Binance’s Decline: Rival Exchanges Rise as Regulatory Scrutiny Intensifies

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The continuous decline of the world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance, raises concerns about its future within the industry. With its market share in spot trading dwindling, rival crypto exchanges such as OKX, Huobi, and Bybit have gained a significant advantage. Heightened scrutiny and regulatory action by US regulators against Binance has led some users to worry about the safety of their funds.

In recent months, US regulators have taken strict actions against major crypto exchanges, including Coinbase and Bittrex. Binance was not exempt from this regulatory fervor; the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) ordered Paxos to cease minting Binance USD (BUSD) stablecoin. As a result, Binance ended its zero-fee BTC trading program and BUSD zero-maker fee promotion. The exchange has since switched from BUSD to low-market cap TrueUSD (TUSD) stablecoin. Binance CEO “CZ” confirmed the reason behind the change, stating that BTC/TUSD would be the only zero-fee spot trading pair from March 22.

According to Kaiko, Binance’s spot-trading volumes share fell to 51% in May, down from 73% in March. In contrast, the market shares of rivals Huobi, OKX, and South Korean exchanges jumped significantly. Cici Lu, founder of Venn Link Partners, believes the intense regulatory heat in the US will continue to target Binance and its CEO “CZ.” Users’ concerns about the safety of their funds have led them to diversify into other centralized exchanges.

While Binance acknowledges the drop in market share, a company spokesperson asserts that the decrease is lower than projected by their modeling study. The exchange plans to improve existing products and services while investing in compliance processes to prepare for an era characterized by regulatory certainty. Binance CEO is also considering reducing his shareholding in the Binance.US crypto exchange to minimize its impact on the US arm amid targeted attacks against the company.

Despite the challenges faced by Binance, the exchange continues to strive for improvement and compliance with regulatory expectations. It remains to be seen how its strategic planning and investment in compliance processes will help it regain market share and user trust in a market fraught with competition and regulatory scrutiny.

Source: Coingape

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