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FTX’s stablecoin reserve falls 93% in 2 weeks, amid rumors of insolvency

FTX's stablecoin reserve falls 93% in 2 weeks, amid rumors of insolvency

TL;DR Breakdown

  • FTX’s stablecoin reserve is reportedly down over 93% in two weeks.
  • Withdrawal requests on the platform have spiked, especially for stablecoins, Ether, and Bitcoin.
  • Yet, FTX is still processing all requests and plans to speed up the process.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency exchange FTX is seemingly undergoing intense withdrawal pressure, amid ongoing speculations that the company could be heading for insolvency. Although FTX hasn’t defaulted to process all withdrawal requests, the rate of outflows from the exchange is rather alarming and could push the exchange into a tight liquidity situation.

FTX’s stablecoin reserve is down over 93%

Recent on-chain data shared by CryptoQuant founder Ki Young Ju revealed that FTX’s stablecoin reserve has dropped to one-year. According to Ju’s tweet, the hefty stablecoins withdrawals from the cryptocurrency exchange represent a 93% decrease in its stablecoin reserve in two weeks. Similarly, the withdrawal requests for Ether on FTX skyrocketed to a new record level. 

Elsewhere, another on-chain analyst pointed out that FTX witnessed the largest stablecoin outflow, more than all cryptocurrency exchanges recorded within the past seven days. The reserve reportedly depleted by $300 million to a balance of $261 million, excluding the balance of the exchange’s United States arm, FTX.US. 

Mostly from Alameda and Circle, several refill transactions have been made to FTX within the past few days as withdrawal requests surged. In some instances, the refills were drained within hours, which is indicative of how anxious FTX users have become in light of the speculations, propelled by the recent disclosure that Binance will liquidate about $500 million FTT (FTX token). 

FTX swiftly processing users’ withdrawals, still

Earlier today, FTX confirmed massive withdrawal requests for stablecoins, including Bitcoin. On Twitter, FTX mentioned it’s “churning through” the Bitcoin withdrawals, with the nodes already reaching their capacity. However, they are “switching it to process from both ends, which should help speed it up.”

“We’ve already processed billions of dollars of deposits/withdrawals today; we’ll keep going. (Taking up anti-spam checks to process more–sorry if you got those.  We’re hitting node rate capacity, and will keep going.) Also tons of USD <> stablecoin conversions going on,” Sam Bankman-Fried wrote in a separate tweet. 

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