Coinbase’s CEO Reveals Binance’s Pivot Away from USDC in Earnings Call

Amid USDC’s decline, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong highlights Binance’s move to FDUSD, signaling a stablecoin landscape shift.

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  • Coinbase CEO’s comments on the USDC stablecoin during earning calls have piqued the community’s curiosity.
  • The rise of a relatively unknown stablecoin has captured attention as it gains traction on Binance’s platform.
  • Tether’s CTO has hinted at interesting developments amidst the ongoing competition with USDC.

During the second-quarter earning calls of Coinbase, the renowned cryptocurrency exchange’s CEO, Brian Armstrong, made a noteworthy remark regarding the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin that raised some eyebrows among market observers.

Armstrong Reveals Binance’s Strategic Shift from USDC

Armstrong divulged that Binance, another major player in the crypto space, had shifted a portion of its funds from USDC to another stablecoin

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Despite this move, the market cap of USDC remained resilient, which he emphasized as a crucial data point. It’s intriguing to witness the interplay between these two industry giants and their strategic maneuvers within the stablecoin domain.

USDC is undeniably the preferred choice of stablecoin on Coinbase, strengthened by the exchange’s membership in the consortium that owns USDC. Binance, too, had substantial reserves of USDC in its possession, but Armstrong’s comments suggest that the exchange has opted to convert a significant portion of these holdings into other stablecoins.

Binance Introduces FDUSD Trading Pairs

This isn’t the first instance of Binance converting USDC to alternative stablecoins. In September 2022, the exchange announced that all user-held USDC on its platform would be automatically converted to Binance USD, a stablecoin issued by Paxos Trust Company. 

However, the exchange didn’t disclose its plans to sell or convert its reserves into other stablecoins then. The move towards diversifying stablecoin holdings comes as no surprise, considering Binance’s previous struggles with regulatory scrutiny surrounding the issuance of its dollar-pegged stablecoin, BUSD. 

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With the New York Department of Financial Services ordering Paxos to halt the issuance of BUSD, Binance had to pivot to other options like TrueUSD

Binance’s quest for a stablecoin alternative eventually led it to embrace the relatively obscure yet promising FDUSD. This new stablecoin, emanating from a Hong Kong-based company, has gained traction recently, especially after Binance introduced several trading pairs for FDUSD while enticing users with zero trading fees.

On the Flipside

  • While FDUSD has gained traction recently, unknown risks are associated with using a stablecoin from a lesser-known Hong Kong-based company.
  • The fluctuations and conversions of stablecoins are strategic responses and manifestations of the ongoing regulatory challenges the crypto industry faces.

Why This Matters

Binance’s strategic shift from USDC to lesser-known stablecoins like FDUSD reflects a dynamic landscape in the stablecoin realm. As major exchanges adapt their holdings, the emergence of alternative stablecoins can reshape market dynamics, offering both opportunities and challenges to the crypto community.

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.