Press Release

The Collapse of FTX

On November 11, key cryptocurrency exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy, wiping billions of dollars of value from FTX, its billionaire founder Sam Bankman-Fried, and broader crypto markets. In a new insight, Director of Financial Services Policy Thomas Wade walks through what happened, who’s at fault, and what happens next.

Key points:

  • Concerns about improper use of client funds led to a run on FTX deposits, creating an estimated $8 billion liquidity shortfall.
  • Lawmakers and regulators are left to deal with the fallout after the collapse of a firm and individual that had been a key presence in Washington policy debates about crypto and broader questions as to the regulation and supervision of this growing market.
  • The fallout from FTX’s bankruptcy will, nevertheless, mostly be felt within the industry itself and have limited spillover.

Read the analysis