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FTX Transfers $59M in Diverse Crypto Assets

FTX/Alameda moved $59 million in various crypto assets, including Solana, Ethereum, Chainlink, and Polygon, following court approval for liquidation and risk mitigation.

Key Takeaways

  • FTX/Alameda moves $59 million in various crypto assets, including Solana, Ethereum, Chainlink, and Polygon.
  • The move follows court approval for FTX to liquidate its cryptocurrency holdings, up to $100 million weekly.
  • FTX can now engage in hedging and staking agreements, earning passive income on assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • Sam Bankman-Fried, former FTX head, testifies in court, defending his actions based on legal advice.

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX/Alameda recently conducted a substantial transfer of $59 million in diverse crypto assets, as reported by data analytics firm Lookonchain. This transfer encompassed significant holdings in Solana (SOL), Ethereum (ETH), Chainlink (LINK), Polygon (MATIC), and several other cryptocurrencies.

Liquidating Holdings 

This move follows a significant court ruling permitting FTX to liquidate its cryptocurrency holdings to repay customers in U.S. dollars and mitigate the risks associated with crypto market volatility.

The court’s decision allows FTX to sell up to $100 million worth of cryptocurrency weekly. Additionally, FTX can now participate in hedging and staking agreements, allowing the exchange to generate passive income from conventional assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

The decision to liquidate holdings and diversify assets received strong support from committees representing both U.S. and international FTX customers. According to Lookonchain data, eight FTX/Alameda addresses currently hold approximately $619 million in assets.

In a significant courtroom development, Sam Bankman-Fried, the former head of FTX, took the stand before Judge Lewis Kaplan. Facing charges related to alleged deceit towards investors and misappropriation of funds from his bankrupt exchange, Bankman-Fried defended his actions by stating they were based on legal counsel.

He emphasized his reliance on legal advice for various arrangements, including securing bank accounts for his businesses. However, prosecutors challenged this defense by suggesting that reliance on counsel might be questionable if the lawyers were not fully informed.

To Conclude

FTX’s strategic move to liquidate cryptocurrency holdings and diversify into more stable assets appears to be a prudent decision given the current market conditions. The exchange’s ability to engage in hedging and staking agreements opens up new revenue streams and reduces exposure to market volatility.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s testimony underscores the importance of legal counsel in navigating the complex regulatory landscape of the crypto industry, although the trial’s outcome remains uncertain. We will continue to monitor the developments surrounding FTX and its efforts to address legal and financial challenges.