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Matt Levine

FTX Had a Death Spiral

Also WhatsApp for private equity and Elon Musk’s stock sales.

So how could this happen? I don’t know, but let me speculate a little bit.

Let’s start with Coinbase. Coinbase Global Inc. runs a cryptocurrency exchange. When FTX.com, one of the largest crypto exchanges, was instantaneously vaporized yesterday, Coinbase put out a statement, the gist of which was “don’t worry, we are not going to be instantaneously vaporized.” The part that I want to focus on is this paragraph: