Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX token falls more than 20% amid Binance feud

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Crypto exchange FTX’s native token, FTT, fell more than 20% in afternoon trading in Asia amid reports rival exchange Binance is selling off its holdings of the tokens.  

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  • FTT fell more than 23% percent over 24 hours to trade at around US$17, according to data from CoinMarketCap, with most of the plunge happening in Asia afternoon trading.
  • Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the rival exchange Binance, tweeted on Sunday that his firm would sell its holdings of FTX’s exchange token, FTT, due to “recent revelations” about the firm.
  • A report from crypto media outlet CoinDesk last week claimed that a balance sheet of FTX’s sister company Almeda Research showed the company’s largest holding was FTT. That led to speculation that the company might have liquidity problems.
  • Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison tweeted that the company would happily buy Binance’s FTT tokens for US$22 each on Sunday. 
  • A Monday tweet from FTX’s official Twitter account also suggested users were suffering from a backlog in withdrawals. 
  • Over US$376 million worth of stablecoins have been withdrawn from FTX in the last seven days, as of press time, according to crypto data analytics firm Nansen

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