Binance’s bold move to usurp US cryptocurrency exchanges

Binance recently unveiled the list of cryptocurrencies under consideration for its bold U.S. exchange expansion. The move is likely part of an aggressive strategy to crush its largest competitor—Coinbase—at what it does best: regulatory compliance.

Binance blocking U.S. customers from trading

On June 14, Binance announced it would block customers in the United States from trading on the platform. According to CEO Changpeng Zhao, the move was made because “short term pain is necessary for long term gains.”

The exchange further elaborated that users would have 90 days to adopt the new terms. American customers who do not comply with the new terms of service by Sept. 12 would lose access to their wallets and would be unable to make deposits or trade on Binance.com (withdrawals would still be permitted).

The move sent shockwaves through the crypto-sphere. Considering Binance is the largest exchange by trading volume, and that an estimated 20 percent of the exchange’s traffic comes from the United States, hundreds of niche crypto assets would become much harder to buy and sell—destroying altcoin liquidity. Read More at CryptoSlate...

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