Prioritizing customers getting back their deposits means it is OK to do a “moderately bad” deal when rescuing troubled cryptocurrency companies, FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said on Tuesday. 

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Fast facts

  • Speaking at the Bloomberg Crypto Summit, Bankman-Fried, who tried to bail out some of the ailing firms in the industry, said such investments were not necessarily about maximizing return on investment.
  • Bankman-Fried said some of the cryptocurrency market crash can be attributed to “herd behavior” triggered by a tightening monetary policy.
  • “The world believed that there is going to be easy money forever, and all numbers would keep going up except for the value of the dollar,” Bankman-Fried said.
  • A signal changed, and prices across the board came crashing, he said, pointing out that this is what investing looks like during the “peak mania.”
  • On crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, which filed for bankruptcy, Bankman-Fried said “their trading was probably more like punting than arbitrage making,” clarifying that the firm’s position was not necessarily illiquid, but they just lost their money. 

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