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Is FTX’s Central Bank Crypto?

FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange headed by Sam Bankman-Fried, is effectively the lender of last resort for the struggling crypto industry.

The current “crypto winter” – which we all seem to refer to as the industry bear market – has wiped out $2 trillion, but FTX is determined to bail out select companies. Yesterday, FTX extended a $250 million loan to crypto lender BlockFi, and Bankman-Fried’s Alameda Research extended a revolving line of credit to crypto broker Voyager Digital.

Many have begun to compare Bankman-Fried to financier JP Morgan, who personally bailed out many banks during the 1907 lender of last resort. Crypto fanatics largely despise centralized finance and government intervention, but it’s clear that a lifeline is badly needed during tough times.

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