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FTX is Suing Voyager to Resuscitate $446 Million in Loan Payments

Market News: FTX sued Voyager Digital to regain $445.8 million.
Market News: FTX sued Voyager Digital to regain $445.8 million.

(Reuters) Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX sued crypto lender Voyager Digital on Monday, seeking to claw back $445.8 million in loan repayments that FTX made before collapsing into bankruptcy in November 2022.

FTX and Voyager both filed for bankruptcy amid a 2022 collapse in cryptocurrency markets, but Voyager’s bankruptcy preceded FTX’s filing by four months.

After Voyager filed in July, it demanded repayment of all outstanding loans to FTX and its affiliate hedge fund Alameda Research.

FTX said in a court filing that on Alameda’s behalf, it paid Voyager $248.8 million in September and $193.9 million in October.

FTX also made a $3.2 million interest payment in August, according to its court filings.

Because those loan payments were made so close to FTX’s own bankruptcy filing, they are eligible to be clawed back and potentially used to repay other FTX creditors, according to FTX’s complaint.

Also Read: Ken Griffin Speaks Out on Retail Investors and FTX Collapse

FTX Scandal

FTX Scandal
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FTX, once among the world’s top crypto exchanges, shook the sector in November by filing for bankruptcy, leaving an estimated 9 million customers and other investors facing losses in the billions of dollars.

Its founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been indicted on fraud charges, and several top executives, including Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, have pleaded guilty to fraud.

Bankman-Fried has denied wrongdoing and is scheduled for trial in October.

FTX initially appeared to weather the storm that brought down Voyager and other crypto firms in summer 2022, presenting itself as a “white knight” that could stabilize reeling crypto markets.

FTX offered to buy Voyager’s platform in a bankruptcy auction, but the proposed acquisition fell apart when FTX imploded in November.

In its Monday court filing, FTX acknowledged the allegations that Alameda raided FTX customer assets to cover its risky borrowing and lending.

But it said Voyager and other crypto lenders were complicit in Alameda’s conduct, “knowingly or recklessly” pushing their clients’ assets toward Alameda.

“Voyager’s business model was that of a feeder fund,” FTX said. “It solicited retail investors and invested their money with little or no due diligence in cryptocurrency investment funds like Alameda and Three Arrows Capital.”

Three Arrows Capital also went bankrupt in 2022, and its founders have refused to cooperate with court-appointed liquidators who are trying to recover assets for Three Arrows customers.

Also Read: DOJ is Investigating Sam Bankman-Fried Connections: FTX Opposes

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DOJ is Investigating Sam Bankman-Fried Connections: FTX Opposes

FTX opposes new bankruptcy investigations at it probes Sam Bankman-Fried connections.
FTX opposes new bankruptcy investigations at it probes Sam Bankman-Fried connections.

(Reuters) FTX has objected to a U.S. Department of Justice request for an independent investigation into the once-prominent crypto exchange’s collapse, saying it is already conducting a wide-ranging probe that includes family members of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

FTX said in a court filing in Wilmington, Delaware, late on Wednesday that the DOJ’s proposed review would only add cost and delay to its bankruptcy case.

FTX acknowledged “fraud, dishonesty, incompetence, misconduct, mismanagement, and irregularity” in its past conduct, but said that its previous wrongdoing is already being probed by the company’s new management, its creditors and law enforcement agencies.

As part of its own investigation, FTX asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Dorsey, who is overseeing its Chapter 11 proceedings, to help it secure documents from Bankman-Fried, members of his family and other insiders with information about FTX transactions that used “misappropriated and stolen” funds.

These transactions, it said, include a $16.7 million Bahamian real estate purchase under the name of Bankman-Fried’s parents, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried.

FTX is also seeking information about political donations connected to Bankman-Fried, asking wide-ranging questions about Mind the Gap, a political action committee founded by Barbara Fried, and Guarding Against Pandemics, an advocacy organization founded by Sam Bankman-Fried and his brother, Gabriel Bankman-Fried.

FTX said Guarding Against Pandemics’ multimillion-dollar Washington, D.C., headquarters was purchased with misappropriated funds.

A spokesperson for Mind the Gap said it did not receive direct contributions from Sam Bankman-Fried, although Bankman-Fried made donations to some political causes it recommended to its donor network.

Related: Citadel to Launch Crypto Exchange After FTX Collapse

FTX Bankruptcy Update Today

DOJ probes Sam Bankman-Fried connections | Latest FTX bankruptcy update 2023.
DOJ probes Sam Bankman-Fried connections | Latest FTX bankruptcy update 2023.

FTX, once among the world’s top crypto exchanges, shook the sector in November by filing for bankruptcy, leaving an estimated 9 million customers and other investors facing total losses in the billions of dollars.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s bankruptcy watchdog has called for an independent investigation into its collapse, a request that received backing from a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

FTX’s new CEO, John Ray, who worked with court-appointed examiners while leading Enron Corp and Residential Capital through bankruptcy, is prepared to testify that examiners in those two cases cost a combined $150 million and provided “minimal” benefits to creditors, FTX said.

FTX’s official committee of creditors joined the company in opposing the appointment of an examiner.

FTX also on Wednesday night filed a new list of creditors in bankruptcy court, which included financial watchdogs and government agencies from the United States, Japan and Switzerland, as well as companies including Airbnb Inc and crypto giant Binance.

Sam Bankman-Fried, who has been accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX customers to pay debts incurred by his crypto-focused hedge fund, has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. He is scheduled to face trial in October.

Related: Sam Bankman-Fried on AMC Tokenized Shares Before Arrest

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Sam Bankman-Fried on AMC Tokenized Shares Before Arrest

Market News: SBF address AMC tokenized shares before being taken into custody.
Market News: SBF address AMC tokenized shares before being taken into custody.

Sam Bankman-Fried addressed the AMC tokenized shares just moments before being placed under custody.

A Bahamian judge denied FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried bail on Tuesday, hours after U.S. prosecutors accused the 30-year-old of misappropriating billions of dollars and violating campaign laws in what has been described as one of America’s biggest financial frauds, per Reuters.

SBF is currently at a Bahamas correctional facility until February 8th and faces up to 115 years in prison.

Although federal prosecutors charged him with eight criminal counts, including conspiracy and wire fraud, Bloomberg says it’s unlikely he serves a sentence that long of a term.

One of Sam Bankman-Fried’s last interviews was with Unusual Whales in a Twitter space call prior to his arrest.

Sam Bankman-Fried was asked about the AMC tokenized shares to which he was able to share some information with the retail community.

Curious what AMC Entertainment has had to say about the fiasco?

Let’s discuss it below.

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Sam Bankman-Fried on AMC Tokenized Shares

Market News: Sam Bankman-Fried responds to AMC tokenized shares.
Market News: Sam Bankman-Fried responds to AMC tokenized shares.

Before Sam Bankman-Fried touched subject on AMC tokenized shares, The Chainsaw uncovered the harsh reality of the fraud that was taking place.

AMC’s FTX token was being used to manipulate its share price on its synthetic derivatives trading platform.

The publication thechainsaw.com and its report show that while FTX’s terms of service said the firm’s synthetic stocks were backed 1:1, that may not have been the case.

Additionally, thechainsaw.com published another report that details that Gamestop and Tesla shares could have been manipulated as well.

But the AMC community is getting the 1:1 ratio part mixed up.

Faceless accounts on Twitter have blown up information even they’re not certain of what it means.

The 1:1 ratio ties the AMC tokenized share to an actual security (real shares) legally binded by AMC Entertainment Holdings, inc.

However, upon doing some research, I found that FTX’s website was no longer linking to AMC’s tokenized terms of service and agreement, nor AMC Entertainment’s signing of agreement.

Unusual Whales asked Sam Bankman-Fried to confirm whether tokenized shares of AMC and GME were backed one to one.

SBF answers, “to my knowledge they were. But I want to get you a better answer to that question.”

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron on AMC Tokenized Shares

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron has not responded to queries regarding the AMC tokenized shares.

However, a shareholder from the retail community was able to obtain a response from AMC Entertainment via email.

Here is the response:

“AMC is aware of public reports regarding FTX’s bankruptcy. AMC has no affiliation, whatsoever, with FTX. AMC has never authorized any tokenized AMC shares nor benefited in any way from any tokenized AMC shares.”

AMC Tokenized AMC shares response from AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC Tokenized AMC shares response from AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

Email credit: @30Alexandre2019

Leave Your Thoughts Below

Sam Bankman-Fried was taken into custody after this interview with Unusual Whales on the Twitter space call.

We may never find out what his follow up to the topic on AMC tokenized shares is.

But the Vice President of Capital Markets and Investor Relations for AMC Entertainment has said the movie theatre chain was never involved.

AMC’s tokenized shares were never backed 1:1 between FTX and AMC Entertainment Holdings, inc. meaning it was all synthetic; a fraud.

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AMC FTX Token Was Used to Manipulate Real Stock Prices

FTX AMC - AMC FTX Token stock
Market News: Short sellers used FTX to manipulate AMC stock price.

On Dec. 4, 2022, a report details that FTX-based synthetic stocks may have been used to manipulate the value of AMC shares.

In May 2021, FTX offered 36 tokenized stocks, but speculators believe it’s questionable whether or not the firm actually held the real stocks in the first place.

FTX has been under the microscope ever since the exchange collapsed during the first week of November 2022.

Since then, there’s been a lot of information to process, and new information released.

On Sunday, a report details that tokenized stocks listed on FTX may have been used to “manipulate the price of AMC shares.”

The publication thechainsaw.com and its report show that while FTX’s terms of service said the firm’s synthetic stocks were backed 1:1, that may not have been the case.

“FTX listed wrapped AMC token[s] for trading on its synthetic derivatives trading platform,” The Chainsaw said on Twitter.

Additionally, thechainsaw.com published another report that details that Gamestop and Tesla shares could have been manipulated as well.

Furthermore, the researchers note that the leaked FTX balance sheet disclosed by the Financial Times (FT) shows the company only holds Robinhood (HOOD) shares.

There’s no documentation (as of right now) that’s been made public that shows FTX actually owned any of the 36 tokenized stocks it listed.

Source(s): Bitcoin.com.

No Proof of AMC Ownership

Market News: AMC Token was used to manipulate stock price.
Market News: AMC Token was used to manipulate stock price.

There are no signs of AMC Entertainment signing an agreement to the AMC FTX Token listed on the FTX crypto exchange.

When viewing the terms of service and terms of the tokenized stock product (AMC), users are prompted to error pages.

Now, there is no official FTX website as it has been changed to a ‘help concierge‘.

The sale of an AMC token was a scam.

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Ken Griffin Speaks Out on Retail and FTX Collapse

Ken Griffin Speaks on FTX and retail investors
Market News: Ken Griffin speaks out on FTX and retail investors.

Billionaire investor Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of multinational hedge fund Citadel, warned that the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX could weaken confidence in financial markets at large and hurt the ability of younger investors to save for retirement.

Ken Griffin told Fox Business, “FTX is one of these absolute travesties in the history of financial markets.” 

His remarks come less than a week after the implosion of FTX, which at its peak was the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange.

The firm’s bankruptcy may affect up to 1 million creditors and comes amid reports that at least $1 billion in client funds disappeared.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that ex-CEO Sam Bankman-Fried cashed out $300 million during a $420 million raise from several investors last year for personal use.

Sam Bankman-Fried is now facing a class-action lawsuit that was filed on November 11th, 2022.

Celebrities named in the lawsuit include Steph Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Shohei Ohtani, Naomi Osaka, Larry David, and Kevin O’Leary who allegedly helped Bankman-Fried promote the exchange.

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Citadel’s Ken Griffin Says Retail Investors May Likely Ditch the Markets

Griffin expressed concern that losses sustained by younger investors who lost money due to FTX may make them less likely to invest their savings in capital markets, including traditional instruments like stocks and bonds.

“The confidence, though, of a generation in financial markets has also been shaken. That’s really awful because the 20-some-year-olds to 40-year-olds who are so engaged in crypto — they’ve got to save for their retirement, and if they don’t believe or trust in financial markets, this is a huge problem. They need to own stocks, they need to own corporate debt, they need to partake in our global capital markets,” Griffin said.

Citadel is currently partnering with Virtu, Schwab, Paradigm, Sequoia, and other Wall Street giants to form EDXM Crypto Exchange.

A cryptocurrency exchange that is supposed to provide transparency and lower transaction costs through the use of high liquidity and tight spreads.

But concerns are growing within the retail investor community as Citadel enters the crypto space, calling it an outrage due to the hedge funds’ long history of abuse of power.

“The bottom line is American investors have really gotten hurt here to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in decline in market cap in crypto over the last two years. I mean that really strikes at the entire core essence of what investor protection is all about,” Griffin said.

Source: Fox Business.

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Citadel to Launch Crypto Exchange After FTX Collapse

Crypto News: Citadel and Partners to launch EDXM Crypto Exchange.
Crypto News: Citadel and Partners to launch EDXM Crypto Exchange.

Citadel is partnering up with Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Sequoia, Paradigm, and Virtu to launch EDXM, a cryptocurrency exchange.

The fall of FTX was primarily due to centralized players so what’s to say EDXM won’t be subject to such errors?

EDXM’s custody and wallet technology is being provided by crypto custody and infrastructure company Paxos, the companies announced in October.

Paxos, which is a custodian regulated by New York state, holds customer accounts in fully segregated accounts and has signed up large consumer-facing clients to enable crypto trading.

Its customers include PayPal, broker dealers such as Interactive Brokers, and others such as Nubank and Mastercard.

Crypto is still a taboo area for most of Wall Street, but with companies such as Citadel and its partners, it could attract big institutional money.

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Related: How to Invest in Cryptocurrency for Beginners

What is EDXM?

Citadel to launch crypto exchange EDXM
Citadel to launch crypto exchange EDXM.

EDXM is a new crypto exchange being developed by Wall Street giants such as Citadel, Virtu, and Fidelity for digital assets such as cryptocurrencies.

EDXM plans to offer delivery settlement versus payment settlement, a settlement method that’s used in traditional securities trading.

Other promises include extremely low transaction fees due to tight spreads enabled by greater liquidity.

The crypto exchange is also supposed to be different from some other crypto providers that are the market maker, exchange, and custodian all in one, which can be a conflict of interest and is typically not done in traditional markets.

Sort of like how Citadel is a market maker, hedge fund, and dark pool.

The head of strategy at Paxos says EDXM will provide transparency for the crypto market.

Some investors might argue that Citadel and its partners should provide more transparency in the stock market first before making such claims for the cryptocurrency market.

While some on Wall Street might think EDXM could lift the crypto industry, others look at the partnership as a means for Wall Street to take advantage of investors elsewhere.

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Crypto is Collapsing: Should You Take Your Money Out?

Market News | Crypto News: Should You Take Your Money out of Crypto?
Market News | Crypto News: Should You Take Your Money out of Crypto?

Crypto is collapsing and it’s been a very tough year for cryptocurrency holders as exchanges face the possibility of bankruptcy.

BlockFi is preparing for potential bankruptcy after halting withdrawals of customer deposits and acknowledging it has significant exposure to the now bankrupt exchange FTX, per the WSJ.

BlockFi paused withdrawals and limited activity on its platform last week, saying it couldn’t operate business as usual given the uncertainty surrounding FTX.

The exchange is now planning to lay off workers as the troubled firm prepares for a possible chapter 11 bankruptcy, said people familiar with the matter.

The Coinbase Pro cryptocurrency platform is also shutting down for good, per NerdWallet.

And a Hong Kong-based AAX crypto exchange is suspending all of its operations, per Watcher. Guru.

Crypto has had its ups and downs, but what’s occurring today seems like it’s going to have a longer effect on investors.

Should investors take their money out of crypto now?

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Bitcoin Magazine Warns Investors

Should you sell your crypto? Should you sell bitcoin?
Should you sell your crypto? Should you sell Bitcoin?

Just $3.7 billion Bitcoin were taken off exchanges last week per Bloomberg.

Bitcoin had fallen below $16K and is now trading just below $17K.

Now venture capitalists who invested in FTX are considering suing Sam Bankman-Fried for alleged fraud.

Confidence in the crypto space has fallen amidst the collapse of these exchanges.

The worst part is the number of investors who have been caught up in this mess.

According to the Washington Examiner, celebrities such as Tom Brady have lost most if not all of their investment in FTX.

Other athletes include Stephen Curry who had also signed previous agreements with FTX to promote the company.

Now Bitcoin Magazine and Unusual Whales are saying to get your money out of Bitcoin and crypto exchanges, signaling that matters could get worse before they get better.

Related: How to Invest in Cryptocurrency for Beginners

Will Crypto Go Back Up?

why is crypto collapsing? Will Crypto go back up?
Why is Crypto collapsing? Will Crypto go back up?

The current crypto crash we’re seeing today has been the result of centralized financial errors, according to CoinDesk.

“The meltdown of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto trading empire could not, and would not, have happened to a decentralized and transparent protocol”, says the Amanda Cassatt.

JP Morgan has also identified centralized players as the root cause of recent crypto collapses.

Will cryptocurrencies go back up?

With time and with investor confidence, the crypto market will eventually recuperate.

Should investors take their money out today?

This is going to depend on the individual’s need for liquidity.

With an economy that is currently fighting inflation, and unemployment rates rising, having capital at hand might just prove to be useful as today’s uncertainty only becomes more uncertain.

But I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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