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NEWS: Banks should approach crypto with heightened caution in wake of FTX scandal – US regulators

CONCERNS: US regulators warned banks on the dangers of dealing in cryptos in the wake of the Sam Bankman-Fried/FTX scandal. He is charged with defrauding customers and investors in his cryptocurrency exchange bank FTX and using the funds for personal use and debts owed by his hedge fund, FTX filed for Bankruptcy in November 2022. (Photo by Anthony Behar)

By Hannah Lang in Washington

BANKS should be more careful about the risks of fraud, legal uncertainty and misleading disclosures by crypto firms, US regulators warned – just two months after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX stunned the financial world.

In their first joint statement on crypto, the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said they had concerns with the safety and soundness of bank business models that are highly concentrated in crypto.

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