Update: THE FTX APP HAS BEEN HACKED. It is advised to delete the application and not use the site in case of malware
[Editor’s Note: The situation is still developing. Additional information will be included as announcements are released]
It’s official – FTX is liquidated.
While the dust has yet to settle on one of the worst events to go down in crypto’s short history, one thing is very clear – user withdrawals are still not being processed.
Despite on-chain activity showing that FTX hot wallets are active, these transactions have been linked to a privileged few, likely those close to the matter.
Should you still have funds on the exchange, here are some steps you can take immediately.
Step 1: Close Your Positions, Limit Orders
Given the amount of withdrawals from the Centralized exchange (CEX), liquidity on FTX is bound to be low.
Market orders could therefore translate into immense volatility, quickly liquidating any positions. Should your FTX account go to zero, it is unclear whether there will be any compensation going forward.
Step 2: Record Transactions & Balances
The FTX site will likely go down eventually, and users may not be able to access their details.
First, head over to wallet –> portfolio, and take a screenshot of your current balances.
You can also download an excel file of your remaining portfolio.
Do the same for your historical balances, order history, and repeat the steps for all accounts and subaccounts.
Remember to do the same for deposits and withdrawals, and make copies of all screenshots or files.
You can also use this script by @ShaneBarratt to pull the files, instead of doing it manually.
These will be useful should FTX eventually be acquired or attempt to make customers whole in the future.
Step 3: Convert Stablecoins To Fiat
While the FUD around USDT and USDC are still just rumors, the bank run on FTX and subsequent low liquidity means there could mean a depeg.
Even if stablecoins remain pegged on-chain, they could trade below USD$1 on FTX.
To do this, head to the markets tab and navigate to all markets.
While USDC and USDT have shown their resilience throughout the saga, the possibility of a depeg should not be ignored.
Step 4: Look For Alternatives To Off-Ramp
Justin Sun, owner of crypto exchange Poloniex and founder of the Tron blockchain, announced that he would grant 1:1 swaps for Tron-native assets for FTX users.
$13,000,000 has been deployed to help users off-ramp their assets from FTX. However, it is unclear whether any users have managed to withdraw their assets.
While this is not a call to swap your assets for Tron, opportunities such as these may come as other entities attempt to assist users.
LayerZero Labs has since bought back all STG tokens from Alameda and FTX, and may be looking to make users whole going forward.
Step 5: Protect Your Capital
FTX collapsing was an event almost no one saw coming. Regardless of whether you intend to stay in crypto or not, protecting your funds is of utmost importance right now.
If you still have money on centralized exchanges or earning platforms, it may be time to cash out a sizeable amount, or transfer it to a cold wallet.
BlockFi going down following their statement that they are “fully operational” shows us how quickly tides can shift.
Whether platforms have the funds to back their current activities or not, it may be safer to withdraw until definite proof of reserves are shown.
[Editor’s Note: This article does not represent financial advice. Please do your research before investing.]
Featured Image Credit: Took it from FTX like how they took my funds from me