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Two Months Later: The UK FCA Settled its Regulatory Issues With Binance

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Two months after going against Binance, UK’s FCA has issued an update indicating that it has cleared the popular exchange.

The UK Financial Conduct Authority has settled all of its issues with the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange – Binance. The regulator published an update on August 25th to clear the company’s name two months after imposing restrictions on some of its operations.

  • Back in late June this year, the FCA issued a warning shot against the exchange, saying that Binance Markets Limited “is not permitted to undertake any regulated activity in the UK.”
  • The watchdog further asserted that the cryptocurrency trading platform was unable to “undertake any regulated activities without the prior written consent of the FCA.”
  • Shortly after, Binance responded by indicating that Binance Markets Limited was not the entity offering derivatives products in the UK. The exchange also said that nothing had changed for users, and the watchdog’s notice had not directly impacted the services.
  • All of this happened amid the growing regulatory scrutiny from global watchdogs against the cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Now, though, the situation has changed. The FCA issued an update on August 25th informing that the problem has been handled.
  • “On June 25th, 2021, the FCA imposed requirements on Binance Markets Limited. The firm complied with all aspects of the requirements.” – reads the updated post.
  • Changpeng Zhao, Binance’s CEO, was quick to outline the development on Twitter, saying, “positive progress. One small step at a time.”
  • It’s worth noting that the company undertook numerous steps to enhance its compliance efforts in the past few months. Those included hiring new personnel and rolling out mandatory KYC requirements.
  • Interestingly, reports also emerged indicating that the FCA had asserted that it was still unable to regulate Binance, despite the ongoing risks associated with the cryptocurrency industry. Nevertheless, the FCA statement still says that the firm had complied with all aspects.

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Legendary Trader Peter Brandt Challenges Binance with Four Questions about 88% BTC Crash

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Here’s what is unclear for Mr. Brandt about mysterious Bitcoin (BTC) flash-crash of Oct. 21, 2021

Prominent trader and analyst Peter Brandt has taken to Twitter to ask his four questions in the context of the flagship crypto’s 88% dropdown.

What do Binance and Binance.US have in common?

First of all, Mr. Brandt challenged the character of corporate relationships between Binance and Binance.US, its unit focused on American markets.

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Also, Mr. Brandt asks whether Binance is planning to release detailed documents to specify statistics for trades, their volume and prices during the flash-crash.

Then, the trading legend asked about the role of the platform in taking the opposite side of a client fills.

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Besides the Binance CEO and co-founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, Mr. Brandt mentioned the Interactive Brokers platform, U.S. watchdogs CFTC and SEC and Gary Gensler, the SEC chairman.

Most expensive “trading algorithm bug” ever?

Also, Mr. Brandt attached a screenshot of a tweet by CZ when Binance’s boss warned his audience about expected volatility spikes across cryptocurrency markets.

Finally, Mr. Brandt added that he never used Binance for trading.

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As covered by U.Today previously, on Oct. 21, 2021, amidst a spending rally, the Bitcoin (BTC) price briefly tanked to the $8,000 level, losing more than 88% in no time.

A similar flash-crash was registered on 26 other low-liquidity exchanges. A Binance.US representative attributed this dramatic plunge to a critical bug in third-party mechanisms by one of the platform’s sophisticated institutional clients.

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Binance Bitcoin Balances Are Draining: 40,000 BTC Moved Away from Biggest Crypto Exchange

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According to CryptoQuant data, Binance cryptocurrency exchange once again faced a massive fund outflow totaling 38,246 BTC. After a significant drop in the Bitcoin balance, the total balance on the sheets is close to 500,000.

In-house redistribution of funds

Previously, Binance.US faced a major bug that led to so-called “slippage”—the difference between the expected price of a trade and the actual execution of an order.

Whenever the order book on the market is too thin and an exchange cannot provide enough liquidity, volatility on the asset tends to rise exponentially, which leads to a massive drop in value.

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CryptoQuant data
Source: CryptoQuant

Due to the bug that appeared, the price of Bitcoin on Binance.US has dropped to $8,000, with numerous buy orders being executed on the way down. In order to provide more liquidity to the market on Binance.US, the main platform could have moved some of its funds to the U.S.-targeted platform, which is being counted by on-chain metrics as “outflows.”

Natural outflows

With Bitcoin moving past the previous ATH and trading volumes remaining stable, some traders and investors are choosing to move their funds away from exchanges and keep them in their wallets.

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Source: TradingView

According to volume metrics, no significant selling pressure has been present on centralized exchanges, along with no abnormal trading activities.

Previously, notable exchange inflows appeared back in May, when Bitcoin’s price retraced from the previous ATH to $29,000. Most retail investors have moved funds from their wallets to the exchanges to take profit.

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB continues to hold above $470, more upside to slowly follow?

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  • 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.

Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB continues to hold above $470, more upside to slowly follow? 1
Cryptocurrency heat map. Source: Coin360

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 Analysis: BNB continues to hold above $470, more upside to follow?
BNB/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

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.

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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.

While waiting for Binance Coin to move further, read our guides on LTC wallets, Gero wallets, and  DeFi wallets.

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