What Is FTX Token (FTT)?
FTT is the native cryptocurrency token of the crypto derivatives trading platform FTX that launched on May 8, 2019.
The team behind FTX comprises some of the largest crypto traders over the past few years who, having found issues with most mainstream crypto futures exchanges, decided to launch their own platform. FTX claims that it stands out due to such features as clawback prevention, a centralized collateral pool and universal stablecoin settlement.
In regards to clawback prevention, a significant amount of customer funds on other derivative exchanges have been claimed by socialized losses. FTX reduces this by using a three-tiered liquidation model.
On existing crypto futures exchanges, the collateral is fragmented across separate token wallets; this can be difficult for traders as it prevents positions from getting liquidated. On the other hand, FTX derivatives are stablecoin-settled and only require one universal margin wallet.
Another feature of the FTT are leveraged tokens, which allow traders to put leveraged positions without the need to trade on margin. If a trader wants to short Bitcoin with 3x leverage, they can simply buy a 3x short Bitcoin leveraged token on FTX. These tokens are ERC20-compatible and can be listed on any spot exchange. FTX currently offers XRP, BNB, TRX, BTC, ETH, EOS, USDT and LEO leveraged tokens.
Who Are the Founders of FTX Token?
The FTX Token or FTT was founded by Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang.
Sam Bankman-Fried is the co-founder and chief executive officer at FTX: Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange. He is also the CEO of Almeda Research and worked as a director of development at the Centre for Effective Altruism. He was also a trader at Jane Street Capital from 2014 to 2017.
Bankman-Fried studied physics and has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gary Wang is the co-founder and chief technology officer at FTX: Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange. He is also the chief technology officer at Almeda Research. Before this, he worked as a software engineer, after moving up from a software engineering intern at Google. He was also a software engineer intern at Facebook.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
History of FTX Token (FTT).
FTX is a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange launched in April, 2019 that offers futures and leveraged tokens on both individual and baskets of cryptoassets, over-the-counter (OTC) trading, and binary options on the outcome of the 2020 American Presidential election. It is backed by Alameda Research, a trading firm accounting for between $600 million and $1 billion of volume a day or roughly 5% of global volume.
FTX was designed to prevent clawbacks using a three-tiered liquidation model that closes positions with rate-limited orders and leverages an insurance fund to prevent customer losses. Rather than fracturing liquidity across various tokens, collateral is shared in one universal stablecoin wallet to mimic the traditional futures market. FTX also allows traders to take leveraged or short positions without trading on margin or futures with their Leveraged Tokens that mimic the experience of trading on spot markets but allow 3x, -1x or -3x on various tokens. The FTX OTC desk is powered by Alameda and trades around $30 million per day with no fees.
What Makes FTX Token Unique?
FTX is backed by Almeda Research, which is known as one of the leading companies in crypto trading and one of the largest liquidity providers.
As such, FTX is a product designed by professionals with confirmed expertise in the industry. They cover multiple services: from collateral to maintenance margin to liquidation processes and product listing. FTX also claims to be focused on fast development cycles, allowing them to deploy crypto trading systems at a competitive pace.
How Is the FTX Token Network Secured?
FTT is an ERC-20-compatible exchange token. The Ledger Nano X/S hardware wallet allows users to securely store and manage the FTT tokens via its Ethereum app.
Both the FTT and the leveraged tokens security audits are done by the Blockchain Consilium auditing firm.