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Does another one bite the dust: can crypto exchange Genesis suffer the same fate as FTX?

Tanja Nechet

News editor

Nov 22, 2022 at 06:06

The house of cards built on lies continues to fall apart. After the collapse of the FTX exchange, other projects began to close one by one. And judging by the rumors, Genesis is next in line. The exchange began to have liquidity problems and is about to declare bankruptcy. An analyst at The Block reported that Genesis had a hole of $1 billion in its budget (later, the amount needed was reduced to $500 million). And if no one helps the company financially, its fate is inevitable.

The company’s troubles began because of the FTX loans. Before that, it assured that everything is fine, and it is not experiencing any difficulties because of the collapse of the crypto exchange.

Binance decided not to help

Genesis allegedly asked Binance for help (like FTX in its time) but was rejected. The management of the crypto exchange also tried to negotiate for financial support with alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the reason for the rejection was a potential conflict of interest of Binance with the business model of a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG). DCG’s parent company is unwilling to separate from part of its venture capital portfolio or sell Grayscale Investments, which is an important source of revenue.

Against the background of Genesis’ problems and Grayscale’s refusal to disclose reserves, rumors of DCG’s own unsustainability began to circulate. Both are subsidiaries of the cryptocurrency conglomerate DCG.

Genesis previously reported that its derivatives business has about $175 million in blocked funds in its FTX trading account. And the company wasn’t just hurt by FTX. Genesis was hit hard a little earlier after the collapse of the Three Arrows Capital (3AC) in early 2022.

But so far the company has no plans to file for bankruptcy.

Gemini is trying its best (but for how long?)

Gemini stated that it is still working on processing payouts for its Earn product, which runs on the troubled cryptocurrency broker Genesis. Last week, Gemini warned of serious delays for Earn users wanting to withdraw their money. 

The FTX purse is not so empty

FTX Group has $1.24 billion on its balance sheet, according to a note from Alvarez & Marsal North America LLC, a financial adviser to the commercial group. According to it, Alameda Research and related companies alone have about $401 million left on their balance sheet, Reuters writes. 

More than $700 million is the outstanding debt of other companies to FTX Group. The balance is spread across the vaults of various divisions, including FTX Japan and FTX Ventures. 

Apparently, FTX Group’s financial reserves as of November 20 are much higher than previously thought.

However, the bankrupt crypto exchange owes more than 50 major creditors $3.1 billion.

How can I make money on this?

This news caused another drop in investor sentiment, causing bitcoin to hit a new two-year low of around $15,400. Things are even worse with Solana tokens

JP Morgan has some reassurance: all the recent crashes in the crypto ecosystem have been among centralized players, not decentralized protocols. And thanks to the fall of FTX, cryptocurrency regulation will be accelerated. By the way, there are a few more positive things about this sad event.

Bitcoin to U.S. dollar exchange rate chart for the last 3 months. Image:

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