The crypto industry struggles with FTX fallout

With news of the ongoing FTX saga, Bitcoin price has seen increasing volatility, shedding over 20% in less than a week. Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency in the market to be taking a toll, however. Exchanges, institutional firms, and hard wallets have all suffered under the strain of uncertainty in the industry.

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Fund faces 40% discount

Earlier in the week, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) – the world’s leading institutional Bitcoin funds – saw a record discount of over 40%, with shares just below $8.80. While GBTC has been experiencing a slow decline over the past year with the sustained bear market slowing down adoption, the current price is a massive slash from the record high it held a year ago in November 2021, when it was sitting at $51.47 per share. Part of this rests in the structural problems that GBTC suffers. This is because it’s an investment fund linked to an asset but there are price discrepancies that exist. As a result, it has been reported that Grayscale is trying to convert the fund to an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will stabilise the premium or discount of the price.

Ledger’s challenges related to scalability

Amidst the FTX uncertainty, Ledger has suffered issues with users unable to withdraw from their hard wallets. According to Ledger CTO Charles Guillemet, this is a result of “massive usage” on their platforms which has caused “few scalability challenges”.

According to Guillemet and the official Ledger Support, the outages should be resolved at this point.

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