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Traditional banks depend on ‘tiny buffer’: Paris Blockchain Week 2023

The first day of Paris Blockchain Week (PBW) is bringing extra ideas on the continued disaster within the international banking system, with trade executives evaluating the collapses of main cryptocurrency corporations like FTX with the autumn of banks like Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).

On March 22, PBW hosted a panel dialogue titled “FTX, Luna, Celsius, 3AC: From Hero to Zero,” bringing collectively trade executives from the blockchain enterprise agency Node Capital, crypto-friendly SIX Digital Exchange, Delta Growth Fund and crypto liquidity supplier Woorton. The panel occurred on PBW’s Mona Lisa stage.

 The FTX, Luna, Celsius, 3AC: From Hero to Zero panel on the Paris Blockchain Week. Source: Livestream

According to Woorton co-founder and head of buying and selling Zahreddine Touag, the FTX and Celsius-related meltdown within the crypto trade has been triggered by completely different causes than those who fueled the continued banking disaster.

“It’s lack of due diligence from the investors, lack of risk management from the players,” Touag stated, referring to collapses like FTX. He famous that traders typically don’t notice dangers of holding their crypto belongings, mistakenly considering that regulated platforms are protected against losses, stating:

“If you get regulated in France, you just have to do KYC and AML. When you do KYC, AML, it doesn’t protect you from losing the money. It does not at all. And in a lot of countries, a lot of people think that being regulated is being protected.”

There are also many other reasons like greed, especially seen among young and inexperienced investors, Touag said. According to the exec, the FTX and Celsius contagion is still not over and industry players are still looking at each other thinking who is impacted or not. “Many are impacted and we don’t know. So for the next few months, there will be more news,” he acknowledged.

Unlike crypto collapses, the continued international banking points had been primarily pushed by the fragility of the entire mannequin of conventional banks, in line with Touag.

“Some people are aware, but not everyone is aware that this fractional reserve system with the banks makes it very fragile,” the Woorton government acknowledged, including that banks solely have about 12% of their funds liquid. He stated:

“The trillions they say they have on their books, they don’t have it. It’s elsewhere. It’s invested, it’s in the market, but they don’t have it. So they rely on this tiny buffer, 12%.”

Touag added that troubled banks like SVB typically rely upon jurisdictions in Europe and the United States, whereas counting on this “tiny buffer” and anticipating that “no one will pop up at the store asking for money.” According to Touag, it’s the identical story with larger banks like Morgan Stanley or JPMorgan, however individuals preserve considering that they’re “too big to fail.”

Related: FDIC sells Signature Bank deposits to Flagstar, crypto not included

“That’s what happened with SVB,” Touag stated, including that Silvergate’s concern was “a bit different.” He additionally argued that Signature’s disaster is “another story, because the bank is not closed.” Touag harassed that Signature was simply taken over and his firm used Signature this morning. He added:

“In the crypto banking system, the best place to bank is Signature. Why? Because the regulator said that they will make every single depositor whole. So we know that our money is safe there, even if they go bankrupt, our money is saved.”

As beforehand reported, the New York State Department of Financial Services took over Signature on March 12, appointing the FDIC because the receiver. According to Barney Frank, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the regulators took motion towards Signature regardless of no insolvency.