps shopper deposits.
The Voyager deal is $200 million credit score and 15,000 BTC with 5% curiosity by way of 2024.
Now, there’s nothing inherently improper with firms going out to the market and elevating further capital in an try to survive the unfolding bear market, but it surely does increase pink flags in regards to the well being of every enterprise, the protection of buyer deposits and the deleveraging contagion dangers of your complete trade.
Injecting extra liquidity into giant, troubled gamers as an try to cease additional financial institution runs and instill market confidence is in FTX’s finest curiosity. One other institutional blowup means one more main selloff and death-spiral occasion for bitcoin and broader cryptocurrency belongings. This comes at a time when all three establishments are attempting to develop their retail buyer base so a wholesome, sustainable trade (together with greater costs) is sweet for enterprise.
Given the character of the final two weeks particularly, we strongly advocate that customers get their funds into their very own custody.