Binance Removes FTX Tokens Citing Confusion

Major crypto exchange, Binance, has decided to remove leveraged FTX tokens from its exchange, explaining that customers don’t understand the product. “Due to lack of understanding of how leveraged tokens work by many of our users, Binance has decided to delist all existing FTX leveraged tokens and corresponding trading pairs,” the exchange announced on March 28.  Binance will shut off deposits and withdrawals for the assets on March 31 at 8 a.m. UTC, with a stoppage in trading at 10 a.m. on the same day.   Binance only recently listed the…

Binance Academy Establishes Physical Presence in Shanghai

Binance Academy has entered into an agreement with Shanghai’s local government to set up an office in the country. The initiative will reportedly be devoted to research blockchain technology in accordance with an Oct. 24 statement from Xi Jinping promoting its use. As announced on March 27 by local news outlet TheBlockBeats and Binance’s CEO Changpeng Zhao, Binance Academy will establish the Lingang Blockchain Technology and Industry Research Institute in Shanghai’s Lingang special economic zone. The initiative is the result of cooperation with local organizations in the Lingang area, and…

Singapore Grants Crypto License Exemptions to Ripple, Coinbase and Binance

While Singapore recently adopted specific cryptocurrency legislation — the Payment Services Act (PSA) — in January 2020, it turns out that some crypto firms like Ripple, Coinbase and Binance have been exempt from the law since the beginning of the year. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank and major financial regulatory authority, exempted a number of major payment services from holding a financial license under the PSA. According to a statement released on March 24, the listed companies are allowed to continue to provide specific payment…

Binance Releases Its Own Debit Card, Initial Testing Will Be in Malaysia

Binance enters the crypto debit card sector with news of an official Binance Card on March 26. Issued by Visa, the card will initially be available in South East Asia, though other regions will be unlocked soon, the company states. Like most other crypto cards, the Binance Card allows its users to spend their cryptocurrencies by converting them into fiat and piggy-backing off established debit card networks. A fairly unique aspect of the Binance Card is that its internal balance will be in cryptocurrencies, initially Binance Coin (BNB) and Bitcoin…

Binance Reveals the Secret Behind Its Cryptocurrency Futures Success

Aaron Gong, vice president of futures at major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, explained to Cointelegraph how the firm managed to become one of the top crypto futures trading platforms. As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, Binance recently overtook BitMEX and became the second-largest platform in terms of 24-hour Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading volume. When asked whether he is surprised by such success, Gong said that the firm created the product with the plan of becoming the top Bitcoin futures trading platform: “We knew we would be there soon, and we made…

As Trump Talks Trillions, Binance CEO Predicts $2T Bitcoin Market Cap

After United States President Donald Trump first mooted a $1 trillion stimulus package for the U.S. economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, people were shocked at what seemed like a gargantuan amount. As Cointelegraph reported a few days later on March 25, a bipartisan deal has been agreed for twice that figure and it suddenly seems far more tangible. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao even tweeted that the new financial dialogue meant a $2 trillion market cap for Bitcoin could be considered “modest”. Will a devaluing U.S. Dollar push…

Binance Holds $1B in ERC-20 Stablecoins

Binance has more than $1 billion in ERC-20-based stablecoins as of March 24. This figure surpasses a milestone that quite far ahead of second-place Huobi. Binance holds $1,007,585,549 of these stablecoins as of press time, a balance that has grown some $105,583,132 over the past seven days, according to the global stablecoin exchange balance by Nansen. Huobi’s balance is slightly more than half that sum: $694,327,505. That figure represents a growth of $165,823,720 in the same seven days as Binance. These companies are distinctly leading the pack in stablecoin balance.…

Bitcoin Price Did Not Crash 60% Due to Coronavirus, Says Binance CEO

The coronavirus pandemic was just the spark that ignited the current global economic meltdown, not its cause, the CEO of Binance says. In a blog post on March 20, Changpeng Zhao, known as “CZ” in cryptocurrency circles, argued that coronavirus had shown that the world’s economy is far too weak. CZ: The economy “should be stronger” Asked whether he felt conditions this year were different from the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008, he summarized: “In 2008, there wasn’t a pandemic pausing global economy. But I believe the Coronavirus is…

Huobi and Binance Support Community-Led Steem Hard Fork

Major cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Huobi have announced support for the Steem (STEEM) community’s hard fork to create the new Hive network. On March 18, Binance and Huobi published announcements revealing their support for the Steem hard fork that is scheduled for March 20. The decisions appear to quash allegations from earlier in the month that the exchanges were coordinating with Justin Sun in his apparent attempted takeover of the Steem network. Binance and Huobi support Hive hard fork Both exchanges will take snapshots of STEEM account balances at 2…

Binance P2P Adds Five New Fiat Currencies in Latin America

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has rolled out peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto trading with five new Latin American fiat currencies.  Users of the Binance P2P trading platform can now buy and sell cryptocurrency directly with Brazilian real (BRL), Argentine peso (ARS), Colombian peso (COP), Mexican peso (MXN) and Peruvian sol (PEN). Supported cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), Binance Coin (BNB) and Binance USD (BUSD). The platform has zero transaction fees and uses an escrow service to protect user funds.  Latin American region active in crypto trading Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao…