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Money Confessions: I Stored 100% Of My Crypto In FTX. Here’s How I’m Coping.

Kendra Tan

Kendra Tan

Last updated 21 November, 2022

All my crypto gone, just like that.

I’m in my 30s. Singaporean male. Single.

Four years ago, I started investing. My portfolio was made out of:

As I wanted to diversify my portfolio, I decided to go into crypto as well. 

In 2020, my portfolio saw some changes. I sold 20% of my stocks and transferred them to crypto. 

My portfolio became:

  • 50% stocks
  • 20% crypto
  • 30% savings and business

I used to trade crypto via Binance, until the Singapore government banned the platform in 2021

I shifted to FTX, because it was also known to be one of the world’s top crypto exchange platforms

While I could’ve traded on other platforms as well, they didn’t have the coins I wanted and their trading fees were higher compared to FTX.  

Had a bad feeling, but ignored it

The moment I ventured into FTX, I mysteriously had a nagging feeling that I was probably going lose this cash.

On FTX, I traded Optimism (OP), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA) and more. 

However, the worst was Shiba Inu (SHIB). That was a true gamble. But that’s another story for another day. 

Luckily, I didn’t buy and hold FTT, FTX’s token. 

I only did scalp trading with crypto, so I cashed out (albeit in my FTX wallet) once my coins increased by 5% to 10%. 

I didn’t want to be too greedy, as crypto can be very unstable

As my main job requires me to work irregular hours (and I can’t use my phone), I did not dare to trade as much because I can’t immediately sell my coins if anything goes wrong.

All was going well with the scalping, and I thought that as long as I knew when to cut my losses, I should be safe. I was profiting quite a bit… until FTX crashed. 

When it all went down 

When I first heard the news that FTX was on the verge of crashing, my initial thoughts were “well, s***”.  

I panicked, and immediately tried to withdraw my cash. 

The group chat with my friends — some with five figure investments — who used FTX as well was buzzing; no one was able to withdraw their money. 

Only have ourselves to blame 

As crypto investors, we were very aware of the risks from the beginning. As of right now, we have no choice but to just suck it up. 

Yes, the entire ordeal might’ve hurt, but I’m glad it was only 20% — others (if you search up anecdotes on Reddit) have it worse.

If I were to put it bluntly, trading crypto is like having a casino on your phone/laptop. The nature of crypto and these platforms are really volatile. 

The moral of the story? Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. And maybe also listen to your gut feeling.


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As told to Kendra Tan.

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