15.11.2022 – After the takeover disaster around FTX, the nerves in the crypto market have calmed down again somewhat. This is because Binance wants to set up a kind of super bailout fund for the industry. We are curious to see whether this will finally remove the doubts. The industry now wants strict supervision.
Ether was also hit hard in the recent crypto crash – here is the four-hour chart. The question is whether a bottom will now form to support a turnaround.
Yesterday, Monday, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, or “CZ” for short, first calmed tempers.
He announced that he would launch a fund to rescue the industry. On the one hand, this was to prevent a domino effect from the FTX bankruptcy; on the other hand, “strong projects” that ran into liquidity bottlenecks were to be supported.
Lender of Last Resort
The silly thing about the matter: unfortunately, CZ did not provide any detailed information about the fund, such as its size and where all the money would come from. Zhao only invited other crypto companies to participate. Interestingly, at the G-20 meeting in Bali, the entrepreneur also called for clear regulations for the industry – usually he himself is rather at loggerheads with regulators. Whether the super fund will remove doubts in the industry is questionable. As already predicted here, confidence is gone for the time being.
Farewell of the institutionals
Pinebridge Investments’ Hani Redha, for example, told Bloomberg news agency that the question of whether cryptos are a potential asset class that every investor should have in their strategic asset allocation is now “completely off the table.” Salman Ahmed, chief investment strategist at fund company Fidelity International, also explained in an interview with the news agency that the collapse of FTX raises questions about the viability of the crypto ecosystem. After all, he said, it has always been difficult to make a case for it, but now the system has come under even more pressure.
Despite all of this, professionals are also speaking out, and they see good things in the matter. Marion Laboure of Deutsche Bank, for example, said that this second crypto winter also had a positive effect because it brought the whole ecosystem closer to the established financial sector. The FTX crash has dragged long known structural deficiencies to the forefront – insufficient reserves, conflicts of interest, lack of regulation, lack of transparency and unreliable data. Firms in the crypto market must now quickly be brought under the same regulation as the traditional financial sector, he said. JP Morgan’s Steven Alexopoulos echoed similar sentiments, saying, “In fact, we see the establishment of a regulatory framework as the needed catalyst to massively ramp the institutional adoption of crypto.”
With that in mind, so the important thing in the long run will be the fact, know, whether confidence-building regulation of the crypto market is really coming. So keep an eye on the political real-time news as well. Bernstein Bank wishes successful trades and investments!
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