Bybit crypto exchange says customers can verify its crypto reserves

Quick Take

  • Bybit has joined other crypto exchanges in enabling customers to verify its reserve holdings.
  • Crypto exchanges have been publishing their versions of proof of reserves since the FTX collapse in November.

Bybit has rolled out a system that will allow its customers to verify the crypto assets that the crypto exchange platform holds in its reserves, the company announced last week.

The Bybit proof of reserves system utilizes Merkle Trees, a type of data structure that can be used for on-chain verification. Bybit says customers with funds on the platform can use the system to confirm that the exchange holds 100% of their assets.

The Merkle Tree-based system also allows customers to check the platform’s reserve ratio, the announcement stated. Reserve ratios help to prove whether crypto exchanges hold enough assets to cover the balances held by users. Bybit’s reserve ratio is currently 1:1, based on Saturday’s announcement.

This is the latest user assurance step taken by the crypto exchange in the wake of the FTX collapse. Bybit has previously published the wallet addresses that hold its reserves. The platform’s assets can also be viewed on this Nansen dashboard.

Bybit is also the latest to roll out a system for users to verify its holdings following the FTX bankruptcy. Crypto exchange platforms like Binance and Crypto.com have also released their own proof-of-reserves statements. These audits and transparency efforts have also come amid massive withdrawals by customers worried about the financial health of other crypto exchanges.

These proof of reserves reports have, however, led to further questions for some platforms. Crypto exchanges like Gate.io and Huobi recently came in for some scrutiny amid allegations that their audits showed borrowed funds as part of their reserves.

Despite these efforts, some critics say it is not enough. They point to the fact that these reports often paint an incomplete picture of the financial health of these crypto exchanges. Information concerning liabilities and fiat reserves have not been part of these reports.


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