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Breaking: FTX partially resumes withdrawals, blockchain data shows

Breaking: FTX partially resumes withdrawals, blockchain data shows

According to data from Etherscan on Nov. 10, troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX appears to have resumed withdrawals. The exchange’s hot wallet address, which has remained inactive after FTX announced on Nov. 8 it would be halting all user withdrawals, has resumed activities as of 3:50 pm UTC. Blockchain data shows that multiple types of tokens and large sums of transactions have since left the hot wallet, which has a balance of $469 million at the time of publication. 

Earlier in the day, Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, stated on Twitter that FTX had about $16 billion of total assets against $10 billion of total liabilities. However, the exchange is suffering a major liquidity crunch as its native FTX Token (FTT), which FTX uses partly as collateral, plunged by over $8 billion in the past week. This was compounded by over $5 billion of consumer withdrawal requests on Nov. 6, as well as allegations that the exchange was lending out deposits to crypto trading firm Alameda Research. Bankman-Fried stated that he was attempting to raise new capital to resolve the situation after a failed Binance bailout.

Update Nov. 10, 5:10 pm UTC: Although there has been no official announcement, multiple unconfirmed reports by Twitter users, along with further blockchain data, show that funds are indeed being withdrawn from the exchange. However, others have complained that they continue to wait for withdrawal requests filed days ago to be processed. Currently, funds are leaving the FTX hot wallet at a rate of approximately 2 to 3 transactions per minute.

Update Nov. 10, 6:30 pm UTC: FTX announced that it has reached a $13 million agreement with Tron to allow holders of TRX, BTT, JST, SUN, and HT to swap assets from FTX 1:1 to external wallets. 

Update Nov. 10, 7:15 pm UTC: The exchange stated that it is processing some withdrawals in accordance with Bahamian regulation, where its headquarters are located. However, FTX warned this only applies to Bahamas-sourced funds and that “the amounts withdrawn comprise a small fraction of the assets we currently hold on hand and we are actively working on additional routes to enable withdrawals for the rest of our userbase. We are also actively investigating what we can and should do across the world.” 

This is a developing story, and further information will be added as it becomes available.