Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.
Top Stories This Week
Documentation related to FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings revealed the firm was mismanaged on multiple levels. FTX Group was reportedly composed of multiple companies categorized into four silos. A $1 billion personal loan was reportedly allocated to former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried from one of those silos. The documentation also revealed many other holes and oddities relating to the function of FTX. Several regulators are reportedly looking into FTX, including the Securities Commission of the Bahamas. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a self-regulatory U.S. organization, has also opened a broader investigation into crypto-involved companies in general, evaluating their communications with the retail public.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao unveiled his work on a new fund to help the struggling crypto sector — a sector which has been negatively affected by the fall of FTX. Zhao’s new fund looks to help by assisting “strong” crypto industry companies that have liquidity issues, the CEO said in a Nov. 14 tweet. Such companies should reach out to Binance Labs, as well as players looking to add capital to the fund. The fund will not go toward helping FTX, however, as specified by Zhao.
For the next three months, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Innovation Center will test a simulated central bank digital currency (CBDC) system with the cooperation of multiple banking behemoths. Citigroup, PNC Bank, BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo and others will transact simulated tokenized money via a distributed ledger, settled against simulated central bank reserves.
The recent downfall of FTX has impacted the overall crypto space in multiple ways — from increased regulatory watch to companies having assets stuck with FTX. More than 10 companies have reported having felt negative effects from the FTX ordeal, often with millions of dollars in jeopardy. Companies include Galaxy Digital, Sequoia Capital, BlockFi, Crypto.com and Pantera Capital, among others. At this stage, the impacts on the affected companies do not appear to be devastating for the most part, although the details vary.
The wait continues for a decision on ARK 21Shares’ spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The regulator has pushed its decision deadline to Jan. 27, 2023 regarding a rule change that would allow listing of the mainstream Bitcoin product. The commission has delayed its decision twice before on this particular product. Numerous Bitcoin ETFs have faced denials from the SEC in the past.
Winners and Losers
Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Trust Wallet Token (TWT) at 93.40%, GMX (GMX) at 20.40% and Toncoin (TON) at 18.41%.
The top three altcoin losers of the week are Casper (CSPR) at -20.66%, Solana (SOL) at -20.25% and Cronos (CRO) at -18.58%.
For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.
Most Memorable Quotations
“In systems where there is no self-custody, the custodians accumulate too much power and then they can abuse that power.”
Michael Saylor, executive chairman of MicroStrategy
“Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here.”
John Ray III, new CEO of FTX
“I repeat… EXIT ALL THE MARKETS”
Il Capo Of Crypto, independent cryptocurrency trader and analyst
“Everything would be ~70% fixed right now if I hadn’t [filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy]. […] But instead I filed, and the people in charge of it are trying to burn it all to the ground out of shame.”
Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX
“I’m sure there are multiple players that will probably get impacted […] in the following weeks, you know, small, large — but I would say [FTX] in terms of magnitude will be one of the larger ones before the whole cycle really ends.”
CK Zheng, co-founder of ZX Squared Capital
“To date, efforts by billionaire crypto bros to deter meaningful legislation by flooding Washington with millions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying spending have been effective.”
Brad Sherman, United States Congressman
Prediction of the Week
Bitcoin fell below $16,000 early in the week. The asset subsequently rallied back to $17,000, only to face rejection around the level on multiple occasions throughout the week, according to Cointelegraph’s BTC price index.
Due to the FTX situation, QCP Capital now expects that BTC may possibly fall to $12,000, according to its Elliot Wave theory chart analysis.
“This underperformance of all crypto assets is here to stay until the bulk of uncertainty has cleared up — likely only near the turn of the new year,” QCP said on Telegram.
FUD of the Week
Speculation about the health and solvency of Crypto.com reached a boiling point this week after the digital asset exchange sent 340,000 ETH to Gate.io. The transfer was flagged as suspicious by some members of the crypto community because it occurred around the time that exchanges were publishing proof-of-reserves in the wake of FTX’s collapse. Crypto.com claims that 100% of user-owned cryptocurrencies are held in cold storage, so the transfer to Gate.io was confusing to some crypto sleuths. Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek later revealed that the funds were sent to Gate.io accidentally.
Speaking of Gate.io, it along with crypto exchange Huobi has been under fire for allegedly sharing outdated snapshots of its digital asset reserves that included loaned funds. Obviously, some investors were suspicious that Gate.io received a top-up from Crypto.com before publishing its proof-of-reserves. However, Gate.io founder Lin Han revealed that the snapshot in question was taken on Oct. 19, two days before Crypto.com accidentally transferred 240,000 ETH. Huobi, meanwhile, has yet to explain why it transferred 10,000 ETH to Binance and OKX wallets soon after releasing its snapshot.
The 2022 bear market has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen in crypto, with the collective failures of Terra (LUNA), Celsius, Voyager, FTX and BlockFi still reverberating across the industry. According to new research from Coinbase, the FTX collapse and its resulting contagion effects could extend crypto winter for another year. “The unfortunate events surrounding FTX have undoubtedly damaged investor confidence in the digital asset class,” the report read. “Remediation will take time, and very likely this could extend crypto winter by several more months, perhaps through the end of 2023 in our view.”
Best Cointelegraph Features
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Traditional financial institutions continue to demonstrate use cases for digital asset support, along with DeFi capabilities, despite current market conditions.