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FTX Bankruptcy Bombshells Squeeze Crypto Lenders Behind Bull Run

Nov. 18, 2022, 9:45 PM

It was the Winklevoss twins, those Olympic rowers and Harvard schoolmates of Mark Zuckerberg, who made Ryan Horban feel comfortable enough to enter the risky realm of cryptocurrency lending.

Investing FOMO was raging early last year and Horban watched as tweet after tweet crossed his feed, each boasting of the fortunes everyone else seemed to be making. He took the plunge and put some coins into Gemini Earn, a Winklevoss vehicle that paid depositors interest rates of 7.4% at one point.

“There are so many bad actors in the space,” said Horban, a 40-year-old Californian who works in ecommerce. ...