Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance proposes creating a rescue fund that would save otherwise healthy crypto companies from failure, aiming to stave off the cascading effects of last week’s implosion of FTX, the world’s third-largest crypto exchange.
Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao posted on Twitter Monday that his company would create “an industry recovery fund, to help projects who are otherwise strong, but in a liquidity crisis.”
Zhao provided no details on the fund’s size or scope or how the funds would be distributed.
The entire cryptocurrency universe is reeling from the bankruptcy of FTX, which was besieged with withdrawal requests in what has been the cryptocurrency equivalent of a bank run. It’s the latest failure of a cryptocurrency firm this year, as the prices for Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies have collapsed in value.
The broader effects of FTX’s failure are still too early to determine, but other firms are now facing withdrawal requests straining their systems. BlockFi and Crypto.com both said they faced high withdrawal requests after FTX’s failure.
Cryptocurrencies have no government backing, so there’s no equivalent of deposit insurance or government backstop. What Zhao proposes may be similar to deposit insurance or a central bank-like entity for cryptocurrencies.