Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken to cut 1,100 jobs

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken said it would cut its workforce by 30 percent, or about 1,100 employees, in the wake of tough market conditions.
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Higher interest rates and worries of an economic downturn have roiled cryptocurrencies as investors fled risky assets, with recent bankruptcies adding to the uncertainty.

Kraken said it has seen a drop in trading volumes and fewer client sign-ups. Kraken said that the layoffs will take total headcount to where it was 12 months ago.

Crypto exchange Coinbase Global recently slashed jobs in its recruiting and institutional onboarding teams.

Kraken, which earlier slowed hiring and pulled back marketing spending, said it was forced to cut jobs as it had exhausted other measures to bring expenses in line with current demand.

Meanwhile, the implosion of crypto exchange FTX, the highest-profile casualty of the year’s market turmoil, continues to ripple across the industry, with BlockFi filing for bankruptcy earlier this week.

The meltdown has dragged the price of the largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, to around a two-year low.

Global regulators have since been circling crypto firms with many seeking to set tough rules to govern the largely unregulated sector.