Investors pull $2.5 bln in days from Binance’s stablecoin on regulatory scrutiny

Investors pull $2.5 bln in days from Binance’s stablecoin on regulatory scrutiny

by Joseph Anthony
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About $2.5 billion flowed out from Binance’s stablecoin this week, Binance’s CEO said on Twitter, after US regulators turned their sights on the cryptocurrency.

Most of the money has moved from moved from Binance USD into Tether , another so-called stablecoin where tokens have a $1 value, Binance boss Changpeng Zhao said on Twitter. “Landscape is shifting,” he said.

Stablecoins are used for trading between crypto tokens and between crypto and traditional assets. Binance USD is the third-biggest stablecoin behind Tether and USD Coin .

Tether’s market capitalisation – a measure of the amount of money held in Tether – is up about $2 billion this week according to analytics site coinmarketcap.com.

On Monday the New York Department of Financial Services said it ordered the firm behind Binance USD, Paxos Trust Company, to stop minting the tokens. Paxos said it was also told by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the firm, which is based in New York, should have registered the stablecoin product as a security.

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