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Binance to Acquire FTX in a Potential Bailout Deal

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Binance to Acquire Rival FTX Trading Amid Liquidity Crunch: Crypto Industry Shaken

In a shocking turn of events in the cryptocurrency world, Binance, the largest crypto exchange, has announced plans to buy its rival FTX Trading. The move comes as FTX faces a “significant liquidity crunch,” according to Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao.

The news sent shockwaves through the crypto market, with prices of major assets like bitcoin and ethereum plummeting more than 10% and 15% respectively. Publicly traded companies with heavy exposure to crypto, such as Coinbase and Robinhood, also saw double-digit percentage declines in their shares.

FTX founder and CEO Samuel Bankman-Fried, who was once hailed as a savior for helping struggling crypto companies, took to Twitter to reassure customers that the deal with Binance would protect them. This comes after reports that much of the balance sheet of Bankman-Fried’s trading firm Alameda Research was tied up in FTX’s own digital token, FTT.

The announcement of the deal caused a “crypto-like bank run” at FTX, with major investors rushing to withdraw their funds. This led to difficulties for investors in withdrawing money from FTX, and the value of FTT plummeted from around $20 to $3.

Cory Klippsten, CEO of Swan Bitcoin, warned that companies with large amounts of altcoins on their balance sheets are “literally confidence games” and are susceptible to collapse. He noted that the only hope for such companies under pressure is that another player will bail them out, as seen with Binance and FTX.

The deal, if finalized, would make Binance an even more dominant player in the cryptocurrency industry, solidifying its position as the largest exchange by daily volume. This development marks a significant shift in the crypto landscape and highlights the rapid changes and challenges faced by companies in this volatile market.

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