- The change has taken immediate effect, and stock tokens are no longer available for purchase.
- Users who currently possess stock tokens may hold them over the next 90 days, but will be forced to sell them by October 14 at the latest.
- European users can transfer their assets onto CM-Equity AG once the new portal has been established, estimated to be two to four weeks prior to the final sell date.
As the most utilized and adored cryptocurrency exchange in the world, Binance has been receiving some serious scrutiny. Around the world, Binance has faced a stream of challenges and restrictions from governments and regulators alike.
It didn’t take long for them to feel the effects.
Binance recently announced that it is dropping stock tokens and will no longer facilitate their trade on its platform.
The company previously launched stock tokens in April this year, allowing customers to buy representations of stocks, but without having to pay commission fees, for five publicly traded companies: Apple, Coinbase, Tesla, Microsoft and MicroStrategy. Binance had offered the tokens through a partnership with CM-Equity AG, a licensed investment firm based in Germany. But it has all come crashing down.
The Reasons Why
Binance announced in a blog post that the decision was made with the aim of shifting its commercial focus to other product offerings. It is so far unclear whether this reflects the exchange’s true motive.
In April, Germany’s financial watchdog, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), began heavily scrutinizing the product and informed investors that it had “reasonable grounds” to believe that Binance had violated the country’s laws on securities when launching its stock token offerings.
Regulators in Japan, Canada, Thailand, Great Britain and Italy have also issued warnings concerning Binance.
According to Thomas Atkinson, the SFC’s executive director of enforcement,
“Investors should be wary of the risks of trading virtual assets on an unregulated platform. If the platform ceases operation, collapses, or is hacked, investors may face the possible risk of losing their entire investments held on the platform.”
Indeed, the company now potentially faces fines for not publishing investor prospectuses for the instruments.
The main dilemma here is: why is Binance retreating? Is because of all the previous warnings from regulators? Or is it because the provider decided that their trade doesn’t bring enough profit to justify continuation?
It is unclear whether global regulators coordinated their moves, which have placed overwhelming global pressure on Binance.
DailyCoin reached out to Binance for further comment but did not receive a response by press time. However, DailyCoin is actively working to gather more information and provide an update on the story.
What Does It Mean for Binancers?
The change went into immediate effect and stock tokens are no longer available for purchase. Binance users with current stock token holdings can sell or retain them for the next 90 days, according to the exchange, but will no longer be able to sell or close positions from October 15th.
European users have the option to transfer their positions onto CM-Equity AG once the new portal has been established, which is estimated to be two to four weeks prior to the sell date.
On The Flipside
- Binance has come under serious scrutiny over the past few months, but the company has shown its strength, making sharp decisions under pressure. In the past this has been a major contributing factor for its impressive survival and growth.
- Whether Binance can survive this regulatory onslaught depends on the strength of its leadership. The sheer size of Binance and its global reach will also play a vital part.
- Binance has stated that they are committed to moving the crypto ecosystem forward.