In a significant development, the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX has received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to sell and invest its cryptocurrency holdings valued at over $3 billion. This decision has raised concerns among analysts about the potential impact on the market.
Judge John Dorsey granted the green light for FTX to proceed with its plan, overcoming earlier concerns. FTX’s cryptocurrency assets are estimated to be worth more than $3.4 billion. This ruling allows FTX to engage in trading, staking, and hedging its digital assets, all as part of its strategy to settle its debts with creditors.
An attorney representing FTX’s ad hoc committee of customers voiced support for the motion. Simultaneously, a representative for the unsecured creditors emphasized the collective desire to expedite the process.
As previously reported, recent court filings have revealed that the estate of the once-massive cryptocurrency exchange, which filed for bankruptcy in November due to a bank run, possesses assets totaling approximately $7 billion. These assets include $1.16 billion in Solana ($SOL) tokens and $560 million in Bitcoin ($BTC). The documents also disclose substantial payments to senior executives, including founder Sam Bankman-Fried.
The filings indicate that the company has $1.5 billion in cash in addition to the $1.1 billion it had on November 11. Furthermore, it holds $3.4 billion in crypto, valued at the end of August. Notably, this figure must account for their collection of over 1,300 lesser-known tokens, including MAPS and serum (SRM).
The potential liquidation of FTX’s digital assets has raised concerns about its impact on the cryptocurrency market. Notably, popular cryptocurrency analyst Lark Davis pointed out that up to $50 million worth of digital assets can be sold weekly, with FTX required to provide written notice of its activities.
Davis also noted that the cryptocurrency market can absorb an additional $50 million in selling pressure per week, which could mitigate or nullify the impact of FTX’s asset sales on the market.
These developments unfold against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, with economist Peter Schiff expressing mounting concerns about the stability of the U.S. dollar. Schiff predicts a “massive crisis” that could send “the economy into a tailspin,” emphasizing the urgency for investors to seek alternatives to the U.S. dollar as the national debt exceeds $33 trillion, with interest payments becoming a dominant government expenditure.