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The world’s biggest bitcoin exchange is becoming a big target for regulators

  • July 14 2021
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The world’s biggest bitcoin exchange is becoming a big target for regulators

By Fergus Halliday
July 14 2021

Binance is making headlines, and not for good reasons. 

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The world’s biggest bitcoin exchange is becoming a big target for regulators

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  • July 14 2021
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Binance is making headlines, and not for good reasons. 

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Binance is one of the world’s biggest crypto traders, but the list of controversies around it has exploded in recent months.

According to some estimates, Binance is said to account for as much as 25 per cent of the bitcoin futures market and around $1.7 billion in daily transaction volume as of June 2021.

However, with that popularity has come with greater scrutiny from regulators.

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Last month, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority moved to warn Binance from conducting business via its UK affiliate business.

Binance Markets Ltd “must not, without the prior written consent of the FCA, carry out any regulated activities... with immediate effect,” the regulator warned.

Responding to the warning via Twitter, Binance emphasised that Binance Markets Ld is a separate legal entity to their exchange business and that the FCA UK notice has no direct impact on its ability to deliver exchange services via its website or app.

“We take a collaborative approach in working with regulators, and we take our compliance obligations very seriously. We are actively keeping abreast of changing policies, rules and laws in this new space,” they said.

The crypto exchange is also facing similar headwinds from regulators in Japan, Ontario, the Cayman Islands and Thailand.

According to Arcane Research, “The growing regulatory scrutiny towards Binance could potentially impose a risk on the market, and it should be followed closely.”

They noted that “the development around Binance is evolving day by day, but the regulatory scrutiny could, in turn, lead to a declining dominance by Binance, depending on the outcome of this backlash”.

They compared Binance’s current situation to the scrutiny faced by BitMEX back when it reigned as the crypto world’s most popular exchange, noting the latter’s rapid decline from a 36 per cent slice of the market at its peak to 6.5 per cent share today.

An associate professor of finance at Macquarie University, Sean Foley, told nestegg earlier this month, “Regulators globally are really starting to understand what’s happening in this space and get their head around, you know, not just bitcoin and ethereum, but decentralised finance and yield farming and, you know, Uni Swap and automated market makers and all sorts of stuff like.”

“There’s no need to say ‘well look, it’s not that we can’t regulate it’ because there are intersections between the fiat on-ramps and regular people,” he said.

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Fergus is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He likes to write about money, markets, how innovation is changing the financial landscape and how younger consumers can achieve their goals in unpredictable times. 

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Fergus Halliday

Fergus is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He likes to write about money, markets, how innovation is changing the financial landscape and how younger consumers can achieve their goals in unpredictable times. 

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