After serving as the chief executive officer of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US for less than four months, Brian Brooks announced Friday he would be stepping down — a move that was greeted with confusion and suspicion from the crypto community.
Citing “differences over strategic direction,” the now-former CEO said he had already resigned his position at Binance’s U.S. arm. Brooks had been leading the crypto exchange since replacing former CEO Catherine Coley on May 1.
Greetings #crypto community. Letting you all know that I have resigned as CEO of @BinanceUS . Despite differences over strategic direction, I wish my former colleagues much success. Exciting new things to come!— Brian Brooks (@BrianBrooksUS) August 6, 2021
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance — a separate entity from its U.S. arm — said Brooks stepping down would not “impact Binance.US customers in any way.” He explained:
“I remain confident in Binance.US’s business and its commitment to serve its customers and innovate […] As one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the United States, Binance.US is poised to continue to grow and empower the future of finance.”
However, members of the outspoken crypto community speculated that Brooks’ decision to leave the firm was based on internal knowledge about issues surrounding the global Binance exchange, possibly from regulators or other market forces.
Others connected the timing of his departure to the regulatory backlash facing Binance, which has prompted the exchange to roll back or even cease operations in certain regions. Regulators in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada have recently issued orders or warnings against Binance for various reasons.
BREAKING: Binance US CEO Brian Brooks announces his resignation after just a few short months amid ongoing scrutiny from dozens of regulators, and agencies. pic.twitter.com/00KbVka0sr— Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) August 6, 2021
Binance has faced scrutiny even in the United States, with the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service investigating the firm for alleged illegal trading activity. The exchange is reportedly the subject of an investigation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding alleged trades by U.S. customers.
Related: Binance faces regulatory upheaval as lawmakers target ‘global’ exchanges
Others speculated that Brooks’ departure may have been connected with his belief that the crypto exchange business is not profitable in the long run. Those comments were made in an interview with Forbes weeks before his resignation.
The general takeaway from that interview, according to Forbes writer Javier Paz, was the “inevitable clash of direction” at Binance.US, likely between Brooks and the board of directors. According to one Twitter user, “It must be awful working against your moral compass.”
The exclusive interview that Brian Brooks gave my colleague @Steven_Ehrlich a few days ago unveiled an inevitable clash of direction for @BinanceUS. The story here quoted by the illustrious @FT https://t.co/Qv9hBuuvG5— Javier Paz (@eltrade) August 7, 2021
Not surprised. It must be awful working against your moral compass. You deserve better. Maybe it’s time to start your own crypto business and apply your integrity to the fullest. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours.— CONSENSUS (@EnableConsensus) August 6, 2021
Some users reminded that Brooks’ desire to pursue a “strong compliance program” had the full backing of the board just a few months ago:
Brian Brooks in May:
“I wouldn’t have taken this job if I didn’t have a strong commitment from the board to lead a strong compliance program”https://t.co/kL7xy6HK8B— Blockworks (@Blockworks_) August 6, 2021
The general mood on Crypto Twitter was that the resignation was “very strange,” especially given all the excitement surrounding Brooks’ hiring just a few months earlier.
At the time of writing, Brooks has yet to disclose his career plans. Before joining Binance.US, he served in several high-profile roles at Coinbase and the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
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.