Is ETF Approval More Likely Following Binance’s Settlement?

Binance’s DOJ settlement may unlock a Bitcoin ETF, altering crypto’s landscape and enticing institutional investors to the market.

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  • Binance’s anti-money laundering investigation has been resolved through a $4.3 billion settlement.
  • This resolution has cleared a significant obstacle for the awaited approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF.
  • Institutional players have been rising, poised to reshape crypto markets in a pivotal move.

The recent agreement involving Binance, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has caused a ripple effect in the cryptocurrency industry. Many assets have seen small declines over the last day. However, could this turbulence ironically lead to a spot Bitcoin ETF and start a major bull run in the crypto market?

Binance’s $4.3B Settlement Paves Way for Bitcoin ETF

The $4.3 billion settlement concludes a lengthy investigation into whether Binance followed U.S. anti-money laundering (AML) laws. CZ, agreeing to step down as Binance’s CEO, is part of the deal.

Though the settlement caused a temporary market adjustment, with more than $175 million in leveraged crypto positions liquidated and nearly $1 billion in crypto assets taken out of Binance, the general feeling is positive.


The settlement clears a big hurdle for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF, something the crypto community has eagerly awaited. Previously, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) worried about risks linked to crypto ETFs. However, with Binance’s AML problems solved, the path to approval might be clearer now.

TradFi Eyes Binance’s Lost Ground

The recent plea deal is expected to improve the likelihood of successful Bitcoin ETF approvals. This is possible as the industry now faces the compulsion to abide by the same regulations as traditional financial firms. 

Industry compliance would be the boost to Bitcoin’s adoption among institutional players, making it a probable safe-haven asset for investors’ portfolios. Speculation hints at potential inflows ranging between $24 billion to $50 billion into any Bitcoin ETF listed in the US. 


Additionally, there’s a visible trend of crypto firms engaging in markets related to CME-listed crypto derivatives. This signals a shift from unregulated exchanges catering to retail investors to regulated, rule-compliant venues focused on serving institutions.

On the Flipside

  • The SEC’s history of ETF rejections highlights ongoing hurdles in approving crypto-related financial products, suggesting Binance’s settlement may not be the sole determinant in this decision.
  • Binance’s plea deal doesn’t assure a spot Bitcoin ETF approval, given the SEC’s cautious approach to new financial instruments around cryptocurrencies.

Why This Matters

The settlement between Binance and the U.S. Department of Justice marks a pivotal moment not just for Binance but for the wider crypto landscape. As the leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance’s resolution of regulatory concerns could potentially open doors for mainstream acceptance and pave the way for broader institutional involvement.

To learn more about the release of Binance’s ex-CEO Changpeng CZ Zhao on a $175M bond, read here:
Binance Ex-CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao Released on a $175M Bond

To explore the market’s conflict amidst CZ’s departure from Binance and the settlement with DOJ, delve into this article:
Market Conflicted as CZ Quits and Binance Settles with DOJ

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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.