Users are fleeing exchanges and turning to non-custodial wallets amid FTX’s collapse. One wallet in particular, and its corresponding token, appear to be reaping the benefits.

TWT, the native token behind Trust wallet, a self-custodial crypto wallet, has posted 47% gains over the past 24 hours, according to data from Coingecko. Token holders are offered discounts on in-app purchases and can also vote on proposed changes to the wallet.

At press time, TWT trades at around $2.40, retreating from its all-time high of $2.30 recorded earlier today. On a weekly note, TWT has gained nearly 100%.

TWT’s daily trading volume is also up 175% to $70 million in the last 24 hours. With a market capitalization slightly above $849 million, TWT is now the 45th-largest cryptocurrency.


Crypto billionaire and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao tweeted about the importance of self-custody and prompted users to use the Trust wallet, fuelling the token’s rally. Binance acquired Trust Wallet in 2018. 

A crypto wallet address is derived from a private key (or) a passphrase, the most sensitive information required to make transactions. Anyone with access to a wallet’s private keys can move money in the wallet.

Conversely, on centralized exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, and beleaguered FTX, this sensitive information is stored on those exchanges allowing them to make transactions on your behalf.


FTX collapse sparks turn to self-custody

Amid FTX’s demise, crypto investors fled exchanges.

According to data from Coinglass, the Bitcoin balance on centralized exchanges plummeted 10% from 2.11 million on November 7 to just above 1.9 million today. 

A green chart showing centralized exchange balances.
Bitcoin balance on centralized exchanges over the past six months. Source: Coinglass.

The sharp decline of exchange Bitcoin balance indicates reduced investor trust in centralized exchanges.

Sentiment for self-custody of cryptocurrencies is also on the rise on Twitter. 

Popular decentralized exchange Uniswap, Polygon’s Co-Founder Sandeep Nailwal, Shapeshift’s Founder Erik Vorhees and many others voiced their support for crypto self-custody over the past few days.

Not just Trust Wallet, other self-custody wallet provider tokens, including SafePal (SFP), has also rallied 27% in the last 24 hours, per data from Coingecko.



The views and opinions expressed by the author are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment, or other advice.

Daily Debrief Newsletter

Start every day with the top news stories right now, plus original features, a podcast, videos and more.