In their latest announcement, Binance decided to back out from its planned acquisition of FTX. At the same time, major news reported that FTX’s liquidity gap could be more than $10 billion. Meanwhile, FTX is still seeking help from other companies.
Binance says ‘No’.
WSJ sharing some insights on the FTX disaster.
Things look ugly and the market is in full crisis mode.
So, what else can we expect to happen? What will be the consequences for the crypto space and what can we as investors learn from all of this?
Let’s start with what I expect to happen in the short to to medium term. Much is still unknown and it will likely take us into 2023 to fully understand what has happened.
1. Prices will crash hard
In my previous article, I wrote about the increasing probability that BTC will fall to $10K. So far we are staying on track. In general, we can expect a lot of price volatility for all cryptocurrencies in the coming weeks and months. The bad macro picture doesn’t help at all.
2. There will be contagion effects
It won’t be only FTX users who suffer. This collapse affects a lot of different parties reaching from holders of FTX-related assets to FTX employees, crypto VCs and other institutions that invested in the project (for example, Blackrock, Paradigm, Ontario Pension Fund), as well as other crypto projects that FTX has invested in (for example, Solana). In the coming weeks we can expect a lot of other ugly things to surface and various players in the crypto space seem to be taking precautions.
Contagion in action.
3. FTX is not the the last crypto exchange to fall
There are many more exchanges out there — some of which also have problems. It is to be expected that more will be hit. At the same time, people’s trust in centralized exchange will further decreases and they could face large withdrawals of funds in the short to medium term.
4. A feast for crypto opponents
This whole mess is a gift for those who are against crypto. And not without reason. Because the reasons for this disaster are exactly those things that have always been criticized about crypto.
5. More regulations incoming
The crypto space has increasingly become the focus of regulators in recent years. The FTX collapse will further reinforce this trend. There will be more regulations targeting centralized crypto exchanges and cryptocurrencies to prevent such things from happening.
SEC is on the move. Source: bloomberg.com
Tether freezing a FTX USDT wallet at the request of law enforcement.
6. Time to shine for DeFi?
Once again, centralized crypto services have proven unreliable. I expect that DeFi projects will benefit greatly from this — in the medium to long term.
Alright, what are the main takeaways for you as an investor when it comes to dealing with exchanges? There are two important points I want to discuss here.
1. Not your keys, not your coins
If you are in crypto for long-term investments, do not leave your coins on any exchange. The money that people had on FTX is gone. And it won’t come back.
Whenever you buy cryptocurrencies, take them off the exchange and transfer them to a hardware wallet and keep your private keys safe. If you are into trading, leave only a small amount (that you can afford to lose) of your coins on the exchange.
2. Don’t stake your coins on exchanges
Many exchanges offer easy to use solutions for people who want to stake their coins to earn PoS rewards but who do not know how to set up their own node. Don’t. Instead, buy PoS coins supported by hardware wallets for staking. Ledger has a list of supported coins and detailed tutorials on how to stake. Alternatively, you can use services such as allnodes.com to set up your own nodes and earn passive income on your coins. Allnodes allows you to hold your own private keys.
However, crises also bring opportunities. As we can expect more price turbulences in the coming weeks weeks, now is a good time to plan your next steps. A few thoughts:
- If you are investing in Bitcoin and Ethereum for the long-term, this is a good time to optimize your DCA strategy. Dollar cost averaging is a great way to buy coins at a relatively cheap price. Check out my article on this topic if you want to learn more.
- Usually, altcoins dip more than Bitcoin and Ethereum during a black swan event. Research solid projects that are at a price low (pretty much everything right now). Stay away from projects that are involved with FTX for now. Given the circumstances, investing in innovative DEX projects could probably be a good opportunity. Check out my in-depth article on how to research cryptocurrencies to learn more.
- Also, take the time to set price targets for all your holdings for the next bull market (whenever that may come). Make a note of these price targets and place them prominently so this doesn’t happen to you:
- Instead, you should do it like this:
Things are a mess. Expect to see cracks elsewhere in the cryptosphere over the next few weeks. At the same time, take the points made in the article to heart. Make sure you are always in full control of your coins and take the time to thoroughly plan your next steps. The winter is long, but Crypto will survive!
Disclaimer: this article only represents the author’s personal opinion. It should not be treated as financial and investment advice.