Binance to Axe Leveraged Token Service After Slow Wind-Down

Binance unveils timeline to finally sunset its leveraged token service.

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  • Bitcoin has announced a timeline to shut down its leveraged token service.
  • Users are urged to redeem their assets ahead of announced deadlines.
  • The announcement follows decisions to halt the service for assets like XRP and ADA.

Over the past year, Binance has gradually removed support for several leveraged tokens on its platform. While initial moves involving XRP and ADA had been linked to regulatory uncertainty in the wake of SEC lawsuits, a recent announcement suggests that the move may not have been necessarily token-specific but potentially part of a broader strategy that has now seen the firm unveil plans to end the service altogether.

Binance Ceasing Support for Leveraged Tokens

On Monday, February 19, Binance announced it would end support for remaining leveraged tokens on its platform in April 2024. Specifically, the exchange would delist these remaining tokens, BNBUP, BNBDOWN, ETHUP, ETHDOWN, BTCUP, and BTCDOWN, at 6 AM UTC on April 1, April 2 and April 3, respectively.

Ahead of the asset delisting, the firm noted that it would cease trading for these assets at 6 AM UTC on February 28. As a result, the exchange has advised customers to trade their leveraged tokens for other assets ahead of the February deadline.

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After the February deadline, however, Binance notes that users would still be able to redeem their tokens via official channels like the wallet function before the delisting deadline. The exchange would convert any remaining balances after the April deadlines to USDT at net asset value.

Leveraged tokens provide investors with amplified exposure to crypto assets without collateral. For example, a four-times leveraged Bitcoin token would see users record gains or losses equivalent to four times the price change experienced by the underlying asset.

On the Flipside

  • Despite delisting leveraged tokens, Binance still offers a way for investors to gain leveraged exposure to leading crypto assets via its futures trading platform.

Why This Matters

Binance remains the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume. The exchange’s recent decision to shut down its leveraged token service could hint at an effort to streamline offerings amid legal issues.

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David Okoya is a crypto news reporter at DailyCoin based in Nigeria. He covers various topics related to the cryptocurrency industry, including exchanges, regulations, and price movements, and strives to bring fresh angles to breaking news. With experience as a freelance crypto news writer, David upholds the highest journalistic standards, telling complete stories and answering lingering questions whenever possible.