Genesis is a crypto exchange like no other. It's a platform that brings together big-pocket investors, institutional firms, and prominent companies to build the future of finance. The company is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG), which owns Grayscale Investments, the most prominent digital asset fund.
According to the Twitter thread - the fall of Genesis could have a much bigger impact than FTX.
Grayscale released an update reassuring investors that they hold all the underlying assets in their fund and that the company has never lent or traded them. Genesis's exposure to 3AC and FTX, two of the giant holes in its loan book, has been covered by DCG.
The problem is that through assurance, there is still no cash flow in Genesis.
Luna, 3AC, and FTX also assured me that everything was ok. We need to wait a few days or weeks to see the future of Genesis.
❌ IS FTX A WEB3 FAILURE?
The $32 billion collapse of the FTX exchange and its sister trading firm Alameda Research recently once again has crypto’s detractors gloating in the headlines. FTX bears no resemblance to most of what the longtime believers in blockchains and Web3 are trying to build.
The FTX platform is centralized, restrictive in participation, and operated by a few people. This is unlike the blockchain industry, which is decentralized and transparent. The FTX platform relies on a corporation to hold user funds. In contrast, other blockchain projects are more like Bitcoin and Ethereum. They allow users to transfer value between two parties anywhere in the world without an intermediary like a corporation or bank.
Many such programmable blockchains form the backbone of Web3, the movement to decentralize internet infrastructure using blockchain-based technologies. These open blockchain networks run on transparent ledgers where transaction records are verifiable by anyone in the network and, therefore, difficult to censor. The benefit of decentralized systems is that stakeholders know what is happening, bad actors can’t exploit or take over, and the former can adapt in response to challenges.
Centralized exchanges offer an on- and off-ramp between fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. They do not provide the same degree of privacy or control as decentralized exchanges.
We’ve recently seen centralized exchanges like Binance and Crypto.com respond to pressure by disclosing their reserves. This is a positive development toward self-regulation and applying decentralized financial practices to centralized institutions. FTX’s collapse highlights the need for more transparent accounting and compliance systems that protect participants while preserving an individual’s privacy.
In addition to self-disclosures of reserves and liabilities, best practices for DeFi and centralized crypto projects might include on-chain asset registries or mandatory transaction posting. For exchanges, a hybrid approach might avoid exchange custody of users’ funds while still offering recovery via centralized institutions (or support for social recovery).
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