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  • Writer's pictureBilly Richards

FTX's Collapse: A Week of Reflection and Lessons Learned

It's been just over a week since the FTX collapse sent shockwaves through the financial world. While some may argue that the event is still fresh, a deeper dive into historical liquidity data reveals that the tipping point was reached last Wednesday.

In summary:

  • FTX, a trading platform for cryptocurrencies, experienced a rapid loss of wealth for its founder and CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, aged 30.

  • Market confidence has been severely shaken, with $900M of liquid assets held against $9B of liabilities the day before filing for bankruptcy.

  • The collapse highlighted poor risk management, opaque operational procedures, and questionable decision-making at the top.

As we reflect on this event, it's crucial to extract valuable lessons:

Speculative and illiquid tokens, like FTX's native token FTT, should not be used against fiat balances, especially when it comes to customer funds. Speculative tokens can thrive if backed by tangible assets or developed sensibly. Overleveraging should be avoided to prevent catastrophic outcomes. Vigilance is key. When engaging with crypto-financial services entities, ensure compliance with industry standards, independent audits, and a track record of responsible practices. The FTX collapse underscores the need for tighter regulation and oversight to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Looking ahead, we must prioritize building a more stable and resilient crypto-banking ecosystem. Wyoming's legislative agenda provides a promising model for achieving this goal, with companies like Custodia Bank leading the charge.

As CEO of Changeblock, I remain committed to advancing the environmental credit market and leveraging cutting-edge technologies to combat climate change. The FTX incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgency of our mission and the importance of responsible stewardship in the financial sector.

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