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Analyst: ‘main market-native risk to crypto is contagion’

ByNdasi Tata

Jun 28, 2022

While Bitcoin (BTC) remains perched above $20,000 amid the crypto winter, digital asset market analyst Marcus Sotiriou says the main risk for the market is the contagion linked to the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) and crypto lender Celsius Network.

For 3AC, today’s notice of default from Voyager Digital all but confirms the demise of the hedge fund, whose problems go back to the collapse of cryptocurrency Terra Luna in May.

Multiple companies exposed to 3AC

Crypto brokerage Voyager’s exposure to 3AC is via a loan of over $675 million – in $350 million of USDC and 15,250 BTC. Three Arrows is unable to repay the loan and hence Voyager’s attempt to explore legal means of getting the funds repaid.

And it’s not just Voyager, the rot affects multiple crypto firms that have had exposure to the crypto hedge fund, whose not-so-good investment practices could see it sink with others. Sotiriou says the contagion could be deeper. This is what the crypto market currently faces.

As every major lender has been severely impacted by the demise of Three Arrows Capital, including BlockFi, Celsius, Voyager and Genesis, it is clear that the main market-native risk to crypto is contagion,” he said in emailed comments.

Together, these firms could see billions of dollars worth of investments go up in flames.

Notably, though, FTX founder and CEO, billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried is emerging as a ‘lender of last resort’ with his multiple bailout credit facilities. SBF noted last week that the key reason to help some of these firms is to “prevent contagion.” But he notes some may have to be left to die.

The post Analyst: ‘main market-native risk to crypto is contagion’ appeared first on CoinJournal.

Ndasi Tata

Ndasi Tata is a Cameroonian-born Bitcoin entrepreneur and former state journalist who's also known for being a Bitcoin and Blockchain advocate. He's a crypto lover and reporter and has promoted several crypto projects within the African Continent. He uses a variety of social media and online channels. In addition to running a successful Facebook page with thousands of fans, he also promotes blockchain and bitcoin development initiatives on the well-liked YouTube channel #cryptoafrica-now. He earned an M.Sc. from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus in Blockchain and Digital Currency. At the University of Nicosia, Andreas Antonopoulos, Ph.D., and Antonis Polemitis, Ph.D., serve as role models.

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