Back in June, the world’s most popular crypto exchange, Binance, announced that it would soon be blocking US-based investors from its platform, in order to comply with global regulations.
The deadline for US-based investors to cease trading and using Binance is less than 48 hours away. Here is everything crypto investors and traders need to know about the major disruption and what may occur in the crypto market after the largest portion of traders is cut off from much of the altcoin market.
Binance To Shut Off Trading for US Investors on September 12
Ever since Binance announced it would be blocking US investors from using its flagship trading platform and website, the crypto market has never been the same. Altcoins, Binance’s claim to fame, have been bleeding out profusely due to the lack of buy pressure and uncertainty surrounding the asset class.
Binance currently offers hundreds of altcoin trading pairs against BTC and other major currencies, however, the upcoming US-based alternative may only offer 30 some odd cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin – a far cry from what crypto investors and traders are used to under the Binance namesake.
But the exchange is only “exploring” these assets, and there’s no certainty any of them outside of what’s offered at other US-based exchanges such as Coinbase will be listed. The assets Binance is considering can be seen below.
What Steps Should US Crypto Investors Take?
Crypto investors and traders may want to consider liquidating any assets not included in this list, otherwise, they risk potentially holding assets they will be unable to ever sell.
Despite Binance blocking users from the United States from trading or making deposits to their platform in the next 48 hours, Binance will continue to leave accounts open to allow for users to withdraw their funds, or view account statements and the like.
It is recommended that any US-based customers download their account statement after their last trade is made, to ensure complete tax compliance. US-based traders are also urged to withdraw any crypto holdings including Bitcoin from Binance, despite accounts being left open. Eventually, these accounts may be closed at the discretion of Binance. There’s little point in leaving funds on the platform if the investor or trader cannot actually take any positions with the assets.
In terms of what to expect for the crypto market itself, most believe that the information is already priced in, and that’s why altcoins have suffered so badly. Others believe that the lack of interesting in altcoins driven by Binance could mean that another alt season never arrives.
Binance Unveils Phase Four of Its Lending Products
Binance, the leading digital currency exchange in the world in terms of trading volume, is all set to unveil the phase four of its Lending Products. The exchange made an official announcement detailing the launch date, time and format in an official blog post dated September 16, 2019.
As per the announcement, the Binance Lending Products’ 4th phase will be launched on September 18, 2019, at 6 am of the UTC zone. With this launch, Binance will make lending products with the fixed-term of 14 days’ available to users.
Users must note that the subscription period will begin from 6 am (UTC) on September 18, 2019, and run till September 19, 2019, 0:00 am. The duration of interest calculation is slated to start from September 18, 2019, 6 am and end on October 2, 2019, at 6 am (UTC).
The time of interest payouts is immediately after the loan term maturity, whereas the format of the subscription is on a first-come-first-serve basis, revealed the blog post.
According to the announcement, the digital assets to be included in the fourth phase are Binance Coin (BNB), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT), and Ethereum Classic (ETC).
While the annual interest rate for BNB is 10 per cent with a lot size of 10 BNB and individual cap of 500 BNB, Bitcoin is available at 3 per cent annual rate of interest with the individual cap of 20 BTC and a lot size of 0.01 BTC. ETH and ETC are available for 6 per cent and 7 per cent annual rate of interest with the individual cap of 150 ETH and 1,000 ETC, respectively. Their lot sizes are 1 ETH and 1 ETC. USDT, on the other hand, has an annual interest rate of 10 per cent with 100 USDT lot size. The individual cap of USDT is 5,000,000.
Binance has also provided the total subscription cap, as well as interest at maturity per lot, for each of these digital assets in its official announcement to make it easier for users.
CZ Provokes Unintended Panic Following An ‘Attacker’ On New Futures Platform
“A market maker from a smaller futures exchange tried to attack @binance futures platform. NO ONE was liquidated, as we use the index price (not futures prices) for liquidations (our innovation). Only the attacker lost a bunch of money, and that was that.”
Just above is a tweet recently posted by the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao in dispelling the concerns that a bad actor had just attacked the freshly-launched bitcoin futures platform.
This month alone has seen Binance form one of the two major BTC futures offerings to hit the market in September. The other being the Bakkt platform due on 23rd September, comes from the institutional trading platform, Bakkt.
The above quote was just the first in a series of tweets from the Binance CEO who initially warned that the platform’s futures were under attack from one of its own market makers.
“The attacker is a well-known account that trades with @binance,” CZ said. He continued, saying they “started their own futures exchange a few months ago. This was the 2nd attempt they tried. Shame!”
The attacker had reportedly crushed under the BTC/USD order book from $10,324 to $10,024, in what CZ said was the second such attempt at an attack.
The futures platform was launched in an invite-only setup mode following a user testing period earlier in the month. Two platforms were initially available with users voting for their preferred choice.
Aside from the criticism’s of both options’ technical characteristics, uptake was brisk with open interest reaching $150 million last week.
We still don’t know who specifically CZ is talking about but a few hours after the accusations came forward from the CEO, it was confirmed that everything was a big misunderstanding.
“Had a chat with the client. It was an accident, due to a bad parameter on their side. Not intentional. All good now.”
Binance CEO: Bitcoin Futures Platform ‘SAFU’ After Attack False Alarm
The CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance has dispelled fears a bad actor had attacked its newly-launched Bitcoin futures platform.
Technical error crashed Bitcoin price
In a series of tweets on Sept. 16, Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, initially warned that the exchange’s futures were under attack from one of its own market makers.
The perpetrator allegedly crashed the BTC/USD order book from $10,324 to $10,024, in what Zhao said was the second such attempt at an attack.
Binance launched its futures platform in invite-only mode following a user testing period earlier this month. Two platforms were originally available, with users voting for their preferred choice.
As Cointelegraph reported, despite criticism of both options’ technical characteristics, uptake was brisk, with open interest reaching $150 million last week.
CZ: Only “attacker” lost money
In the event, the attack turned out to be a false alarm, originating from a technical error on the market marker side.
The entity remains unknown, Zhao only revealing it was also an operator of Bitcoin futures. Due to Binance’s own settings, meanwhile, the $300 dip did not liquidate other traders’ positions; only the accidental attacker lost funds.
“NO ONE was liquidated, as we use the index price (not futures prices) for liquidations (our innovation). Only the attacker lost a bunch of money, and that was that,” he confirmed.
Binance forms one of two major Bitcoin futures offerings to hit the market this month. The other, due on Sept. 23, comes from institutional trading platform Bakkt.