But come June things began to become less rosy for the crypto market poster child. Binance revealed it will soon be closing its doors to United States-based investors – a subset of crypto investors that make up the lion’s share of the market. The move is to comply with global financial market regulators, who do not want American citizens trading certain crypto assets that may be deemed securities or fall under specific regulatory guidelines.
Instead, Binance will close trading and deposits for these customers, and usher them into a new US-based Binance exchange with only 29 altcoins and Bitcoin under consideration for inclusion. The uncertainty around the future value of Binance Coin, how it is implemented in the US platform, if at all, and many other unanswered questions remain, and it’s causing the value of Binance Coin to drop. One crypto analyst says that if support doesn’t hold in BNB price charts, Binance Coin could fall an additional 40% from current prices.
Much of the selloff in altcoins is due to crypto investors no longer willing to take the regulatory risk associated with some of the more exotic altcoins found on Binance and other platforms. The fear is these altcoins cannot be sold in some jurisdictions, essentially rendering them worthless to some investors. Rather than get caught holding permanently heavy bags, investors have been dumping alts in favor of the more regulatory friendly Bitcoin and Litecoin.