The shutdown of the unit, which provides trading services to institutional investors, will be effective as of May 31, a DCG spokesperson told CoinDesk in an emailed statement. “Due to the state of the broader economy and prolonged crypto winter, along with the challenging regulatory environment for digital assets in the U.S., we made the decision to sunset the institutional trading platform side of the business, known as TradeBlock, effective May 31, 2023,” the spokesperson said.
However, the downgrade doesn’t mean the analyst is giving up completely on the stock. “As SI’s shares have fallen, we have defended the bank’s management, operating platform, role within FTX’s platform, and strength of their balance sheet. We still feel validated on these positions,” Perito wrote. However, the volatility in crypto industry in the wake of FTX bankruptcy “made utilizing fundamental valuation models challenging” for the next twelve-months for the stock, he noted.