Shortly after a Bloomberg report on Friday that cryptocurrency exchange Binance was under investigation for permitting US residents to place unlawful trades, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (better known as CZ) dismissed the reports during a live AMA on Clubhouse, saying that the report had “no teeth.”
“This is a topic that just came up, literally like a few minutes ago or a hour ago,” said CZ. “So number one, the news article said there was no, I don’t have it in front of me, there was no “misconduct,” I have to dig it up. So number one there was no report of misconduct from Binance, so the report kind of defeated itself.”
CZ noted that as a business Binance maintains a “no comment” policy on communications with regulators, which places the company in a difficult position with regards to rebutting the contents of the report, which cited a single anonymous source.
An investigation does not mean that “they’re trying to charge us, trying to do something with us,” and that the report could simply be a routine communication, he said.
Without citing examples, CZ said that similar instances of what he characterized as miscommunications have happened in the past, and that the “story doesn’t have any teeth.”
He also notably alleged that “self-perceived competitors” might bribe or pressure journalists to publish stories heavy on allegations and short on content.
CZ has had a complex relationship with the media over this last year. Earlier this month, Binance quietly dropped a defamation lawsuit against Forbes and two of its journalists.
“We maintain a very collaborative posture with all agencies around the world, not just the US. We have an active dialogue with regulatory agencies,” he added.
Cracks in the geofence
The reports that the CFTC is investigating whether or not US users placed illegal trades on the exchange perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that as recently as November last year he admitted that US traders find “intelligent” ways to circumvent the ban.
This morning, however, CZ vigorously defended Binance’s KYC/AML policies.
“I can comment publicly that Binance probably has the strongest KYC/AML program in the industry,” he said. “[…] We do very careful, very strict KYC/AML. We also use very intelligent geofencing.”
He added that the company often accidentally “mislabels” travelers to the US, claiming that the standards are often “too strict.”
However, he also admitted once more that US users often try to circumvent the systems in place, and noted that the quality of their barriers have to “improve.”
Ultimately he struck a hopeful tone that industry players and regulatory agencies can find common ground.
“Right now there’s kind of a gap between the industry players and the regulators. I want to see, hopefully, both sides extend their hand and bridge that gap.”
Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB continues to hold above $470, more upside to slowly follow?
- Binance Coin price analysis is bullish today.
- BNB/USD slowly moved higher overnight.
- Closest resistance at $510.
Binance Coin price analysis is bullish today as the $470 support still holds, likely leading to a reversal back to the upside later today. Therefore, we expect BNB/USD to move towards the $510 and end the several-day retracement.
The overall market traded with a slight bullish momentum over the last 24 hours, with Bitcoin gaining 1.3 percent. Meanwhile, Ethereum has gained 3.67 percent, while Shiba Inu (SHIB) is the top performer, with a gain of 40 percent.
Binance Coin price movement in the last 24 hours: Binance Coin holds support above $470
BNB/USD traded in a range of $473.11 – $486.80, indicating low volatility over the last 24 hours. Trading volume has declined by 25.12 percent and totals $1.159 billion, while the total market cap trades around $79.9 billion, ranking the coin in 3rd place overall.
BNB/USD 4-hour chart: BNB ready to move higher?
On the 4-hour chart, we can see Binance Coin Price action consolidating as bulls likely prepare for another push higher.
Binance Coin price action has seen a strong performance so far in October. After setting a new major swing low at $320, a sharp push higher followed on the 1st of October.
BNB/USD eventually peaked at $450, with the following retracement setting a higher low at $395. From there, the market continued higher on the 12th of October, moving to $480 this time.
After another brief retracement, the further upside was seen earlier this week, with a brief move above the $500 mark seen on Wednesday. Since then, Binance Coin price action has retraced to $470 and formed a consolidation as bulls prepare for the next push higher.
Binance Coin Price Analysis: Conclusion
Binance Coin price analysis is bullish today as a new higher high has been established above $470. Therefore, once the current consolidation ends, we expect BNB/USD to push above the $500 again.
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Crypto Newcomer Explodes After Abrupt Altcoin Listing on Binance
A small-cap altcoin is shooting into the stratosphere after earning support from the global crypto exchange Binance.
The governance token Tranchess (CHESS) officially began trading today.
News of the coin’s listing triggered a 185% rise in the price of the asset – from $2.77 to $7.91. Its value has since settled to $5.09 at time of publishing.
CHESS is listed in Binance’s Innovation Zone, a dedicated trading area where users can buy and sell newer tokens that are likely to have higher volatility and pose a higher risk to traders.
According to Binance Research,
“Tranchess is a yield-enhancing asset tracker with varied risk-return solutions on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which consists of 3 tranche tokens (QUEEN, BISHOP, and ROOK) and its governance token CHESS.
The platform offers various features including a DEX (Tranchess Swap), money markets (Primary Market), staking, and network governance.”
Tranchess recently raised $1.5 million from Binance Labs, Three Arrows Capital, and other crypto venture firms.
Binance proposes a real-time token burning mechanism to boost BNB value
- Binance has proposed the BEP-95 aimed to burn a percentage of transaction fees as a deflationary measure.
- BEP-95 will occur alongside the quarterly token burn and well after the 100 million token supply is achieved.
Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is taking further steps to incorporate an additional deflationary mechanism to increase token valuation. As announced today, Binance (BNB) is introducing a new Binance Evolution Protocol (BEP) known as BEP-95. The BEP stands out from the network’s occasional token burns since it introduced a real-time burning mechanism.
According to Binance, a fixed portion of gas fees collected by validators in each block will be sent to the burn address. The ratio initially set at 10 percent, is adjustable according to changes proposed by the Binance community. BSC validators get to vote on community proposals, where voting power is based on staked BNB.
For a proposal to be reviewed by the validators, it has to receive a minimum deposit of 2,000 BNB (mainnet). All BNB is returned to holders after the finalization of the voting process. A proposal that wins is that which gathers 50 percent of the total voting power on the mainnet. Binance notes that voted-upon parameters are implemented immediately.
Details of Binance BEP-95 token burning mechanism
BEP-95 became relevant as it speeds up the BNB token burn, and makes the network increasingly decentralized. The BNB supply cap is about 168 million tokens and Binance intends to burn until 100 million tokens remain in circulation. This will take about 5-8 years to complete, according to Binance. The network’s most recent quarterly burn wiped out over 1 million tokens, worth about $639 million, from circulation.
However, the latest update from its blog now says the BEP-95 burn “will continue functioning” even after the above target is attained. With the burn, Binance expects the intrinsic value of the BNB token to increase in tandem with demand. The network notes that validators and delegators may receive fewer tokens from staking, but the “fiat-denominated value of their rewards may increase.” Moreover, BNB has multiple use cases that benefit all holders of the token.
Currently, BEP-95 is in the draft stage and the network is yet to give a specific date for its implementation.
Several blockchains use the crypto-burning mechanism to create token scarcity and a subsequent increase in token value. Ethereum, for instance, uses the EIP-1559 for this purpose.
BNB price action
BNB, the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was trading at $494 at press time, according to our data. The token has gained 0.8 percent in the day, and 4.8 percent week-over-week. Similar to other digital assets, BNB has rallied fueled by the Bitcoin-led gains. Crypto investor and YouTuber Lark Davis expects “good things” for the BNB price following its launch of a $1B growth fund.