We titled this year’s report The Great Reset because we believe that’s what 2022 represented for crypto – a great reset in prices, expectations, and speculative interest all across the industry. Every major tailwind that propelled the crypto market higher in Q2 2020-Q4 2021 turned against it, resulting in one of the sharpest and quickest price drawdowns we’ve seen to date. Bull markets are where most investors make their money, and bear markets are where you fight to preserve those gains. But long drawdowns have a silver lining in that they encourage deeper reflection, giving all of us a chance to re-evaluate what really matters and where we really want to spend our time.
A popular takeaway regarding the FTX drama has been that this was not a DeFi problem, but a TradFi one. It’s absolutely true that custody risks apply to CEXs and not DeFi. Yet, given the size of the collapse, we find it important to ask why, despite all their inherent custodial risks, CEXs continue to attract capital at such higher orders of magnitude.