According to a wallet published by Crypto dot com CEO Kris Mars Marszalek on his official Twitter feed, 20% of all reserves at the exchange are held in the highly speculative memecoin Shiba Inu (SHIB).
As fear of crypto contagion from the FTX meltdown spreads, Marszalek seems eager to prove that any exposure to the crisis is limited, and shared links to a Nansen dashboard that illustrate over $2 billion in reserves.
However, market observers will be concerned that a coin with no obvious utility and a history rooted in dog memes is so heavily featured in that breakdown.
Bitcoin accounts for 30.67% of the total reserves, while ether is 17.32%. Only 11.99% of the reserves published are held in stablecoins USDC and USDT.
It’s the 19.77% of reserves held in SHIB that will raise eyebrows.
Each Shiba Inu token has a current value of $0.000000979 this morning, representing a market cap of $5.7 billion. CoinGecko data showed that Binance and Coinbase had trading volumes of around $32 million and $25 million respectively.
SHIB also briefly flippened Solana’s token SOL this week as market participants worried about the close ties of the Solana ecosystem to FTX and Alameda.
Australian exchange CoinJar delisted CRO, the native token of Crypto dot com earlier this week, explaining that “In light of recent events, we have decided that Crypto.com Coin (CRO) no longer meets our listing requirements. Unfortunately, we have to take this action on short notice due to ongoing market volatility.”
Blockworks has reached out to Crypto dot com for comment.