‘I unknowingly commingled funds’ at DealBook Summit

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has claimed to have “unknowingly commingled funds” between Alameda and customer funds at FTX. Bankman-Fried was speaking at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit via video conference on Nov. 30, in which journalist Andrew Sorkin noted “there appears to be a genuine commingling of the funds that are FTX customers … Read more

Total crypto market-cap hits $850M as Bitcoin and altcoins recover from FTX’s collapse

The total cryptocurrency market capitalization gained 2% in the past seven days, reaching $850 billion. Even with the positive movement and the ascending channel that was initiated on Nov. 20, the overall sentiment remains bearish and year-to-date losses amount to 63.5%. Total crypto market cap in USD, 4-hour. Source: TradingView Bitcoin (BTC) price also gained … Read more

US CFTC commissioner calls for new category to protect small investors from crypto

United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero spoke at the Futures Industry Association Asia Derivatives Conference in Singapore on Nov. 30. She talked about “how to harness the best that technology offers, while protecting against emerging threats,” with particular emphasis on cybersecurity and crypto.  Goldsmith Romero had two proposals for protecting … Read more

Why is the crypto market up today?

The crypto market is up today and Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and numerous altcoins all rallied after United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested that December could see the start of smaller-sized interest rate hikes. Crypto and equities markets responded positively to Powell’s Brookings Institute speech in which he mentioned promising developments with inflation … Read more

Biden administration worked to stop crypto being ‘dangerously intertwined’ with banks

Referring to the events surrounding the collapse of FTX as “a handful of magic beans”, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren seemed to frame the “contagion” spreading through the crypto space as a partisan issue. Speaking at a Senate Banking Committee nomination hearing on Nov. 30, Warren addressed committee counsel Jonathan McKernan, who confirmed that FTX’s bankruptcy … Read more

FTX proves MiCA should be passed fast, officials tell European Parliament committee

The European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee held a hearing on “FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse and implications for the EU” Nov. 30. Three European monetary officials testified, talking about FTX, blockchain technology and crypto regulation in a “preliminary assessment of the events.” European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Risk Analysis & Economics Department head … Read more

Don’t’ believe the hype — Bitcoin price rally to $17K reflects improving sentiment

Bitcoin (BTC) price gained 6.1% between Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 after briefly testing the $17,000 support. Favorable regulatory winds might have helped fuel the rally after the Binance exchange announced the acquisition of a regulated crypto exchange in Japan on Nov. 30. Bitcoin 12-hour price index, USD. Source: TradingView Binance shut its operations in … Read more