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Bitcoin drops to 1-week low, ether slides 7% as FTX collapse ripples through crypto market

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The collapse of FTX has sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency industry. The price of bitcoin and other major digital coins have fallen sharply as problems at FTX emerged.
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Bitcoin was down 3.6% to trade around $15,990.89 at 3:40 a.m. ET, according to CoinDesk data. Ether

The cryptocurrency market has come under pressure over the last two weeks as problems at major exchange FTX came to light.

From Nov. 6 — the day Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said his exchange would liquidate its FTT tokens — the crypto market has lost more than $260 billion of value.

FTT is the native token of FTX’s crypto exchange and Zhao’s decision to sell FTT sparked the collapse of FTX, which has since filed for bankruptcy. Binance was a rival to FTX.

FTX’s new CEO John Ray said on Saturday that the exchange is looking to sell or restructure its global empire.

The company owes its largest creditors some $3 billion.

Crypto markets remain on edge because it is unclear how the FTX saga will end, and whether there will be further contagion across the industry.

Investors have been burned by a number of high-profile crypto failures this year which have caused significant ripple effects.

Earlier this year, the collapse of terraUSD, a type of cryptocurrency known as an algorithmic stablecoin, had knock-on effects on a number of companies and contributed to the fall of major hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.

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