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Binance, Bitfinex, and Bittrex user bases are highly dispersed: Report

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TokenInsight recently published its annual research report titled, ‘2019 Cryptocurrency Spot Exchange Industry,’ a report that analyzed trends in the spot exchange industry in terms of trading activities, regulations, and user trends. According to the aforementioned report, 75% of all users are attracted to the 10 biggest crypto-exchanges in the world, with the remaining 25% distributed across the 40 exchanges that follow the top 10. The report also addressed how Binance, Coinbase Pro, and Upbit are the top 3 exchanges on the list, with respect to the number of users.

Compared to the previous two quarters, Q4 of 2019 saw significant changes to the rankings of the top 10 exchanges in terms of monthly visits. Binance was ranked first, surpassing Coinbase, while Upbit moved up by 2 ranks. Coinbase Pro, Yobit, and Bithumb fell in the rankings over the quarter, however.

The report also pointed out that the three countries with the highest monthly average number of independent users on exchanges were the United States, South Korea, and Russia. American users were also reported to account for a high proportion of volume on several exchanges like Binance, Coinbase Pro, Bittrex, and Kraken.

In terms of percentage of visitors by country, however, Binance, Bitfinex, and Bittrex were reportedly highly dispersed, with the top 5 countries accounting for just 40% of the users on the exchanges.

“The high degree of fragmentation of visitors indicates that the internationalization of the exchange is strong, and on the other hand, it can enhance the security of the platform in terms of compliance.”

However, Binance and HitBTC’s “fan growth” in the third quarter of 2019, both exceeding 10% month-on-month, did not extend to the fourth quarter of the year. In fact, except for KuCoin, Bithumb, Yobit, and HitBTC, other exchanges maintained a slight increase in Q4, with Poloniex reporting growth of more than 2% for two consecutive quarters.

“Among them, Binance still has the most extensive and solid user base, the number of fans has exceeded 1 million, and the growth momentum is fast.”

TokenInsight also released a new digital asset spot exchange rating. The list compared Q3 and Q4 performance of noted crypto-exchanges. Binance, Coinbase Pro, and Huobi Global ratings did not change, maintaining their ‘A’ rating from Q3 into Q4. Bitstamp saw a downgrade in Q4, however, from ‘A’ to ‘BBB’, while Bithumb went down from ‘BBB’ to ‘B.’

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Binance’s 10th burn [$38.8M] is the third highest recorded BNB burn

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Binance, although close to a monopoly in the cryptocurrency market, will not achieve it; the reason for this is the ever-changing landscape and new entrants with amazing products. However, even with these new entrants gaining traction, Binance hasn’t lost its foothold in the space. It is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges today. With its 10th BNB burn complete, Binance has burnt $38.8 million worth of BNB, reducing its market cap forever.

Binance’s 10th BNB burn

Binance announced its 10th successful quarterly burn in a blog today, and with it, a total of 2.216 million BNB tokens worth $38.8 million were burnt from October to December 2019. Binance has been burning BNB for over 10 quarters now [3+ years]; the goal of this would be to achieve a total circulating supply of 100 million from its initial supply of 200 million.

Over the course of 10 burns, this burn constituted the 3rd highest burn in terms of USD [$40.3 million worth BNB was the highest burn] and the 2nd highest burn, in terms of BNB.

Source: Binance

A cumulative burn of 8.45% of BNB’s total supply has been vanquished, as of today, leaving users with 187.536 million BNB in total supply. This leaves another 87.536 million BNB to be burnt in the upcoming quarterly burns.

The ‘Burn’ Logic

Burning tokens, although not similar, can

be compared to stock buybacks in the traditional world since both of these effectively increase the price of existing tokens. The reduction of the total supply constricts the ones that are in circulation while the demand remains the same; the burn mechanism induces a negative supply shock, which ultimately leads to an increase in price, something that is quite similar to stock buybacks which increase the EPS.

Binance first announced its BNB burn program 2 years ago, while it was still on the Ethereum blockchain. While burning tokens vary from exchange to exchange, the underlying mechanism remains the same. Binance’s burn depends on the trading volume that occurs in a quarter; for the 10th burn, it was October to December 2019. Similarly, the first burn took away 986,000 BNB.

Perhaps, the burn mechanism reached a wider consensus in the crypto-space due to Bitfinex’s LEO token burns/buyback. Unlike Binance, Bitfinex sought to reduce the supply of LEO tokens by buying the tokens back based on the consolidated revenues [27%] of iFinex. However, for LEO tokens, the buyback will continue until 100% of these tokens are redeemed.

At press time, however, Binance’s BNB token seemed to be under a momentary surge, same as other altcoins, after they started surging in mid-December. Now that the BNB token has halted its slide downwards following a 72% collapse from its all-time high, the 10th burn might have an effect on BNB in the next few days.

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BINANCE COINS (BNB) WORTH $38.8 MILLION NOW ‘OUT OF CIRCULATION’

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The Rundown

  • Binance Performs its 10th Quarterly Token Burn
  • Will it Affect BNB’s Price?

Binance carried out its 10th token burn, removing ~$38.8 million worth of BNB from circulation, forever.

BINANCE PERFORMS ITS 10TH QUARTERLY TOKEN BURN

The malta-based crypto exchange, Binance, has just carried out its 10th quarterly token burn, removing $38.8 million worth of its tokens (2,216,888 BNB) from circulation, forever. According to the exchange’s founder and CEO, Changpeng Zhao, this is the 2nd biggest burn when it comes to the coins’ USD value, and also the third-biggest burn in terms of BNB.

Zhao also pointed out that this was the fourth consecutive quarter in which the USD value of BNB burn grew. As some may remember, the 9th BNB burn took place in mid of October last year, when the exchange burned 2,061,888 BNB, which was equal to $36,7000,000 million, as compared to the current $38.8 million.

Binance reported the 10th successful BNB burn yesterday, January 17th. In the announcement, CZ pointed out that,10 BTC & 20,000 Free Spins for every player in mBitcasino’s Winter Cryptoland Adventure!

The 10th quarterly burn represented the first full quarter that we factored in the performance of our most recent new products.

By that, CZ means Binance’s margin trading, launched in July; lending, launched in August; and futures, launched last September.

He also noted that Binance made an effort to increase its

fiat-to-crypto options by adding support for 24 global fiat currencies to its exchange. He admitted that Binance Coin is still quite far away from its ATH, which it reached in June 2019. He says,

But I don’t worry about it as much, because we view BNB as a long-term play, and many in the Binance community continue to use and hold BNB.

WILL IT AFFECT BNB’S PRICE?

Token burning is a common practice in which the token issuer removes a certain amount of existing cryptocurrency from circulation. This is done by token creators, who buy the coins back from the community, and permanently lock it away.

Tokens are burnt usually for deflationary purposes. The Malta-based exchange had already announced quarterly token burn plans when the coin was initially launched, to keep the supply to 100 million BNB,

The exchange-based crypto asset’s current circulating supply is 187,536,713 BNB. However, after 10 token burns that were performed so far, the total supply has dropped down to 155,536,713 BNB. In other words, there are still over 55.5 million BNB that Binance will burn in future token burns, in an attempt to reduce the number of circulating tokens. BNB price could grow as a result.

At the time of writing, BNB is priced is at $17.75, after seeing a 1.49% drop in the last 24 hours. On the day of the burning, January 17th, BNB price grew from $17.17 to $18,03. However, the coin’s price was unable to breach the resistance level at $18. Even so, it was strong enough to handle the rejection and only drop by around $0.60 before returning and attempting to breach the resistance for the second time, once again unsuccessfully.

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$38 Mln in BNB Destroyed in Token Burn – CZ of Binance Spreads Word

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Another quarterly token burn has been conducted by the Binance crypto behemoth. This time, 2.2 mln BNB was incinerated (that’s equal to $38.8 mln).

The people laughed till she said “Burn!”

This is the tenth coin burn Binance has conducted on a quarterly basis, having taken another large portion of BNB out of circulation and reducing the current supply – this is supposed to increase the coin’s value.

The head of Binance, CZ, has spread the word about it, taking to his Twitter page.

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The BNB token has been widely used by Binance, including IEOs on its LaunchPad, on which several big token sales were conducted throughout 2019, starting with BitTorrent and MATIC.

Criminal money laundered in banks and via Binance

Binance remains the crypto exchange with the largest trading

volume. However, a recent research made by Chainalysis says that such major exchanges as Huobi and Binance assist criminals in laundering their funds.

In a recent tweet the Weiss Ratings agency reminded the audience that last year criminals sent around $2.8 bln in Bitcoin to crypto exchanges, as per the study from Chainalysis. The company stated that half of that amount went to Binance and Huobi.

However, Weiss Ratings suggests that much more money is laundered via traditional banks and that this study by Chainalysis should not be taken as prejudice against Bitcoin and crypto overall.

“In 2019, criminal entities moved a total of $2.8 billion in #BTC to #crypto exchanges, according to a study from #Chainalysis#Binance and #Huobi together received over 52% of that total. Numbers sound big until you realize criminals launder TRILLIONS every year – using banks.”

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